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  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,168

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Could happen

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The best, and scariest, stories are those that could actually happen. Savants aren`t common, but they could be....someday. What would the world be like if most people had special abilities rather than special needs? This books gives a glimps into what that world might look like.

  • The Sisterhood

  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Laura Roppe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 654

Reeling from a broken engagement, adopted 19-year-old Menina Walker flees to Spain to bury her misery by writing her overdue college thesis - and soon finds herself on an unexpected journey into the past. The subject of her study is Tristan Mendoza, an obscure 16th-century artist whose signature includes a tiny swallow - the same swallow depicted on a medal that is Menina’s only link to her birth family. Hoping her research will reveal the swallow’s significance and clue her in to her origins, Menina discovers the ancient chronicle of a Spanish convent containing the stories of five orphaned girls hidden from the Spanish Inquisition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Implausible & schoolgirlish

  • By Kafwood on 05-28-13

A beautiful story....

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

How exciting to switch back & forth between the 1500s and the 2000s. This book will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

  • A Criminal Defense

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,167

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader ruins it!

  • By Matthew Jarka on 05-15-17

A surprise ending with a twist.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I always think I have it figured out. This time,though, I was caught completely off guard.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,860

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Definitely not your typical "who done it"

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Witnessing a murder is horrific enough for a well balanced person. For someone already dealing with mental illness, it is even worse. When no one believes her, she begins to question her ownself. Even I began to question whether she really saw what she described. The surprise ending will have you saying "I didn't see that coming!"

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  • Trespassing

  • A Novel
  • By: Brandi Reeds
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Veronica Cavanaugh’s grasp on the world is slipping. Her latest round of fertility treatments not only failed but left her on edge and unbalanced. And her three-year-old daughter, Elizabella, has a new imaginary friend, who seems much more devilish than playful. So when Veronica’s husband fails to return home from a business trip, what’s left of her stability begins to crumble. Given her family’s history of mental illness, and Elizabella’s insistence that her daddy is dead, Veronica starts questioning herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing until the end!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Almost, not quite

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I think this is a great story, and almost rates five stars. However, there is too much repition, a few discrepencies (see if you catch them), and, for me, the narration was hard to sit through. The reader seems to think she is onstage preforming a one woman play. Her inflections are exagerated, and not ones I would use. I would rather the story just be read, not acted out, unless that is the way it is written. As for the book, it is definitely worth the read, with twists and turns, and full of surprises.

  • White Rose, Black Forest

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could not handle the narration

  • By Maggie on 03-26-18

An horrific period of time......

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

captured in a beautiful story. I always wondered why the german people stood by and let Hitler do the horrible things he did. Although this tale is fiction, there is a lot of truth woven through it. It was thrilling to look online and see that some of the people named in the book were actual beings who lived during the war, and contributed to the effort of bringing the truth to the people. On top of that, this is a very good book, full of sorrow, fear, bravery, suffering, and, of course, LOVE. Thankfully, it wasn't mushy, nor explicit, rather realistic in times of great danger.

  • No Exit

  • By: Taylor Adams
  • Narrated by: Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars. There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG Excellent!!!

  • By Susan Harris on 04-02-18

Talk about a thriller.....

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

this is one you won't want to put down. Fast paced and furious. Snow bound in a reststop, on a deserted highway, in the company of kidnappers, killers....who can you trust? Is there anyone?? This one will keep you guessing, and holding your breath.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Scattered and the Dead

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Series, Book 1
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 143

With 99.7% of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories. Meet Mitch, a father infected with the zombie virus. He knows he has 24 hours until he turns. Maybe a little more if he's lucky. He's been a half-assed father. Checked out. Distracted. Can he find a path to redemption in his final hours? Can he make sure his kids are taken care of before time runs out?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • zombies are only one part of what drives this book

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-21-17

Not your run of the mill zombie story.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

A welcome change from the typical "shoot em up--chew em up" zombie saga. This is a realistic look at what people might really do when they know the end is near. A parent, knowing he is about to die, trying to figure out what to do about the kids, for instance. A teen, left with the task of surviving, not just for herself, but a young child, also. The story is told from several perspectives, and I, for one, am ready for the sequel.

  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far

  • By hrhjones on 01-30-17

A must read

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I really love the Tracy Crosswhite stories, and this was the best yet. The heroine has survived personal tragedy, and come through it with compasion and wisdom. That truly shows in this episode of her career. Mystery lovers will enjoy the twists and turns in this tale. I usually suspect the doer of all things evil by the last chapter, but this one had me guessing all the way through, and with an ending that totally took me by surprise!

  • The Last Thing She Ever Did

  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

The community along Oregon's Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a beautiful young son, Charlie. Then Charlie vanishes without a trace, and all that seemed safe is shattered by a tragedy that is incomprehensible—except to Liz. It took one fleeting moment for her to change the lives of everyone she loves—a heartrending accident that can't be undone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I just couldn't get into it....

  • By Michelle on 01-09-18

Oh no, she didn't!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

That's what you'll say more than once in this gripping tale. The scenario presented in this book hits you head on and right away. Hard to believe anyone could be so callous, do such things, be so deceitful. This is a must read if you enjoy suspence and drama. Don't pass this one up.