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  • Her Pretty Bones: A completely addictive crime thriller with nail-biting suspense

  • Detective Gina Harte, Book 3
  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A young woman falls from a vehicle speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close. Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling, same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3

  • By Donna on 01-20-19

Another excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This is third book in the series and just as interesting and diverse as the first. The story mainly sticks to police procedure and detective work. Most of the characters are quite likeable with one exception. Gina's daughter is quite a bitch. She is constantly angry, yelling at her mother. There is no respect there but Gina only tries harder, never confronting her daughter's need for anger management control. But since I enjoy the detective part and do not like too much personal stuff, I will say the book is totally enjoyable and I am looking forward to another book in this series.

  • The Next Girl: Detective Gina Harte, Book 1

  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again.

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Could Not stop listening!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-18

Great series

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I love the book. The plot is clever. The whole detective force - all of them - get along. They aren't suspected of a crime. None of them try to frame a fellow officer. They follow procedure and clues. It is a treat to listen to them as they progress toward the finish. The book is relaxing but totally keeps my attention. It gets a little personal but it doesn't crowd out the main plot. I hope more books will be coming. Unfortunately I can listen to them faster than Carla Kovach can write them. Awesome author.

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  • Midnight Caller

  • By: Leslie Tentler
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Late-night radio show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies calling in to rage from the shadows, but one caller’s chilling obsession with her and her long-ago murdered mother - an iconic singer beloved by the Goth community - has even Rain running scared as a serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans. FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced the caller and the killer are one and the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to.

  • By Laurie Carroll on 06-03-15

Story ok but not original

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

For the past couple years these books seem to hit on the same set of actions. First man and woman meet and do not like each other. One, or both, are law enforcement. After animosity they end up in bed. Then woman (usually the woman) does something stupid and is kidnapped and threatened with death. In the last scene the man rushes in and saves her. Then, after both or one of them claiming they do not want a commitment, finally decide they want to be a couple.

There are variations on this theme and some are very good d/t an excellent mystery. Some fall flat. I enjoy the mystery and try to figure out 'who done it' before the end of the book.

All that being said, this book is ok. Nothing special but keeps me company. I wish the authors would ditch the hero rescuing at the end and just cut to the chase - who is the evil-doer?

  • 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 4,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894

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

Em is not a likeable character.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The very first criteria in any book I read is that I must like the main characters.

The story was rather good and very clever.with a surprise ending.

But Em was made to be self-centered, manipulative, and scornful of everyone else. And she expressed her scorn and self-perceived superiority at every opportunity. Her motto: any means to attain my end.

I can't see where her personality had any bearing on the story and if made to be a likeable loving person the book would have been totally enjoyable.

The narrator was awesome and helped me dislike this woman.

  • The Ghost Who Wasn't

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 3
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

When a local heiress goes missing, Danielle discovers it's not always possible to distinguish the living from the dead. To complicate matters, it seems Danielle is not the only one who communicates with spirits. Her new guest claims to hear Walt. But, something's not quite right with Marlow House's newest medium. Danielle must move quickly before her best friend joins the spirit world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a really good series

  • By Beatrice on 05-06-17

Good series, bumbling cops

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I am totally enjoying this series. The author is very clever with her plots and I appreciate the creativeness. But she portrays the police as bumbling idiots. I understand some of that is needed for the plot, but this seems to be ongoing in every book so far. A real police person would not act so carelessly or show full contempt of a person who has done nothing wrong except be wealthy. OK, it's a stretch with the contempt part. Police can be jerks but not the majority, and they wouldn't last long if they acted the way these two act.

I would recommend the books in this series and try to ignore the police actions.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,520

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Ends on a sad note

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

The story is good and the performance is great.

I do not care for books that flip back and forth between years.

The story ends on a sad note and according to reviews from author's other two books they all end that way. When there are options, I like a happy ending. It would not have changed the story in any way (except the ending) if author had modified the ending.

  • By Book or by Crook

  • Lighthouse Library Mystery Series # 1
  • By: Eva Gates
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

For 10 years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. But when her 10-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with unfortunately bad narration

  • By JJ on 01-14-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This is a story about a library and a librarian. They all say 'liberry' and that drives me crazy.
The main character is not too bright in regards to investigating the murder.
Not a fun book.

  • A Faint Cold Fear

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492

An apparent student suicide has brought medical examiner Sara Linton to the local college campus, along with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. But a horribly mutilated corpse yields up few answers. And a suspicious rash of subsequent "suicides" suggests that a different kind of terror is stalking the youth of Heartsdale, Georgia - a nightmare that is coming to prey on Sara Linton's loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great dark thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-12-16

I don't like police bullies

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Overall the story is good and keeps my attention.

But the main male character, police chief Jeffery Toliver, is a bully and has no regard for people's rights. Without hesitation he will punch a suspect. He goes into houses without a warrant with such arrogance that he does this infront of the person. He feels he is right and that is justification for his amoral actions. And most of the time he is wrong - the 'suspect' is innocent.

Sara isn't much better as she disapproves of his actions but keeps going back to him.

If you put all that aside, the story is interesting and it is very well written.

I just have a huge problem with bullies - especially in this day and age (2018).

  • Hunting Hour

  • A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
  • By: Margaret Mizushima
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner, Robo, get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker's Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that's only the start of trouble in Timber Creek because soon another girl goes missing - and this time it's one of Cole's daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic K9 Series for any Dog or Horse Lover!

  • By AK Raven on 08-12-17

Great story. narrator ok. Didn't like Mattie.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

This was a very good story. Had me guessing to the end and usually I can figure out the culprit before then. But I have difficulties liking Mattie. And Cole isn't much better. Both of them seem to think they can do anything they want without regard for rules, orders or other people.

I probably won't get book 4 when it comes out.

  • Affair

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Beacham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Charlotte Arkendale was quite sure she knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a highly lucrative career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex. But nothing in Charlotte's considerable experience had prepared her for the arresting stranger who appeared on her doorstep to apply for the position of her new man-of-affairs.He claimed to be a respectable gentleman - discreet, unassuming, ordinary to the point of being dull. Yet something about the set of Mr. St. Ives's broad shoulders and the unrelenting determination that smoldered in the depths of his amber eyes warned Charlotte to be wary. For the strong-minded beauty was already embroiled in a wealth of danger.Two months earlier, Miss Drusilla Heskett had become on of Charlotte's clients. Now the woman was dead, murdered in her own home, and Charlotte feared that the killer may have been one of the suitors she herself had advised Miss Heskett to reject. Still, with the right man by her side, Charlotte was certain she could uncover the truth and bring Drusilla's killer to justice. But was the enigmatic St. Ives Mr. Right...or Mr. Wrong?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Simple romance with dated reading style

  • By June on 08-04-03

Trumpets?

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a decent job but at certain times loud music, including trumpets, invaded the scene which left it difficult to hear the narration.

The story was not that great - just so-so but maybe the unabridged version would have been better. Except I don't think I could have tolerated the trumpets in a long version.