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  • Off the Grid

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel. Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They're not there to threaten him but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert, and in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tight writing. Strong characters. Good plot

  • By W. Brooks on 04-03-16

Well, that was fun

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I was a little concerned about narration at the beginning, since I dislike slow speakers, but it picked up when the action started, so that was fine. Then I realized right off that this was a far-fetche4d fiction, so managed to shelve my preference for realism. Realism wouldn't ever allow for such a lively story plot. Although I was appalled by what happened to the bear, and would normally deduct a star or two for such unnecessary nastiness, the fact that Joe Picket was suitably disgusted and enraged mitigated that objection. All that aside, the book presented some interesting ideas that are worthy of thought so close to the 4th. Especially that the beneficiary of a totalitarian form of government should understand the importance of our country's basic rights better than apparently too many of our own voters. Perhaps we'd do better to let even more of them in.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,849
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,469

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Interesting and entertaining, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Dennis Quaid clearly can't do female or foreign voices. Given that there were other narrators, surely the job could have been divided up among them to produce something that wouldn't make me groan like that. I didn't really approve of a President sounding slightly intoxicated, either.

On the authorship side - I guess Patterson has eroded into formulaic productions in his later years. Such a shame, as he has had a lot of practice novelizing. I'm actually older than he, so this isn't a younger criticizing and elder. But. really, mystery/thriller is my favorite genre, but all the fictions lately seem to have a mentally or physically challenged protagonist, female villains, cuddly and misunderstood youngsters, and too much testosterone.

On content: the technology seemed rather primitive, though this didn't appear to be historical fiction (we still have never had a female vice-President, so . . .). I bet it would have been better if Hillary had edited it.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,578

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

cute book jacket

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I'm such a sucker for cute critters, but my latest life lesson is not to be influenced by puppy propaganda. This book was such an ordeal. I tried several approaches to get though it, the best being to listen in 15-minute chunks, pretending to be at a live comedy show, but nothing worked. The thing is, all that profanity might be amusing the first couple of times, being unexpected and perhaps our own reaction to similar situations, but it's not enough. And I couldn't understand why he didn't understand death and taxes and the need to budget for food, clothing and shelter before he reached adulthood. There was nothing I could learn from this book, and I do like to find that gem in every book. Over 11 hours of nonsense, including all the babble, which also surprised me the first couple of times but which quickly lost any charm. I just couldn't finish it, and that's the bottom line.

  • I'm Traveling Alone

  • By: Samuel Bjork
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree and dressed in strange doll's clothes. Around her neck is a sign that says, "I'm traveling alone." A special homicide unit in Oslo reopens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger's first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger, who has been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for a GREAT BOOK⁉️

  • By Jayne on 04-22-16

On keeping the riprap out of our mysteries

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Pretty good mystery, but I'd had more than enough of that "come to me Mia" crap the first time it was used. I can well understand that a police detective suffering from traumatic stress might repeatedly remember something unpleasant, but how much time would she spend on an image from a dream? Especially when she has real-life evil to think about, like the abuse of a defenseless baby animal later in the book? Our world's problems aren't caused by dreams, ghosts, angels, demigods, aliens, monsters in the closet, etc.etc etc... Our problems are caused by our fellow homo sapiens, so let's just try to stick to the facts.

  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

  • One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre
  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 669

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SKIP THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK

  • By Scott George on 05-10-18

Cute, but

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I guess I don't really need aliens to spice up my mystery reads. Science fiction fans would probably get a kick out of this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Teaglass

  • By: Emily Arsenault
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265

The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book with Great Characters

  • By Ed on 03-02-10

Great mystery puzzle

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Such a cool book. Third time I've listened to it since I bought it in 2012 (can't listen to most more than once), and it seems to get better with time. Doesn't waste any time on endless car/foot/balloon? chases, hunts through underground caves/pipes/tunnels, any kind of hot sex, or grating self-analysis about mistreatment by mom/dads/siblings/lovers. It's a mystery with lots of meat, and I really appreciate that. Also, really clever and amusing interludes involving lexicographic issues, plus a few cute jokes.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,127

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

  • By Dewese on 02-28-18

Really annoying background stuff

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Who thought it would be a good idea to have that fairy dance music as background to someone discussing rape and murder? I don't get it. And all that strange music and running the credits at every chapter break amounted to a serious waste of time. I'm not that good at skipping through all the repetitive stuff, but I did it because I wanted to hear how they successfully solved a case with literally no forensic evidence and investigators who were pretty much asleep at the controls. Don't want to be a spoiler here, but surprise, they didn't solve it. If it weren't for all the cute accents, there would be no reason to listen to this production.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,621

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Would like to say something profound

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

but it's not a profound book. It's very entertaining and informative in a gossipy, sordid sort of way, and narration was first-rate, but there is nothing to reflect the issues that should be terrifying us all, like the effects of global warming, the damage that the Trump administration is doing to our nation and the planet, the attempts to sell our natural treasures to Trump's cronies so they can pollute even more. It’s clear none of them knows what made this country great, so they never had a chance of making it great “again.” With a bit more digging, the real subversive and avaricious motives behind their policies and actions could have been brought to light. Maybe someone who is even more of an insider could do a better job of exposure, but this should really be enough. I think everyone would benefit from reading this book, with the understanding that it only scratches the surface.

19 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,459

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh - Only Ok if You Like Cheese

  • By Michelle Harder on 06-26-17

Well, I liked the performer . . .

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I hate hate hate when books that seem to have an interesting plot (based on critical and reader reviews) turn out to be sex romps. That said, I thought some of the segments between romps were worthy to be called mystery/thriller/suspense, but then I arrived at the juvenile/cliche'd/improbable nonsense and lost all respect again. Such a shame, because I think if you took out all the unnecessary segments you'd end up with about 7 hours of good book, which would be perfect, in my humble opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,382

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

porn, and porn is not mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I know, I should have read the reviews, so it serves me right. But seriously, why is this in the mystery category? Audible does have a sticky sex category, too, and I think the folks who enjoy that sort of thing would probably really enjoy this, but somebody expecting a mystery is going to be terribly disappointed. Having a sex addict serial killer doing all the sloppy sex doesn't make it anything other than porn. If a really good narrator and a dislike of Los Angeles are enough to keep one entertained, then perhaps one could overlook the lack of actual mystery, but I think it's false advertising. I've listened to half of it now, waiting for something intriguing to happen, but 7 hours and still nothing? of a 13 hour book? Enough already.