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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 4,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,591

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
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

I just loved it.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Another great novel by Tana French. I just loved it. In fact, I'm listening to it again already because I binged it the first time, breathless for every new development. I won't give a single thing away...in fact, all you need to know is that she hit it out of the park.! The characters are charismatic, the story is original, and the writing is first-rate. Thank God for authors like Tana French.

  • The Tower

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 738

Allander Atlasia is an infamous psychopath whose heinous crimes have earned him a lifetime stay at the Tower, the world's most extreme maximum-security prison. But after a brilliant and brutal escape, the criminal mastermind begins a killing spree that is intensely personal. Jade Marlow is an ex-FBI profiler and tracker whose fearlessness is only surpassed by the severity of his own inner demons. With a record of irrational behavior and a genius for putting himself into the mind of a criminal predator, he may be the one man diabolical enough to catch Atlasia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long time fan, but this one was overly violent

  • By Nicole D. Z. on 11-08-18

A sad read

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

What a sad read this was. Gregg Hurwitz, a favorite of mine and someone who has rarely let me down, appeared to have sleepwalked through this novel. Even Scott Brick, also a favorite, was unusually subdued in his narration as if he couldn't quite get into this story either.

I won't go into the particulars of this story...you can read the summary for yourself. But you should know that while the body count is usually high in his novels, this story seemed to revel in the grisly details, including violence and the psychological torture against children. While I'm not squeamish, and I understand that Hurwitz wanted to illustrate just how villainous this particular villain is, it really was completely over-the-top...at least, it was for me. And there's always been a brilliance to his writing, which I found lacking here. He is obviously someone who does his homework, researching topics like martial arts, firearms, etc., so that when he incorporates those details they sound plausible. This story seemed chaotic and amateurish, only aimed at shocking the reader. So many of the escapades in this novel were just plain unbelievable.

I really hope he doesn't plan to turn this into a sequel. I would much rather he'd have shelved Jade Marlowe and written a fourth Orphan X novel instead. That series, along with "Don't Look Back", are, in my opinion, some examples of his finest work. I'd never have dreamed I would write a negative review of a book by this author, but here it is. Even Stephen King disappoints sometimes.

132 of 141 people found this review helpful

  • American Drifter

  • By: Heather Graham, Chad Michael Murray
  • Narrated by: Chad Michael Murray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

A young veteran of the US Army, River Roulet is struggling to shake the horrors of his past. War is behind him, but the memories remain. Desperate to distract himself from the images haunting him daily, River abandons the world he knows and flees to the country he's always dreamed of visiting: Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is everything he hoped for and more. In the lead-up to Carnaval, the city is alight with music, energy, and life. With a few friends at his side, River seems to be pulling his life together at last. Then he meets the enchanting Natal....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZINGGGGGGGG!!!!! True Love Always!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-16-17

Cop-out Ending

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Just finished this book and it's a NO for me. The ending was a blindside but not in a good way. Instead of tying up numerous loose ends, the author closed the door with an unsatisfying conclusion and made me feel cheated.

Based on the book's summary, I was expecting some fun cat-and-mouse adventure. That didn't happen either. There was no intensity in the pacing, no mounting suspense. Character development was miniscule at best, which is why, I suppose, the author felt she could get away with the ending.

I had high hopes for this novel based on the summary and the only review available. Huge letdown.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,785

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I've been listening for an hour and had to quit

  • By Sarah Kanieski on 01-31-19

It pains me to say it...

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

As a big fan of Mr. King's it pains me to say it, but this novel was a huge disappointment. The idea of the story was fantastic and original but the execution was dreadful. As with a lot of his lengthy stories, there was a huge cast of characters but I found myself bored with the lot of them and caring about none. Character development, particularly with the main cast, was sorely lacking and entirely atypical of a Stephen King novel. Additionally, to describe the pacing of the novel as plodding is being kind. It crawled. As for the narration, it was merely adequate. There was definition between characters certainly, so I'll just leave it at that.

The premise of the story held such promise, an alternate world for women only, save for a few male children born as the women, some of whom were pregnant at the time, fell asleep and awoke to a new world affectionately called "Our Place". As women all over the world fall asleep and become encased in living cocoons, chaos on Earth between the men ensues and warfare breaks out between two camps over the fate of the mysterious Eve, who is an exception to the rule...a woman who appears to be not a woman at all given her many supernatural gifts, and who is capable of sleep without being shrouded in fibers. Meanwhile, in the female-only realm where time zips by at a much faster clip than usual, women and girls form a new society devoid of male interference. The male gender, responsible for most of the violence, war and suppression of females visited on the world since the dawning of mankind, is missed in part but not by much by this new society. Eventually, the women must reach a consensus whether to remain in their largely peaceful new existence or to return to their former, male-dominated world.

At the conclusion of the story there is a narrative from father and son in which they discuss the origins of the original idea and the co-construction of the novel. The self-congratulatory parts of the dialogue were particularly painful to me given my own opinions of this book and my high regard for the vast majority of Stephen King's body of work. I'm still an ardent fan, and have high hopes for his next book. He rarely disappoints but no one's perfect.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Stars of Fortune

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical NR

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-15

Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

I hate writing bad reviews but this book and narration are begging for it. As to the book, the writing was lazy. It consists primarily of dialogue and is largely devoid of descriptive writing. The characters are stereotypical NR...everyone's young and beautiful, 'natch. But the setting is Corfu, a supposedly stunning Greek island. Might as well have been a tent in someone's backyard. As for the narration, it was cringe-worthy listening to the reader trying to mimic male and Irish accents. The whole package was just painful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,295

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

So Renee is to blame for this?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

In the book's dedication, Grisham thanks Renee for the story, so I'm going to blame her for this. In my opinion, Grisham's writing has always been a bit, um, uneven, but this is a real low-point for this author.

Several brief comments then I will be requesting a refund of credit. In a nutshell, the story is dull, the characters boring and one-dimensional, and the narration is lackluster and at times, really annoying. This is NOT a thriller, despite the claim. It is, in fact, the antithesis of thrilling.

I don't know what happened here. It reads like a first book from a mediocre novice. His inner circle really let him down this time. At the end of the day, even experienced novelists need to surround themselves with people who can be honest and tell you when you've screwed-up.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,954

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is awful!

  • By sekaly on 01-23-17

Left me breathless!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

There is no greater duo than Gregg Hurwitz and Scott Brick! Gregg Hurwitz does the cat-and-mouse type of thriller story better than anyone else, in my opinion, and Scott Brick performs the hell out of it. The first novel, Orphan X, was fabulous and this sequel is excellent. You just can't go wrong with Gregg Hurwitz, and whether it's Tell No Lies, The Survivor, The Crime Writer, You're Next, The Kill Clause, and Don't Look Back, The Rains, and this series, he takes you on a hairpin ride every time. Can't wait for the third installment!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rains

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding. Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gregg Hurwitz-lite!!

  • By JMcB on 11-05-16

Can't wait for the sequel!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Let me first start by saying that this novel is not for the faint of heart. The subject matter may be offensive to some, particularly as the plot becomes established in the latter chapters. That said, I still loved this book, as I do most Gregg Hurwitz's books. My favorite genre is thriller/mysteries, and he is masterful at it. While there were some wince-inducing moments certainly, I still loved this book, and I can't wait for the sequel. The narration was skillfully done, but I've become spoiled by Scott Brick's performances for this particular author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,906

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • rambling boring

  • By Book Hoarder on 08-15-16

Unique twist on an apocalyptic theme

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Yet another great novel by Joe Hill. While I love his father's writing, I avoid the obvious comparisons between the two because I believe Mr. Hill has earned the right to be judged on his own literary merits.

The plot is unique and compelling, and I really enjoyed the cast of characters. I also liked the length of the novel as I didn't want it to end. Kate Mulgrew, as usual, delivered in spades.

While I seldom, if ever, refer to other reviews in my own, I was puzzled by one which stated this book would only interest female readers...something to do with the protagonist's pregnancy, if I understood correctly. I strongly disagree with that assertion as I didn't find anything to suggest gender bias in one way or another in this novel. I mention it here only because I would hate to think male readers would take a pass on this gem based on those comments.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Win comes home. So does Harlan Coben.

  • By Carol on 10-26-17

Sigh

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Oh dear, I really wanted to love this much-anticipated novel, the return of Myron, Win, Big Cindy, et al. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. In fact, I'm being generous with the 'average' rating merely because I love some of Coben's other books so much. By any other author, I'd have given this 2 stars.

The story was convoluted at best, and at worst, simply had too many holes in it, too many unlikely twists and turns. Characters, especially the mothers of the two missing boys, didn't ring true. But it wasn't just those two characters; it was pretty much true for me of the entire cast. I don't mind suspending disbelief when the story warrants, but this required far too much of a stretch. Entirely too much. This was simply not a compelling book for me. It was easy to put down and not care when I resumed. In fact, I almost didn't even finish but as with most things, I tend to finish what I start.

Steven Weber's performance was fine for the most part, although he doesn't do female voices particularly well. There are a great many Audible narrators who can satisfactorily do both genders equally well...Mr. Weber isn't one of them. But overall, his performance didn't sway me one way or the other when it came to this novel. I put the blame for that squarely on the author's shoulders.

I'm sure there will be many rave reviews of this book because there are so many fans of the series. But I require more than just familiarity with a cast. There also has to be substance, and I found that sorely lacking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful