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  • Idaho

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Ruskovich
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 294

Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in Northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband's memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • suggested, yes

  • By Donna on 01-14-17

Spent a chapter on the bloodhound!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

I like prose. I like dogs. I don't like word after word for word's sake. If I hadn't been almost through the book and looking for an ending, the bloodhound would have done me in.

The worst part of the book for me was that with the exception of Wade (pre Ann) I didn't like any of the characters. They all couldn't get their feet out of the mud and even like themselves. Second worst part was that after all that waiting (the actual story line could have ended up interesting) was that there never was an ending.

I read all kinds of books and I don't care if they end up sad, but I like the characters to not mope around for 30 years and then drift off to spend the rest of their lives the same way.

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  • Mayday

  • By: Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure! Hard to put down.

  • By Douglas on 02-15-03

Couldn't turn it off

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

I rarely give a book a 5 star rating and then it's usually something that has some kind of a profound message or story (Kite Runner-Memoirs of a Geshia) but although this wasn't that kind of book, it was a fantastic read. I finally turned it off at 3 am (had to work the next day) and started it again as I made breakfast.

If you are looking for a far better than normal read, performed perfectly by Scott Brick, this is it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Fail

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380

Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series is getting better.

  • By Joseph on 12-04-10

Always entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I always am entertained by Lee Child. The premise of this was interesting and it was worth my credit, but I didn't feel it was as good as some of his other works.

The story idea was good, but just didn't catch me as not being able to put the book down.
I also felt that the the relationship between Jack Reacher and the "powers that be" was rather unbelieveable.

As I said, a good read but most likely a book I won't remember in the future. (One of the prime things that I think makes a good book)

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,430

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Beautiful, poetic writing, fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

These are people with all the flaws and goodness that we see all the time but perhaps we dont feel compasson or take the time to understand. The crime is horrific. The motivation ....well read and decide.

I read audiobooks everyday as I work outside and some of my work allows this. Stephen Hogan is the best reader I have heard. The beauty of Tana French's writing style makes just listening a pleasure for the words alone.

This is the first book I have read from this author but absolutely not the last.

I have given only a few books a 4 star rating but there was no question about this one.

  • Zero Day

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,261

From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan of David Baldacci, not a fan of Zero Day

  • By William R. on 11-22-11

A good read

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

Reviewed: 02-01-13

This is not a book that I am going to ponder over and think about for weeks, but is was, as always with Baldacci, a good read.

His characters are interesting, his stories are not boring and there is always excitement. Definitely worth a credit.

  • Two Graves

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster

  • By GH on 12-13-12

Pendergast again....yes!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Twins, one for living and one for parts! Only in a Pendergast novel and this is only one segment. Great book as always.

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  • First Impressions

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Eden Palmer knows how to make it on her own. This 45-year-old single mother has worked hard to raise her beloved daughter, Melissa, who has long been the jewel of her life. But there comes a time when a mother must come into her own. So Eden moves to Arundel, North Carolina, to take ownership of Farrington Manor. Her move is met with delight in some quarters, and jealousy in others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Mrs.Autery on 01-16-18

Deveraux is always a good romance read

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Jude Deveraux is always a good romance read. That said, this is an ok book but nowhere near the quality of something like Knight in Shining Armor.

If you're looking for a nice book to relax with, this is just fine. I don't regret the credit, but I'm sure that I won't remember the plot for very long.

There was a fun story line but certainly not one of her best books.

  • The Forgotten

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,111

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really liking PULLER

  • By Diana on 11-30-12

Another good Baldacci read

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

The premise of this book is a serious problem that has gotten nearly no widespread media coverage. Having it put in a novel of this quality will at least get those who follow Baldacci informed and perhaps that can make all of us more aware.

It was frightening to hear the thought that there was no problem getting more of this "product" as there would always be a glut of the poor.

Aside from that, this was a well written book with a plot that kept me wanting to continue reading.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,329

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Boring for first 2/3rds. Fascinating at the end

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

The only reason I kept on with this book is that I was doing outside labor and it was better than nothing. I also hate to delete a book I have paid for so I kept on. Then came the actual story.

Why this author had to drag out the first 2/3rds I don't know. Could I say it was worth the time to get to the last 1/3rd? I'm not sure, but it was fascinating. I had no idea of the ending and the ending was so.....great.

Obviously, my review is mixed. Am I glad I read this book? Yes I am. Would I read another by this author? I think I would try one more.

As I got closer to the end, it was more and more interesting. I didn't want to turn it off and I wasn't disappointed.

I rated the story itself as a 4 star but know you are in for a long and draggy beginning and middle.

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  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,318

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

Great historical info

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

I thought this was the best book about Lincoln I had read. The details of all the people around him and all the specifics about them and their lives as well as Lincoln's were fascinating. The timeline of all of this put things into perspective too.

The reason I gave a lower performance rating wasn't that O'Riley didn't do a good job of naration for the most part, but the mispronounciation of several words drove me crazy. Primarily calvary for cavalry. The word was used over and over. At first I thought I was hearing incorrectly, but I wasn't!