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  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,485

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

Wheeee! What a trip!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I've just discovered the strange and wonderful novels of the strange and wonderful Anthony Horowitz, and I'm hooked.

Like all the best whodunits, you follow the abundant clues until you aren't sure whether which, if any, of the players are in the game, or in the case of this story, in or out of the novel, or the novel's novel. (I would like to make an early nomonation for sentence-of-the-year for that last.) Then, Mr. Horowitz pulls on the rug and you land, unceremoniously, on your posterior.

Ms. Bond and Mr. Corduna deserve applause for their stellar reading!

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  • Danny's Mom

  • A Novel
  • By: Elaine Wolf
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

A bully primed for battle. A high school ready to explode. A must-listen for every parent. "You think only students have to deal with backstabbing and bullying in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back." (The Denver Post) Friday Night Lights meets Ordinary People when Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son Danny is killed in a car accident.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little bit of overkill goes a long way.

  • By Gary on 12-25-18

A little bit of overkill goes a long way.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

School administrators are portrayed here as being more threatening than the school bullies, saying words that, even in 2012, would have been grounds for serious harassment charges.

The unrealistic caricatures that populate this novel unfortunately ruined it for me. In this fictional high school, men repeatedly get away with ridiculing and threatening women while managing a cover-up. Every parent is stupid or disinterested, and the catch-22 of "I can't tell you so you can help because you can't help even though you know and have authority", was taken too far.

I fully know that there have been kids who died from being bullied, but it didn't follow that I could step into this crazy set-up and sufficiently conquer my incredulity to participate in the plot and connect with them.

For all that we need responses to bullying and bashing from every quarter, for me, this shallow treatment didn't work.

  • Parker: Selected Stories

  • By: Dorothy Parker
  • Narrated by: Elaine Stritch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have embedded themselves in the American literary landscape, but it was her prose that proved her star and demonstrated her talent as extending far beyond her time. In her fiction, she not only brought to life the urban milieu that was her bailiwick, but lay bare the uncertainties of ordinary people living ordinary lives, all told in her unflinching and deeply personal voice. In these selected stories, read for you by Elaine Stritch, we have the chance to draw upon her insight into the social and emotional realities of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good/very depressing

  • By Rodney Wines on 11-26-18

A Delight!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Want to know what's really going on in everybody's head (including yours)? Just ask Dotty.

And if it's Elaine delivering the message, you'll learn even more. The best part is feeling the kind heart behind the sardonic prose, and understanding the deep concern for people under the laughs.

One of the best times we've ever had with an audiobook!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sometimes Amazing Things Happen

  • Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward
  • By: Elizabeth Ford MD
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Elizabeth Ford went through medical school unsure of where she belonged. It wasn't until she did her psychiatry rotation that she found her calling - to care for one of the most vulnerable populations of mentally ill people, the inmates of New York City's jails, including Rikers Island, who are so sick that they are sent to the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward for care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Way Better Than Its Title (I Promise)

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-04-17

Vanity

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I'll admit that Elizabeth Ford chose a tough career path as a psychiatrist. That being said, I found this memoir somewhat lacking, unless we're supposed to be looking for ways to be impressed by her, both in the long term and the day -to -day.

She began her internship by defying the chief on her first rotation, standing up for a patient. That was fine, but instead of paying the usual price of a subordinate, Dr. Ford is singled out for praise. She goes on to rescue her ward from Hurircane Sandy, and on several occasions plays the part of the deity who alone can reach and maneuver an individual in crisis.

From the title and the way the book was described. I thought I would be reading about remarkable incidents of closeness, humor and insight one sometimes sees when a group involved in close therapeutic contact works well. The narrative is much too shallow for any such thing to take place. The patients are defined by their limitations and manifestations of illness and aggression, and we never truly know any one of them as a person, with a history. They are simply foils for Dr. Ford to showcase her talents and sympathies. The one patient who gets a bit unruly and strikes her in a halfhearted way ends up being shipped back to prison without a second thought, apologetic, but unforgiven.

Amazing things? Dr. Ford would like us to think so. Hope? I think it may have risen and sunk in a few choruses of a singalong at a hospital talent show.

  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,400

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful book paired with outstanding narration

  • By S. Yates on 10-09-17

Brilliant and horrid, in equal measure.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

It's 2:45 am, my night's rest turned out to be a nap, and I just listened to the end.

In a way, you will be part of The New World, because there are scenes in this book that will be forced upon you because your own mind will not turn away, and which are impossible to escape from or forget.

Josh Malerman's words bore into you like worms, and the story he tells stands up to classics like The Handmaid's Tale.

Cassandra Campbell does fine justice to the narrative. There's something in her voice that walks the thread between despair and hope.

Fair Warning: Not for the squeamish or the faint of heart.

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  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,925

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis. In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low-grade - but escalating - battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not awful.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-03-18

Stephen King is my favorite writer.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

And stories like these are part of the reason why.

I first heard King read his work on a set of audio cassettes of The Gunslinger I used to play while walking my dogs. I enjoyed him then, and still do.

8 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,677
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,663

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
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Intense and Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I don't really understand the negative reviews.

People disliked TOBY???

Not any shitty representative of the Garda? Not Suzanne? Honestly, sometimes I wonder if Audible sends out two versions of one book.

There is a murder mystery at the heart of this story, but it's almost secondary to the mystery in the heart of each of the characters. As the intricate tale unfolds, after being viciously attacked and brain-injured, Toby spins unreliable reality in his desperation to recover his memory and his lost status as the one "decent guy" in his in-crowd.

Was he ever that guy? The tortured machinations Toby sets in motion to find and understand his life in a strange way made me feel as if it were all happening to me, so affecting did I find the narrative.

Add the sincere and the duplicitous in the line of his family and friends, the constant grinding fear as the chops of the law advance while his support disappears, and the nightmare lasts day and night.

I highly recommend this trip through a stolen life. It's one of Tana French's best yet. Paul Nugent worked beautifully in his narration. The personalities he presents ring true, and the accented speech of Ireland in some characters is strong, and in others, not. I had the mild impression that I was hearing how Irish folks sound to each other.

Note that the good reviews are varied, but the bad ones are all the same, and give this great story a listen.

  • Alex Landon Case Files Collection

  • By: Gavin Reese
  • Narrated by: Stephen Floyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Enjoy three best-selling hard boiled crime novels starring Detective Alex Landon by Gavin Reese. This collection includes Room Number Three, The Debt Collectors, and The Misery Merchant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So hard-boiled you could make egg salad!

  • By Gary on 10-08-18

So hard-boiled you could make egg salad!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

These stories give "police procedural" a new. tighter meaning. The approach is somewhat different, in that we know whodunit from the first, and then we find ourselves eavesdropping on some realistic cops as they close in on a suspect with a crime in progress. It's just as exciting.

The prose is stripped down to business, and while our hero, Alex Landon, is in every story, each plot isn't all about him and his heroic exploits so much as where investigations lead him, and the cops and characters he meets along the way. And how everyone feels about the suspects, each other, and the work.

I thoroughly enjoyed these three short novels! Stephen Floyd's narration grew on me quickly, and the quirky sound style (real, high-volume phone bleeps and rings, for instance, that made me jump just as they do in real life) is appropriate to the impromptu, live feel of the performance. It got a bit staticky in some places, but I was so engrossed, I didn't really mind.

I'm pleased to be introduced to Gavin Reese, and I'm off right now to find more audiobooks of his.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,427

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Intricate Family Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this busy puzzle, with characters linked past and present, and a very clever McGuffin (not so much the murder, but the thing no one will talk about).

As always, the relationship between Robin and Strike is one of the stars of the show, and it moves along slowly, setting the stage for new adventures.

I greatly appreciate Robert Glenister's narration of the Strike novels, one of my favorite series. His subtle changes in accent and voice distinguish the characters and make it easy to follow conversations.

I'm now wondering how long I'll have to wait for more. Fortunately, our distinguished author has said Strike and Robin will be around for ten more stories!

  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Rich, and filled with heart!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Absolute love for characters who cope same as we do, and do unto orhers in the best way they can.

Listen to this story, and be enchanted by Dion Graham as he nuances the characters so that you can sometimes hear the subtleties and conflicts in what they feel under the words.

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