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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,059

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Tansfixed

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

I love this story and the way the author put it all together. I was immersed from the beginning and when I realized I had but 30 minutes to go, I kept driving to hear the end. Well worth it.

  • Dressed for Death

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked!

  • By Robert E. Orlando on 08-14-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

I read 3/4 of the book and then deleted it. Took forever to get to the point and then it just didn't hold my interest. Loved the references in Venice but I don't see this author's draw.

  • The Last Kind Words Saloon

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103

Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas - not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico - we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge - more often with a mean look than a pistol - Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So Addition to McMurtry's Western Stories

  • By Carl on 05-28-14

Love McMurtry's Cadence and Vocabulary

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

Not sure why he used real characters in history. This story could have been about anyone in the old west. Story a little short. I wanted more....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,546

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Sweet alarming story!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

I enjoyed this novel very much. The subject matter also upset me a great deal, historically speaking.Very well performed by the readers.

  • Gone

  • Michael Bennett, Book 6
  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • POOR NARRATION

  • By Tania on 10-13-13

Should have been part of Book 5

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

Not great! This book is basically completing the disappointing book 5. Could have been part of that publication. No big surprises. Bet you can guess what happens like I did as the story went along. I miss Bobby Carnavale as narrator.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,275

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Way too long, with little to intrigue me

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

Reviewed: 01-30-14

This story goes on too long. I became bored many times. I don't like most of the characters in the story including Theo. His depravity starts out early and continues and escalades through out the book. He lives in a very seedy world, by choice. Initially I had much sympathy for him as a child abandoned by his father and then losing his mother in an accident BUT that didn't last long. I don't enjoy reading about adventures that take me down a drug lined corrupt life. And again, this story went on way too long with little redeeming virtues. Not at all what I was led to think this book was all about. I am at hour 25 of 32 and have decided I am wasting my time. I never quit a book but this one I cannot abide.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Private London

  • By: James Patterson, Mark Pearson
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I fell in love with the character.

  • By Wendy on 01-02-13

Will We Ever Get Just James Patterson Again?

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

Reviewed: 05-08-13

I would love to see Mr. Patterson write a novel on his own. His would be clones just don't have his magic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Private Berlin

  • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • rushed - story was not developed.

  • By Patty on 02-04-13

Stop Being So Sadistic & Brutal

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

Reviewed: 04-10-13

I found this story line disjointed. I didn't really care about most of the characters. I wish Patterson and his Crew would stop being so graphic, sadistic and brutal. Skip this Patterson too. For all the praise he gives the Berliners in the Epilog, I felt the story lacking in German influence. It could have taken place anywhere.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 11th Hour

  • Women's Murder Club, Book 11
  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Something...

  • By Bridgette on 05-16-12

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

This story is interesting and kept me guessing. Always enjoy Lindsay Boxer and her friends.

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  • When the Lion Feeds

  • Courtneys, Book 1
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure.... In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Writer. Great Story.

  • By Melinda on 03-18-13

Great Writer. Great Story.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

This was quite an historical learning experience besides being an intriguing storyline. Loved the characters and learning what life was like in Africa in the late 1800's.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful