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  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm Hooked!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-17-14

Always a supreme read!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

If you haven’t read the Joe books, you really are missing out. This series just doesn’t let you down. It’s characters are real; they jump off the pages so you come to find them friends. The writing is taut, the suspense is palpable. I love when stories have underdogs with a friend that keeps them company, with real faults. The emotions of the characters kept me reading. I don’t know how the author does it, but I begin to read his books and feel myself tipping over the ledge into a whirlpool of a different time and place. Robotham is a very fine writer!

  • True West

  • By: Sam Shepard
  • Narrated by: Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

Kit Harington (Games of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast) smolder and burn as sparring brothers in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic 1980 drama. The live theatre production of True West was performed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, United Kingdom, in 2019. It was produced by Joseph Smith and John Brant for Smith & Brant Theatricals and James Bierman for Empire Street Productions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Screenwriters, golf and brother's hate

  • By Kingsley on 04-05-19

Good, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

The ending is confusing. This is still worth a listen because it is so very fast paced and well done writing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tower

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038

Allander Atlasia is an infamous psychopath whose heinous crimes have earned him a lifetime stay at the Tower, the world's most extreme maximum-security prison. But after a brilliant and brutal escape, the criminal mastermind begins a killing spree that is intensely personal. Jade Marlow is an ex-FBI profiler and tracker whose fearlessness is only surpassed by the severity of his own inner demons. With a record of irrational behavior and a genius for putting himself into the mind of a criminal predator, he may be the one man diabolical enough to catch Atlasia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best. (Spoilers)

  • By Taryn on 01-02-19

Not for the faint of heart

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

I’m not a prude. I love thrillers, crime fiction, violence and swearing doesn’t phase me. But when it comes to mental torture or hurting children that is where I draw the line.
The first couple of hours during the prison scene was profoundly entertaining, full of harsh prison creeps and violence.
After the prison scene I was subjected to callously terrible and horrifying scenes of children subjected to kidnapping and witnessing the gruesome deaths of their parents, in detail.
The detail is what bothered me. I just couldn’t bare that. I returned it. Too bad! Everything else was stellar!

  • The Woman Inside

  • A Novel
  • By: E. G. Scott
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Mark Deakins, full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match. But 20 years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story start to finish, a little tragic but not in a bad way

  • By Jenn on 01-26-19

Meh

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Just couldn’t get into it. Too predictable, too much back and forth through time. The characters weren’t fleshed out but merely cardboard figures. Really didn’t enjoy. Returned it.

  • At the Wolf's Table

  • A Novel
  • By: Rosella Postorino, Leah Janeczko - translator
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Germany, 1943. Rosa Sauer’s parents are gone, and her husband, Gregor, is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Alone, she has little choice but to leave war-torn Berlin behind and live with her in-laws in a village near the Wolfschanze, the Wolf’s Lair, Hitler’s hidden headquarters. Convinced the enemy wants to poison him, Hitler conscripts 10 women, including Rosa, to be his food tasters. Even though food is a luxury, eating the decadent feasts Hitler will soon be served is an act of torture - after each meal, the women must wait an hour to see if they will die.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By Lu Worrell on 02-08-19

Sadness on a platter!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Sure war is sad. But this is a story with no smiles, no comrades, no friendships, no hope.
The main character never learns her lessons in life.
She goes from one scene to another with baggage, infidelity and no gratitude for anyone or anything. She makes mistakes but never learns
Where she could have become a person that could see joy in a flower, she doesn’t take the time to do so. Many people suffered much much worse than she did. Yet she walks through life, even after the war, alone by choice. I got tired of waiting for her to stop feeling sorry for herself.
She chose to keep her feelings to herself, chose to be closed off emotionally when she had every opportunity to be open and let the world in.
Even when life could have been good after the war, she would not reach out to those who were reaching out to her.
I felt nothing for her but pity. Such a miserable life and make no mistake about it, it was her undoing herself.
Such a waste. I could never be proud of this woman. If I knew her in person I could never befriend her.
There are glimpses in the story of what other people thought of her. And by the end you realize those people’s opinions were accurate. She was self serving , selfish, always thinking about herself. Yuck.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,793

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Exquisitely written and performed!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I think this is the best book of the year! I would normally pay no attention to such a bland book cover. How happy I am that I did.
The phrases, descriptions read like the tender dew drops on grass blades.
This is the best book of friendship, love, the giving of ones self to the point where sacrifices are an honor.
THIS is the love all mortals dream of. The difference s between mortals and gods are insignificant, we feel anger, jealousy, inadequacy; we can not fix everything to our liking.
I’ve never read Greek mythology, but this is so very much more!
The emphasis is on human strengths and weaknesses, on how to truly love another and it culminates with a battle won on the shoulders of two young men. One man is mortal, self giving, underestimating his strength, the other man is mortal/god with manly strength unrivaled yet his friend is stronger in spirit uplifting the mere man/god till the end when both are equal.
Without giving away the surprise in the story; I can only say I can’t imagine anyone reading this without coming away a better, happier person.

