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  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Basic Story Interesting, But...

  • By Monica on 06-04-13

Great

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

The story started out slowly. In fact it took a couple of false starts to finally carry on with the novel. After that it turned into an addiction that had me “binge” listening to the end. Everything fell by the wayside until the final sentence. I was disappointed when it did end. I felt as though I knew personally the characters. A five star listen for sure.

  • Half a Heart

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows too much - has seen too much. So when the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he’s been told is dead is desperately searching for him. Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grandmother's Quest

  • By Elaine M. Panzeter on 05-28-18

Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I loved this story. I did work my way through a box of Kleenex but they were happy tears. I usually stick to gruesome mysteries etc. but took a chance on this one. I totally “binge listened” and was surprised at myself. But as I stated previously, I loved the story. Also, I wonder if the author was at one time a Speech Therapist, I was and was amazed at the accuracy with which she described the room etc. Great job!!!!

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • The Silent Lady

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The silent lady who presented herself at the firm of London solicitors was clearly a vagrant. But when Alexander Armstrong, the firm's senior partner, learned her name, everyone was amazed at his reaction. For Irene Baindor had a past, and her emergence signals the unraveling of a mystery that had baffled Armstrong for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator

  • By PJPackwood on 07-11-18

Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The narrator of this book was one of the best I have heard. She was ‘spot on’ with all the accents and really made the story come alive.

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  • I'm Not Scared

  • By: Niccolo Ammaniti
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

In the hottest summer of the 20th century, in a down-at-the-heels hamlet in rural Italy, six children take to their bikes across the scorched countryside. When they arrive at an abandoned farmhouse, one of them, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano, discovers what appears to be the body of a boy his own age. He is too frightened to tell his friends, and his father refuses to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Not Scared

  • By Linda Hanson on 11-23-04

Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I hated the ending!!!!!!!
The story was okay even though you could guess who did what fairly early in the story. But as I stated before I hated the ending!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,620

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

This was one of the best books I have listened to. I could not stop listening to it. Make sure you have some kleenex handy for some parts.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,383

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

Surprise

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I have listened to this author before and stopped because some of the b

  • Frost: A Touch of Frost

  • Classic Radio Crime
  • By: R D Wingfield
  • Narrated by: Alan Dudley, Derek Martin, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Jack Frost is disheveled, disorganised and disrespectful. His superiors don't like him. He has a habit of doing things his way - and getting results. But when Denton CID is faced with a spate of major crimes, Frost finds himself under pressure. A young woman becomes the sixth victim of a multiple rapist, a teenage girl goes missing, there's a robbery at the Purple Parrot nightclub, and an old man is injured in a hit-and-run. With all this on his plate, Frost has little time and less patience for paperwork.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Humph!!!

  • By PJPackwood on 07-03-17

Humph!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Not a whole story merely an installment from a radio series. Beginning but no 'end'. Don't waste your money!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Perfect Lie

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,559

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie. Susan Sematov is proud of her son, Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good - or evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Narrator I've heard

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 04-26-17

Perfect Lie

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

I really enjoyed this book. A few really good twists and turns to keep me guessing. Somewhat predictable in a couple of places but on the whole I really recommend this book. I did in fact stay awake almost the entire night listening. It was one of those books that I didn't want to stop listening to. I call it a "binge book" 😊

46 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Science

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

If you enjoy science, space technology and space travel you will enjoy this book. The reason I gave it such a low rating is because I don't like this type of story. If there is a 'mystery/thriller somewhere in this story I couldn't listen long enough to find it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 131,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,712

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Okay

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

I guess I am the only person that did not care for this book. Every review seemed to rave about it. Sorry. I didn't think it was that good. The main characters just got on my nerves I got about two thirds through and skipped to the end. Nope, just not my "cup of tea ".