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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,634

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

Always Play Fair With The Reader

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

When the author makes the choice not to play fair, it is a complete deal breaker for me. I cannot imagine
why others rated this so highly.

15 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Small Town Rumors

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121

Everyone is talking about Jennie Sue Baker and the mess she made of her life in New York. The former high school queen bee - and wealthy darling of Bloom, Texas - has returned home after all these years, riding on a common bus and bearing two bounced alimony checks. In a town that thrives on gossip, Jennie’s fall from grace has shamed her mother, set the town buzzing, and caused old, jealous enemies to whisper in delight. They say she’s taken a job as a housekeeper, gotten a garage apartment, and might be crushing on Rick Lawson, a simple farmer with modest dreams.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Hallmark movies, you'll like this

  • By Ruth on 12-08-18

REAL TEXANS DO NOT SAY PEE-CANS

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I have lived in Texas over fifty years and I read that the author lives in Texas, too. There were idioms used in this book that I have never heard and wondered if they were made up by the author. A few idioms go a long way; in this case there was definite over- use. The narrator did a pretty good Texas accent but no true Texan ever pronounces pecans.. “pee-cans.” Despite being a little “ corn pone,” the story is entertaining and I did out loud several times.

  • The New Iberia Blues

  • Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 22
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, it's to ask about a young woman he found who’s been crucified. She disappeared near Cormier’s Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young Deputy Sean McClain, are looking for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ROBICHEAUX IS BACK ON FULL FLEEK!

  • By The Louligan on 01-22-19

Burke and Patton Do Not Disappoint

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Another riveting tale about Dave Robicheaux, an insightful and poetic deputy sheriff who often finds himself entangled with psychopaths and other diabolical characters. His colorful sidekick, Clete Purcel, is a story unto himself. Dave, although both perceptive and broad minded, sometimes seems unable to accept others with behavior similar to his own..This reveals one of a few character flaws in a man who is more tha a little broken, extremely self critical but an endearingly decent fellow. Burke is, indeed a master storyteller.

Will Patton chinches the deal with his spectacularly masterful narration. Together, they hit this one out of the park,

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,030
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,992

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

Perfect!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I loved this book! Great writing, great narrating! Mystery worthy of Agatha Cristie.couldnt be better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,505

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn, Baldacci is good!

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

IMPROBABLE

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This story went south early on and never regained its footing. The story is implausible and just plain silly. .Believe everything you read about the male narrators and then some. They were awkward, robotic and/ or goofy.I do not know how in the world this hot mess rated an average of 4.2 stars by almost 4,000 readers. Defies reason.

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,246

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I hater to give negative reviews - BUT...

  • By Ashley Mainen on 11-10-18

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I really hate spoiler reviews so I will not go into specific details. Most of this story was great, filled with suspense but it also had a few flaws. Some earlier behaviors and actions did not line up with the outcome. When logic and consistency are challenged and the facts don’t quite line up at the end, I feel a little cheated, Had the author managed to craft this in a more consistent way as not to, in retrospect, be blatantly misleading, I would have given this book five stars.

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608

Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Troubled characters, elegant writing...serious

  • By AudioAddict on 02-18-16

PAINFUL

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I kept listening thinking that surely, at some point it would improve. it didnt. Painful.

  • Invisible

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally WARPED Antagonist! Loved It...

  • By shelley on 09-12-17

Graphic Torture

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The authors used horrific, unimaginable, torture as a substitute for good writing,
depth, character development and a story in which the villain was not painfull obvious. I previously enjoyed many James Patterson books but this was, hands down, one the worst books that I have tried to listen to or read and I have read/ listened to thousands. I was disappointed, to say the least. I did not have the stomach to finish it. Mr. Patterson is such a gifted story teller, I cannot imagine why he chose to link his name and reputation to this particular twisted tale. Wrong genre...It should be labeled “horror” to warn off the unsuspecting reader who enjoys a good mystery. It will be a long time, if ever, before I spend credits on any more James Patterson books.

  • 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 10,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,953

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd!

  • By K. Dale on 09-13-18

Triple Header

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This was the best...story and performance I have heard in a very long time.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is good on too many levels to enumerate.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wives of War

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family - and to herself - that she's stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie's blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet's privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she's just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather predictable

  • By Avidlistener on 07-09-17

Great Listening

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was exceptional, the characters real, and the story was believable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful