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Cynthea Corlett

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  • Think of a Number

  • A Novel
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 838

Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and Frightening!

  • By Kelley on 08-22-10

A mixed blessing

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

The plot of this story was intriguing. I stuck with it because I really wanted to know how and why it happened. The author was big on adjectives but quite slow on getting to the point. My biggest complaint was the pace of the narration. Sometimes seemed to really drag.

  • A Double Life

  • By: Flynn Berry
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

Claire is a hardworking doctor living a simple, quiet life in London. She is also the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country, though no one knows it. Nearly 30 years ago, while Claire and her infant brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family's townhouse. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I throughly enjoyed this book.

  • By FoxMom on 08-06-18

Took a chance. So glad I did!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I enjoyed this book tremendously. I was familiar with the narrator but not the author. The story spools out in tantalizing bits and has some great twists towards the end. Will definitely check out other books by this author.

  • Day of the Dead

  • Freida Klein Series, Book 8
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve - a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with - and sometimes against - the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven’t been disappointed yet!

  • By Kate on 07-29-18

Freida Klein is Irresistible

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I have loved Freida from the first book! Her character, her friends and family are all wonderful. I always enjoy the books. Each one is a bit better than the one before.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Very Clever

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was anxious to read it because I had loved Magpie Murders. I do hope we will be reading more about Anthony and Hawthorne.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,595

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Simply Splendid

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I loved this book. I was listening to it with Bluetooth headphones while gardening, and my neighbors may now think I am deranged. I was laughing abruptly one moment and then stopping mid-stride to gasp. This book was so good, I don’t care! I will doubtless listen to it many more times.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,566

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

One book and I’m hooked

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This is a genre of its own. Thriller, mystery, tale of redemption with passages that made me laugh out loud. As long as Joe Ide writes books, I will be his reader.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

THIS WAS TERRIFIC

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Harlan Coben knows how to grab your attention and not let go. Did not see the ending coming. Humor, sarcasm, suspense, all the things he does so well are here. Even a cameo by Myron!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,385

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

The Scars and Sweetness of Life

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

A thoughtful story about the stories and scars we carry with us through life. How we cope with,over-compensate for or fold in on ourselves from the emotional weight of our past. I loved the compassion the writer has for these flawed and striving characters. This is a book the I will go back to.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Earth

  • A Shetland Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Setting and Characters

  • By Chalis on 04-24-17

Wonderful Return to Shetland

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Ann Cleeves brooding detective Jimmy Perez is back with a new murder to solve. This story delves less into island life than some earlier books, but we get a glimpse into a bit of Jimmy's inner turmoil.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,746

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Tana French Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

Another case for the Dublin murder squad. The story unfolds in ways that had me sure I'd solved it four or five different ways. Great revelations about detectives, victim and suspects. Loved every minute of it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful