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  • The Boy

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he's ever seen. Genevieve's seven-year-old son, P.J., has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick's wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like watching dominos...

  • By shelley on 01-04-19

Intriguing mystery!!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

I really liked this book!! I felt for the main detective characters and became invested in their story and hunt for the truth! Kept me guessing till the end, though I partially guessed at something early on but then dismissed it only to learn I was right. That to me means a good sorry bc I truly was perplexed and kept guessing!! The narrator didn’t bother me at all contrary to other reviewers. I just really enjoyed the ride! Highly recommend!!!

  • Recursion

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom, Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686

Memory makes reality. That’s what NYC cop Barry Sutton is learning, as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome - a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease - a force that attacks the very fabric of the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-12-19

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

I really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling and suspenseful and fun and also terrifying at times. The two main characters were likable and relatable. They were real. This book gave me a lot to think about. I look forward to the next book by this author.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,460

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

At first I was not sure about this book but it grew on me. I was shocked at some of the turn of events, surprised at others and some I expected. Overall it was a pretty good read and I enjoyed it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of Alice

  • By: Lee Bacon
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,195

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: A chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: A nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. And a mysterious organization - the Leopold Foundation - that’s watching her every move. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Enjoyable

  • By Cheryl on 05-05-19

Enjoyable though unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

This is a very interesting listen as it is told through a video diary and we hear everything after the fact. This book is very much gossip girl meets pretty little liars - as others have said and I thought it was cute, mysterious and interesting but for the fact that these characters are only in seventh grade and 13 years old. It is just totally unrealistic and unbelievable for 13-year-olds to have done anything that these children do in the book. Had they been to 17, 18 or 19 it would’ve been much more believable. So I would recommend this but you have to suspend your belief as to their ages.

  • The Killer You Know

  • By: S. R. Masters
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

"You need to kill at least three people, right? So that's what I'll do." When Will jokes about becoming a serial killer, his friends just laugh it off. But Adeline can't help but feel there's something more sinister lurking behind his words. Fifteen years later, Adeline returns to Blythe for a reunion of the old gang - except Will doesn't show up. Reminiscing about old times, they look up the details of his supposed murder spree. But the mood soon changes when they discover two recent deaths that match.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously?

  • By kari roles on 07-01-19

Enjoyable!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I enjoyed this book and partly because I really enjoyed the character development and was interested in all of the characters. Was slightly frustrated that people failed to disclose certain things to each other that would have cleared up many misunderstandings but that was the story. While it’s not a overly suspenseful thriller it was a decent mystery and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t until close to the end that I more or less figured out where it was going but that did not distract from the actual ending. I look forward to reading more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,350

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Great short story!!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

This was very enjoyable. Was a free download. Interesting plot and kept me interested. Highly recommend!!

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,752

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

Loved it until the end....

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

So I had read The Lake House and loved it! Was so excited for this book and I really did love the first 85% of the novel. However, I didn't like how it failed to really tie anything up. Yes, it gave us some glimpses into how certain things happened and ended, but nothing to tie them all together and the huge "reveal" left me mad and unfulfilled and reminded me too much of another book that also left me frustrated (that I can't mention or else I would spoil). Why couldn't there just be like 2 more chapters? I know some things should be left to the reader's imagination but this was just ridiculous. The reader did a great job though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseatingly saccharine

  • By cathy journeaux on 04-29-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I did not care for this book. I cringed getting through the legal proceedings probably because I am an attorney myself and do not care for legal dramas. The other parts were also cringe worthy because I thought the character of Maggie was just so ridiculous and I couldn’t believe the storyline and how they acted. Even the twists and turns I didn’t find that compelling although the end few chapters were more interesting than the beginning.

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,264

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense at its best!

  • By NBurkey on 02-10-19

Good read

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

I debated between three stars and four stars. I ended up giving it four stars because it did foul me up until almost the end when I figured out the twist right before it was revealed. And since I read a lot of these types of novels I give the author credit for getting me this time. I did enjoy the story and it kept me interested throughout. I would recommend.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,185

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I found it to be a slow burner.

  • By Tammy on 06-12-18

Interesting but to drawn out

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

This book was OK. The overall story was interesting and the creepy house and mystery were entertaining. However the author took too long to get things out and there were too many inner monologues that went on and on and just got ridiculous. With more editing and a faster pace I think I would’ve liked it more.