LISTENER

J. Kromrie

  • 87
  • reviews
  • 121
  • helpful votes
  • 300
  • ratings
  • Sun Storm

  • By: Asa Larsson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend, Sanna, whose brother has been horrifically murdered in the revivalist church his charisma helped create. Beautiful and fragile, Sanna needs someone like Rebecka to remove the shadow of guilt that is engulfing her, to forestall an ambitious prosecutor and a dogged policewoman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • robotic narration

  • By Cathie on 03-26-16

i cannot abide. violence to animals; esp dogs!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

horrible graphic violence to a nice family dog who gave humans nothing but love. I knew it was coming as soon as the book main the dog a significant character in the story (like Damocle's sword hanging over my head) . I had hoped I was wrong, it way a cheap ploy I hoped the author would not use. WELL, after I finished other modern authors seemed too "fluffy" in comparison so I must admit, I purchased another by this author (with my fingers crossed no domestic animals (other than human) are featured. :) Bumped up my rating a star.

  • What Have You Done

  • By: Matthew Farrell
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder. Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a great movie!

  • By shelley on 10-02-18

what HORRIBLE NARRATION!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

cant tell if the writing is decent because this horrible narrattor maes you want to scratch your eyes out!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • River Bodies

  • Northampton County, Book 1
  • By: Karen Katchur
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania. The crime is eerily similar to a twenty-year-old cold case: another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River. Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing. The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love. As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca’s quickly drawn into the case. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anticipation then disappointment

  • By MisterFrosty on 11-06-18

Truly awful ; I hate it when i buy a mystery and

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

it turns out to be a soppy romance novel. gave up a few min in when narrator srared a sign read "caution falling from here could be fatal and tragic". how f'ing absurd.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Murder of Crows

  • By: Ian Skewis
  • Narrated by: Ian Skewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland. A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.... DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Perplexed in Texas on 11-09-18

A complete delight.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

i looked for previous books from this author and found none, apparently this is Mr. Skewis's first published novel and I would "follow him anywhere". Wonderfully developed characters, location and narration, and a caprivating police procedural that I consumed in 2 sittings - the 1st of which was 8 hours long! Top-notch writing skills and with a lovely brogue no one could have done a better job with the narration. i just wish Jack hadn't retired (which is why I thought there were many preceding books, because he was the perfect character to move forward with. i have a unique suggestion for the author - make it a series writing BACK from Jack's retirement rather than forward. or have your next novel be the 1st in the series and have your first book be the last. jack is SO worthy of a series! thank you for a COMPLETELY ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • No Way Back

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jodie's arriving at her third children's home. She's only 15. Maybe this time will be different. She'll be safe. Looked after. But the truth is Jodie has no one left to protect her. She must defend herself. She must change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great inro to our very-beloved kick-ass heroine!

  • By J. Kromrie on 10-23-18

A great inro to our very-beloved kick-ass heroine!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Short but flawless (in its creation, staging and delivery). If you are a huge Grace fan (and a Gen-x'er) I DARE you not to jump around your house with both hands in the air in a winning pugilist pose singing the Rocky theme at the top of your lungs!

  • Dead Souls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 6
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark, secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Perceptive, Terrifying Thriller

  • By MarisaReads on 06-09-17

scary as hell. nightmare inducing,, but as thril

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

producing as a fast ride on a sleek and smooth Ninja barreling down the carefree highway!

  • Tell Nobody

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 5
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

One hot summer evening, 11-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers. The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker, and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good series

  • By Maine Knitter on 10-06-18

<br /><br /><br />meh. i love this books dont get me wrong

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

and the performance is awesome. spoiler alert in case you have yet to read / listen.
a bit internally misogynistic, the female characters. Suprising they are written by a woman. Lottie is generally such a stone cold bitch that no man without major psychological problems could want her, thank God that bichiness os blunted in this book, as she learns to think before opening her abusive gob (have a love / hate relationship with her myself). where to Gibney get the idea that pot is either "addictive" or that it causes "withdrawal symptoms" of a major headache when a pothead is late with their morning puff? Very misinforned. Caffeine withdrawalcauses severe withdrawal headaches (more like major migraines) but there is no such thing as thc withdrawal. oh, and so it is not misreported in future novels. it is NOT a gateway drug.

  • Liar Liar

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in 24 hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It's as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground.... With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire - and control - is reducing entire lives to ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liar Liar is a great book

  • By Larry G on 12-26-18

Spoiler Alert (sorta) in review.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Would have made more sense to have pyro be the girl's Dad. wouldn't make it as implausible as a teenager fooling Helen? after all her experience? Fuhgetaboutit!

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Perfect; but would have enjoyed a "sharper" ending

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

a true "guilty pleasure" of a novel; excellent narration and character development. Satiates the way indulging in a huge portion of your favorite sweet satiates (I would have loved if Jane could have spun off into a complete series (perhaps as a hired gun, righting societal wrongs - really this character grew to life under the author's pen). Glorious indulgence! I am off to purchase more offerings from this very skilled writer - she carves enjoyment and develops intrigue using her pen with the precision of a surgeon's scalpel, I do hope her other books have "evil" characters. read for the unique joy of cheering for a sociopath!!

  • A Steep Price

  • (Tracy Crosswhite, Book 6)
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short. Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent character driven mystery!

  • By shelley on 06-27-18

love Tracy Crosswhite pre-sap marriage & pregnancy

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

why did her personality have to change to girly-girl? now she is so concerned about the nuances of office gossip and working after she has her kid, that she is not at all the same spunky character. the only saving grace is the police procedural storyline itself and the related sideline of issues (such as the relevance of pot. decriminalization, and how heavily monitor coppers are these days of social media and video recorders in every phone. However, I wish I could criminalize the mixture of police procedurals with harlequin-like (again SAPPY) romance novels! I hate romance novels and I like my police procedurals hard-boiled (a rarity theye days) ONLY please!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful