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  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,952

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turning tables on her husband the serial killer ...

  • By shelley on 12-12-17

Too dark

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I like a good thriller, but for me, this book is crossing the line between "thriller" and "horror" and crossing that line further than I am comfortable with. It is so dark! The first book was already pretty dark, but the sequel is just so much darker! I found parts close to unbearable and don't think I will pick up the third part of the series.

I should add that I listened to the audio-book version of the book which is read by a cast of readers. In a way that was great since the book is written from different perspectives, but to me it made a lot of the gutwrenching parts even worse. As I said: I like thrillers, I don't like horror. And in my opinion, this is a horror novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25,278

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Scary with room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the full cast audio play. I also thought that the way the story is inserted into the "official" Alien narrative works really well. My only criticism is related to a number of logical holes in the script that are big enough to fly a spaceship through.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,259
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,142

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

To discuss in class?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I really enjoyed this book and think that the narrator did a great job. I think that, particularly as a Young Adult book, it can provide young people who have never thought about these issues with strong insights into a world that they may not be familiar with. I think this could be a great book to read and discuss in school, but given all the cussing I doubt it will be read in many schools. Having said that, I also think that it is a bit overhyped. It's well written and explores an interesting topic, but I don't think it's the "must read" as which it is sometimes described.

  • Night Work

  • Michael Cassidy, Book 2
  • By: David C. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

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

Too much "magic"

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this and the previous book. I think the author does a great job at drawing you into that world, and the narrator is excellent! What I don't like about the book is that the author occasionally uses what I call "magic". What I mean by this is the author puts the protagonists in impossible situations and then a sudden and extremely unlikely solution to the problem appears - as if by magic - and everybody walks away happy and safe. This was already that case in one scene in the previous book and was the case in multiple instances in this book. Personally, I find that a bit lazy. However, despite these issues I still really enjoyed the book.

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,644

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping to the extreme!

  • By Simon on 05-20-15

Terrible writing

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

I love full production audio plays and was excited to see this. Even more so as I live in Berlin right now and it's always fun to hear stories from places you know. But OMG was this story horrible. The number of clichès, utterly unrealistic developments, factual nonsense and continuity errors in this book is mind boggling. Absolutely terrible.

41 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Darkness, Take My Hand

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal, Sickinning, Fun

  • By Keenan on 05-15-15

Too much gratuitous violence

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

This is the second Dennis Lehand book I have read. And where "A Drink Before the War" was very well balance, with violence as something that drove the plot, "Darkness Take My Hand" stepped over that line. Well over that line and into "Saw"-territory. I really don't mind violence in a violent story, but the level of detail with which horrible, nightmare inducing violent crimes are described here is too much in my opinion. And it does not serve a purpose. The story would have worked just as well if the victims had "just" been murdered, but the author chose to describe their suffering in unnecessary detail. Too bad because aside from that the story has a few very interesting plotlines that are continued from the first book of the series.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,074
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,297

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Feels like a prequel

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

Even though I enjoyed this book, overall I was a little disappointed with it. It feels like the first in a series where everything is leading up to something that will happen in a later book, but where not much is happening yet. While I loved the details about 'big coal' and admire Grisham for taking on contemporary issues like this in his books, the actual story was a little weak.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,531

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

A fantastic end to a marvellous trilogy

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

Reviewed: 10-25-14

I already listened to the first two parts of this trilogy and waited eagerly for the third. And once more Ken Follet - and John Lee - have managed to outdo themselves. It's a beautiful crafted story which brings history to live through the eyes of ordinary people. My own family had been separated by the wall and there were many things in the book that I recognized immediately. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Angry Men

  • By: Reginald Rose
  • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG....I loved this dramatization!

  • By Debi Ursery on 04-06-12

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-25-14

The movie is one of my all time favourites, so when I saw that there was an audiobook version, I couldn't resists. And it's great! For me, the story hasn't lost any of its power over the years and the different voices make it really easy to distinguish between the main characters.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bedbugs

  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 408

FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For daytime hours only!!!

  • By Jean on 09-26-11

Doesn't know what it wants to be

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

I really didn't like this book. I think the author had few good ideas (which makes me give the book 2 stars instead of 1) but wasn't able to execute them properly. My main critique is that the book doesn't know what it wants to be - is a haunted house story, a thriller or journey into one persons growing madness? Of course blends of genres can work, but in this case they don't.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful