LISTENER

McChica04

  • 3
  • reviews
  • 145
  • helpful votes
  • 75
  • ratings
  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,695

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Gentle suspense

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

This story had all the elements of a good suspense and crime story. Complicated characters one can relate to, good plot development and climax, red herrings, mystery, a surprise twist, gruesome details, heartstrings pulled, and a thorough conclusion. However,

The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog] audiobook cover art
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly written mystery

  • By Cathy on 03-18-07
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]
  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee

Riveting Read

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

A wonderfully suspenseful book that has twists and turns around every corner! The characters are so wonderful and complex it is like you know them yourself. I can't wait to start another of her books! An excellent read and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good book!

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,734

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Total Letdown

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

If you're looking for suspense, stay away.
The story started out promising, and had me hooked at the beginning. However, after the characters were introduced and the plot began to develop, the story waned. I think there were about 10 hours of monotonous dialogue and ridiculously minute details of the main character's daily life. She renovates a house and the author literally describes every decision the character makes about what to buy, in what color, and where to put it. THEN we get to follow her love story develop including every single encounter the two of them have and every word they speak to one another. Down to the main character listing the ingredients she will include in making dinner and exactly how she will cook them and where she will attain said ingredients. This happens several times. You could probably recreate the dishes as the author basically lists the recipe.
The point is that there is so much unnecessary filler in the book. I would have stopped and returned it right away except I wanted to find out the ending. And randomly dispersed in the boring narrative were 30 second glimpses into the criminal happenings that you, as a reader, are most interested in.
I have never had to speed up a book narration, but it tremendously helped me get through the monotony and reach the ending, sanity intact. It was a great ending, just not worth listening to 10 hours of boringness to get to.
Save your credit for a Lisa Gardner book. The suspense is much more worthwhile with her.

145 of 150 people found this review helpful