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  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,836

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rank this with the best in true crime.

  • By Allison Smith on 11-16-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This was by far the best true crime book I have ever listened to. It’s worth every penny, or a credit if you are interested in true crime. I have listened to one or two audiobooks per month for about four years. I have only given one other book 5 stars in every category.

  • Bring Me Back

  • A Novel
  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone - never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is something happening here?

  • By Cassandra on 06-27-18

Predictable and boring

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This book was so repetitive and predictable. If only I had a dollar for every time the narrator said "Russian doll". I knew what was going on early on. The premise is pretty ridiculous.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Narration is perfect

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The story didn't blow me away (lovely and sweet however), but the narration made this so enjoyable. Two words-Richard Armitage. He could read the phone book and I'd use a credit. I'm so tired of Sebastian York's voice, and I honestly don't get the appeal. This book was definitely worth a credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,151

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Compelling and different with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

The narration was perfection. The narrator easily switched back and forth between the different characters. It was never annoying, and very well done. Probably the best narration I've heard.
As for the story-it was different and compelling. I really liked the main character and rooted for him. The descriptive writing was excellent.
As an American lawyer I was fascinated to learn about the U.K. criminal justice system. I thought it was pretty realistic from the investigation through the trial.
The only negative thing I can say is that it was a bit long, and I wanted the end to be a tad more "in your face" satisfying for Terry. If you enjoy crime/legal fiction give this a shot.

  • To Save a Sinner

  • By: Adele Clee
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Banished to Boston for causing the death of Lord Banbury, Lucas Dempsey vowed never to set foot on English soil again. But when his brother inherits the viscountcy and pleads for his return, the opportunity to show his contempt and loathing for the society who turned its back on him proves to be far too enticing to resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Regency Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-13-17

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

This book was just okay. Nothing novel. It was sweet and pleasant. The female lead had to do most of the "chasing", and I am personally not a fan of that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Make Me Love You

  • By: Johanna Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first Season in London, because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there's no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Zero Chemistry

  • By Erika on 04-13-17

Zero Chemistry

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I listen to about one audiobook per week, many being romances. I am of the opinion that a book can be romantic, alluring and sexy without graphic sexual depictions or even actual physical contact for most of it if there is chemistry. There is no chemistry between these two whatsoever. Seriously, it was non-existent more than any other romance novel I have ever read. The story was more about a silly curse and what happened to the male lead character's sister. I honestly didn't care how it turned out and stopped listening with two hours left. If you want to be bored give it a shot.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When her father leaves the church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self-made man John Thornton.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, long, old fashioned-not just like the BBC series

  • By Erika on 04-04-17

Lovely, long, old fashioned-not just like the BBC series

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

If you do not like 1800s English lit, then this book will be no different. It is quite long. If you fell in love with the BBC series starring Richard Armitage and want the book to be identical, then you may be disappointed. Some modern liberties were taken with the series, which made it more enjoyable in my opinion. Actually, Richard Armitage as John Thornton made it fabulous. That being said I enjoyed this book, and I do like the characters very much. Heather Wilds as a narrator is always perfection. Even the phone book would get a 3 star review from me if she were reading it. If you like Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Pride & Prejudice then this book is for you. If you don't, watch the BBC series and fall in love with John Thornton that way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

My favorite masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

This book has stayed with me like no other. I believe that in my mid thirties, I have finally found my favorite book of all time. I was fully engrossed. The narrator is perfection, and so is the way the author sets a scene and describes a feeling.

  • Marriage Games

  • The Games Duet
  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637

Thirty days. That's all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife. Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he'll sign her divorce papers and give her their company. That's how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The dominant master he hid when he fell in love with her five years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS DUET IS BETTER THAN EBONY & IVORY

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 01-22-17

No warmth or chemistry

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I didn't care what happened with three hours left. I couldn't finish it. I didn't like either character. I found Diana to be childish and spoiled, and never rallied around Adam either. Despite being married I didn't feel like there was any warmth or chemistry between the two. Perhaps I just don't like stories centered around the scene Adam is into.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Rules

  • A Dirty Money Novel
  • By: Lisa Renee Jones
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Jeremy York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family’s business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: Cliffhanger! BUT Worth The Fall!

  • By Ndulgent Bloggrs on 11-15-16

Good story; bad cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

This book has a novel storyline. I am interested to see what happens to the characters, and not just how their relationship plays out. Bad news: I have to wait because the next book in the series hasn't been released!!!! Well, at least not as an audiobook. Grace Grant is a good narrator. The male voice wasn't unpleasant or annoying, but was a bit creepy-like he was narrating Dateline or could be a serial killer. The female frustrated me a little with the "I have to walk away"..."no, I can't stay away" back and forth. The secret she is hiding better be a doozy or it could seem ridiculous. I will have to wait and see!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful