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  • The Coroner

  • By: Jennifer Graeser Dornbush
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,004

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she is called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a book or advertisement for a Nissan Leaf?

  • By A. Hall on 02-27-19

OK til the ending

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Sorry, author, but that is NOT how you end a book. That’s a ploy to just sell the next one, which I vow not to do despite liking in til the end. I’m out.

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,224

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Titus is Bosch...onscreen

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Book was ok. Not the best I’ve read of the series. Titus makes for an awesome Harry onscreen...but he was lacking, for me, as a narrator. But, it’s ok...

  • Witch Myth Super Boxset

  • A Collection of Cozy Witch Mysteries
  • By: Alexandria Clarke
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen, Elizabeth Lagalee, Jo Nelson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Best-selling cozy mystery author Alexandria Clarke brings you the complete collection of the highly-rated Witch Myth Christmas and Witch Myth Yew Hollow series. These stories have accumulated over 500 five-star reviews and have been boxed together for the first time! That's three complete series totaling nine books!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • terrible narrators I tried! I wanted to like it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-02-18

Pronounciation is atrocious in 3rd set

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Changing narrator from American English in set 1 to British English in set 2 was bad enough...but switching to a Frenchwoman speaking American English was just NO. No...no...no!!! I literally stopped listening. It was ridiculous. No excuse for that. Trust me, you won’t be able to overlook it. The series was ok. Good value...but the last narrator just made it not worth it. Hurts me to review it like this, but it’s just the truth.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,511

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

As much as we want it to continue-it needs to end

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Would you try another book from David Lagercrantz and/or Simon Vance?

Yes to both.
The author writes well, but he’s no Stieg Larsson - it’s blatantly obvious...and, that’s a problem.
Simon Vance can do no wrong!!!

What was most disappointing about David Lagercrantz’s story?

The story was just a bunch of little stories trying to be a novel. Lizbeth is not the focal point...and, this Lisbeth is not Stieg’s Lisbeth. I felt this novel was a waste of time and didn’t progress her story at all.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

He’s great. Simply great.

What character would you cut from The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye?

Sadly, Lisbeth...her story added nothing...but, none of them really did. I had no interest in any of them, really...except for Holger.

Any additional comments?

Look, most will want to get his...but, if you’ve read/listened to the first 3, then this will not be up to par.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How Nancy Drew Saved My Life

  • By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • Narrated by: Elenna Stauffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 28

Broken, smashed, and stomped in the mud. That's how Charlotte Bell's heart ended up the last time she let her emotions heat up on a nanny assignment. So taking a new position in frigid Iceland, working for Ambassador Edgar Rawlings, might be just what Charlotte needs in order to heal up and chill out. This time, she's determined to be intrepid and courageous. She's even read all 56 original Nancy Drew books in preparation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can I give it zero stars?

  • By Nancy on 08-01-07

Worst I’ve ever read/heard

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

This has got to be the most poorly written book I’ve ever listened to (or read). Add to that a sub par narration, and you’ve almost got a comedy...if it just wasn’t so hard to listen to.

I dare anybody to compliment this book. Seriously...I dare you!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

Too confusing

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I like reading in depth books...I don't particularly like listening to them. I'm usually doing something other than just listening. This book was jumping back and forth in time. Person to person. Place to place. Although the narrator does a good job, it can't help but be confusing when you are doing more than 1 thing. If you plan to just listen, I'm sure it'd be fine. Oh, well...

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,926

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

NOT a mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

As much as I thought this book was enjoyable, it is not a mystery. I don't really know what this is categorized as. Love story with some suspense? Overall a good listen. Narrator was aces.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,367

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Glad I went for it

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

I'd always known about the book Jane Eyre. But, finally reading/listening to it was such a pleasant surprise. I adored this book. 100+ years and it still holds up and with such emotion. Thandie Newton was brilliant. Simply wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,257

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Why the duo of narrators

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

The duo of narrators almost had me stop listening. If it wasn't for the story, there's no doubt I'd've returned this book. The male narrator is very good - 4/5; while the female narrator, is, well, not as good - 2/5: hence my 3/5 rating for performance.
Thankfully, the story is good. Very good. Well written, and captivating. Like a lot of books I've read or listened to, I found the ending to be rather quick and slightly unsatisfying.
Overall, however, I think that, if you can overcome the odd narration duo(and some even odder sound effects) the story will captivate you.

  • The Curse of Tenth Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister's hair before she wakes up? But "how do I trap not one malevolent god but three?" was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. There's just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EVERYONE NEEDED TO READ THUS SERIES

  • By julie wood on 07-01-16

The sex is over the top and unnecessary

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

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

Hard to say. I'd recommend the first 9, but, for some reason, even tho the sex has been intense in her other books, it just felt so over the top in this one.

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

REMOVE THE SEX. It is SO unnecessary and, honestly, ads nothing to the story. The use of the 'C' word to describe the female anatomy is very offensive. As is the use of the 'C' unnecessary to describe the male anatomy. This isn't porn. Less is more, Darynda!

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

No. Never. She's brill.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not if it was rated 14+

Any additional comments?

I'm not a prude. It's just the sex feels so unnecessary. Overkill. Darynda writes really well...she's quirky, and will make you laugh out loud. The sex parts, tho, sound like she copied something verbatim from a porno. Just too...Ewww.