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  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Intriguing and Lighthearted Murder Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

'The Word' doesn't meet the exceptional standard set by 'Magpie Murders,' but is still very entertaining and worthy on its own. The mystery is intriguing and the characters captivate through their subtle eccentricities.

  • The Sinner

  • By: Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FIVE

  • By Donna on 06-04-17

Please Get To the Point

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

A very long-winded psychological thriller that underwhelms. The protagonist constantly reminds us that she is being less than honest, and thus half the content is a slog through needless exposition. There is no big twist ending and by time we see the "mystery" solved, I simply stopped caring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Egg and Other Stories

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Great Twists!

  • By Chris on 07-20-17

Big Things in Small Packages

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

There are some highly effective short pieces here; very thought-provoking and whimsical. I appreciated the ones with twist endings, and the Twilight Zone tribute was the highlight of the collection.

  • Greenglass House

  • By: Kate Milford
  • Narrated by: Chris Henry Coffey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

It's wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler's inn is always quiet during this season, and 12-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo's home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly delightful experience!

  • By Lori on 02-19-17

Charming Story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Very enjoyable young adult/children's literature, including a twist I didn't see coming. The unique cast of characters are fun and inviting, and the setting really sets the story in motion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,827

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Gothic Ghost Tale

  • By Mel on 01-25-12

High Quality Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

You can see the ending coming from a mile away, but that doesn't make it any less creepy and satisfying.

  • The Amityville Horror

  • By: Jay Anson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good, it’s scary.

  • By steve on 11-02-12

Creepy But Likely Contrived

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This feels like a descent haunted house story, but what really sets it apart is trying to convince yourself that it really happened. I'm left unconvinced, as any speculative person would be. Regardless, the process of playing out the potential truthfulness is worth the effort.

  • Cujo

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

Cujo is a 200-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narrator ruined a good book

  • By Tina B on 09-24-17

Visceral Terror In a King Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Circumstance and fate intertwine in this sinister story. The most terrorizing element of the novel is how King uses a diseased animal on a rampage to allegorically punish an unfaithful wife.

  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

  • The Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective
  • By: Kate Summerscale
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection. At the time, the detective was a relatively new invention; there were only eight detectives in all of England and rarely were they called out of London, but this crime was so shocking that Scotland Yard sent its best man to investigate, Inspector Jonathan Whicher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic Murder at dawn of detective bureau

  • By Jennifer on 08-20-14

Intriguing Mystery and Historically Insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Very interesting case study and historical account of early detective methods. The prose has a tendency to wander away from the core subject, but even these detours tended to hold my interest ... At times it reminded me of the Serial podcast, had their subject matter taken place in the late 1800's Victorian England.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,969

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Meta-Murder Mystery Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Agatha Christie fans will devour it up, and most abundantly appreciate what this story accomplishes. It pays homage to her substance and style, while simultaneously taking the formula into a whole new, innovative direction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,185

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

Classic Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Powerful examination of the human condition conveyed through our ability to connect with an alien species.