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  • Final Epidemic

  • A Beck Casey Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Earl Merkel
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

An invisible killer has returned. The last time it raged, upward of 40 million died - in a matter of months. Now it is back, released to prey on an unsuspecting, unprotected world. The first case appears on a flawless spring morning, initially diagnosed as a common cold - perhaps a mild flu. Then the deaths begin. Beck Casey, an expert on biological warfare, is called back to his former CIA post to unravel the twisted case... and to discover if a vaccine exists. But Casey's potential allies to save the future are the worst enemies from his past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen!

  • By Cecilia on 10-11-13

Emotional... Intense... A Must Listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I chose this book because I am interested in the subject matter. the story is not original, but the book is superbly plotted, appropriately paced and Rummel's narration brings the characters and situations to life. I had never read the author, or listened to the narrator before, but I have become a fan of both.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,703

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Fascinating! Exquisitely done!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I love this production. I have always enjoyed learning about the Victorian era and this production does not leave me disappointed. Yes, some of the contents is a bit...disgusting, but it is still a fascinating listen.

I know many reviewers complained about the music in the background, but this did not bother me. I found the music ok and I did enjoy the sound effects, though I do think the narration and content could stand on it's own, I didn't find the music or background noise overdone at all.

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 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932

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 Kindle Customer on 11-16-14

<br />A Whirlwind Read

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is my favorite book in the series so far. It grabbed me from the very first sentence, and I did not sleep or work until it was through. Very intense, entertaining and emotional... Will definitely be reading this again in the future.

  • What the Dog Knows

  • The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
  • By: Cat Warren
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with an engaging story

  • By Lill Veronica Bongo on 05-06-15

A Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

As a SAR/patrol dog handler and trainer for 27 years, I felt this book's title was a bit misleading. The title suggests more general discussion of working dogs, not cadaver dogs in particular.

The book was thoroughly researched and I enjoyed it, however, I did find the author's relaxed attitude to her rookie mistakes annoying...but, that's just me.

  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,750

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

A Good Book, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This was a good story, but I found itt to be a bit long and filled with too much filler in places.

To be honest, if I had read this book first, I might not have read the second one...since I read this one second however, I will say this. Give this author another chance. Odd Child Out is much better.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,612

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

One of the Best Bookks I've Read This Year!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I couldn't stop reading this book... I loved this book from the moment it started until it was over. I laughed, I cried...felt joy and pain...sadness and hope... I almost stopped reading at one point near the end, but my best friend told me to keep going...the book had a silver lining. She was half right... the lining wasn't silver. It was gold. Pure gold.

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  • Judgment in Death

  • In Death, Book 11
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,905

In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • J D Robb and Susan Ericksen

  • By Brenda on 08-14-11

Not Just Another Dirty Cop Story

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Another superb story. There isn't much I can say about this book, other than that the ending makes this book one of my favorites. I found the little subplots of this book particularly intriguing and saddening, but I loved the ending...cried my eyes out, too.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,565

You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings - it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sophomore Book from Shari Lapena

  • By Chris on 09-09-17

People Are Never Who You Think They Are.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This book is about a young woman who is in a severe car accident in a bad part of town. Once in the hospital, she remembers nothing. A man is found murdered and her car is seen near the crime scene. The woman tries to remember what happened on the night of the murder, and as she slowly regains her memory, her best friend tries to win back the affections of the arrested young woman's husband, as they had a previous affair before he married her. Tom, the husband, loves his wife Karen, and he can't believe that she would do something like commit a murder...but when Karen's best friend reveals to Tom that she knows things about the murder, he doesn't know what to believe.

This book is a story of jealousy, of love and of the impossible situations law enforcement and attorneys find themselves in when a crime is committed and more than one person could have committed the crime. Did Karen commit murder? Was it her best friend? Is she being framed? Is she hiding something?

I did not see the end of this one coming...loved this book.

  • The Grief Shop

  • Tally Whyte Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Vicki Stiefel
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Tally Whyte has seen a lot of dead bodies in her years with the Massachusetts Grief Assisstance Program, but this is the first time a murder victim has been brought there by the murderer himself. During the night, someone broke into the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, aka the Grief Shop, and left behind a tragic calling card- the body of a young girl, bearing a message that reads: Sins of the Fathers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Mystery

  • By Ruth on 04-22-18

A Great Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This is the third in a four book series about a homicide counselor who heads a nonproffit organization connected to the Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner in Boston. Tally's foster mother, the chief medical examiner, becomes ill and is hospitalized. Meanwhile, a body appears in the morgue...but it was a body that shouldn't have been there.

Tally is surrounded by a colorful cast of characters including the chief medical examiner, (Tally's foster mother), and the doctor's sister, several medical examiners, one of whom does not have good intentions and a kick butt German Shepherd who belonged to the state's k-9 unit until her leg was blown off.

A well woven story with a couple of subplots. Intense from beginning to the bitter end, this book will keep your on the edge of your seat.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,797

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Couldn't Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Once I got my teeth into this book, I could not stop reading it.

My dad and I put this on in the car during a drive across Texas to deliver a dog and my dad and I were so caught up in the story that we drove 25 miles out of our way before we realized we'd passed our exit.

This book is about two women who are both pregnant. Neither of them are what or who they seem to be. I did not see the twists with one of the women coming at all. This is more than a stolen baby book, it's a book about longing, motherhood, fractured family relationships, friendship and the best and worst kind of love. The author's writing is so wonderfully and intimately female and I found this cool since the book is written by a man.

Loved this!!!!