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  • Dead Certain

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,731

Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she's not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she's sold her first novel, Ella couldn't be more thrilled...until she gets a call that her sister's gone missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Review

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

How do I give this 1/4 star????

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or Erin Bennett?

Not anytime soon.

What was most disappointing about Adam Mitzner’s story?

The storyline was absolutely stupid. I kept saying OMG while listening. We have a lawyer who can't keep her mouth shut, loose ends that are not tied up, a supposed saint of a sister who is killed while stringing three men along, pieces of the story that are repeated verbatim in different parts of the book- need I continue?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It sounded like Siri reading a phone book. I think a better narrator could have breathed life into a bad novel.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It had a great premise, but it needed a good editor and better follow-through.

Any additional comments?

I can't remember the last time I hated a book this much.

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  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,689

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

More Scott, Maggie- and MacLeod please!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

Man's Best Friend

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggie! You don't get a lot of books that have the dog's viewpoint as well as the human character's perspective.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

MacLeod is always excellent- I've listened to many of his performances.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both- it was great to see the relationship between Scott & Maggie develop until I cared & worried about them.That's good writing and narration.

Any additional comments?

Please, Mr. Crais, let's have more books in this series!

  • No One Would Listen

  • A True Financial Thriller
  • By: Harry Markopolos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812

No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the story, but not the author

  • By Brock on 05-08-13

COULD NOT FINISH

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If he had toned down the rhetoric.

What was most disappointing about Harry Markopolos’s story?

I understand why he wanted to go after Madoff, but he just comes off as an angry know it all, someone who has all the answers. No wonder he couldn't get anyone to listen to him.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

None.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment- I liked the premise, but quickly tired of him talking out both sides of his mouth. He stated they accused him of only wanting money, then constantly talked about getting rewards. And when he didn't get the results he wanted, he accused SEC employees of being stupid.

Any additional comments?

Scott Brick's narration was superb, as usual, but I could only get through the first half before bailing.

  • A Cold Day for Murder

  • A Kate Shugak Mystery
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,711
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,426
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,425

Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty Realistic

  • By SMH on 09-01-16

Get M. J. McGrath's Edie Kiglatuk series instead!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

What disappointed you about A Cold Day for Murder?

Over-descriptiveness--I can imagine things; I don't need every single item in a room described to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dana Stabenow again?

Most likely not. I couldn't wait until this one was over.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I usually enjoy Marguerite Gavin, but not on this one. I don't know if this was one of her earlier narrations, but there were weird choppy sentences and phrasing. She sounds so much like actress Wendy Malik that it was all I could picture.

What character would you cut from A Cold Day for Murder?

Wasn't really crazy about any of them. Bobby was the only character I enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

One problem is that I was spoiled by M. J. McGrath's Edie Tiglatuk series, and binge-listened to them. It's set north of the Arctic circle, not Alaska, but it is so vibrant, with complex, well-drawn characters and intriguing mysteries. This pales in comparison.

  • Easy Rider

  • A Jim Knighthorse Short Story
  • By: J.R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Eric Stuart
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Private investigator Jim Knighthorse returns in "Easy Rider", a standalone short story where he discovers a female burglar sleeping in his office. Camry is a woman who knows too much. Down on her luck, she asks for Knighthorse's protection from her biker ex-boyfriend, Steel Eye, whom she says has murdered someone. She's a witness on the run and she also has problems of her own making. She wants to leave the biker gang, but no one ever leaves this one alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Jim Knighthorse- but miss Jason Starr!

  • By Susan on 01-16-17

Love Jim Knighthorse- but miss Jason Starr!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

What made the experience of listening to Easy Rider the most enjoyable?

Jim Knighthorse's humor.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not the story, just the narrator. Bring back Jason Starr!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I felt this narrator caught the essence of the humor, but it was more like reading than previous JK stories narrated by Jason Starr. And Eric Stuart read it fast- this was the first time I ever noticed this on an audiobook.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a few times, but it was a short story, not a novel.

Any additional comments?

I liked how J. R. Rain brought in characters from his other novels, as well as a nod to Robert Parker's Spencer, but the story was a little thin.

  • London Rain

  • The Josephine Tey Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

London, 1937. Following the gloomy days of the abdication of King Edward VIII, the entire city is elated to welcome King George. Just one of the many planned festivities for the historic coronation is a BBC radio adaptation of Queen of Scots, and the original playwright, Josephine Tey, has been invited to sit in on rehearsals. Soon, however, Josephine gets wrapped up in another sort of drama. The lead actress has been sleeping with Britain's most venerable newsman, Anthony Beresford - and his humiliated wife happens to work in the building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THE JOSEPHINE TEY SERIES!

