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  • The Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Graham Roberts
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First of a Superior Series

  • By Nancy J on 04-08-13

One of the best narrations I've heard!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Loved this book. It was interesting, I enjoyed the characters and the story. Plus the narration was masterful!

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,512

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Perfect for fans of Making a Murderer and S-Town

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

This is for true crime buffs. I binge-listened, as West Cork is a compulsively delicious tale of an unsolved murder in which the main characters are as interesting as the story itself. Well done, and highly entertaining, I hope this team finds more stories to bring to us in this format. It's definitely more podcast than book, but it's brilliant. Bravo Audible. More please.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,143

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Lots of Naval Gazing

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This book wasn't what I thought it would be. I expected more of a mystery/thriller but it came off as more of a literary drama. The author has a gift for writing prose. His descriptions of his characters interested me more than the characters themselves. Overall there was a significant amount of philosophizing and a surprising amount of baseball in this book. I found the ending lame and unsatisfying. It wasn't for me.

  • Love You More

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing all the way through!

  • By Molly on 03-17-11

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I love all of Lisa Gardner's books, but I think this one is my favorite! I've read the print book a couple of times, but I wanted to listen to one of her books so I picked this one. A great read. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,001

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

Masterfully Written

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

This was a great book. I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 because the ending didn't wow me, (I'd figured out a lot of it much earlier) and because I'm not a fan of the "Groundhog Day" plot ploy where we go back and see the same events over and over. In this case, from several different perspectives. BUT - I loved this book. The characters came to life in an amazing way, and the writing was superb. Cleverly plotted and thoroughly entertaining, this is one of the best thrillers I've read all year. Highly recommend!

  • The Hoarder in You

  • How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life
  • By: Dr. Robin Zasio
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 983

The Hoarder in You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples - no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Listened While I Bagged Clothes

  • By Sparkly on 12-07-16

Not Much Information

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

As someone who works in the mental health field, I was really hoping for some strong specific insight into hoarding behavior on various levels. Instead, this was a lot of repetitive information about one particular type of hoarder (one who is emotionally attached to stuff), and a silly admission from the author that she has a makeup drawer that's cluttered.
Interestingly, I happened upon an episode of CSI the other day in which a body was found in a hoarder's home. I was amazed that I learned more about hoarding from that one episode than from this entire book! I advise skipping this one.

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,633

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Bold and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I really appreciate the risk the author took to write this book. Jodi Picoult is such an amazing writer, and her words were incredibly performed by the various narrators. I would recommend this book to anyone. It flowed at a good clip, and I never got bored. As usual, she tackles difficult issues through a wonderful story.

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept you interested

  • By Betty on 06-13-15

Love This Author

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

While I didn't love this as much as the first book, I was pleased with the story and the performance and will continue to read this author's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,687

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Paranormal NOT Mystery or a Thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

This book is completely misleading. I think it's unfair to the reader for an author to throw in a paranormal twist in the last 25% just to have a shocking ending. Cheap trick! I can't believe no one warned of this in the reviews. Ugh.
This book description could not be less of what this book is even about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unsettling, but engrossing

  • By S. Yates on 01-09-18

Weird and Meandering

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

I saw this book on a list of 9 great winter thrillers last year and added it to my library. I'm not sure it's really a thriller, and I'm not sure how it made that list. I knew it was going to be a character driven story, and it did entertain me to some degree, but I expected it to have a plot. By the time we got to any sort of action, what you got wasn't really enough to make the rest of it worthwhile. The action should have come earlier, and there was really no payoff for the reader at the end. Not sure I would recommend this one, but I can see how some people might enjoy it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful