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  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,095

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

A Good Problem

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

This is one of those books where I figured out who did it, sort of. One or two too many thoughts were added for me. I finished the book because of the writing which, though not in the echelon of high literature, was genuinely good. I finished because I wanted to know the process, how the plot was going to twist and turn to find the villain. I was not disappointed.

Crossley did a fine job. He not only read the characters well. He defined the intricacies that French gave the characters with subtle inflections, enriching the depth of the characters' emotions. He pulled out his glossary of linguistic/emotional translations and used it deftly. I can't remember being this enamored about an actor's timbre.

  • Echoes in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,304

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-18-17

Broad range, but I nailed it!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Don't get me wrong, Echoes was a good one. Robb wrote a damned good story. She let out a piece of her past that I don't want repeated (It was so heinous when it was first discovered, I hoped to not hear of it again, and while I'm at it, I hope with all my heart that other one-time truths about Eve's or Roarke's past [ESPECIALLY ROARKE'S--DON'T EVER REPEAT THAT IN PRINT] are never repeated and if you know the series, you know which secret), and I looked for Charles and Louise to be a part of this story (in retrospect, I realize why they weren't). That said, I guessed the killer in one, yet the ending left me shocked and in a good way. I hope we get to hear good news about a couple of characters, oh, about three or four books in the future.

And can I say that dang (DANG!!!!!) Susan Erickson is a <$° $&& of a narrator! I don't even think I could ever read an "In Death" book because of her interpretation of the text. Lovelovelovelove Susan!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,982
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,673
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,246

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

"DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!"

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

That was what I yelled upon hearing the ending music swelling behind the last words and through the ending credits. If there ever were a memoir that redefines how one sees the subject, this is that book. Trevor Noah is that subject.

I refuse to offer a synopsis. The current "The Daily Show" anchor is savvy, smart, and intuitive behind that clean cut, grown up "boyish next door" adorably handsome face. Noah's history gives such a depth to Noah that i could never underestimate how he got the job. Listening to this book, narrated by Noah, was like spending a day with him, sipping a latte in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon, and passing a fifth of MD20/20 in a paper bag from dusk to dawn.

As a narrator, he could read me a dictionary. I hope he does other books. I'd buy based on his reading then.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Angel

  • A Thriller
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young prostitute from one of New York City's seamiest neighborhoods. Like so many tormented souls before her, the girl's mother is inevitably drawn to Charlie Parker's doorstep desperate for redemption and revenge. Despite the danger that his chosen profession imposes on his wife and newborn daughter, Parker knows that the woman and her troubles cannot be ignored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As always AMAZING!

  • By Leslie on 10-27-18

realistically creepy

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

I am so glad I didn't read this book. I am also glad that Jeff Hardy is narrating the book. I don't know how much what is in this book is because of research or because John Connolly has a demented imagination. I do know that this book went deeper than the previous book. By the way, one of the books is missing from audible.com. This is a disturbingly good book.

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 837

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and hard place plot

  • By Lesia on 06-01-16

Rock and hard place plot

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

This is like no mystery I've ever read and I can't see how Hamilton will write another in this series as good as this book. This is a complex plot, this life of Nick Mason's. He gets up, goes to work, deals with management and his co-workers, then he gets off work and deals with family, friends, and foes. Though this sounds simple, Mason's life is different. I'll leave it at that. It is a suspenseful thriller that had me rewinding to be sure I understood what happened.

Porter did a very good job with two exceptions. The women "sounded" the same. Several of the more menacing statements began to sound the same by different men. The plot is third-person, but I adored hearing Porter's omniscient narration.

This. Book. Is. Good.

Really, really good.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,399

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

Accustomed to his words

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

Oh, David. I'm so accustomed to your words and the way you fascinate me with your word structure. I found that I figured out a couple of things in this book when I was completely lost yet intrigued. I hadn't realized that the climax was the climax until the last conversation. I don't want to give up on you and this book does not disappoint. That said, this series is making me rethink your literary brilliance.

Kyf was a refreshing voice and Orlagh did very well. Maybe it is I and my wizened age that are making me feel only a little excited about the way this book played. I like Amos just a little more in this book, but Alex was right: stop making Amos say that he's only seeking the truth. Please.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,385

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

Dammit, James Patterson!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

I promised myself that is I figured out the most obvious plot line, I would return this book. I figured it out way (WAY) too soon.

I try and I try to give James Patterson the benefit of the doubt. Yet, he keeps making me angry. Peter Hermann did a great job, given what he had to work with. Normally, I wouldn't berate a book because who am I to knock a writer. I'd never consider giving a book a"one-star" rating. I haven't written one, so I can't be the pot calling the kettle black. My head is swishing waves of disappointment so badly, I can barely keep it lifted.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Theory of Death

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it's been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town. Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker's peace. The death appears to be a suicide - a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner's ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Gabe, more Yasmine

  • By mfbyrkit on 04-06-16

Solid

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

This book makes me want to listen to the series again. Interesting topic, though Kellerman does not delve into rituals nearly as much in this novel; well, not rituals of religion that is.

Yay, Faye!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Guilty

  • Will Robie, Book 4
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,360

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

  • By GH on 11-18-15

THAT IS NOT HOW YOU PRONOUNCE BILOXI!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

I'm being nice in my review stars. This is the second Baldacci where I knew who did it before I was supposed to know. The smart wiring was there, but Baldacci must have become really good friends of James Patterson. I began to get a glad of wine and crackers for the amount of cheese in the omniscient writing.

Orlaugh Cassidy is a favorite of mine. Her portrayal of Toni Moses was not completely up to par, but not bad. Kyf Brewer is great. His near bass voice is compelling and suspenseful.

Biloxi is not pronounced "Bi-LAWK -see."It is pronounced" Bi-LUCK-see. " My eyes bleed a little every time I hear it the wrong way.

Please stop it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Murderer's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325

Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches - perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her towering intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But as an adult, Grace's accomplished professional life vies with a covert, high-risk dark side, played out harrowingly. And when Grace's two worlds shockingly converge, her past returns with a vengeance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not bother...

  • By Kiki Fitz on 08-25-15

Welcome back, Mr. Kellerman.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

Nope, not much of Alex Delaware here. That said, Kellerman revived his writing style in the form of dark, vigilante justice bottled into Dr. Grace Blades. I lost hope, not becoming as excited about a Kellerman. Yet, this new character allowed him to take a different direction that I enjoyed. Mazur did a solid performance and I look forward to her voice in the future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful