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  • Invisible

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally WARPED Antagonist! Loved It...

  • By shelley on 09-12-17

The Heroine Is Not Likable

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

The James Patterson touch is here in this book of well-developed story line and twists, turns and suspense. The characters are well developed, but I ended up thinking the herone made so many dumb decisions, was involved in so many far-fetched scenarios, that even though I found it a page-turner, I ended up thinking the heroine was just stupid and everyone let her wallow in it. So there - moderately good story, crafted better than average with characters who were allowed to make the choices nobody in their positions would ever make. Interesting and completely unbelievable.

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,476

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

A New Twist on Time Travel

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

This wasn't actually travel, nor was it a "Groundhog Day" repeat experience, but rather something different. The story is more of an exploration of the road not taken. The life of the heroine restarts many times, and ends many times dependant on the choices she makes. It makes me think of, say, passing an automobile accident on the highway, and thinking, "if I'd left the store earlier instead of going back for that forgotten butter I'd have been here at the instant that accident happened - maybe even in it." This is the story of a person's exploration of the many paths, the many choices and the many endings. I really enjoyed it because it was something so very different from the standard fiction formula.

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,132

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

A Refreshing Step Back

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This was my first exposure to John MacDonald, and I'll be listening to another in this series. I really enjoy a well-crafted mystery and this one certainly qualified. It held suspense and elements of cruelty, sex and death but generally without the gore and unnecessarily vivid details common in this genre in more modern publishing. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

  • In the Blood

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 1
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,601

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow beginnng but 2nd half really good

  • By Ann on 03-31-14

Didn't make the cut for me

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

You can read other reviews to get the gist of the story. I thought the narration was very good, but the story had too many unbelievable situations and resolutions. The story had a beginning, a middle and an end, but the steps to to through that series were too contrived to allow me to rate the writing any higher.

  • No Physical Evidence

  • By: Gus Lee
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Joshua Jin is an assistant district attorney whose life is in crisis after the death of his teenage daughter and the breakup of his marriage. Now he has been handed an impossible case involving the savage rape of a 13-year-old girl who refuses to talk. The ex-con charged with the crime was arrested on a hunch. The problem? There is no physical evidence. Jin's orders are simple: pitch a sound bite, dump the case, and save his boss the Chinatown vote during a politically charged election year. But Jin refuses to drop the case; even after he discovers that the opposing attorney is a brilliant, high-priced lawyer - and his one-time lover - who wants nothing more than to crush Jin in the courtroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 15 Stars! Twizzler-Twisty and Moving

  • By Ted on 10-04-16

Written like literature

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Mr. Lee spins a well-constructed story and uses words like an artist uses brushes. I found the story a bit slow to start, but the experience was worth the wait. The story concentrates on the legal system in Sacramento. I know Sacramento very well and found Mr. Lee to use fictional license more than I would like. He went to school in Davis, so should know what highway goes where (Interstate 80 will not take you to Kyburz, which is on U.S. Highway 50) and not take such liberty with geography and place names. However had I not known the area so well, I wouldn't have noticed.

The biggest entertainment was the reader. Dick Hill reads this book with magic in his voice and conveys emotion and makes each character unique. He is an incredible master.

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,749

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Not up to Grisham standards

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

Like so many other reviewers , I found the narration distracting. I have truly enjoyed every other Grisham book, and I've read them all. Because of that, I had high expectations for this new offering. About a third of the way through I found myself wondering who actually wrote this book, because it did not reflect the riveting writing by which I recognize a Grisham novel; The Whistler was a disappointment and dragged in many places. In an effort to create a thorough understanding of the story, the author was redundant, recapping segments throughout the novel. Sadly, although much anticipated, this is a book I cannot recommend.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,871

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Not Completely Historic, more Romantic

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Ms Estes has written a novel with the base of a really intersting historical story interwoven with current-day threads. I was distracted by the forays into romance, and noted several places where characters acted or felt in ways that didn't fit into the story or into fact.Since the overall rating for this book reflects excellent writing, I thought it necessary to report my summary: the story is interesting, the reading average and the writing of the book below par.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Death and the Redheaded Woman

  • By: Loretta Ross
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,698

When auctioneer Wren Morgan begins cataloging the contents of the Campbell mansion, she's unprepared to find something that can't be appraised - a dead man. After the body turns out to be a criminal with ties to a recent jewel heist, Wren comes face-to-face with Death Bogart. A private eye and part-time bounty hunter, Death is searching for the stolen jewels needed to convict a murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By sonia on 05-12-15

A charming, Light and Worthwhile Mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

After the set up of the characters, it became clear to me that this would be a mystery solved by people who use their heads rather than just blunt force. It was humorous, lightly romantic had an understandable plot line. It kept my interest all the way through. Be aware that it does leave you with the last couple of paragraphs establishing a cliffhanger with no second book to turn to – yet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bullet

  • By: Mary Louise Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,963

Two words: the bullet. That's all it takes to shatter her life. Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she's known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: She has never been shot. She has no entry wound, no scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "took a chance and glad I did"

  • By Sara on 04-08-15

A Book Not Created from a Template

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

I enjoy suspense mysteries which lack graphic violence. The story was complex and interesting enough to keep my attention, was not so obscure that I couldn't have a reasonable guess about the conclusion, and held a constructed storyline with a beginning a middle and an end.

There were a few, thankfully infrequent, places where illogical jumps were made or facts presented did not align with facts as I know them in the real world. I reminded myself that this is, after all, fiction. It is these variations that kept my rating of the writing from being four stars instead of the three star rating I gave.

In summary, I enjoyed and recommend The Bullet.

  • The First Bird, Episode 1

  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

When a fame-hungry scientist brings an impossible, living specimen of a creature long thought extinct back from the wild jungles of South America he unwittingly brings along a passenger. Something with the potential to destroy every living thing on our planet. The infestation begins, rapidly overtaking medical resources and resisting all treatment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Episode 1 was good but # 2 & 3 are not

  • By Laura on 11-02-13

Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

I completely did not understand that this book is more like a chapter than a first book of the series. I enjoy series books that have a beginning a middle and an end to each of the episodes. This one did not; it just left you hanging kind a like stopping in the middle of a chapter and . . .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful