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  • Ask Him Why

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Nick Podehl, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can't believe that his hero doesn't have very good reasons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ask him why?

  • By auntduke on 05-14-16

Heart breaking and heart warming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

How can a heart be broken AND warmed? Read the book and see. I love that it covers decades so we learn how the actions of a brother affect the children, and then later how those affects remain, or change when they are adults.

  • Children of the Fog

  • By: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

You have 10 seconds to make a decision: Let a kidnapper take your child, or watch your son die. Choose!

Sadie O'Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn't just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It's the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can't tell a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Katie on 05-26-14

No cliches here....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This is a very different kind of mystery. When her only child is stolen, Sadie must face not only heartbreak and terror, but also a cheating husband with big secrets to hide. The truth behind why her son stopped speaking, litterally stopped verbalizing, is an added shock. With supernatural (are they ghosts?) children involved, let alone suicide, this is everything you want in a book.

  • Michael Gresham: The Law Partners

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Arrested for a murder you didn't commit? Michael Gresham is a criminal attorney who defends his clients with an iron will. They know that when he takes their case, they are probably going to leave the courthouse a free man or free woman. But what happens when the defender becomes the defendant himself? A law partner will have to step up and do for him what he can't do for himself. Isn't that how it should work? Watch up close as a tried and proven criminal defense lawyer is forced to face the most important case of his career.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cliche Anti-Cop sentiment borrowed from headlines

  • By ScottG on 09-29-16

My first......

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

but definately not my last Michael Gresham story. There was not a dull moment in the book. Is there corruption in the police dept? Read on...... is there corruption in the D A dept.? Read on...... is there such a thing as a moral defense lawyer???....read on.

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,726

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Hurts

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

Another 5 stars for D.M.Pulley

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I've now read all of her books and they are all great. Often when I've entered an old building, or house, I've wondered about the stories hidden within the walls. Reading these books has let me feel that some of the secrets have been revealed. I love the way she writes....jumping from the now back to the then.

  • The Unclaimed Victim

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

In 1938, at the height of the Great Depression, a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city. Ethel Harding, a prostitute struggling to survive both the cold streets and the Torso Killer, takes refuge with a devout missionary sect - only to find that its righteous facade conceals the darkest of secrets. Sixty years later, the police find the butchered body of Alfred Wiley in the woods. But before his daughter, Kris, can even identify the remains, things he never told her begin to surface one by one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uniquely talented historical mystery author!

  • By Wayne on 11-16-17

Another wower!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

It's so entertaining jumping from the now back into the past. In this tale the killing never stops. In the 30s the torso murderer took many lives, thinking he was ridding the world of scum. That kind of Hitlerish thinking prevails into the late 90s. This book is a fine example of "you never know who your friends are". It's all in this book, fanatic religion, murder, rape, torture, etc., but don't get me wrong. It's all woven into a hell of a tale.

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,551

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Hated to see it end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

It's been a while since I felt inspired to write a review. That says a lot about this book right there. You'll get swept up in this tale of corruption, theft and deception, while feeling a kinship with the ladies fighting it. There are many times you'll be holding your breath in suspense. I love when a mystery pops up in the now and is explained when the story jumps back 20 years. It's like time travel. Plus the added bonus of surprise when you learn, at the end, who the bad guys are.

  • Bad Karma

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller. "A sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Fast and, indeed, furious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like to wait three or four pages for the next thrill, chill, slice and dice. I will definely be reading more from this author.

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  • Spookie Town Murder Mysteries
  • By: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable small town mystery

  • By Rabid Reader on 04-23-16

Good story, a little sliw, though....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-18

A nice story, but a little too G rated for my taste. People go missing every day. Sometimes they go on to lead fresh, new lives, but sometimes the body shows up years later.

  • The China Pandemic

  • Graham's Resolution, Book 1
  • By: A. R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Darriel Driml
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

What the world dreads most has happened because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few remaining immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death? Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father's advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate book

  • By Keith LaDue on 04-04-18

To say the least,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I was shocked when the book ended. I was so into it, I didn't even realize it was about to end. I was listening to the audio version. Needless to say, my next read will be China Pandemic book two. I love survival stories, and this one is certainly not run of the mill. It has everything you could want; good guys, bad guys, hunting, fishing, romance, thankfully kept to a minimum, and realism.

  • Thieving Forest

  • By: Martha Conway
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

On a humid day in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp, 17-year-old Susanna Quiner watches from behind a maple tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna makes the rash decision to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to find her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the audiobook, read the real thing.

  • By Kelly on 11-26-15

A glimpse into a the past.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I've always enjoyed stories about the frontier days. This was really entertaining and informative. I learned a lot about life as a captive of the Indians, and the life of the native women themselves. After reading it, you may ask yourself who the real savages were.