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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,567
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,552

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Beautifully written but...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I love Tana French. I love her writing style. However I can’t stand people feeling sorry for themselves for hours and hours and hours and hours. A slow burn of the main character feeling sorry for himself. Forever. Great narration and great writing, just horrible character.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,260

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

A sitcom

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

This is not smart scifi. This is Everybody Loves Raymond. I could never take it seriously.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By bleadof on 10-04-16

Great narration, beautifully crafted story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Very weird plot but charming in its way. I enjoyed this. I couldn't give 5 stars because it didn't blow me away. However, there is a philosophy lesson in every chapter and much of it reads like poetry. The ending was just okay but, in this book, it's really all about the journey.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Into Thin Air

  • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,121

The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio version RUINED with new narrator!

  • By Jeffrey E. on 02-06-16

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

This book was okay. Slow at times. It just makes me wonder why people do this to themselves.

  • Grave Secrets

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Don on 06-24-03

Boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-09

I couldn't get into it. The narrator was flat. I had to go back again and again. So NoT worth it. I think if I had read it (instead of listened to it) it would have been better.

  • The Unlikely Spy

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unlikely Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-09

Character development was fantastic. The storyline was realistic and had various levels of depth adding a richness to the book. I'm not usually into wartime books but this was great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Touchstone

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

His existence shattered by the Great War, Bennett Grey is investigated by an American agent who thinks he may be useful for protecting national security. U.S. Bureau of Investigation agent Harris Stuyvesant's first inclination is to let his fists do the talking. But he's well out of his jurisdiction, having traveled across the Atlantic to dig up clues on an Englishman he believes responsible for terrorist acts in the States.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters, but plot is a bit of a jumble

  • By Regan on 03-24-12

Good... but kinda dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-09

I am a big fan of this author. I've enjoyed so many of her audiobooks but this one lacked tension. It just sorta lagged. There was no excitement, no characters I fell in love with, just sorta bland... I liked it enough for three stars.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Folly

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enriched

  • By Amy Dinaburg on 02-07-09

Enriched

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-09

This book is very very good. It's not my usual suspense novel. It's hardly able to call itself one. However, I loved it. I feel like I'm a better person to have read it, experienced it, and in a sense, lived it. The narration is fantastic. The storyline had me hooked within an hour. Sometimes you read a book and you know that, though it was alright, you'll forget about it after a month or two (those airport fictions). I will remember this book for years to come.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Finicky Hercule Poirot has retired to the countryside. Dr. Sheppard, observing his new neighbor, is sure that he must be a former hairdresser. But the brutal murder of wealthy Roger Ackroyd reveals the truth: the peculiar little man is actually a detective par excellence. Poirot shrewdly sorts out the clues and shocks everyone with the facts about the killer, in this stunning landmark of the mystery genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who killed Roger Ackroyd?

  • By Jon on 04-01-09

Different and fun...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-09

I enjoyed this book a ton. Narration was good, storyline was good... but I really hated the ending. You might like it. I was really disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ties That Bind

  • By: Phillip Margolin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

On the outside, Amanda Jaffe has healed from the traumatic events that concluded the sensational New York Times best seller Wild Justice, but inside, she's struggling to regain her self-assurance. When she is forced to represent a pimp accused of murder (a case no other lawyer will touch), her client threatens her, strirring up the trauma to such an extent that she must finally seek the help of a psychiatrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book!

  • By William on 06-08-04

Pretty good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-09

I liked it but it's forgetible... ya know, airplane paperback type of time-passing-but-not-really-deeply-engaging kinda book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful