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  • The Unclaimed Victim

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

In 1938, at the height of the Great Depression, a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city. Ethel Harding, a prostitute struggling to survive both the cold streets and the Torso Killer, takes refuge with a devout missionary sect - only to find that its righteous facade conceals the darkest of secrets. Sixty years later, the police find the butchered body of Alfred Wiley in the woods. But before his daughter, Kris, can even identify the remains, things he never told her begin to surface one by one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uniquely talented historical mystery author!

  • By Wayne on 11-16-17

BRILLIANT MODERN WRITER

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Love, love love this author for crazy clever writiing. Happy to report that there are 3 she has written. Please. buy. now.

  • The Policeman's Daughter

  • By: Trudy Nan Boyce
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

At the beginning of her career, Sarah "Salt" Alt was a beat cop in Atlanta's poorest, most violent housing project, The Homes. It is here that she meets the cast of misfits and criminals that will have a profound impact on her later cases: Man Man, the leader of the local gang on his way to better places; street dealer Lil D and his family; and Sister Connelly, old and observant, the matriarch of the neighborhood. A lone patrolwoman, Salt's closest lifeline is her friend and colleague Pepper, on his own beat nearby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atlanta is the setting for this story

  • By Erica on 07-30-18

Excellent procedural set in ATL

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

The Policeman's Daughter is the 2nd book in the series by Trudy Nan Boyce, who is a former ATL police officer in the heart of one of its projects and really rough part of town. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a book signing; I enthusiastically picked up the (first) book and have eagerly waited for this 2nd. It did not disappoint! The book's character's are raw, passionate; it's a great story for lovers of real-world city life.

  • Harvest

  • Dark Murmurings, Book 3
  • By: B. Pheasant
  • Narrated by: Gary Leo Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

What would you do if you won a dream holiday? For newly-weds Laurelyn and Elijah, it was a dream come true. They could finally have the honeymoon they could never have afforded on their own. Their excitement is tangible as they leave for Spain. With their arrival in Spain, they soon realize things aren’t as they should be. Instead of a hotel, they are taken to an isolated Asylum. They will be lucky to leave alive.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By Zoe on 04-14-18

Such an enthusiastic and crazy story!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Harvest is a quick listen about a young couple who go on a long-awaited vacation only to realize they have been duped and may die. A bit tongue in cheek, but the narrator has an enthusiasm for the story that really brought out the creepiness of the story.

  • Real Life Evil

  • A True Crime Quickie, Book 1
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Jason Fella
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Real Life Evil is the first book in a compelling series of true-crime short stories for listeners who don't have time for a full-length novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will we learn the lessons?

  • By Erryn Barratt on 08-20-18

Well written true stories--interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I loved this book for how well-written it was, but the narrator was a little monotone. A a result it was hard to distinguish stories.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,169

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Hilarious, poignant, educational all in one

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Crazy Rich Asians is the first in a 2 book series. It's crazily sardonic and manages to mock Asian wealth without racism. I loved the overdone characters and loved the desriptors of Asia. The last bonus in this book series is all the descriptions of Chinese dishes. Yummy!

  • 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 7,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,101

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

A twister. Predicatably unpredicatable.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

The Girl Who was Taken is a simple story of girls who are abducted. Its cleverness comes in weaving 2, maybe 3, different time periods, as is the popular genre style of late. This syle is done with ease and clarity in this book. The main characte, Magan, is sympathetic and the story is written well.

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,242

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

Reminiscent of Grisham's old...but nowhere close!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I fondly remember The Firm and The Runaway Jury, and the clever, underhanded ways thing were done. The suspense and edge-of-seat drama really made me love John Griahma. OF late though, his books have lacked ANY of the original cleverness. The Whistler has this framework, but I was so disappointed that there were no surprises.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think I would have added a surprise or 2.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

I really like Cassndra Campbell. She made me see the characters

Did The Whistler inspire you to do anything?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

It's a pleasant, but really boring read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Early Decision

  • Based on a True Frenzy
  • By: Lacy Crawford
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

A delightful and salacious debut novel about the frightful world of high school, SATs, the college essay, and the Common Application - and how getting in is getting in the way of growing up. Tiger mothers, eat your hearts out. Anne the "application whisperer" is the golden ticket to success. Working one-on-one with burned-out, helicopter-parented kids, she can make Harvard a reality. Her phone number is a national secret. Her students end up at the best of the best.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for your hs senior

  • By Michelle W. on 11-30-18

A MUST READ FOR PARENTS OF COLLEGE BOUND KIDS

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

What did you love best about Early Decision?

Ealy Decision is a reality-based fiction story about Anne, a college consultant who is hired by several rich and priviledged families who think Anne can get their less than stellar kids into college

What other book might you compare Early Decision to and why?

This book is very similar in style and irony to the Nanny Diaries.

Which character – as performed by Erin Moon – was your favorite?

I loved all of Erin Moon's characters--she has this great ability to make it seem like there are several narrtors--but I loved the boy the most.

Who was the most memorable character of Early Decision and why?

They all were great.

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light prequel

  • By CMMV on 01-01-15

I LOVE RHYS BOWEN AND LADY GEORGIANA!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Where does Masked Ball at Broxley Manor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Please do yourself a favor and get every book in this series. The characters are delightful, the stories are funny, and it's an overall joyful experience~!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Can't help but love Georigiana--she is so sweet, hapless, earnest....fun.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I adore Katherine Kellgren! She does a fantastic job of narrating each character as if they were a person. I look forward to these voices in each book.

Any additional comments?

LOVe!

  • Tell My Dad

  • A Mystery Novel Inspired by True Events
  • By: Ram Muthiah
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

"Stay away" - Those are the two words written on the forehead of every pedophile murdered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joshua Theaker is tasked with finding the killer whose killing methods involve strange weapons. Theaker and local law enforcement find it hard to agree on where the trail goes, while the local FBI is distracted by child kidnappings. For Theaker, there is a pattern among the victims. But just when Theaker thinks he is getting closer to the killer, he strikes again. And again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, Compelling & Suspenseful - Must Read!

  • By Elaine M. on 08-06-16

Gripping story about child abductions in Bay Area

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Tell My Dad is a quick and smooth 5 hour read centering on child and young adult abductions and college-age girl victimization. Along the way there is a Superman vigilante-type character who kills perpetrators and leaves the words "stay away". There are also a myriad of additional characters, including police officers, family members, and a college student investigating the abductions. It's a busy read.

Would you recommend Tell My Dad to your friends? Why or why not?

I gave this book a 3 due to the incredulity of the setup. According to this book, there is at least one victimization every day in a metro area, and Superman manages to figure out and kill every perpetrator. This story would have been better if set up in a fantastical setting, rather than starting out with the statement that the book was inspired by true events.

Have you listened to any of Brian Troxell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I really enjoyed narrator Brian Troxell's voice--smooth and enthusiastic without being over the top. I did not particularly like his feminine voices or ethnic voices which is the reason for 4 stars.

Do you think Tell My Dad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yeah, go the fantastical route and put the vigilante and Samantha in a series together.

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I think Ram Muthiah did an honorable job his first book out!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful