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  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

  • A Life in Music
  • By: Dave Stewart
  • Narrated by: Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger (Foreword)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Dave Stewart's life has been a wild ride - one filled with music, constant reinvention, and the never-ending drive to create. Growing up in industrial Northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the '70s, where he began collaborating and performing with various musicians, including a young waitress named Annie Lennox.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dave WHO

  • By Bobo on 04-03-16

Too sweet?

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

An interesting read overall which details the vast body of work and collaboration over the decades. I do feel however that in comparison to the best and recent bios it falls a little short. Dave is an amazing man, musician and mad genius but there wasn't any real ying to the yang.

Nice read.

  • Splinter the Silence

  • A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Is it violence if it's virtual? The outspoken women targeted by the increasingly cruel Internet trolls and bullies would probably say so. For some of them, the torrents of bile and vicious threats prove too much. They begin to silence themselves in a series of high-profile suicides. Or do they? Tony Hill isn't convinced. But he's the only one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Tony Hill Novel!

  • By kestergayle on 12-03-15

Fantastic, a real breath of fresh air.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

A solid balanced book that hits all the elements we love about the series. I had forgotten how much I had missed this classic detective team.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Girl

  • Maeve Kerrigan, Book 3
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked It But New Readers Shouldn't Start Here

  • By Sires on 09-30-13

What happened ? this is a train wreck

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

I really enjoyed the first two books then this one came along and boom....thud...splat! Every single character is angry, bitter and the narrator makes them all sound like little point brats. I cannot imagine the author actually believes everyone in the serious crimes squad actually speaks to each other like this let alone to the public.

Weaker plot than previous books too means that it's bye bye Maeve....I hardly knew thee.

Avoid.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Target

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosenberg does it again!

  • By Gregory A. Taylor on 01-27-15

It fell apart

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

The book is very pedestrian, much over explanation and spoon feeding. My biggest gripe was just when we finally start getting to a finale it turns all religious. I did not realize it was an end of times freak show, I want a refund. Avoid.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Pure in Heart

  • Simon Serrailler 2
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New - and unusual - Favorite Series

  • By Carole T. on 01-07-15

Solid read

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Not as dramatic as the first book but equally enjoyable. I enjoy the detail and character development very much. This is becoming one of my favorite series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Whew--To Hell And Back!

  • By Kathy on 11-16-14

Best Yet!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

I love this author and this is my favorite book so far, I cannot wait for the next one. The ending was a surprise and perfectly hidden. A real gem.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 601

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid atmospheric horror

  • By AJ on 07-13-13

Started out well

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

The story started out well, my interest was peeked but within a few chapters all the tension and anticipation had dissipated. In the end I simply gave up, lost in too many new characters whom I really didn't care about.

You lost me....

  • The Twelfth Imam

  • A Novel
  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An almost perfect book, with one caveat

  • By Mike From Mesa on 02-26-13

I so wanted to like it -

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

But Joel took a perfectly good story and two thirds of the way in dumped a load of religious weirdness on me. Having now googled the author I guess I should blame myself, I assumed it was a regular thriller not an evangelical propaganda text.

Fundies......i just don't get them.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tired Series

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-19-14

Sub par

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

This book has just a little too much swagger and takes the usually arrogant Reacher into almost comic book action. I suggest more plot and development less waffle. This is my least favorite Reacher novel and I have bought them all.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,251

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-03-13

A well paced book, totally addictive and very hard to put down. I hope the sequel comes out soon. One of my favorite crime novels of they year.