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  • The Black Ascot

  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible - but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for 10 years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race honoring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. Now, it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Inspector Rutledge mystery ever!

  • By Jeannie M on 02-14-19

the best of the inspector Rutledge series!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I have really enjoyed all the Inspector Rutledge books, but this one tops them all! Charles Todd has kept honing his craft, getting better with each new Rutledge book. it's great to watch the characters mature and grow and the stories get stronger and better with each new novel!

  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly amazing

  • By KismetKat11 on 11-17-09

All the right elements for a top notch read!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This is a classic Val Mcdermid! well written, really good character development, and many twists and unexpected turns! every part of this novel has a purpose, to further the tale. well worth a credit and not your usual run of the mill suspense!

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

predictable

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I thought this might have some promise based on the reviews. but it barely got started and right away. you have handsome fbi agent meets beautiful psychlogist consulting for the agency. and the have to work together. you can keep predicting the rest based on this start. boring!

  • Dark Water

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 3
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news 26 years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Entry in a Consistent Series

  • By Lulu on 11-02-16

predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

had Hope's for this as it was reviewed as the British answer to Dept Q and I loved that series. But, this does not even come close to the quality and originality of Dept Q series. this uses predictable dialog and characters - too formulaic to even be interesting

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,162

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

bit boring. starts off well but...

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I liked this writer's style but the story itself, got convoluted, mixed up with a secret govt agency. the only person who understands why be does what be does is DC Smith, but there are no explanations for his inexplicable and mysterious thought process driving his actions. Not my cup of tea.

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Fun read, and great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

this is a really engaging story. small village Irish life with hidden secrets - life is more than just what we see. I really enjoyed the village constable PJ Collins - didn't think I was going to like him, but as you get to know him u see past the exterior. and I really enjoyed Graham Norton's narration and his great sense of humor! Thanks Graham!

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Too boring!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I had Hope's that this would be a good English mystery, but it is tiresome to listen to from about the third sentence on. you meet the heroine who appears to be hard done by, miserable and fearful though why is a mystery. she gets multiple threatening letters from goodness knows who, she is apparently getting all sorts of final notice bills, her mother has been dead for 3 years and she is still completely grief stricken, no friends. in the same breath she sleeping also gets another letter this time about an inhertance. I mean. who cares, there is nothing suspenseful about this novel!

  • Moon Over Manifest

  • By: Clare Vanderpool
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful Family Story

  • By Debbie on 04-23-14

wonderful story & narration

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

this far exceeded my expectations. the way the story unfolds is very original, the prose as smoothe as butter so that you flow with the story as it unfolds. it is full of hope and yes suspense as to what is coming next. well worth a place in any good library.

  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

boring wanders around

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

this started off well enough. but quickly turned into a series of minor police proc ed duress without real cohesion. I tried to stick we with it. but finally lost any interest in even trying. the main character dean Duffy comed across as somewhat shallow, and the narration is pretty monotonous despite the I dy wish lilt.

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,165

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Repetitious

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

the started off well but it got to be really repetitious: the same family drama on page after page is playing out over and over again. Bit like listening to a stuck record track. Not sure how this got all the positve reviews. Even the narrator seems to be trying to get to the end of this as soon as possible