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  • Treacherous Is the Night

  • Verity Kent Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Anna Lee Huber
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In 1919 England, in the shadow of The Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. But it will take an all-too-earthbound intrigue to draw in the discerning heroine of Anna Lee Huber's latest mystery. It's not that Verity Kent doesn't sympathize with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now that she's discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend's behest, Verity attends a seance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story! Need a new narrator!

  • By Melanie on 10-04-18

Excellent story! Need a new narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I’ve enjoyed Verity’s adventures so far. I read the first book in the series and listened to the second. I’m going to have to go back to reading as the narrator left a lot to be desired. She has a strange habit of ending virtually all sentences on a downward tone (sort of like a news reporter on a live newscast). The cadence was off-kilter and she often forgot to change back to her narration voice after delivering a character’s line. Very distracting to what is otherwise a well-layered, historical adventure that gives the reader insight to the aftermath of World War I in England and Europe.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,997

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Informative.

  • By Angela on 08-11-16

Believe it or not, you learn even more!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

I really enjoyed this book as told from Rabia's POV. She is generous with information about herself and her evolution through the years of Adnan's arrest, trial and incarceration. We also hear from Adnan through letters he has written to various people while he has been in prison. He provides insight into many questions still unanswered about the decisions and actions he has taken. There is more information gleaned from this book and like the Undisclosed podcast, Rabia hints that there is still more to come pending the appeal of the PCR ruling and possible new trial. A great read for anyone who has been listening to Adnan's story since Serial started it all.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Scared Stiff

  • A Mattie Winston Mystery
  • By: Annelise Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect number one. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act - even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Series, Nix the Stupid Sexual References

  • By Melanie on 05-10-14

Good Series, Nix the Stupid Sexual References

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Scared Stiff the most enjoyable?

The premise of the series is sound. Mattie is a character you want to root for and the predicaments in which she finds herself are quite funny. These are light, fun murder mysteries easy to follow but not necessarily predictable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'm not sure any other character besides Mattie is drawn out enough for the reader to have a favorite, other than her. Having said that, Mattie is a great character. She has flaws and insecurities every woman can relate to and yet the situations in which she lands are outrageous enough to make you laugh and think "phew...that would never happen to me."

What three words best describe Jorjeana Marie’s performance?

Nasal, Questionable Accents

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

No.The book is perfectly suited for my long, daily commute, but unfortunately I cannot listen to the narrator for hours. She sounds like she has a cold. Her portrayal of the male characters are good, but her attempt at the Wisconsin accent is spotty. One example, the main character's sister seems to have the Wisconsin accent (sometimes), yet the main character does not.The stories, the murder mysteries are very entertaining and Mattie's POV with her nursing training provides a unique sleuthing technique. I love that she knows everyone in the small town based on her knowledge of their very private medical problems.

Any additional comments?

The main character, Mattie, is 37-38 years old. Enough with the stupid sexual references to male body parts and other such similar teenage-boy, frat house chat. I don't know of any female, let alone, a mature, smart, woman who speaks like that. A little bit is funny, the rest is eye-rolling and tiresome. In this book, the 87 year old Bjorn's continued references to his "Peter" were beyond nauseating.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful