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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,805

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Two Reviews in One...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

My wife and I both listened to/read this one, so this is both of our reviews (4's from my wife; 2's from me). We've both taken in all of Tana French's books because she's a really good writer, but we have diverging opinions.

👍 Agree: Tana does character study well, particularly when the characters are broken. My Wife: Wanted to slap most of the characters, but was compelled to keep listening/reading. Me: I was a bit more forgiving of them, but had a hard time understanding that level of delusion. I've never read Heart of Darkness, but maybe don't need to.
😢Agree: The book was toooo loooonnnngg. My wife: She bought the Kindle, also, and did the synch-thingie, mostly reading (yes Tana get's richer, but we support the cause). Me: I liked the reader's tone, but not the pace. I Iistened at 1.25x and still fell asleep between sentences; dangerous driving. (The ponderous, pregnant pauses were full-term breach-births.) Advice: Cut out half the text and read faster. I've never read War and Peace, but maybe don't need to.

In summary... My Wife: will always read Tana; she's just that good of a writer. Me: Tana does write that well, but I have had a hard time connecting with the story on a couple of her recent books and will be cautious now.

  • The Hush

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

It's been 10 years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm...Good and Bad

  • By Lizzystick on 03-09-18

Disappointing Departure

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less dwelling on the supernatural. More condensed (this was repetitive, wordy).

Would you ever listen to anything by John Hart again?

Absolutely would listen to John Hart again; I have really enjoyed all prior books. But I will be careful to make sure he hasn't gone off the rails again, like he did on this one.

What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

Cadence, tone. I wish Jeremy Bobb would have read The Last Child also, a much better book, but it's reader was not as good as Jeremy.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

John Hart still writes well in this book and engages you until he dwells too long on characters' visions in the magical mystery tour of the swamp. I still liked the characters, just felt like I was bogged down (pun intended).

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing here makes sense

  • By L. M. Roberts on 04-30-15

Another Good Robotham Story

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

As usual for Robotham, good character development and a good story. The reader was not as good as with his other books and it took a while to get into the performance, but the story was worth the wait.

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  • Bleed for Me

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-18

Excellent. Another success for Michael Robotham

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-10

My wife and I have both listened to all of Michael Robotham's books now. They are compelling stories with flawed but fascinating and sympathetic characters. I could listen to Sean Barrett all day. We can't wait for more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful