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  • Dr. Death

  • Alex Delaware, Book 14
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Someone has murdered euthanasia champion Dr. Eldon Mate - a self-styled Dr. Death responsible for scores of assisted suicides. In a burst of bloody irony, the killer chooses to dispatch the doctor in the back of Mate's own suicide van, hooking him up to the killing apparatus dubbed "the Humanitron" - and adding some butchering touches of his own. The case is assigned to veteran LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, who turns once again to his friend Dr. Alex Delaware.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By A. TUCKER on 11-18-16

The best Alex Delaware story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

With the exception of one character I thought was left dangling, this was pretty close to perfect. Rubinstein's narration of Delaware and Sturgis is excellent, as always. I'm not certain I could listen to anyone else portray them.
Such a wealth of well-developed characters, and yet the story never tangles. The unwinding is flawless. I've read or listened to all of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. I believe this one is the best.

  • The Ice Bridge

  • By: D. R. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Anna Starling flees a dissolving marriage in California to save herself and her artistic career, and rents a house in the isolated landscape of Cape Breton. There, her life intersects with that of her neighbor Red Murdock, a cabinetmaker who has recently lost Rosaire, the great love of his life, to cancer. Surrounded by the old ghosts of this landscape and the echoes of the indigenous Scottish culture that once lived in this isolated community, Anna and Murdock slowly come together just as the modern world encroaches on their town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More D.R. MacDonald, please!

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 12-07-18

More D.R. MacDonald, please!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This was a terrific novel. The eerie atmosphere of a Cape Breton winter and the haunting scene at the beginning of the story are like a translucent curtain through which we see the story of Anna's exile from California and watch her bump up against the local islanders like a boat in the fog. Hecht's narration fits the brooding atmosphere perfectly. Please, audible, more MacDonald and Hecht!

  • The New York Times Audio Digest, November 11, 2016

  • By: The New York Times
  • Narrated by: The New York Times
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Highlights
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    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible reader, monotone, same voice always

  • By Enriqueta on 11-19-16

I like Mike Moran

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

... a lot. But please suggest he look up the correct pronunciation of "quay" for future reference.

  • Winter's Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,859

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Want to see the Movie!

  • By Pamela M. on 11-11-14

Speechless

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I thought I'd made a mistake when I began listening to this exquisitely narrated book. The world of the Ozarks is foreign territory to me and the behaviors even more alien to my world. But the characters and their relationships are universal. I found that I couldn't put it down. And I loved the end.

  • See What I Have Done

  • By: Sarah Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Erin Hunter, Garrick Hagon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid, "Someone's killed Father." The brutal ax murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rambling saved by narrators.

  • By Allison Smith on 08-07-17

A haunting interpretation of a century-old mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

A Shirley Jackson-esque retelling of the Lizzie Borden story.
I'm glad I decided to overlook some unfavorable reviews and buy this book. Sometimes you can tell by reading a poor review that the book will be your cup of tea. That was the case with Sarah Schmidt's take on the New Bedford murders: I couldn't stop listening.
I've read several versions of this story over the years, and this was easily the best. Icing on the cake: pitch-perfect narration.

  • The Witch Elm Part 1

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal, unputdownable

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 10-15-18

Phenomenal, unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I skipped work to finish this. Excellent narration. This is the best Tana French story yet. It's difficult not to feel that you're inside the protagonist's mind, so when his perspective shifts, as it does more than once, everything you think you've figured out falls apart. The conclusion comes like a series of seventh waves. This book has been well worth the wait.

  • The Woman in the Woods

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child...someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Charlie Parker

  • By wade on 06-28-18

Maybe John Connolly's best Charlie Parker to date

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

How does a native Irishman write so well about New England?
And how does he make us willingly suspend our disbelief?
And how does he make us care so much about his core characters?
Angel takes a back seat in this story, but Louis plays a great supporting role. And the telling of the "fairy tale" is superb.
Jeff Harding's narration is all but excellent. (I wish he didn't simper the women's and children's voices. Read 'em straight next time and I'll give you five stars, Jeff.)
Sit back and enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Westies

  • Inside New York's Irish Mob
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TJ English's best. Love his work.

  • By Kevin Armstrong on 09-11-17

Very good narrator, absorbing true story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

If someone were to write this tale as a novel I would not have believed it. incredible research.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gods of Howl Mountain

  • By: Taylor Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina. Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted 1940 Ford coupe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brrrr... amazing tale, masterfully told

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 06-09-18

Brrrr... amazing tale, masterfully told

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Brown's great little story of the mountain reads like a myth, although there no supernatural elements to it. There are no gods, and the struggle is not between good and evil. It's merely the struggle to outwit and prevail against evil. Gods of Howl Mountain is a perfectly rounded tale. And although most of the action is on the part of the male characters it's Granny--almost a Coyote figure--who is truly the protagonist.
And the epilogue is delicious.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Séance

  • By: John Harwood
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Constance Langton grows up in a household marked by death, her father distant, her mother in perpetual mourning for Constance's sister, the child she lost. Desperate to coax her mother back to health, Constance takes her to a séance; perhaps she will find comfort from beyond the grave. But the meeting has tragic consequences. Constance is left alone, her only legacy a mysterious bequest that will blight her life. So begins this brilliant and gripping novel, a dark mystery set in late-Victorian England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Victorian Period Read

  • By twoseagreeneyes on 07-06-14

it's terrific when you discover a new "favorite."

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I'm a big fan of Gothic mysteries, but I'm very very picky. Think: Daphne du Maurier. The stories have to have historical accuracy, an interesting plot, characters with depth, good dialogue, and an interesting villain doesn't hurt.
This is my second book by John Harwood, and I'm so tempted to run right through the list, but I know better and I'll pace myself.
The three accomplished narrators were excellent selection. Actually, each is a favorite of mine.
Even on a beautiful spring afternoon, The Seance raised goosebumps a time or two. This is one to savor.