• Caged

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellison Cooper
  • Narrated by: Danielle Deadwyler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

 In a residential Washington, D.C., neighborhood, a young woman's body is found in the basement of an abandoned house - starved to death in a cage, along with the video footage of a dark and deadly ritual. The victim is identified as the daughter of a prominent D.C. politician, and it falls to the FBI to track down the unconscionable psychopath who murdered her. FBI special agent Sayer Altair would rather conduct research on criminality than catch actual criminals. But when she's offered a promotion hinging on her next assignment, she reluctantly accepts the "Cage Killer" case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This new author should go far...

  • By shelley on 08-18-18

Mediocre story with good narration

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The narration kept me hanging on, but with an hour left I just can't stand this anymore. Your typical overwrought serial killer book. Damaged investigator, hampering bureaucracy, important people in government, etc. Little meaningful character development makes this just tedious.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,443

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Promising theme but just pulp fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This was an interesting premise, but the lead character and the basis of his actions were limited and kind of ridiculous. Formulaic and overwrought, it might have been the perfect beach read but I just gave up with an hour to go.

  • Rabbit

  • The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
  • By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
  • Narrated by: Patricia Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,270

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two. Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story but dry reading

  • By SpazzyMaggee on 11-03-17

<br />Just real

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Very compelling story read by the author. it's not her relaxed comedic voice - she's obviously reading and it's a little stilted - but that doesn't get in the way of this honest, sad and funny narrative. I highly recommend.

  • A Noise Downstairs

  • A Novel
  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s "normal" existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter. But Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night - and that it's somehow connected to the murderer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gaslighter gets lit...

  • By shelley on 07-29-18

ehhhh.... average

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Low level of beach read level of suspense in this story of dumb people doing dumb things. The biggest reveals were totally obvious but interesting enough to keep listening until the end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's good, but the end?...could have been better

  • By Adrienne on 06-06-18

Drawn out and transparent

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Oh my, where to begin. No spoilers, but it's first of all a case of mistaken identity. While there is a backstory, big chunks of it never are addressed and others are drawn out and out. The 2 big clues left in a diary are just so artificial. It doesn't take too long to figure out the plot and from there it is just a slog with characters who don't behave in ways people should. I have a pet peeve with stories where people drag their memories for "what was that I heard or saw that was off?" way after the fact, then recalling details. It was just too much artifice for my taste.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Notice

  • A Novel
  • By: Zhou Haohui, Zac Haluza
  • Narrated by: Joel De La Fuente
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shockwaves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China's stunning Sichuan Province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved 18-year-old murder case until an entity calling themselves Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke or something more sinister? Soon the public starts "nominating" worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't crossover well

  • By Jami E. Nettles on 06-11-18

Doesn't crossover well

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

The plot is that people being killed who are deemed to deserve to die Some super interesting devices are left dangling, and what we do learn has giant holes. The most interesting part is trying to figure out why this is such as blockbuster in China. It is just one thing after another until I didn't care any more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,828

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Overwritten and unexciting

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Seems hard to believe that an epic struggle could be so boring, but the author focuses on such strange parts of the story, with little sense of action or flow. Flowery, implausible thoughts are given room, leaving little space for building suspense. I made myself finish, but at the end I just didn't care at all.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,832

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

So uncompelling to me

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I could not engage with this story. Although the book starts with the victim dead, I never learned enough about her to care. The characters didn't follow logical arcs, and I quit listening about 2/3 through when it fell apart for me. I tried but I did not enjoy any of this.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,692

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Overwrought narration over a marginal story line

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I quit with 20 minutes left to go. Could see one major and distracting twist coming a mile away and by the time the others arrived, I just didn't care about these people any more. And the narration - just tooooo much. Hours of whatever that emotion was - I can't even. I enjoyed this less than any real book I've read in a long time. it is edited and linear so I'll give it a couple of stars, but would not recommend it.

  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,481

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently interesting and fast paced

  • By Aquakittie on 01-16-18

Well done modern murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This is a well written, well edited book about an unsolved murder that took place in the main character's childhood, but such a refreshing change from many "psychological thrillers" on the market today. The characters behave in ways that are reasonably unreasonable - just like real people do - to make the entire story compelling. I was not waiting breathlessly to find the mystery solved, but enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful