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Mary B. Wheeler

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  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Sophie's husband, James, is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it without a pause

  • By Nor Cal Books on 02-19-18

Mystery without murder

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Probably my favorite fiction genre is mystery, in paricular, murder. When I started listening to this, I assumed there was going to be a murder. NOT!
By the time I figured out that this was the case, I was too involved with the story and had to see where this was going. I am so glad that I continued listening.
I consider myself a pretty savvy reader when it comes to mystery, etc., but I could not begin to guess how this was going to end. Every time I thought that I had it figured out, there was another twist.
I would highly recommend this audiobook. The story is excellent and the narration is outstanding. The four different voices meshed well together to keep the story going. I can't say enough good things about this experience. Enjoy!









  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Jane Who?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I enjoyed this book. It is a good revenge story that makes for a fun audible experience. The narrator does an excellent job. Usually, I like the longer audio books, but the length on this was just right. The revenge could have easily been overdone, but Ms. Stone has given it just the right touch. I will be looking for more of her books and for Audible books narrated by Ms. Zanzarella. I highly recommend .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Water

  • Charles Lenox Mysteries
  • By: Charles Finch
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime - and promising to kill again - Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying prequel to this great series

  • By Gail N. on 03-01-18

Love that Lennox

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Great story with well drawn characters and wonderful dialogue. I cannot believe that I didn't know about Charles Finch and am thrilled to be able to start listening to it with this "Prequel" that prepares me for the series. Also, the narration by James Langdon is outstanding. If you like police procedurals, then this is for you. Finches smart dialogue keeps you guessing and laughing, as well. I can't wait to start the next one. This is easily a 5 star listen. Enjoy!

  • Watch Your Back!

  • A Dortmunder Novel
  • By: Donald E. Westlake
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

It's the score of a lifetime: easy access to a lavish New York City apartment, hordes of valuables, and an absentee owner avoiding the lawyers of his unhappy ex-wives. But before they pull the job, Dortmunder's crew is startled to find their beloved gin joint, the OJ, in the clutches of the Mafia--who consider it perfect for a little fraud, courtesy of a nice big fire. For tactical and highly superstitious reasons, the fate of the OJ is even more important to the crew than the enormous score.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dortmunder is Fun

  • By M.W. on 08-06-10

Arnie's revenge???

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

It makes me sad that Donald Westlake is no longer with us so that he could keep providing us with Dortmunder hilarious capers. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. All the usual suspects are here plus the outrageous Arnie Albright., doing his best not to offend anyone. The narrator, William Dufris, does an outstanding job. My only disappointment is that it is over. Recommended for anyone who loves to laugh and enjoys adventures with fun, human characters. Enjoy!

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

Paris with a twist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I really enjoyed this book. I have listened to several audio books and read many more about Paris during the Occupation, but this is the best in a long time. Being a lover of architecture, I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of beautiful apartments and decorative details.

This book is loaded with details about the French spirit and also their fear of being thought of as collaborators. And it also showed how far the Nazis would go to find Jews hidden within collaborators homes.

It is well worth the read. And the narration is excellent.
Enjoy!


7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,250

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Fun British Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I really have to give Anthony Horowitz a perfect score on this novel. I feel as though I want to listen again in order to work out all his clues and anagrams. There are so many clever elements to the story that I couldn't begin to list them here. You just have to take my word for it. This is anything but your standard "whodunit." And the narrators add even more spice to the story. So, along with this hearty recommendation, I just advise you to sit back and enjoy the ride. You are in for a delightful journey!

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,465
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,829

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

A Witty Treat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I knew from reading the customer reviews that I was going to have to be patient at the beginning of this novel. The reviews also said that the patience would be rewarded. Well, it certainly was. What a delightful book! I can't remember the last time I read a book with such witty dialogue. And the story just kept getting better and better. I can't wait to read another book by Mr. Towles. One more note of gratitude goes to the outstanding narration. Get this audio book-you will be well rewarded.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

A Study in the Letter "S"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Overall, this book is good. The narration is excellent. Kate Reading does a superb job. Where the book falls short is in the writing. In my opinion, it is far too descriptive at times. And there are too many family names that begin with the letter "s". I had considerable trouble keeping the different character's families. I had to replay many passages in order to find out who died and who did it. It got to be down right irritating. One would have thought that Ms. Thomas could have been a little more sensitive to the reader's peace of mind. Hopefully, she will become better with the each of the entries into the detective genre. I do not want to discourage future readers or listeners. I plan to listen to the next one in the series, myself.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,965

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Great procedural

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-17

My favorite genre is detective fiction. And I particularly like British writers. This book fits that category to a tee. Mr Grainger does a good job of putting what might be an accidental death under a magnifying glass and letting the hero of the book investigate it with unusual results. There are the standard irritating boss and fellow detectives, but I also enjoyed Waters, the rookie sidekick. The descriptions are typically British, but not overdone. And the plot is different one altogether-keeps you guessing. I highly recommend this book and I am going to purchase the next one in the series right now. Enjoy!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Crime Writer

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,786

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery with Protagonist's LOL Remarks

  • By J. A. Black on 11-12-11

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I thought Greg Hurwitz was too descriptive and could have saved Mr. Brick and the listener a lot of time by getting more to the point and leaving out all of boring history of his characters. The only reason I listened until the end was to find out what happened. This was not a good value for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

No

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He is always good. It is amazing to me how he makes his voice fit the type of book he is reading.

Was The Crime Writer worth the listening time?

No, it was not.


Any additional comments?

I just didn't like it. Was very disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful