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  • A Murder of Crows

  • By: Ian Skewis
  • Narrated by: Ian Skewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland. A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.... DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Perplexed in Texas on 11-09-18

Don't Miss This!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

This is quite simply one of the very best murder/mystery books I even did read. WARNING: It's very intricate, so try your best to make mental notes of who each character is. I kept rewinding to figure out who was who, but I'm not complaining, I'd do the same over and over for a book like this.

(Plus I think that Audiobooks call for rewinding more than we have to go back in written books, it's just a matter of format and how much attention we are paying.)

My other fave murder/mystery writers is Val McDermid, another Scot. Scots seem to be good at this category!

Read Murder of Crows to the very end, please--the twists and turns are simply magnificent.

Ian Skewis is now with Val McD at the very top of my list for this category.

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Better than I'd Dared to Hope For

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I'm a big fan of Graham Norton, and my wife and I watch his show on BBC America every time it's on, so I know for sure that he's a smart cookie. Good TV interviewers, though, aren't necessarily good writers. But this one is. I was delighted, over and over again, by turns of phrase, great descriptive lines, and the pictures he paints of the small Irish village where everything goes down. Whether you're a Norton fan or not, if you enjoy good murder mysteries set in quirky little villages in Ireland (or the UK, for that matter), this book's for you. Promise.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,511

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Best Grisham Ever

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I've always loved Grisham books, but this one takes the cake. Take a trip back to the 1940s, WWII, and a murder trial with so many twists and turns that you won't have a clue what's coming next. A page turner till the very end, #pageturner, #BestGrishamEver, #1940strial, #HeroOrNot, #DontMissThis, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,755

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Run, Don't Walk, to get this book

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I can't begin to sing the praises of this book loud enough. Great story well told. It held me from start to finish. My wife got fed up of me telling her how good it is, so she got her own copy. Just don't miss this one. You'll be sorry if you do.

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,477

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth checking out!

  • By Jeffrey on 03-06-09

Regretting This Purchase

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I was sorely disappointed with Origin, his last book, but thought he wouldn't write two bad books in a row. I was wrong.

I admit to not finishing this book--I was just too bored by the time I was half-way through chapter 12, and it seemed pretty obvious that Deception Point was heading in the same direction as Origin: Lots of noise about something that turns out to be nothing at all.

I won't make the same mistake again. No more Dan Brown for me.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,986

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Very Impressed and Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This drama was played out really well by all concerned, but I had a massive problem when the credits were read out after each and every chapter. There are 13 chapters. Deduct 13 minutes (minimum) for the true length of this production.

Despite this, I loved listening to this audio-play immensely, and the actors were superb, but then came the ending.

The most disappointing ending ever.

It was based n a true story, so the producers might say that they had no control of the ending. And that would be true.

It's also true to say that they could have chosen a far better story to produce. One with a decent ending. They knew from the start what the ending was going to be. Why bother with this story, then?

I'm pretty mystified.

  • Insidious Intent

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away - only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate - but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another stellar mystery. Unfortunate narration.

  • By motleysu on 12-09-17

How Do I Love Thee, Val McDermid?

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Val McDermid has been my favorite crime writer for many years, and Insidious Intent is probably her very best work. I found myself smiling often at the plot twists, and unexpected situations cropping up, all weaved together in an intricate web.

I'll not go into the plot line at all, and I certainly won't even hint at the ending except to say that it will knock your socks off.

PS: The narrator, too, is right at the top of her game. Fabulous.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,231

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Spoiler alert: I won't reveal the secret here, but I have a huge problem with this book, and what you are about to read might make you change your mind about buying it.

The premise of this book promises that an announcement will be made that will put an end to all of the world's religions. I loved reading the book, right up until the announcement is made. If that same announcement is ever made, it will do nothing whatsoever to the world's religions. After that point nothing in this book is believable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,023

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Celebrities Included

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

What made the experience of listening to Private the most enjoyable?

I believe that this is the first in what will be a series of books centered around the Private investigations company, and if so, you can sign me up.This book is well written, it spins off on a few very interesting tangents, and because Private caters mainly to very wealthy clients, and it's based in LA, we get snippets such as, "So he had to leave her ar the party chatting to Tom Cruise . . ." etc. (I made that line up, but it's similar to the throw-away lines in the book.)

All in all, this is a delightful read with lots of twists and turns, and I look forward to more in this series

  • The Business

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Business is a tale of drugs, prostitution, and a young girl's fight for survival - against all the odds. Imelda Dooley is scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat. And graft she does.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Business

  • By Tracy on 05-30-12

Good Writing, Bad Editing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

What did you like best about The Business? What did you like least?

I love the subject matter that Martina Cole covers, but I believe that her work would be far better if she had a decent editor. I lost count of how many times she used phrases such as "sooner rather than later," and "s/he smiled widely." It drove me crazy. There's a chance that Ms. Cole is successful enough to ignore her editors and insist that her books be published "as is," and if that's the case, then I think that she should re-think her stand.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was predictable, but satisfying.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is really pretty good, though she'd b e better if she read the book a couple more times before narating, just so she understands the nuances in certain sentences, though I'm being a little harsh here.

Any additional comments?

I really hope tht the author reads this review. I'm trying to be helpful.