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  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes a four-hour drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By KadysMom on 02-09-19

Bravo! The best book I’ve heard in a long time!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Excellent all the way around! Great story and narration. I can’t wait to read more by Jane Harper.

  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,110

Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters in a weak story

  • By WWaltonG on 05-04-16

Love Gregg Hurwitz but couldn't finish book.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

We'll written but I'm not really into the subject matter. Love Gregg Hurwitz's other books but had to return this one. So many others to read.

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of Koontz

  • By Todd S on 09-27-17

Just the Right Amount of Everything!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

What made the experience of listening to Spoonbenders the most enjoyable?

Spoonbenders is a great, silly, feel good book. As someone who listens to a lot crime and suspense novels it's nice to take a break and laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I first heard Ari Fliako's narration in The Nix. He is was one of the reasons why I purchased this book. I like Ari because he's not over dramatic like some narrators. Ari Fliakos is one of my favorites.

Any additional comments?

This is a great summer read/listen!

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,667

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Gripping Book! Listened All Weekend Long!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Just not enough hours in the day or I'd listen to the whole thing. This is a story of human trafficking that I wasn't expecting especially from the title.

Any additional comments?

10 stars for the narrator Brittany Pressley!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ill Will

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Chaon
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos, Edoardo Ballerini, Michael Crouch, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 454

"We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves." This is one of the little mantras Dustin Tillman likes to share with his patients, and it's meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie? A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his 40s when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin's parents, aunt, and uncle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for those who like rosy things

  • By cristina on 03-23-17

6 Stars If There Was Such A Thing!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

You can't go wrong with this one! So many twists and turns. Love it!

Any additional comments?

AMAZING!!!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,509

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book by Hurwitz

  • By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 07-25-16

Not Predictable as Expected

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Any additional comments?

I was recommended this book over and over. From the description I thought it would be another predictable, macho, assassin, Jason Borne type. I was pleasantly surprised. Orphan X has better setup and more realistic situations and humor in his life trying to fit in. I liked it very much and can't wait for the next in the series.

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,284

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Solid Michael Connelly Book. My Favorite So Far.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

What did you like best about this story?

I love the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller books this is both combined. You can't go wrong.

Have you listened to any of Titus Welliver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've watched Titus Welliver in the Bosch series on Amazon and he nails it. He's perfect as the narrator on this too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,902

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Felt So Emotional and I Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Any additional comments?

This definitely ranks up there with my top 5 books. . Reminds me of Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. Never have I enjoyed laughing and crying while listening to the same book so much. Loved it!

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,914

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 09-15-15

A Nail Biter!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Where does The Sleeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A lot of audiobooks don't leave me in suspense but this one did!. Great twists and turns.

Any additional comments?

Just when I thought it was becoming predictable....Nope! Great book!!

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,849

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Not A Good As Dark Things But Good!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Sharp Objects the most enjoyable?

I love Gillian Flynn's writing. She's dark and delicious. This isn't my favorite book of hers but still it's quite good.