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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,878

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Typical Lifetime Movie

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Really??? So unrealistic. The main character overall didn't just miss a child..it was as if everyone she new deceived her greatly. Everyone was wearing a mask. There was so much deception and lies. Unrealistic. The author put it on "people wear masks". I'm sorry...there also is judgement on who you surround yourself with. I find it very hard to believe that one person in their lifetime would surround themselves with that many people that were SO GOOD at years of deception. Lifetime movie. Waste of my time. Not a thriller to me. There was no edge of the seat part. The only good thing was was the performer. LOVED her voice!

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53,651

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Wish there was more of an unexpected ending

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

What did you love best about Artemis?

Very good entertaining story. Good narration. Just wish the ending was a little less predictable. Would recommend!.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

Very very basic

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is entertaining...but very very basic. For some reason..the characters did not draw me in. Basic story of survival. Nothing new, nothing special. Characters basic. I've read A LOT of end of the world books...zombies and no zombies. This was just bland. Just like if you were reading a dictionary or basic survival story. I'm sorry but with so many other great end of the world books...don't waste your time on this one.

Could you see Commune being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No...too basic. Nothing special, nothing different.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Could have been 1/3 the length.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Nice writing. Good story- but could have been written in 1/3 the amount. This book did not contain 24 hours worth of story-more tedious detail than I prefer.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,543

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Not a mystery or thriller.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

More of an autobiography. Not a thriller. You can guess what's going on from the first couple chapters. Good if you want a biography - but not a thriller or mystery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,426

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Unrealistic, predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Very predictable. Very unrealistic. Ending just as I thought. Waste of time. Writing done well- but storyline awful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in the Casbah and Other Mysteries

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Dramatized)
  • By: Anthony Boucher, Denis Green
  • Narrated by: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

From 1939-1946 Americans gathered around their radio to listen to The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, featuring Basil Rathbone as the high-strung crime solver and Nigel Bruce as his phlegmatic assistant, Dr. Watson. Witty, fast-paced and always surprising, these great radio plays, written by the prolific writing team of Anthony Boucher and Denis Green, are as fresh today as they were then.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The golden days of radio

  • By Brandon on 08-24-09

Not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-06

This wouldn't be so bad if they would edit out the wine commercials. Do they really need to include those? Surely with modern technology we could listen to these great stories without the narrator endlessly pimping his wine. For those who haven't listened to this, the stories take up about half of the total length of this audio selection and the wine takes up the other half. I'm not kidding. Also, I'm not a big fan of Nigel Bruce. I don't really care for his interpretation of Watson. Obviously somebody liked him because he played Watson for so long, but he makes Watson sound like a complete idiot, and this sentiment has been echoed several times before. Overall, I would probably pass on this selection, mostly for the way it was put together. With improved editing, I would definitely recommend it because the stories aren't bad.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful