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  • Mind Games

  • Kaely Quinn Profiler, Book 1
  • By: Nancy Mehl
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis. When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could easily have been a 5 star book but...

  • By shelley on 12-16-18

Could have done without the God stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

So there are certain narrators who have a very robotic voice. They still have inflection and tones for different characters but something gives off a robotic feel.. this is one of those narrators. She isn't awful.. but I don't love it. It is very distracting when first listening to these types of narrators.
The story in this book was so-so but I'm not going to lie... all the religion and God talk in this book was beyond annoying. It added zero value and if anything it brought the book down. It felt so forced like "how can I insert God into this?" The conversations and the asking about how she believes were very contrived and I hated every second of those parts. I also felt there was nothing compelling and wouldn't sway me to become a believer like it was trying to imply the other detective felt.
I'm not sure I'd listen to anything else by this author.

  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,251

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

I disliked this greatly

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-19

First off, it's hard to listen to a movie without ever looking at the TV.. that's what it felt like to listen to this. It was very confusing.
Second, this story was awful.
That's really all I've got.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Friday Night Lights

  • A Town, a Team, and a Dream
  • By: H. G. Bissinger
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

The 25th anniversary edition of the number-one New York Times best seller and Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time, with a new afterword by the author. Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa - the winningest high school football team in Texas history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Keep This In Mind When You Listen

  • By K. on 09-21-18

when does the story start

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I loved the movie, I loved the show, I thought I was going to love the book.
I was wrong. I got 4 hours in and still all it was doing was describing characters. I couldn't take it anymore. I turned it off and removed it from my device.
I would not recommend this book unless I was trying to bore someone to death.

  • Since We Fell

  • A Novel
  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive skill, but awfully contrived

  • By Joe Kraus on 12-23-17

The ending sucked

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Book was really good. All the way up until the extremely abrupt ending.
Is there going to be a book 2 or something?
Had me interested an on the edge of my seat, even though it was extremely far fetched, it was fun enough and high paced enough to over look that.
I bumped it down from 4 or even 5 stars to 3 all because of the weak sauce ending.

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,172

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend's Manhattan apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

Bored

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This book was really boring. I only half listened because I honestly didn't care. I also HATE the played out falling in love at first sight of characters and how they are suddenly inseparable and act as though they've been together for years and would die for the other. I ultimately ended up turning the book off with 3 hours to go bc I couldn't take any more of the unrealistic love of a stranger.

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For those who can stomach strong violence

  • By BSquaredInOz on 06-01-12

That ending though..

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Honestly, the book was kind of hard to follow. There were way too many characters to try and keep up with and the accent was really think on the narrator. Even with the think accent though, the narrator was great.
Despite all the characters that were hard to keep track of, the ones I did keep track of, kept me interested.
The ending though... the big cliff hanger.. that's what really got me. How can you end a book like that!! Now.. I must know what happens!!
I'm hoping this songs for the dying is actually book 2 if the Ash Henderson series bc I'm going to put my other book I had queued up on hold for that one.
Good job to the author!

  • I Am Not a Serial Killer

  • John Cleaver, Book 1
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation. Dead bodies are normal to John. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat - and to appreciate what that difference means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastical Thrill Ride

  • By Jacob Winacott on 01-09-19

Hated this.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

First off, I think this may be a young adult novel which I didn't realize when I purchased it.
Secondly, I was NOT expecting a supernatural aspect. I don't think I would have purchased this book if I realized either of those things.
I thought this was going to be a Dexter like series where, even if the boy didn't kill anyone, it would be more along those lines. I ended up speeding this book to 1.85 to try and get through. Also, I kept hoping the Supernatural aspect was a dream or his imagination or something. I skipped several chapters and when it wasn't getting anywhere... I gave up.
I wouldn't recommend this book & I'm so glad I didn't buy any of the other ones before giving this one a shot.
Narrator was fine but not my favorite.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,765

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Kept me interested throughout and wasn't over complicated.
The grandfather was my favorite character. He had me giggling every time he talked.
Looking forward to the next book in the series. Hopefully with a different narrator. She wasn't bad.. just kind of robotic.

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,065
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,218

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Chills and tears

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

As always, this is my favorite narrator. I wish she did all the books I have listened to.
Anyways, this book was sad and also wonderful. The whole end of the book had me covered in chills and tears that wanted to spill over. I was sad when the book ended. Until I remembered there is a 2nd book! I am starting that one now.
I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Deceived

  • Private Justice, Book 3
  • By: Irene Hannon
  • Narrated by: Kate Baldwin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

For four years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their three-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Janet on 10-26-14

Entertaining enough

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

This isn't a religious book but the characters sure do love their God.
The story was good enough. This is my first in the series and even though it's book 3, I didn't feel like I was missing anything from the previous ones, so it works well as a stand alone. I can definitely see myself reading more in the series.
My biggest issue with this is the narrator. She wasn't bad, she just wasn't good. It was hard to tell which character was talking in group settings bc there was no variation to her voice. Also there are times where her breaths between sentences are audible and that's bothersome.
Other than that the story was fine when you don't need to focus too hard on characters and just want to enjoy easy listening.