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  • 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 4,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,289
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,273

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

Good listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I was hooked on the whodunit, even though there were times of endless dialogue and reminiscence that bogged things down. Great reading performance.

  • Big Fish

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Powerfully plotted and funny, Big Fish follows dangerous and mysterious Los Angeles entrepreneur Altmeyer, and his wife Rachel, whose quiet lives in the Hollywood hills are disrupted when a multi-million-dollar gunrunning deal goes bad. Under most circumstances, Altmeyer might be mildly amused by the audacity of the double-cross. But whoever cheated Altmeyer may also be planning to destroy the world. With so much at stake, Altmeyer and Rachel and their friend, super-agent to the stars Bucky Carmichael, set off on a perilous adventure in search of the identity of the Big Fish. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A let down

  • By Dr. on 09-28-18

Not the best Thomas Perry.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This is an early novel by Perry and not up to the standard of The Butcher's Boy, but it was ok. the plot was a bit contrived and didn't flow fluidly, but Perry's humor and engaging characters. kept it afloat.

  • 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 20,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,633

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

Suspenseful story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

It was entertaining and held my interest. Sometimes it got a bit bogged down in her fobias.

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,476

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

intriguing and chilling science fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I couldn't stop listening. A premise that is frighteningly possible. Lets stop ravishing the rain forests.

  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,123

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

Dean Koontz never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

My husband & I listened together on a 20+ hour drive. Koontz.'s imagination kept us engaged and in suspense until the very end. And, of course, the ending was not predictable. This book lacks the horror factor of many of Koontz's signature works, but in this case that was a good. thing. It was refreshing to to be sitting on tube edge off my seat without fear of falling off. As usual, Koontz tweaks your own imagination, challenging you to imagination yourself in his created world. Typical Koontz leading characters find themselves in situations out of their control, who find their salvation within themselves, in spite of the odds..

The reader 's voice was a bit difficult to get used to, at first. Her high, adolescentlike pitch, could be irritating, but as it turned out, was perfectly suited for the main character, a young, vibrant author in her early 20's. She tried to create other character voices, but as often happens when refers try too hard to perform a book,, her voice had a limited range in higher octaves which resulted in all the males sounding likely gravelly old men and adult women like raspy hags. That aside, her intonation and storytelling was spot on.

  • Storm Front

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flowers for Sanford

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

another great f'in flowers book!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Virgil is the man, i can't resist him. lets hope john sandford lives forever.

  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in this series

  • By MJ on 10-19-14

best flowers I've read

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Virgil was a compelling character right from the start in his debut novel, but he is certainly aft his best in this book. Sanford teams him up with Shrake, Jensen and Johnson Johnson, his old school buddy, creating an atmosphere where testosterone, humor, adventure and witty repartee run high. these characters are so engaging themselves that the story line is irrelevant. As all Prey books, there are no surprises about who done it. the fun is in the pursuit.

  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,706

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twist overload

  • By RueRue on 10-12-16

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Just couldn't listen after about getting a third through it. The main character's lack of self preservation instincts just isn't believable. The husband's character is over the top with no credibility.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,141

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

An Engaging Suspense Novel

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

This had the elements of a good audiobook, mystery and suspense, character development and a bit of social commentary. It kept me engaged over a week of listening in segments. Some elements of the story deserved a bit more depth, but overall it was a pleasant change from cops chasing serial killers.

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