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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,380

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

OH, PLEEEZE!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Very juvenile, trite and boring. Additionally, many authors should NEVER narrate their own audiobooks -- leave it to professional narrators, please! -- and that includes this author. I so disliked her narration that I couldn't even finish listening past the 30-minute mark. Forget this audiobook.

  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

  • By shelley on 07-11-18

GREEDY TRICK

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

One of the most desperate tricks an author can play on his/her readers, who have already paid for the current book and thus already put money in the author's pockets, is to create a cliffhanger ending to the novel. The only purpose for this greedy gimmick is to force this built-in base of readers to spend more money simply to find out what happened in the preceding novel. I refuse to honor such greed with a decent review.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,974

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

STICK WITH MABEL LANE FOX

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The author does a terrific narration of her own novel (and also played Mabel Lane Fox in the TV series Downton Abbey). Her story, though, is generally just "okay". The main problem is that Mark and Erin, the two primary characters, both of whom are well-educated and sophisticated, are unbelievably naive and sometimes juvenile in dealing with an event that started during their honeymoon and in their actions taken afterward. There is no credible way they would have gotten away with any of their actions in real life, which becomes very frustrating and annoying to the reader. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with good crime fiction.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Voice Inside

  • Frost Easton, Book 2
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Four years after serial killer Rudy Cutter was sent away for life, San Francisco homicide inspector Frost Easton uncovers a terrible lie: his closest friend planted false evidence to put Cutter behind bars. When he's forced to reveal the truth, his sister's killer is back on the streets. Desperate to take Cutter down again, the detective finds a new ally in Eden Shay. She wrote a book about Cutter and knows more about him than anyone. And she's terrified. Because for four years, Cutter has been nursing revenge day after stolen day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT ! Leaves you wanting more!!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-17-18

WELL DONE, MR. FREEMAN. WELL DONE.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

One of the most creative mysteries I've read or listened to in a long time. While the narrator's unique voice is better suited to humor, he didn't take anything away from Mr. Freeman's great story. Buy it if you don't have an audiobook credit!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lane

  • A Case For Willows And Lane, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

"So I thought I might take up paragliding. You know, buy one on eBay and just jump off the cliff one morning." Emily Willows is middle-aged, widowed, wealthy, and bored. When she makes those flippant remarks to her son over coffee one Friday, she has no inkling that within a few hours she will be facing the most terrifying situation of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT'S A DEFINITE YES

  • By Ann on 05-30-18

IT'S A DEFINITE YES

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

While this audiobook is shorter than most (about 5 hours long), the only substance the story lacks is all the pointless filler that many authors include to make their books fatter and the audiobooks longer. A succinct and smart mystery, good narration, likeable characters, and a hint at the end that we haven't heard the last of the two unusual females featured in this story. Well done, and can't wait for part 2!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece!

  • By Steven Allgood on 04-27-18

STILL WORTH IT

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Sanford's new mystery, Twisted Prey, is not quite as good as his prior novels, but it's still a well-written story and worth a listen. Richard Ferrone's unique voice and narration, including his playful interpretation of Sanford's witticism and droll remarks throughout the story, are again top-notch.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,097

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

I WILL NOT LIE: NOT EVEN CLOSE TO GOOD

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Two freakishly symbiotic sisters with severe mental disorders are the main (and unlikeable) characters of this dragging tale, the ending of which is confusing and highly unlikely and thus very irritating. The narrator has a good voice and uses it well most of the time, but the lack of energy generated by it adds to the tediousness of the story. Definitely not worth your time or money.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This novel has issues!

  • By Wayne on 09-12-17

I BEG YOU NOT TO!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Oh so bad. Not a mystery. Not a thriller. No likable characters. Not even interesting to the normally competent narrators whose performances get
less energetic as the novel drags its way to the ending. Simply a boring and "who-cares" story covering 25 wholly uninteresting years of a bland and cliched couple's life. I beg you NOT to purchasing this audiobook; just check out other novels that are hopefully not as mis-catagorized as this one was. Or re-read a good book you've previously read -- it will certainly be better time spent than "When You Disappeared".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bomb Maker

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences - half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bomb Maker- Life Taker!

  • By Tracy P. on 02-11-18

Wrong Wrong Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

The narrator, Joe Barrett, has a unique voice and is terrific for light-hearted or whimsical tales. He was a terrible selection, though, for this mystery about a bomb maker and death. I could never get into Perry's story because Barrett's voice grated against the tenseness and solemnity of what was happening. I had to stop listening half-way through the audiobook.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 984

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

CAN YOU FEEL IT?

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

The author cleverly uses extremes of nature for her backdrops -- oppressive heat and drought in "The Dry" and, in "Force of Nature", cold and dismal wetness, and snakes, and the bushland-- which one can almost feel while listening to the story. This well-written mystery, along with good narration, is definitely worth your time and money.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful