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Wooster, OH United States
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  • The Passenger

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband's body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy - and dangerous - alliance is born.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Message to narrator

  • By Jodi on 03-20-16

Narrator shouldn't do male voices / disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Would you try another book from Lisa Lutz and/or Madeleine Maby?

I would try another Lisa Lutz book. And I might try another Madeleine Maby book depending on reviews.

What could Lisa Lutz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This story line, to me, was boring, and really far fetched.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Madeleine Maby?

Not familiar enough with other narrators to make a suggestion

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Passenger?

The part where she easily opens the car door under water, and the portion concerning the cabin in the woods with the secret stash.

Any additional comments?

I really have enjoyed the Spellman books. I believe Lisa Lutz is a good writer. I just don't think this book did her skills justice. I really had high hopes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,939

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

No where near the best of Grisham

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

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

I started listening to this, but the narrator was just too slow and weak. The story is very slow.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

I will probably pay more attention to the reviews of any new books from this author. His earlier work was so great! This newest one just doesn't come up to the mark.

Was The Whistler worth the listening time?

No.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,588

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Beware. Graphic Violence

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

What was most disappointing about Allen Eskens’s story?

I could not finish the book after getting into the description of the Vietnam events. I am returning the Audible book, and wish I could find a way to get rid of the Kindle book.

  • Murder in Thrall

  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 525

First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great new entry into British mysteries

  • By Tracey on 08-05-13

SPOILER ALERT:

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Only a re-write could make this a better book for me.

Any additional comments?

A sexually charged scene AT a crime scene between the 2 investigating officers??? Really??? I stopped reading / listening at that point and returned the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Chiefs

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!

  • By karen on 09-17-13

Description is misleading IMO

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

What disappointed you about Chiefs?

The story was not what I expected from the description. It doesn't really seem to be a "mystery", its more about the race issues of the South. This is not what I was looking for in a mystery book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Unsure

Which scene was your favorite?

None. I didn't finish the book. I am going to return it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None that I could hear.

Any additional comments?

I'm hoping to return this purchase.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful