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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,047

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was free

  • By Tammy on 03-15-19

Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

This was a free title and it was days until my next credit would come, so I just choose this, thinking it would at least be something to listen to. I loved it! I like radio dramas anyway and this was a lot of fun to listen to. Trying to guess "who done it" kept me listening closely. And I loved the creepy music. Really great. I'm going to look for more like this.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,499

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Off the track

  • By James Ray on 06-28-18

Will Patton is the man!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I haven't finished this yet, but I had to get in and say how much I enjoy Will Patton's narration. He is awesome! I looked up all the books that he narrates and I can see that he as done all of the James Burke novels. I'm not crazy about those, but I just might have to get a few so I can continue to enjoy Mr. Patton's interpretation. He is, by far, the best reader I've encountered on Audible.

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  • The Last Victim

  • A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer
  • By: Jason Moss, Jeffrey Kottler
  • Narrated by: Thomas Fawley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason - and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison.... It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Someone should have Intervened

  • By Michelle in New York City on 03-04-16

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I'm only about halfway through this one, but have a lot of questions in my head about this. First off, I think the narrator is terrible. His voice is monotonous, and he doesn't make the author sound sympathetic. The writing is only so-so, nothing great. The author sounds like a tightly wound kid dabbling in things he has no business fooling around with. He thinks he's being really smart by writing to Gacy and pretending to be someone he's not in order to elicit . . . what? . . from Gacy. Not clear what he thought the outcome would be. Mere curiosity about Gacy and what he thinks about and does while on death row isn't what Jason is getting from him. And the parents go along with it? At the point where a serial killer is making collect calls to my house, I would have put a complete stop to that. Instead of Jason laying around in bed on Saturdays and Sundays, breathlessly waiting for the next call from Gacy, he should have been out working at a job that might have shown him he wasn't necessarily smarter than everyone else. I've looked him up on the internet and know how his story ends. How much this stupid correspondence with psychotic serial killers has to do with that I don't know, but he seems like he was high strung to begin with or he wouldn't have done this "project." I've also been amazed that someone like Gacy seemed to have all this freedom to have pornographic correspondence with this kid and who knows how many others. Do they just get to run wild in prison? There should be NO correspondence unless it's with law enforcement or psychologists/psychiatrists, no selling of paintings, no apparently unfettered access to the phone, no unsupervised outside contact where they can play their psychotic games with people. I'm going to listen to the end for sure, but am having trouble feeling sympathetic toward anyone in this story.

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,083

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

2nd in the Bill Hodges trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the character of Morris. Even though he was the bad guy and obviously lacked any sort of empathy or compassion, I still felt sort of sorry for him that life had dealt him such a crappy hand.

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This Bill Hodges trilogy is the first time I've listened to a Will Patton performance. Excellent! He is a masterful reader.

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,650

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

Fantastic trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Will Patton is a master! He can do all the voices so you know exactly whose point of view it is. I really enjoyed the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Any additional comments?

I waited until after listening to all three books before reviewing. I think this was the best book of the three in terms of story. The suspense built throughout the whole book.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,186

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Love Tana French's books!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Any additional comments?

The Irish accent and Irish slang were a bit hard to follow at first, but I got used to it. The character of Antoinette was so paranoid and angry and had such a chip on her shoulder that it got old pretty fast. A little less of her angst and anger would have still given us the gist. Once the story line picked up, I really enjoyed it and could hardly wait for my next opportunity to listen. I'll be waiting anxiously for the next installment of the Dublin Murder Squad.

  • Blue Labyrinth

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,109

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want it end!

  • By Marvin R. Taylor on 05-08-15

Always a pleasure to read a Pendergast book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Blue Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

Just the fact that it's a Pendergast novel. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! I loved that Constance and Margo were the heroines in this story.

Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

Pendergast, of course.

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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,551

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Enjoyed this very much!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

What made the experience of listening to The Life We Bury the most enjoyable?

The narrator was very good, and the story was pretty good. A couple of plot holes, but for the most part, it kept me guessing.

What about Zach Villa’s performance did you like?

At first, I didn't like the narrator. I thought he was reading very choppily and in sort of a monotone. But by the end, I really believed that he "was" Joe. He did a good job on the other voices too, even though he didn't change his own voice that much.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I can't listen to any book in one sitting. I like to have stopping points so I can think about it and think about what's going to happen next.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,548

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've only listened to a few so far, but this is definitely near the top. Really kept me engaged and made my commute time fly by.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Rachel was my favorite, even though she was a hot mess. You just wanted her to get herself together and get on with her life.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Again, Rachel. I thought the narrator for Rachel did the best and was the most expressive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Megan finally told her secret. I did not see that coming.

  • Voyager

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 43 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,843
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,810

Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Gabaldon book

  • By Karen on 12-09-09

Always love a Gabaldon book

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

If you could sum up Voyager in three words, what would they be?

Love, adventure, risk

Who was your favorite character and why?

Claire and Jamie are both my favorites.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

She was able to do all the different voices with the proper accents.

Any additional comments?

Such a good book. I read it 20 years ago, but needed to refresh my memory of it in preparation for Season 3 of Outlander on Starz.