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  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,330

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I love the way David Baldacci goes into such detail on even the smallest hunch he has and doesn't stop until he gets the case solved.

  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,267

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Completely suspenseful and difficult to put down even when I had to do other things. I usually have to watch TV when working out on the elliptical, as listening to books just doesn't take my attention off of working out and being bored. I found myself working out even harder during the survival techniques Flora used to stay alive. I am anxious to get started on the next one.

  • Called to Protect

  • Blue Justice Series, Book 2
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 181

For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward transitions in flow

  • By Karen Ackman on 08-05-18

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

This book needs to be required reading for every young female before she ever thinks about going out on a date. Sex trafficking has become such a problem, and this book details how easily young girls can innocently become drawn into being a victim. I hope it is made into a movie so that more young girls can be protected from the criminals involved in such actions. I love the continuing saga of the families and also the dog Hank.

  • The Foundling

  • The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me
  • By: Paul Joseph Fronczak, Alex Tresniowski
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was - and set out to solve two 50-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family's deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare yourself for a journey that will take you to shocking places!

  • By OUChris on 04-04-17

Occasional Reader

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I simply loved this book and have also ordered the hardback book to go back over it again. I want to highlight some of the important lessons covered about DNA. I am also excited to be able to meet CeCe Moore at the Arkansas Genealogical Society's Fall Seminar this weekend. I hope there will be a second book or an update to tell the rest of the story whenever it unfolds. This book will help so many of us who are a part of the Adoption Triad - Adopted Adults, Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents. Thanks.

  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,718

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Way!

  • By Alexis on 03-21-18

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This storyline while varying from my usual choices in reading was very interesting and difficult to put down until finished.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,536

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This book was my first one to read by this author, but I will be getting his other books. This was such a clever way to investigate. 30-year-old murder investigation.

  • The Wages of Sin

  • Ozarks Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Nancy Allen
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In rural McCown County, Missouri, a young pregnant woman is found beaten to death in a trailer park. The only witness to the murder is Ivy, her six-year-old daughter, who points to her mom's boyfriend - father of the unborn child. County prosecutor Madeleine Thompson promises the community justice, and in the Ozarks that can mean only one thing: a death sentence. When Madeleine's first choice for cocounsel declines to try a death penalty case, she is forced to turn to assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Occasional reader

  • By Occasional reader on 03-05-18

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This one was the best of the three. I think all three books would have been better with less filthy language. I realize based on the movies Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO, and Winter's Bone, apparently having completely filthy language and the poorest of the poor suspects is the way to sell more books and create Oscar-nominee movies. I would, however, like to see more books written with less filthy language when depicting my home state of which I am very proud.

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  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,389

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I enjoyed both 1 and 2 of this series and can hardly wait for the third one. I really liked having different narrators for the different persons, as it made the stories more real and readily let me know which person was talking.

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,563

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Patti L Langston on 07-18-17

Occasional Reader

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

The suspense was great. I would like to see this made into a movie. Although I had several suspicions throughout, I was wrong on them and was surprised to learn the outcome. Emily Sutton-Smith did an outstanding job with the narrating.

  • Finding Noel

  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Richard Paul Evans
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

The Christmas season is supposed to be full of joy, but not for Mark Smart. Life has dealt him one blow after another, until one snowy November night, when he meets a beautiful young woman who will change his life forever. Macy Wood has little memory of her birth parents, and memories she'd rather forget of her adopted home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!

  • By Mary Ellen H. Shown on 07-05-18

Occasional reader

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Loved it and definitely needed Kleenexes throughout. I loved how the different storylines came together

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