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  • 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 2,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580

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

A Man's Book

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I continued listening to this book because of the character, Strike and because of the narrator. Otherwise, ir was a non story. Nothing has happened in the first 4 hours and 18 hours more of it is unbearable. This is without a doubt, a "man's book" in the way of Jim Harrison, Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,274

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

A Lovely Revenge Book

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Like the film Memento, and David Ellis' book In The Company of Liars, this book goes back and forth in time and it may take some concentration. Worth it. And, for those of us with revenge fantasies, it's a nice piece of work. Keep writing David Langercrantz, and stay safe. The beauty of a book like this is that one can listen again and again and it's always new.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,857

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

A Truly Ugly Book

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Any additional comments?

This is yet another case of relentless, over the top violence toward women. All this has consequences, why don't you get it?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,633

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

I listen over and over,, can't get enough.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Any additional comments?

Posted this to Facebook: To my dog lover friends... there is a book. Suspect by Robert Crais is about a military dog in civilian life. I'm listening to it for maybe the 6th, 7th time, in love with the story and grateful to Audible for giving us an experience that one cannot get by just reading, MacLeod Andrews as narrator who gives it an amazing dimension. It's worth joining Audible just for this book!

  • Love You More

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112

One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing all the way through!

  • By Molly on 03-17-11

What a great storyteller...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

If you could sum up Love You More in three words, what would they be?

fascinating, smart, compelling

What does Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The child's voice was amazing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many. If you like stings, this is the book for you.

Any additional comments?

The character Tessa Leoni is strong, shrewd and focused. Women will love it. Thank you I'm hooked!

  • The Cold Moon

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered, the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer, who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker, has more murders planned in the hours to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great puzzle!

  • By Laura on 08-14-06

More graphic violence toward women.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Any additional comments?

The book, Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver is an ugly experience for women and probably for good men.The violence against women is part of the story but also added as gratuitous stories the protagonist and others tell each other. The only reasons an author would do this is nasty exhibition. Who is he trying to please?

  • Light of the World

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Burke is still the best

  • By Dave on 08-08-13

Nasty to women, beautifully read!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Any additional comments?

Maybe for the next 50 years books and movies about violence toward women should
be outlawed and only women doing violence to men should be written. This book is
absolutely disgusting. I'm a trauma nurse and you just don't get it!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Drawing Conclusions

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti's telefonino rings. A woman's body has been found in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. Brunetti sees some signs of force on the old woman, but they could just as easily have been from the radiator near where she fell. When the medical examiner rules that the woman died of a heart attack, it seems there is nothing to investigate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen, but

  • By Kathleen Rogers on 06-18-11

Absolutely Awful

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

Any additional comments?

Almost 8 hours of it and still no plot. At least 2 hours were filled with "He said", 'She said".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rope

  • An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 17
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on - her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, no question. But....

  • By karen on 07-15-12

Total absolute waste of time and money.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

What disappointed you about The Rope?

The first 5 hours she was down in a hole... and over 8 hours of describing scenery.
Awful, wearisome story.

Any additional comments?

More gratuitous, nasty violence against women. Sick of it.
Audible needs to expand their refund system.

  • Eye of the Beholder

  • By: David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

Attorney Paul Riley has built a lucrative career on his famous prosecution of Terry Burgos, a serial killer who emulated the lyrics of a violent song to gruesomely murder six girls, including the daughter of billionaires Harland and Natalia Bentley. Now, fifteen years later, the police are confronted with a new series of murders - and the grisly second verse to the song. Riley is the first to realize that the two cases are connected and that the line between copycat and cover-up has been blurred.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enough is Too Much!

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 09-15-13

Unbelievable violence against women.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-10

Repeated, gratuitous descriptions of killing women, blood, guts, gore. Nasty stuff, again and again. Who do you think your audience is?
Bad for women. Bad for good men. Where is the outrage?
Sick of it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful