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  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Love the quirky characters.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I love British crime/mysteries. This detective series is a keeper. The books are available on KindleUnlimited but with a voice like Gildart Jackson's, why bother. Love the dry humor. I plan to read or listen to them all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,280

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

It's so very good.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Love the actor's voice, beautiful. This story was written a long time ago. Such a good plot. The characters were completely realistic. Creeped me out a bit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirst

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Normally, I love Jo Nesbo.

  • By B.J. on 10-22-17

Welcome back Harry!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Vintage Nesbo/Hole. Nice and long. Complicated and a few red herrings along the way. Totally enjoyed it! Love John Lee! I'd like to see a female serial killer lol- Fair play.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051

Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy 50th birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately: His ex-wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him; his current wife has fired the nanny; and he's finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress. Then something truly terrible happens: one of his three-year-old twins goes missing. No trace of her is ever found. The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Christina on 09-14-16

Good, slow build

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

I've enjoyed Alex Marwood's other 2 books. Especially the Killer Next Door. She always has that psychological examination of the characters which the best crime, mystery books possess These characters are very unlikeable but there are entertaining twists and turns. Enjoy it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,862

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was wonderful and the characters quite interesting if not endearing. That said, it's extremely graphic and stomach turning. If you are at all squeamish, I'm not sure this is the book for you. If you can get past the gorey details, it's well worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,225

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

This is what reading, listening is all about!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

What a wonderful funny, sad and thought provoking book. I heartily recommend it. It made me chuckle and wish it would never end...sigh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in Thrall

  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great new entry into British mysteries

  • By Tracey on 08-05-13

Not what I was expecting.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

I was surprised to find out this book, in my estimation, is really 70/30 romance/mystery. I enjoyed it but if you are really More of a mystery buff, I'm not sure it will satisfy. I read everything including George, Penney, Nesbo, MCKinty, McBride, Rendell/Vine, Perry, Carofiglio, and many, many more but this is definitely not your typical mystery novel. That being said I'm reading the second book on kindle - I just had to see where all this obsessive behavior was going. So far I think a little added complexity to the plot would have gone a long way in making this a more well rounded mystery. Ms. Riordan does an excellent job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Yes, Chef

  • A Memoir
  • By: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

  • By loix on 06-27-12

Inspiring, colorful story

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Marcus Samuelsson's autobiography will take you from Ethiopia, to Sweden, to Austria and Switzerland, then to New York and then back and forth all over again. Marcus travelled the world gathering knowledge about food and people and then managing to learn a lot about himself in the process. This was a fascinating look in to the tough world of culinary arts and into the life of a very interesting Ethiopian born/ Swedish raised man who came to rest in Harlem , NYC. Read it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,525

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

I really enjoyed this story. I got the kindle version the same time because I needed to know what happened next. It's a thriller in the style of Gone Girl with the alternating narratives, but very different too. Set in London. Very fine performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dance for the Dead

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

When eight-year-old Timothy Decker finds his parents brutally murdered, it's clear the Deckers weren't the intended victims: Timothy's own room---ransacked, all traces of his existence expertly obliterated---is the shocking evidence. Timothy's nanny, Mona, is certain about only one thing. Timmy needs to disappear, fast. Only Jane Whitefield, a Native American "guide" who specializes in making victims vanish, can lead him to safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • *****5 Stars for Thomas Perry

  • By Cecil Brathwaite on 04-09-11

Kept us on the edge of our seats.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

My husband and I enjoyed this together and separately. It's a great story. There are some very evil characters in this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful