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  • Unraveling Oliver

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children's books; their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!

  • By felicia jones on 09-21-17

Another winner from Liz Nugent

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

After loving Lying in Wait, I decide to try another book by Liz Nugent and this one was just as excellent--not only the story, but also the narration. Having a different narrator for each character really makes the story come alive. This one is not a "murder mystery" but more of a psychological study. ( I wouldn't call it a "thriller" but it is riveting.) Someone on Amazon called this a "whydunnit", which is an perfect description.

Liz Nugent is the Queen of first lines--she ropes you in immediately and doesn't let you go until the last page. Her writing is clear, concise and clever. I highly recommend both this book and Lying in Wait. I've just downloaded her third (and unfortunately final book) Skin Deep. I hope she continues writing more wonderful books in the future.

  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,872

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 06-20-08

I can't get enough of Harry Bosch!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

My husband and I listen to Harry Bosch when ever we take a long trip. The stories are always riveting, which makes a long drive go faster. We started with some of his later books, but have now started back at the beginning, reading them in order. These books could stand alone, but it's really better to read them in order because they do refer back to things that happened in earlier stories.

Titus Welliver (who plays Harry Bosch in the Netflix series and reads the later books) is the quintessential Bosch, but Dick Hill is a very good narrator too. If you like "police procedurals" you can't go wrong with Harry Bosch.

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully eerie story--Excellent narration

  • By Starr on 06-27-18

Delightfully eerie story--Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I'm still thinking about this book, several days after finishing it. The writing was gripping, with wonderful character development and an original plot with several unexpected twists. However, as good as the story is, the thing that sets this audiobook apart from the pack is the SUBERB narration by all three readers--absolutely flawless. Highly recommended.

  • Patrick Melrose: The Novels

  • Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last
  • By: Edward St. Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

By turns harrowing and hilarious, this ambitious novel cycle dissects the English upper class. Edward St. Aubyn offers his listener the often darkly funny and self-loathing world of privilege as we follow Patrick Melrose's story of abuse, addiction, and recovery from the age of five into early middle age. The Patrick Melrose novels comprise a modern masterpiece by one of "the most brilliant English novelists of his generation" (Alan Hollinghurst).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable Listening Experience!

  • By Sharron Dishong on 12-12-17

I tried, I really tried!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Although this book is very well-written -- and I could listen to Alex Jennings read the phone book -- I could not get past the first part (Never Mind and Bad News) of this recording. There is not one sympathetic character that I cared to know more about. After listening to Patrick's drug-induced tirade while he was at Pierre's apartment in New York City, I just had to give up. I had pre-ordered the DVD starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but I have since canceled that--there is no way I want to spend any more time with these people--not even if Patrick is portrayed by one of my favorite actors. I know these books are "classics" but they just were not for me.

  • Crime on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena, Book 1
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,730

DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exxcellent British police procedural

  • By Wayne on 12-24-16

I'm hooked!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I just downloaded Shadows over the Fens, the second book in the Nikki Galena series, because I enjoyed this one so much. I take the bus to work, and I like to have a good whodunit to listen to everyday--not too convoluted to follow, with characters who are worth caring about and believable and a good story that holds my interest--oh, and a narrator who is a joy to listen to. This book meets all those requirements. I so glad to see there are at least three more in the series.

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • check mate

  • By Jeanette on 01-29-13

Picks up where The Lewis Man ends

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I have now listened to all three books in the series (to include The Lewis Man and The Chessmen) and each are excellent. I think it helps to listen to them in order because the relationships grow with each book. This book explains what happens after the dramatic climax of The Lewis Man.

I highly recommend the entire series--but listen to them in order or you might be lost.

  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former detective inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to The Blackhouse, which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis trilogy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visit the Outer Hebrides

  • By dumbclub on 02-10-12

Excellent series--listen to all THREE, in ORDER

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I have now listened to all three books in the series (to include The Lewis Man and The Chessmen) and each are excellent. I think it helps to listen to them in order because the relationships grow with each book.

This one was my favorite of the series.

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By dumbclub on 01-31-12

Excellent series--listen to them all--IN ORDER!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I have now listened to all three books in the series (to include The Lewis Man and The Chessmen) and each are excellent. I think it helps to listen to them in order because the relationships grow with each book.

I didn't realize this was an abridged version. I would recommend listening to the entire book because it's that good.

  • Force of Nature

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice's welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them. Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere near as good as The Dry

  • By Starr on 03-10-18

Nowhere near as good as The Dry

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

The Dry was one of my favorite books when it came out. I was really looking forward to Jane Harper's latest book, but it was a real disappointment.

The bickering among the female characters was not only irritating, but it made each of them so unlikeable, you really didn't care what happened to any of them.

Not enough about Aaron Falk and Carmen, who at least have an interesting dynamic with each other.

I also found the whole hiking narrative b-o-r-i-n-g. (Yawn!) If I had been reading this instead of listening to it, I would not have made it to the end.

  • Jane and the Waterloo Map

  • Being a Jane Austen Mystery
  • By: Stephanie Barron
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The 13th installment in Stephanie Barron's fan favorite Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. Between novels, Victorian England's most beloved author doubles as a sleuth in often idyllic locales. November 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has left the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, Jane's favorite brother, is about to declare bankruptcy. The crisis destroys Henry's health, and Jane flies to his London bedside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!!

  • By Yvonne on 04-12-17

Another great Jane Austen mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

If you've enjoyed the first 12 of these wonderful Jane Austen mysteries (as I have), you'll enjoy this one too. Stephanie Barron (aka Francine Matthews) captures Ms Austen's voice so well, you'll think you're reading an actual lost manuscript from the 1800s. For those of us who have read and re-read (and listened to and re-listened) to all of Jane Austen's works and were left wanting MORE--this Stephanie Barron series is a real treat.

Kate Reading narration is excellent, as always.

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