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  • The Cutting Edge

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

 In the early hours of a quiet weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems but engaged couples themselves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver continues writing First Rate novels!

  • By shelley on 04-10-18

Top Notch Mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I have "read" all of the Rhymes/Sachs mysteries so far, and each one has been thoroughly engaging and captivating. This is no exception. Several threads are introduced that seem to have little bearing on one another but... well, just read on.

I also must give highest marks to the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini. He captures accents, both foreign and domestic to a tee, and he's one of the best male narrators to read female parts. He doesn't adopt the whiny simpering voice that some do, nor does he attempt some quasi-falsetto. Strong women sound like strong women, not made weak and ineffective simply by the voice given them by a less accomplished reader.

Give me more Deaver/Ballerini collaborations, please.

58 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,599

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Really good but not quite great

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

The story was good and even when I sort of had things figured out, was (as usual) written to keep me wanting to listen to the very end. However, on almost any day of the year, I would listen to Will Patton read the dictionary, but his voicing of one prominent character I found very, um... well, to be honest, annoying. I understand that giving individuality to many characters might be daunting, in this case I truly wish he had gone in some other direction.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • No Easy Target

  • By: Iris Johansen
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

When an enemy from her past threatens to return, Margaret Douglas must go on the run. But danger is in hot pursuit, and Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has to not only survive, but defeat evil and prove she's No Easy Prey in this high-octane thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less I want you in me would be great

  • By Heather on 05-08-17

More romance than suspense

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because I seldom recommend even books I think are stellar. Few people have the same taste in books, films, or even television shows.

What could Iris Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Boy, where to start. I think if one was looking for the Harlequin Mystery Series kind of book, this might be a good fit. It just wasn't the sort of thing I would call either suspense or mystery...at least not without the /Romance added to the category. Then I would have known not to select it.

What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

Probably was OK for the kind of book it was, but a bit emotive for my taste.

  • Little Girls

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233

When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and 10-year-old daughter, it's as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good characters good story

  • By michael king on 07-07-15

Good until the awful ending.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

What did you like best about Little Girls? What did you like least?

The premise was good and told with good suspense, for the most part. Some elements were obvious from the very start, but didn't really spoil things ongoing.

What was most disappointing about Ronald Malfi’s story?

The ending was awful and left the reader to suppose what must have happened. Also, there were spots with way too much repetition.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hello Again

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she's about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, aka the Zombie Maker, given his fondness for performing icepick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered - or he is wrongly convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Rumbera on 11-08-17

Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Would you try another book from Brenda Novak and/or Therese Plummer?

Probably not.

What could Brenda Novak have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written it like a murder mystery, less trite language and silly resolution.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Therese Plummer?

Someone less breathless

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. As an avid reader of Murders/Suspense, I found this to be lacking in gravitas. Despite the serious subject matter, the tone of both the book and the narrator felt more like a romance novel.

Any additional comments?

Could not even read it all, though I endured longer than I should have.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,536

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)

  • By Very disappointed on 07-27-17

Boo!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Would you try another book from Ruth Ware and/or Imogen Church?

The Woman in Cabin 10 was pretty good and prompted me to buy The Lying Game. I'm a little skeptical, now.

What was most disappointing about Ruth Ware’s story?

I truly didn't like any of the characters, really, not even the baby. The best I can say for it was it was a passively interesting story about some very flawed characters, and not only in the main way they are involved in the story line.

What about Imogen Church’s performance did you like?

She is a good narrator. Her accents are good, at least to an American ear, and she has great emotional inflections.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not ever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cash City

  • By: Jonathan Fredrick
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,110

It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime, scheduled to be released in a year. All Malick has to do is wait...and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-17

Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

After I had listened to just the first couple of chapters, I tried to return the book because I thought it was crass - just gratuitously and unnecessarily crass. I'm no prude, but this seemed way over the top. For some reason was unable to do so. Well, if I was going to be stuck with the book, I might as well listen to it. Boy, am I glad I did. This turned out to be a good, character driven story. And, yes, the f-bombs diminished (not disappeared, which is OK) as the story moved on.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Davy. Spunky, smarter than he let on, curious, courageous.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bride Collector

  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Ain't About Weddings!

  • By andrea on 08-08-10

Some good, some bad

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because too many genres overlap. The good parts involve the mental patients and how they are treated, and the murder mystery which was the core of the story. The bad parts were the romance (too Danielle Steele) and the heavy handed religion. When I read a murder novel, I don't want a sermon with it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Seriously pared down the romance. I know it was integral to the story, but it didn't really need to be quite so detailed. Also, as with the romance, a bit of religion was necessary, but it was considerably over discussed.

Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Could you see The Bride Collector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, I can see it as a movie, but that's largely because I'm not overly impressed with the caliber of most movies.

  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,282

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking twists and turns

  • By S. Winchester on 07-18-17

Riveting Plot

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

If you could sum up Final Girls in three words, what would they be?

Really good suspenseful story and, at least for me, a surprise ending. As an independent editor, I had some issues with the writing. I try to suspend my propensity for nitpickery, but cannot avoid it in some instances that beg for attention in almost neon illumination. Nonetheless, it is better than average by a good measure and the strong narration performance further contributes to a very positive recommendation.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Drowned Girls

  • An Angie Pallorino Novel, Book 1
  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512

Detective Angie Pallorino hasn't forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card - crosses etched into the flesh of his victim's foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Series

  • By Lia on 10-05-17

Unnecessary very graphic sex

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, because I don't know anyone who likes murder mysteries like I do.

Any additional comments?

I think the story would have been just as good or perhaps even better without the sex scenes being so graphically related. The sex was important to the story, but I think describing it in terms of emotion rather than physical details would have served better. I found it distracted from the murder mystery thread of the story. I did give it four stars all around, however, because sans the (soft?) porn, it really was a good story adequately read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful