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  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,276

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Off the Rail

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Narration: The narration was the standard style for a story like this. There was nothing wrong with it, but "genre voice" is generic.

Story: The story is okay up until the end. The attempt to have an unexpected ending forced characters to abruptly change, which made no sense.

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

The voice the narrator chose for the lead was annoyingly exhausting, but she made it easy to distinguish characters. The story didn't make up for it. At around chapter 23 the story was obvious, so to save hours of agony, I skipped to the final couple of chapters and don't feel I missed anything imperative.

  • Time Was

  • Time and Again, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,085

Stranded in the present, time traveler Caleb Hornblower's biggest problem isn't returning to the twenty-third century - but falling head over heels for the beguiling Liberty Stone, who shows him a love more powerful than time itself. Though Caleb knows he belongs in the future, how can he leave the past, and Liberty, behind?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • boring story, terrible characters

  • By Jessica on 05-28-15

What the...

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I like the Outlander time travel series and I've seen Nora Roberts' name, so I figured this book would be at least okay. I don't know the romance genre, so maybe the book is great for the category. Is the female lead supposed to be asexual until meeting the male lead? Is it common that she resists him, he persists, and then she likes it? Are the books short so there's not space to develop the characters enough to know why they have such deep feelings? I haven't disliked a book as much in a long time, but I think it's a wider dislike of the style of the genre.

  • The Bette Davis Club

  • By: Jane Lotter
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,033

The morning of her niece's wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she's made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the credit?

  • By toniriedl on 01-09-17

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

My rating is for the story within the genre. The plot didn't surprise, but the journey was fun. There was a part of the story three-quarters of the way through that made no sense (and that's in a genre relying on suspended disbelief). The narrator has an English accent and it's fun to listen to her attempt American drawl.

  • The Devil in the Kitchen

  • Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef
  • By: Marco Pierre White, James Steen
  • Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

In The Devil in the Kitchen, White tells the story behind his ascent from working-class roots to culinary greatness, leaving no dish unserved as he relays raucous and revealing tales featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond, including: Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michael Caine, Damien Hirst, and even Prince Charles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A chef / restaurateur must.

  • By Brandon on 07-18-16

Cookin' Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

There's not a lot to like about Marco Pierre White, other than his cooking. For example, White is annoyed at Gordon Ramsay for attending one of White's weddings with cameras, but capitalizes on Ramsay's popularity by writing about him throughout the book. I suspect to know White Is initially exciting, followed by exhausting, before a pouty fallout.

Timothy Bentinck's narration succeeds twice over. First, many narrators base their non-fiction style on a crude version of early talkie film newsreels, which makes any subject incredibly dull if listened to for hours. Bentinck avoids that and provides an interesting listen. The other skillful thing he does is humanizes White and even makes him sympathetic at times. Timothy Bentinck is definitely going on my list of preferred narrators.

The story excited me about quality food. While reading it, I bought a knife sharpener and fine brunoised vegetables to recreate a delicious lunch I had at a stall in downtown LA. At least three of the four stars is for inspiring me to eat flavorful and quality foods. It definitely succeeded there, if that was one of the goals.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel - Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,795

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

Don't Be Skerd

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

I avoided this book because I loved the series and didn't think another author could do it justice. At the same time, I wanted more. This is a solid story. It's not as layered as the originals, but I'm happy it exists, even if it uses cutesy crutches for plot development.

  • Patience and Sarah

  • By: Isabel Miller
  • Narrated by: Jean Smart, Janis Ian
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

Set in the 19th century, Isabel Miller's classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White and Sarah Dowling, whose romantic bond does not sit well with their puritanical New England community. In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young-adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love and that loving and being loved are what keep us human and sane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful tale blooms with great narration.

  • By Nancy J on 05-14-16

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

The description made this seem like a story I should know to be well-rounded. I expected it to be a chore, like most classic literature for me, but it was a wonderful story and the narration was perfect.

  • Chosen Soldier

  • The Making of a Special Forces Warrior
  • By: Dick Couch
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces---the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch draws on nearly a year spent at Special Forces training facilities and offers an unprecedented view of the education of these men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, annoying performance

  • By Mark on 03-24-12

Such a Hard Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-14-14

I think the high ratings are because of the subject matter and not the book itself. Dick Couch isn't interesting -- he's writes likes he's doing marketing for the military. And the monotone gravitas of the narration doesn't help. I respect the subject matter, but this book was agony to get through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be killed by Victor!

  • By David on 01-15-14

You have to love the genre

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

This story was so dull. I got books 1 & 2 during a special offer and the storyline appeared interesting. I took a chance and am disappointed, but it's not my favorite genre. I found both stories incredibly dull and an effort to work through. From the other reviews, I imagine that if you like the genre the story wouldn't be tedious.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life with Crows

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282

For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING

  • By Polly on 11-05-12

Individual Characters in Plain Story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

The story itself is okay. I guessed the ending early on, which rarely happens for me, but it was still interesting to listen to. I liked that the character personalities were distinct, but I couldn't remember who was who at the end because all of the local law enforcement seemed to meld into a single "small town cop" archetype. Scott Brick is one of my least preferred narrators. Due to his wavering voice, all of the characters in all of his narrations sound like they're entering into a nervous breakdown.