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  • The Huntress

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Annie on 03-04-19

Probably one of the best this year.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

18 hours wasn't enough. Kate Quinn has created characters you will want to spend more time with in future books. The narration is perfection.,

  • Freefall

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Barry
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, everyone assumes Allison Carpenter is dead. But Maggie, Allison’s mother back home in Owl Creek, Maine, refuses to believe them. Maggie knows her daughter - or she used to, anyway. For the past two years, the women have been estranged. As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers about the world Allison has been involved in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Best read in a long time!

  • By TinaWoodlee on 01-13-19

Best listening in a very long while

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

After several false starts, mainly Liane Moriarity's latest disappointment, I was really looking for the triple threat novel: great story, believable characters, excellent narrator, plus, plus--Freefall is it. The narrators are the best I have heard in a long time. The story is so well thought out. The mystery is compelling, thoughtfull, riveting. The heroine is flawed and brave , even the sub characters are well drawn. This is the kind of story you keep listening to long after you have pulled into your driveway and the dog looking out of the window is wondering why you are not coming in to the house.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I almost returned it, I didn't get the hype...

  • By Patricia on 03-18-14

Robotham needs to write faster

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Everything about this book is perfect, the writing, the writing, the writing and the narrator. I have read all of Robtham's books but actually like listening as I find listening is a comprehension enhancer. . This is a compelling mystery, with fully realized and flawed characters. Should be a PBS series or Netflix.. This is the very first of the series and I have just finished the last. Recommend you read all of them for a very enjoying, stimulating experience.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,997

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

. They should have told the victim's story.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

A woman is murdered. There is a suspect. Bungey and Forde spend years interviewing the suspect. His ego is on full display and for hours we listen to this psychopath. Hours of listening to him posturing.. More time listening to his partner, who he abused, beat up, but she stuck with him. More time listening to a Corkian who lied or lied about lying about the suspect. Everyone in West Cork is corrupt: the police, the legal system, the neighbors. Hence the cliché driven sub title: Every countryside has its dark side. We have two journalists telling us in earnest tones, the story of this decades old murder and in the process celebrating inadvertent or not, the murderer. I listen to many podcasts and this is clearly one that hopes to achieve Serial fame. Journalists uncovering the mystery, raising the questions. The podcast should have begun where it ended with the victim's family pursuing justice. Instead Bungey and Forde give us their take, spend lots of time with the accused, and the victim is lost in the constant shuffle.. Self indulgent posturing. Not worth a credit..

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,858

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

compelling

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

could not stop listening. Narrator is also the author which works great. Story compelling but you really have to suspend belief. Do not want to give away the not surprising turn of events but I think there should have been more tells from the beginning, not just the immediate run to conclusion. Lots of untied bits making one wonder if these characters will reappear in second book. Our heroine became tiresome after a while but all in all a good read/listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Not the best one

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I am a fan of Horowitz's fiction and looked forward to The Word is Murder. The problem with this book, for me, was Anthony, not Tony, has placed himself as the central character. After a few chapters this approach to the story wears thin. The detective in the story is without truly any saving grace and one loses interest in knowing him further. I think this book was between books and after a while, as with all selfies, not compelling.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

dont waste your moey

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The Dry which introduced Aaron Falk was compelling ad well written. This is a story that has been told so many time and this time not so compelling. A group of women go on a corporate retreat into the Australian bush. One does not come out. By the time you figure out who these lackluster characters are you will be rooting for them all to be lost in the bush. There is no story here, and further the well defined character of The Dry has been rendered cardboard here with dialogue that will put you to sleep. I think perhaps this was a rushed job.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 21,643
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,899
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,843

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
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

One of the very best mysteries I have read or heard. Narration is perfect, the writing intelligent, witty, dramatic. If you are a movie buff you will be in film noire heaven. The heroine is agoraphobic, self trapped in an old brownstone in New York city.. She thinks or does she see a murder --Rear Window. She may or not be delusional (Gaslight), --no character is exactly who you think they are (. Vertigo). I promise you will not be able to stop listening as all is revealed about our heroine and she really is heroic. I will be getting more fiction from AJ Finn and I hope all will be narrated by Lee

  • The Honest Spy

  • By: Andreas Kollender, Steve Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 752

In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and narrated WWII story of...

  • By Wayne on 01-18-18

Dull first book I did not listen until end

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Maybe the translation is the problem but whatever it is you just don't care about his honest spy who leaves his daughter to return to Nazi Germany and work for the Reich. Eventually he steals confidential papers and provides to Allies but at that point the whole narrative was snooze fest. Returning this one

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • When We Were Orphans

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just short of 5 stars

  • By Everett Leiter on 05-26-06

heartbreaking and compelling

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

When We Were Orphans is not a detective story, it is a story about love and loss as seen through the eyes of a chlld who parents were "disappeared" when he was just a boy. His decision to become a detective is motivated by his unreasonable belief that his parents are waiting to be rescued, that they are somehow frozen in time c.onfident that when he becomes a man he will find them. Christopher Banks is surrounded by orphans, the woman he almost runs away with and the child he adopts. He is also surrounded by evil , an impending World War and a father figure who along with his own father, sets in motion the catastrophic event that will shape his life. Christopher's adventures match those games he played with his childhood friend Akura--triumph over the bad guys but seem part of that childhood fantasy world. He learns that his mother's love never waivered, her citment to his protection was the motivation for her own life and it is time for him to live his life as a man. A remarkable book as we observe Christopher making decisions, observing with his magnifying glass but not really seeing reality. . .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful