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  • The Good Samaritan

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy: she's survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn't love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it. But now someone’s on to her - Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very twisty

  • By aycee on 04-18-18

DISAPPOINTING. OKAY. DISAPPOINTING.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Excellent narrators. The first one-fourth of this audiobook is slow and unrealistic, but the middle of the audiobook is quite good. Unfortunately, the last fourth of the book is both predictable and back to unrealistic again. Worst of all, it leaves the story unfinished but not even interesting enough that the listener cares.

  • The Body in the Marsh

  • DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
  • By: Nick Louth
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin.... To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Miriam Sabir on 10-28-18

WORTH THE PURCHASE

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Even though the listener to the audiobook "The Body in the Marsh" figures out who done it fairly quickly, the how and why remain a mystery until the end. An intricate plot and great narration make this an excellent listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Only Girl in the World

  • A Memoir
  • By: Maude Julien
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to Express How Much I Recommend This Boo

  • By Deborah on 01-11-18

TIRESOME AND MONOTONOUS

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

The point of this story eludes me. It is a long and somewhat tiresome account of the real-life Maude Julien and a recitation of the dreadful events that occurred during a portion of her life. There is little spirit or energy put forth in this story -- really, just a monotonous narration of events -- and there is scant background into any of the characters, good and bad, to help us connect the dots of her life. The narrator did a nice job, but there are a myriad of excellent stories regarding child abuse already published; there is no need to waste your time and money on this one.

  • Do No Harm

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Someone is stalking the UCLA Medical Center - a depraved madman who is preying upon the staff, particularly those who are young and female. No stranger to the terrible ravages of senseless violence, E.R. Chief Dr. David Spier must keep the emergency room running smoothly and efficiently, even as his terrified co-workers wonder who will be the next victim. But when the monster himself is dragged into the E.R. in handcuffs - hideously burned, suffering, and begging for mercy - the nightmare is far from over. It has only just begun.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay plot; great narration!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-18

NARRATOR ELEVATES STORY

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The story "Do No Harm" tends to wander a bit during the first half but overall keeps the audiobook listener interested throughout. Scott Brick's narration was excellent, as usual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,180

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

JUST PLAIN FUN!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Entertaining, informative about past and present stand-up comedy, and just plain fun to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,773
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,383

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

ROWLING STRIKES AGAIN!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Using the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling's "Lethal White" is another exceptional, well-written mystery starring P.I. Cormoran Strike. Rowling's use of Robert Glenister, the brilliant narrator, greatly enhances the fun of listening to the audiobook.

  • 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 13,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,834

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

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

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,499

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 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

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