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  • 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 6,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,348

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 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

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 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

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 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

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
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

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.

  • When a Heart Stops

  • Deadly Reunions Series # 2
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Mia Ellis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn't make it any easier when she's called to the eerie scene of a murder - especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush. As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story very good but.....

  • By GrannyGoose on 06-27-16

Her other books are ok.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Any additional comments?

The narrator should find a new calling. Her 'voices' are terrible to say the least.

The story was disjointed and hard to believe - left many unanswered questions and of course you need to purchase the 3rd book to continue with the big question of what is in the letter.

I cannot believe that Serena got through medical school. She is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

The author's other books are ok but all the same theme - murders, hostage, last-minute saving the woman. (or girl as per Serena)

  • The Survivor

  • By: DiAnn Mills
  • Narrated by: Jackie Schlicher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, a woman who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into a viper’s pit of danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly enjoyed this one!

  • By J. on 05-31-16

terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Any additional comments?

The story was ok but the narration was terrible. The narrator read the story out loud with no attempt to change voice for different characters. This made it difficult to distinguish characters during a conversation - I never knew who was speaking.

  • An Eye for an Eye

  • Heroes of Quantico, Book 2
  • By: Irene Hannon
  • Narrated by: Stevie Ray Dallimore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Two-time RITA Award-winning author Irene Hannon delivers wholesome romantic suspense that gets listeners’ hearts pounding. The second Heroes of Quantico book, An Eye for an Eye, picks up with FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Mark Sanders in St. Louis, where he reunites with his old flame, Emily Lawson. But when Emily is almost killed by an unknown sniper, Mark must race against time to uncover the shooter’s true identity - before they return to finish the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book from Irene Hannon

  • By Sarah S. on 10-23-17

repetitive angst

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Any additional comments?

The story is ok but I was sick of constantly hearing how Emily can't let Mark into her life because if she loves again she will get hurt again, again, again...

Enough is enough

  • On What Grounds

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603

Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stands out

  • By Pam on 06-07-13

Sound keeps going up and down!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

Any additional comments?

I couldn't continue with this book. So far, 3 chapters, it seems to be a good mystery. But the sound is awful. It's like someone has a finger on the sound button and keeps pushing it up, then down. It's hard to concentrate on the book.I've downloaded it twice and it happened twice. That's enough for me. On to a different book.

I gave it 3 stars because it's not fair to bash a book because of technical problems.

  • When You're Ready

  • By: J. L. Berg
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 01-29-17

Narration annoying

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Any additional comments?

Two narrators - good I thought. I like it when the male/female voices are natural. Some narrators are very good at both voices, but some are not. Then I find that they are taking turns. When it's Carly Robins turn she takes both male and female voices - in next chapter Scott Aiello takes both voices - back and forth. It is both annoying and unnecessary. I don't understand why they do this but I am returning this book. It is too annoying to listen to it.

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