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At The Five And Dime
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  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075

Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile effort

  • By Janice on 07-14-11

1st in a new series

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This is a great suspense/thriller book. The private investigators are hired to find out who murdered a young man and to find out what happened to his wife and daughter. There are plot twists everywhere. The novel never gets boring. It’s constantly throwing clues at the reader to keep the pages turning. Additionally, the narrator helps add depth to the characters. You will definitely become hooked on these characters and you will want to know what happens to them.

Note: this is one of Koryta’s pure suspense novels. He has very little supernatural happenings in this entry. Personally, I enjoy his supernatural leaning books more, but this series looks to be very strong with interesting and deep characters.

  • Rise the Dark

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Wayne on 08-17-16

Avg Suspense Novel

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The narrator does an excellent job, but the novel overall is underwhelming. Some of the characters are interesting and well developed, while others aren’t. The plot is just mediocre as well. The plot concerns domestic terrorism from a whacked out group with a whacked out leader. Koryta is usually great, but this one has little real suspense. Additionally, most of the characters are not likable. Koryta also adds little supernatural elements to this novel. If you are a Koryta fan, read it. Otherwise, try something different.

  • American Elsewhere

  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You are entering the twighlight zone

  • By Lisa on 07-29-13

Classic With One Exception

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This is a great novel that is full of suspense, mystery....with plenty of action. It centers on a character that inherits her mother’s home and ends up in a town that has a few dimensions. The novel explores many themes...really too many too count. However, these themes make this an interesting and intelligent suspense novel.

The one fault of the author’s is a common fault many current novelists have in which they think that bigger is better. Some of the characters go on and on, some sections look to be just filler and do not really add much to the plot, etc. I think that at least 100-150 pages could have been edited out and the story would have been just as strong and would have flowed better. That being said, this book is still so original, so interesting, and so well-written that it is still a classic/masterpiece.

The narrator is excellent and definitely voices the characters in a careful and loving manner. He brings the characters to life and makes you relate to them and care about them.

  • Field of Bones

  • A Brady Novel of Suspense
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

This time, Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long-unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Series

  • By Jean on 09-17-18

The Great Sheriff Brady’s Team VS a Serial Killer

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This series is getting a little long in the tooth. However, the stories are still good as is the character development. The addition of new characters help rejuvenate the series. There are a few moments in this entry where you have to really question the intelligence of a few of the characters. That’s why I couldn’t rate it solid 5s . I really enjoy this series, but as with so many of them, you have to eventually say goodbye.

Some people have stated that they don’t care for Huber as the narrator. I think she nails it every time.

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  • The Night Parade

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

A father and daughter try to survive the steady decline of all they know in this haunting thriller from award-winning author Ronald Malfi. First the birds disappeared. Then the insects took over. Then the madness began. They call it Wanderer's Folly - a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unfulfilling

  • By Mo Devlin on 09-08-16

Apocalyptic Foreboding Novel

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The main strength of this novel is the sense of dread in a fading world. It is an unrelenting depressing book. This is actually a good thing if you like a realistic setting and characters. The characters are well-developed. There could have been more action, but the book takes place over a few days except for the flashbacks that chart the beginning of the plague. The narration was mediocre with the female voices especially suffering.

  • Contagion

  • By: Erin Bowman
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project - including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried - and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes!

  • By Kelsey M. Gilmer on 08-01-18

Good YA Focused - Big Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Better than average YA semi-Zombie tale. However, for the adult reader there is just too many plot holes. The main characters are as stupid as a box of rocks. They just don’t think things through. Too bad, because the book has a few interesting premises. Narration was good. Overall a C rating.

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  • No Time for Goodbye

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Time for Goodbye gets 5*s all around

  • By shelley on 06-25-14

A Family Affair

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Very interesting entry with plenty of twists and turns that makes this book a fast read. The characters are rich even though there is some unrealistic dialogue in parts. Barclay seems to include/focus on class differences in a minor way in most of his books. He includes these issues in this book as well. He also focuses on the family unit quite a bit and some of his characters are very stereotypical in this regard. I’m really enjoying reading most of Barclay’s books in the past few weeks. They are very fast, casual reads—great for a change of pace and escapism.

  • Never Look Away

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but not his best

  • By Girlbos on 04-05-12

Ah The Married Life For Me

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Another great thriller from Barclay. Good action and a really good plot. As always, his characters are well developed. I really like these characters and that always makes me want to finish the book.

However, I did notice a pattern in Barclay’s books that I’ve read so far. Some of the married women have extreme defects, bitch too much, are somewhat cruel, etc. And the men seem to put up with it for far too long. And the men seem to acquiesce and re-express their love instead of trying to solve underlying issues. It’s the behavior/plot that keeps on giving.

Narration was ok on this with some of the women’s voices performed poorly. Some of the children’s voices are creepy as well.

  • Trust Your Eyes

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Map-Obsessed Schizophrenic Trusts His Eyes

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-08-17

Another Solid Entry

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

A solid thriller. Not too deep. Characters are relatable and you care about them. The action is balanced and moves the story along. Good narration brought the characters to life. Most of the twists I figured out, but this author always has a few that are difficult to figure out before the reveal.

  • Too Close to Home

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You canï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿t help thinking, "That could have been us". And you start to wonder, "What if we're next?"

That's the question Jim and Ellen Cutter are asking, and the answers aren't reassuring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plots and subplots galore

  • By shelley on 04-10-14

Clash of the Classes

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Well-written suspense thriller that has great characters. The characters are developed well and the narrator really brings them to life. Barclay’s focus on the struggle between our economic classes was an interesting part of the plot. He has nailed how people from different classes view and treat each other and how that effects how we’re treated in the justice system.

There were just enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting. Some were predictable, others weren’t. The narrator was above average with just a few issues with female voices.