  • By Susan on 10-26-16

I LOVE THE JOSEPHINE TEY SERIES!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Where does London Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high- I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but this is a great series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of London Rain?

The cliffhanger ending- I can't wait for the next book in the series!

Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just books 4 & 5 in the Josephine Tey series. Honestly, I preferred the narration of Davina Porter, who read books 1-3, but Wanda McCaddon is good.

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

Spoiler Alert: Bridget revealing to Marta the long-held secret that will affect Archie.

Any additional comments?

I really like how each book progresses the characters' relationships, how Ms. Upson includes real life people with the fictional ones and how each mystery has been different from the others, which keeps the novels fresh and interesting.

  • Fool Me Once

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,830
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,808

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe - who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darn it

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 03-25-16

Wowser!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Where does Fool Me Once rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well, it's not the greatest or worst Audible I've listened to, but it was very good.

What did you like best about this story?

I've read quite a few Harlan Coben books, and I think people are disappointed because this is a departure from his usual style, but I didn't get bored at all & it kept me guessing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene near the beginning where Maya sees her dead husband on the nanny cam video was an unusual teaser and, of course, the climactic scene near the end.

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

Not a particular scene, but the PTSD thing with Maya was interesting. I didn't think she was unhinged, but I couldn't decide where it was going. You never want to solve a mystery too early on- that's boring!

Any additional comments?

I think the NY detective (Keys?) would be a good character in his own book. I wish there had been more of him in this one.

  • Holy Hell

  • By: William Saunders
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, is off to a rough start. He's been plucked from Hell and dropped onto a rural Georgia highway. Naked. In the rain. And he's about to be hit by a car. To make matters worse, Lucifer is being hunted by an agent of God who has the power to destroy him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A genuinely enjoyable comedy sci-fi/horror yarn

  • By Laura on 06-25-18

You had me at "Baby Long Dong"

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

If you could sum up Holy Hell in three words, what would they be?

Original, funny. smart.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kate- I liked all of the characters, but she had some truly great lines. I loved how the author made the women kickass.

Which character – as performed by Erik Johnson – was your favorite?

He did a fantastic job- Kate, as I stated earlier, was laugh out loud funny, and I thought his Barabbas voice was sexy. The female federal agent was great, too. I want to listen to more of his work.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It had me laughing within the first few minutes- I couldn't wait to listen to all of it. And I'm hoping William Saunders can somehow contrive a sequel. There were also some points where I had to grab the tissues. I really cared about the characters.

Any additional comments?

This book has to have one of the greatest opening chapters of any book I've listened to or read in quite some time. It made me think of a collaboration of Christopher Moore & Chuck Wendig.

  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

Wow- just WOW!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Would you listen to The Good Goodbye again? Why?

I'm not sure I'd listen again, but it was the best listen I'd had in a while!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Natalie, Arden & Rory- all for different reasons.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Arden confronted her aunt.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Secrets can be dangerous.

Any additional comments?

The narration was great (I enjoyed all three), and the book kept me engrossed from beginning to end. I want to read more by Carla Buckley!

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  • Night Work

  • Michael Cassidy, Book 2
  • By: David C. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Michael Cassidy, a New York cop plagued by dreams that sometimes come true, escorts a prisoner accused of murder to Havana on the cusp of Fidel Castro's successful revolution against the Batista dictatorship. After delivering the man to La Cabaña prison and rescuing his former lover - Dylan McCue, now a Russian KGB agent - from her scheduled execution, Cassidy returns to New York and retreats into the comforts of alcohol and sex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both of these books are excellent.

  • By Richard Delman on 07-09-16

I LOVE this series!!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

What made the experience of listening to Night Work the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed David C.Taylor's combination of noir blended with real life characters, as well as Keith Szarabajka's gritty narration.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes- I always wanted to know what happened next- NEVER boring. I could picture the Cuban locales and colorful characters. I love the mix of humor and mystery and cared about what happened to Michael Cassidy and his friends.

What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

He's the perfect narrator for the series- a smoky voice, but noticeable differences in the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes- I go through a lot of audiobooks and love it when I unearth what I call a trifecta: a great author who gives you a really good story with the perfect narrator. I tore through both books in the series and can't wait until the next (fingers crossed!).

Any additional comments?

I hope there are many more books in the Michael Cassidy series with Keith Szarabajka as narrator- can't wait!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful