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  • Murder on Union Square

  • A Gaslight Mystery
  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Frank and Sarah Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The newlyweds soon discover Parnell Vaughn, an actor and Catherine's legal father, is looking to fatten his pockets by insisting on a financial settlement to relinquish his parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to take a chance. When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series / OK Book

  • By Simone on 09-26-18

Great Series / OK Book

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I enjoyed this book because I love the series, but overall it didn’t really stand out.

I’ve said on numerous occasions that I am more into the lives of the cast than I am in the murders.

I’m all caught up with the series now, so I’ll have a long wait to go for Book 22!. I’m used to reading an instalment every couple of months with the occasional 3 – 4 – 5 books in a row binge.

  • The Radium Girls

  • The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A simple way to improve the robotic narration

  • By B. C. French on 06-07-17

Fascinating and chilling

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I knew nothing about this dark chapter in the fight for worker’s rights; I really learned something new.

I loved the way these women’s stories were told, their desperate and terrible plights came to life thanks to the excellent narration. I was transfixed by their stories; I’m so glad I came across this book!

  • After Auschwitz

  • By: Eva Schloss
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A story of heartbreak and survival by the stepsister of Anne Frank. Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her 15 birthday and sent to Auschwitz. Her survival depended on endless strokes of luck, her own determination and the love and protection of her mother, Fritzi, who was deported with her. When Auschwitz was liberated, Eva and Fritzi began the long journey home. They searched desperately for Eva's father and brother, from whom they had been separated. The news came some months later. Tragically, both men had been killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Simone on 09-17-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I wish I had the eloquence to express my opinion of this book in a way that does it more justice than "it was mesmerizing"... but it really was!

A terrific story, I am glad I read it.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,061
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,633

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

A cliché I like

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I think the unreliable (usually alcoholic) narrator POV is becoming cliché. I feel like I have read a million of books in this style… but lucky for me – it’s a cliché I like!

This story, like most, was an intriguing and mysterious page-turner.

  • The Duchess

  • Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown
  • By: Penny Junor
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit crowded" - esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular princess consort.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing “untold” here

  • By SM on 06-14-18

P.R. Campaign

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Alright alright already! Camilla’s amazing, I get it!

Was Penny Junor hired by Camilla’s P.R. staff? She denies it of course, but BOY does it ever feel that way!

This book feels like an aggressive pro-Camilla campaign. It’s over the top positive and is all about convincing the reader that Camilla is terrific.

If like me, you liked Camilla already, just wanted to read her bio and didn’t need any convincing to bring you over to her side, then wear a helmet because you’ll feel beat over the head with it.

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,033

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up in the Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Zero Suspence

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The more read it, the less I liked it. It was SO EASY (and therefore boring) for our scheming Lolita to attain her goals that it killed all the suspense.

Then comes the twist when the story switches to the wife’s POV, and we understand why it was all so effortless for the home-wrecker to steal the husband; but by then I was fed up.

  • Murder in the Bowery

  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Frank Malloy's latest client, Will, is searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, who runs off as soon Will's name is mentioned - only to be found dead a short time later. A suspicious Frank tracks down Will, who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre. Estelle's risky behavior took a fatal toll, but Frank can't be sure if the company she kept is to blame or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you follow the series, this fits perfect!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-20-17

I love this cast!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is one of my favourite series and I just love the characters.

I can’t wait to see what happens next in their lives, I would love an installment all about them and just skip the murder!

  • The Baker's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949

Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Help is really on the way

  • By Georgia on 07-15-17

I've read better

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

To me, it was like reading a slice-of-life-during-bad-times story and I never FELT the experience of living in horrific circumstances.

The book lacked emotion; the struggle was not conveyed.

I am not sure how clear or helpful that is –overall I feel it missed the mark.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 10,524
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,624

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

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I think like most people, what drew me to this book was the fact that it was written (in part) by Bill Clinton.

The idea of a super-computer-virus does make for an interesting story, but all the shoot ‘em up international intrigue is not for me. I found it boring.

Russians as bad guys and a laughably predictable ending… all very unoriginal.

It did nothing for me.

  • The House Swap

  • By: Rebecca Fleet
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Elliot Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap - from their city apartment to a house in a leafy, upscale London suburb - they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink. As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage - his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions - start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated

  • By Robbie F. on 06-27-18

Cautionary tail about an office romance… or is it?

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I’ve read enough of these types of books to know that what’s it’s really about is not what you think it’s about at first. There is always an unpredictable twist and that’s part of what I enjoy – trying to figure out what that will be.

This particular plot twist sort of derailed the intrigue and pace for me, but overall I was consistently eager to know what would happen next.