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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,857
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,999

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nora I love is back!!

  • By Indydog on 05-31-18

Typical Roberts but much more

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I almost didn't get Shelter in Place BECAUSE of the usually sappy love stories (other reviewers didn't think it was Roberts enough). Kept my interest almost through the end -- had to skip three chapters and listen to the last. I've been known to leave the room when movies get too tense - chicken that I am. Great story. Probably a five-star considering the upgrade to excellent mystery. Glad I bought. 1/16/19

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 732

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

ZZZZZZ good book for this

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The reviews on HOLDING were so great that I ordered, but Wow! what a mistake. I don't find any redeeming qualities in this extremely boring, takes-forever-to-go-anywhere and then you're still left thinking Surely there must be more. Not for me. No apologies 1/13/19

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's a lot...

  • By Anonymous User on 08-22-18

Silly, insipid story

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I can't figure where any good reviews for this so-called novel are coming from. The marketing hype seems to have nothing to do with what actually occurs. This is just a silly story for the younger (though hopefully legal age) set to waste time on. 12/22/18

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,529

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twist overload

  • By RueRue on 10-12-16

Lots of twists

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR was a great thriller with tons of twists; couldn't put it down. Only negative is the main female character was annoying at times and a bit too introspective with tedious inner dialog I guess it's called. But plot carried the day. Kudos to Kirsten Potter for a great narration. Many female narrators come off to me as though they're reading to children, have other annoying idiosyncrasies, or are terrible with male voices. All great with Potter. (The male/female voice issue goes for many male narrators as well I must add.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis. In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low-grade - but escalating - battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • worst sk book

  • By Michele best on 01-07-19

Not your typical Stephen King for sure

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

The author's narration of these two short stories (not a novel IMO) in ELEVATION is excellent. Just way too short in both cases, especially the first that had the makings of a longer and more involved "Kingian" plot. Starts out with a bang and ends with a fizzle. Entertaining though a tad disappointing 3 1/2 hours all in all and would probably not buy again if buy again applies to a book.

0 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,913

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Snookered again by the name brand

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Sadly, this is not the first time I've been snookered into buying a book because I generally like the author. First let me say the narrator, Michael Beck was definitely 5-star -- not his fault the plot took a dive. The first part of the book was great, the war section ok, and though interesting in its own way went on too long, so I fast forwarded. But that ending! I feel so duped. The whole premise was the suspense of the big secret of why a murder took place in the first chapter. I'm still shaking my head at how trite and lacking in creativity it was.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • California Fire and Life

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about an insurance adjuster, oh yea.

  • By John S on 04-18-15

Re-read for 3rd time....

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I just re-listened to California Fire and Life for at least the third time and it still gets a five ***** star from me. Many plots, subplots and amazing twists. Absolute love this book. 11/3/2018

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kremlin Conspiracy

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs. With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding thriller

  • By DIANE M TINKLE on 03-12-18

Up-to-date Spy

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Many other reviewers give the plot, so I will not boringly repeat. I'll just say that of the many spy / conspiracy books I've listened to, this one is special and current. It's fast moving and has an amazing narrator. Couldn't stop listening! 10/9/2018

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,639

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

On and on and on....

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

After four chapters I clicked PRETTY GIRLS as "finished" in the queue. The story took forever to move forward. I could see where it could have been a good story, but the details ad nauseam was a turn-off to me. No more of this author for me. 10/9/18

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wayward

  • Wayward Pines, Book 2
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,575

Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Book One

  • By William on 09-24-14

Not for me puts it mildly

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

In addition to being on sale, I bought this book because I've read this author before and loved his writing. But this one I truly disliked. After several chapters in I went to the last one to see if it perhaps turned around. It didn't.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful