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  • The Coincidence Makers

  • A Novel
  • By: Yoav Blum
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it's all part of a bigger plan? What if there's no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don't know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world? Enter the Coincidence Makers - Guy, Emily, and Eric - three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deeper than I thought it would be

  • By NMwritergal on 03-17-18

Delightfully Imaginative!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Whether or not you believe in coincidences before listening to this book, the author will ruffle your little gray cells with humor, insight, and magic fairy dust.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Conviction

  • David Sloane, Book 5
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Lawyer David Sloane is a desperate parent. His son Jake, still reeling from the loss of his mother in a brutal murder ( Bodily Harm), has spiraled out of control. Sloane needs to reconnect with him - needs to keep him out of jail. So when an old friend suggests a guys-only camping trip, Sloane accepts. Maybe if he and Jake get away they will find needed quality time. Bond. Catch a few fish. But the trip into the remote reaches of California’s Gold Country takes a turn for the worse when Jake and his buddy are caught vandalizing a general store.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 04-01-17

Fun Twists

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

And it's always refreshing to see the judicial system portrayed as a true justice system. Strong characters, credible depth of emotions and inner strength, and a good story that isn't a formula-driven plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,466

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Bosch is off his game

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Several lame mistakes Harry doesn't usually make - real eye-rollers. C'mon Bosch, get your act together. The narrator's voice is okay, but flatlines between characters. Best aspects of the book are when Mickey is in the courtroom.

  • Surrender, New York

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,217

In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this but...

  • By Mark Hancock on 09-27-16

The Alienist it ain't

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Flat characters are crammed into formulaic boxes - their interactions with each other and the story don't mature. The protagonist is stiff and his speaking and thinking are stilted and affected (imagine Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes without a British accent - including the issue Holmes has with women, and with emotion in general). His sidekick/partner is a foul-mouthed, more intelligent version of Dr. Watson, though here he's spoken to dismissively and with unnecessary derision, even though we're told repeatedly how brilliant he is. There's no genuine humor or warmth or sadness at the plight of the children. The "action" is all staged. Add a femme fatal, a brash 15-year-old protege, elected officials with no qualms about hiding the prevalence of throw-away kids (can't stain the state's reputation, now can we?), and aw shucks cops, and you have the whole cast of characters. Nary a one would I like to get to know, and I definitely won't read the next book in what will probably be a series (blatantly augured in the final couple of paragraphs (and that's not a spoiler). Don't waste a credit.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Just Dreams

  • The Brooks Sisters Dreams Series, Book 1
  • By: L. J. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Gwynne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Sparks fly when attorney Kathy Brooks agrees to represent novelist Charles Morgan, Jr. in a high-profile suit against a powerful government defense contractor. But when Charles’ hidden agenda threatens to expose the government’s dirty little secrets, what started out as the case of a lifetime could cost Kathy her heart, her career and even her life. As the body count rises and the stakes get higher, Charles and Kathy will have to decide just how much they’re willing to sacrifice for the win.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seems more like an abridged novel

  • By sheryl beauchemin on 08-08-16

Boring story & poor execution of trite formula

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Listen to the sample to hear lame reading, too. Attorney/client unethical relationship; no character development (all of lame characters who elicit no interest - they're wooden); trite story; I stopped reading. Strong recommendation you not waste a credit or money!

  • The Lie

  • By: C. L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Penny Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary, and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She's happier than she's ever been, but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist. Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday, but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense beyond any formula!

  • By Aisha on 07-08-16

Suspense beyond any formula!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

I've collected almost every badge for frequent audio book listeners, so I've built a solid base for comparing novels. But I rarely submit reviews, only doing so when everything about the story, pace, plot development, and character growth are stellar - beyond just rating full stars in every category. The presenter is also outstanding, and the voices are well acted and easily differentiated. You can read about the story as part of perusing books that are on offer. Another laudable aspect of the story is that it can't be pigeon-holed into a genre. Well worth a credit!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Shark

  • Forgotten Files, Book 1
  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum's past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards. Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley's old flame, is Shield Security's newest member. He's plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • worst performance ever

  • By W.H. on 01-13-17

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Trite, cliche, bad Harlequin (not that there's a good Harlequin imho), stereotypical/wooden characters, no character development, insipid dialog that states (and restates) the obvious, bizarrely trivial details (e.g. when the action is in the foyer, "the voice came from an unseen upstairs room"). And the narrator does not have the ability to talk men's voices. I returned the book in chapter 8.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,940

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

Worth a review

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Maybe it sounds smaltzy, but I teared up at the end of this book. This was in spite of the poor two women in the book: "supporting roles" is a significant overstatement. Even the production gives them short shrift. Their attempts to participate in conversations are clumsy, irritating, disruptive sound bite inserts. I wish Baldacci would expand this story into an Amos Decker series. The plot has a great deal of pathos, and the four main characters, three good guys and a baddie, develop naturally and in context. It would be a diservice to a potential reader to give away the twists. Amos is a brilliant former detective, only in part due to synesthesia (a fascinatlng condition), but he makes human mistakes. One of those timing flukes starts the ball moving down the field. This metaphor is intentional: football finatics will enjoy the extent to which this is the cord - stronger than a thread - that ties the story together from the first scene to the last. Anyone from Alabama or Mississippi will take umbrage at the stereotypical racists, but remember: "the truth will out."

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,843

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Read

  • By Menon on 08-14-12

Inspired to move to Scotland!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

You will thoroughly enjoy this book if you like genuinely-portrayed historical fiction that lives into the present; stories of invincible and enduring love; engaging characters who have not one whit of a caricature about them; beautiful writing; modern and 17th century plots that are flawlessly intertwined; evocative descriptions of powerful seas, landscapes, and weather; and a performer who has mastered Scottish dialects as spoken by men and women.

  • Taking Liberty

  • Gabe Quinn, Book 3
  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: David Doersch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Imprisoned for the attempted murder of a federal agent, Gabe Quinn is keen to make amends for his mistakes - so when a gruesome murder forces his freedom, he is determined to do everything in his power to bring the killer to justice and prove himself to the FBI. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the killer has something else in mind for Gabe Quinn, something that will raze everything he loves to the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending will leave you breathless...

  • By shelley on 04-27-15

Lots of trite-ness and repetition, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

...I still enjoyed this book, as well as the other two in the series. Houghton does a good job of blending material from the first and second books, but it helps if you start from the first. This last one leaves the reader hanging on one key issue, which sets the stage for a fourth book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful