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  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Outstandingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Wow, wow, wow! A murder mystery upon a murder mystery that’s just so well written and narrated that I’m afraid for all future murder mysteries! It can’t get better than this (hope I’m wrong!)! Spend the credit right now!

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror

  • By Kim Venatries on 03-13-14

Good but proceed with caution!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Everything the other reviewers are saying about this book is true so I’m not going to repeat them. What I will say is you can successfully skip through the animal cruelty parts without missing much if that gets to you (as it did me). Overall I thought it was a fun scary ride through hell and I see a movie in the future of this book! Spend the credit!

  • Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror with Meg: Origins

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists-Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Ocean Thriller Since Jaws!!

  • By Natalie on 04-25-14

Honestly I was bored

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Normally I like these kinds of books but this one just didn’t do it for me. It does start out ok but before I was even half through I was getting bored. I didn’t feel the tension in scenes I should have. Not sure if it’s the writing or the narrator or some combination of both but in the end I didn’t care who got eaten by a shark! Save your credit.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,339

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Hard to put down!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Really engaging, I was glued to my earphones! Great mystery absolutely but also some good writing about how a persons thoughts and life alters after a traumatic event, not overdone! The narrator is fine overall, no big complaints, I think her “voice” will mature in time and I look forward to hearing that! Spend the credit!

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,959

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travel for those who don't like Time Travel

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-17

Exceptional!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I’d pass this book over a couple of time before finally getting it on sale. Why? That’s what I keep asking myself! In the face of all the really good reviews I guess I just found something else I thought might be better to spend my credit on, I was WRONG. This book is exceptional, the thought that had to go into I just can’t fathom, thank all that is good and right in the world that Mr. Merritt can!!! Lots of reviews out there will give you the highlights, I suck at that, but I will tell you this book is about way more than time travel and I strongly recommend spending a full credit to find out for yourself!

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  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,405

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Odd, funny, good

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This is an odd book, no question, and it might not be for everyone because of the oddness. But it’s really funny, like laugh out loud funny, which I did, and now I’m sure some find me odd! For me the better part of this book was the characters, the storyline was a little too odd for my taste but I ran with it. The ending was in keeping with the rest of the book...odd. I know it sounds like I didn’t really like this book that much but I actually think it was worth the price (albeit on sale!) for all of the laughing I did!

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Not what the front cover suggests

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This book is not a horror or even scary, as the book cover would suggest. More about a family over a few generations with a little more than just a smidge of weirdness. I didn’t hate it, some parts were very good but overall when it ended I was glad it was over. The book tries too hard to get everything in, politics, sexuality, race, money, and a swamp thing for haha’s, but it felt dragged out. I do know the area that the author describes and I felt he did a good job with that. Really I wouldn’t waste a credit on it but if you got on sale there are parts that make it worthwhile.

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  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,743

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb police thriller with lots of twists!

  • By Wayne on 11-13-15

Satisfying!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I tend to bulk buy books, especially if there is a sale. This book was most likely in one of those bulk buys and I just scrolled through to the next book without paying attention to who and what. I hate to say this but until the end I thought this book was written by a woman. If the author reads his reviews I want him to know I mean it as a compliment! There is some character development that women writers fall into naturally when writing a female character, probably the same is true of men writing male characters. However, men sometimes miss the nuances of women when writing about them and I personally can feel the difference. This book is the exception! I really had a “wait, what?” moment when I realized the author was a man! Mr. Dugoni can write any character and nail it! The narrator is great, icing on the cake!This is engaging read and the end will leave you satisfied, what more could you ask! Spend the credit!

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,605

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you like The Stand you’ll wonder why you didn’t just re-read that

  • By Kit C on 12-20-17

Choppy

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I like Nora Roberts but this isn’t my favorite book of hers. It’s not horrible, just very so so. I found the storyline choppy, people were together and then they weren’t leaving me thinking I’d somehow advanced or missed a chapter, I didn’t. Some characters are obviously important and then they almost disappear as other characters are introduced only to be killed off in the next chapter. What?There is a level of satisfaction missing in this book and for a Nora Roberts book that’s saying something. The storyline is way, way out there for her and I think her difficulty keeping it all together is what reads clearly. Julia Whelan saved the book for me, she’s an excellent narrator, I’d listen to her read almost anything! I got the book on sale so no big credit loss on my part but I don’t see book 2 going into my library.

  • Bunker: Mission Critical Series, Books 4 and 5

  • By: Jay J. Falconer
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The insurgents rule of terror is complete. They control everything. Everything except a band of patriots who want their town back. Reclaiming their home won't be easy. Not against overwhelming firepower. But Jack Bunker is ready. He has the skills and training to lead them in an explosive battle of survival. Victory will come at a steep price; however, when dark secrets are revealed, exposing some while protecting others. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok

  • By Eileen on 06-06-18

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I liked books 1-3 better, I felt like 4 and 5 got a little sideways with the storyline. If you hit them both in a wicked sale it might be worth it if this is your genre, it’ll pass the time. The narrator isn’t my favorite, not bad but his “voices” could be better.

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