  • Twisted

  • By: Andrew E. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 708

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • you must ride this rollercoaster

  • By A. Sines on 04-28-15

Just awful in my opinion

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

It started out good, within four or six chapters it turned into story telling. Do you realize the difference of being told a story and listening to a story? If you do you’ll realize you are being told, he went here, I went there, I felt scared, I am confused etc.
A good book uses active adverbs and adjectives so you can live the story. This turned into, what felt to me, “ see spot run, see Jane, run spot run”.
The last 2/3 of the book were hardly any dialogue. I got disinterested. It just kept repeating phrases of confusion, fear, etc.
I think: if I can say this without sounding condescending, I felt like I was reading a 7th grade book.
I like some B movies because they deliberately don’t take themselves seriously. I don’t like B books because I just don’t feel involved. I didn’t care what happened to the main character and I should have. Books rated below B, which I feel this one is, feel like someone is telling you about a story THEY read.
I hope my review helps.
I try to review constructively and not just say a book sucks. Someone might find this enjoyable. I found it sophomoric.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,471

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

WOAH!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

The best book in over a year! Thrilling, non stop energy and action. There isn’t a place you can stop and catch your breath, eat dinner or pee!!
I write very few reviews. I only write when I am completely blown away!

This is ingenious! Every time I thought to myself “ that’s not possible “, the writer made it possible.
This would be a great movie. He’ll, I guess I should see if it already is.
This isn’t back to the future, but more like across the many different “Me’s” out there in parallel timelines.
This has a medical thriller/slight sci-fi/ action adventure. The writer lets the characters take over instead of telling us what’s going on. I enjoy first person writing styles for this reason.
I felt fear, tension, anxiety and intense love for this average man with an exemplary love for his family above all else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Serve and Protect

  • Onset, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

When vampires attack David White's small town, only luck, firepower, and the intervention of an elite government task force saves his life. The aftermath of the attack leaves him in the middle of the world's biggest secret: the existence of government agencies that regulate the supernatural. They insist that David's "luck" is actually a supernatural gift, and he's immediately recruited into ONSET, the most shadowy part of America's thin blue line of police protectors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent multi genre story with plenty of action!

  • By Chris Miller on 01-18-18

Surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I can appreciate great classic literature, horror, historical fiction, but I prefer books of this genre.

Well written, NOT a repeat of all the apocalypse books out there. Yet if you enjoy the Monster Hunter series ( hell who wouldn’t ) or the Joe Ledger books, oh and Zombie Fallout series, you love this.

It has the potential to be a very long series. The emphasis is on the people that fight the supernatural and the plans they make to bring it to them.
Make no mistake though you’ll get plenty of demons, elvans, elves, vampires etc.
this isn’t about Zombies but about fighting the supernatural beings in the world.
Thoroughly enjoyed this. I blasted through it in 18 hours!

Pick it up if you relish a good vampire hunt, police procedural, well fleshed out characters, faux military. This is just a really good book to get lost in!

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,953

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Just WOW!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Do Not believe anything about the ending being awful!! Look at the 10K reviews and the near 5 stars. This isn’t paranormal, just lucid dreaming taken a little too far.
Lucid dreaming isn’t paranormal, it is a very true and practiced phenomenon. I can only think the negative reviewers don’t realize this.
The ending is complained about. I can’t understand! This is a thriller and it delivers!!

I didn’t expect the ending at all. But as soon as I hit the ending everything fell into place.
Please rate my review as helpful so we can get those awful reviews down further. A good review, a review praising this book needs to be placed on top of the list because this thriller is everything and more than I’ve ever read!

You’ll not be disappointed by the ending of this book. It comes up and you’ll say, ” Ah Ha! NOW I understand why she lived at the gym, know I get why ' it wasn’t how she liked it’”!

I can only beg you to read this book, love this book, take the adventure with the characters. The characters are fully fleshed out, your questions are answered all along in the book, and the ending will leave you with chills and satisfied!
I don’t like female narrators. Matter of fact I have only four books out of 300+ with female narrators. But I took a chance and this isn’t an amateur, this narrator ROCKS!

On the fence? Buy it. Ten thousand reviewers loved this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful