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Carlsbad, ca, United States
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  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,364

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Good Paranormal Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This was an enjoyable book. I skipped parts but will probably go back and listen to the missed parts. It will have a follow up but unlike so many books you are not left Unsatisfied at the end in hopes to urge you to buy the next book. I am not sure about getting the next book. The characters are good but I don't know if it is enough to make me want to know what's next. That would probably be too predictable.

  • Unpunished

  • By: Lisa Black
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today - and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn't trust at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, good characters + murder mystery

  • By LaurelOlivia on 06-26-18

Finally, good characters + murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This book is a good old fashion straightforward murder mystery with good character development and storyline. I recommend it and will be buying the prequel to this one and the one after this book. I buy books just because Kirsten Potter is performing them, she does men's voices as well as women. That is how I found this book.

  • The Handyman

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 934

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little is back!

  • By JuniorLo on 02-08-18

Different, good characters and premise

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

However, part one was good... Character build up was good. The premise was built. Part two (spoiler alert) was repeatedly a slight build up of characters just to lose them, on and on. The rap up wasn't bad however even for the paranormal premise it was unbelievable. Why now would the defeat of the undefeatable happen. Also, losing a heartfelt character albeit small appearance was unnecessary. The whole end was forced. I finished it which says a lot. I have so many I couldn't finish.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Emma in the Night

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,581

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: 15-year-old Cass and 17-year-old Emma. Three years later Cass returns without her sister, Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Pamela (@SpazP) on 08-23-17

Twists in a mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Real life twists, turns, and Secrets. I found it disturbing but that is because the events are and should be disturbing. If you are looking for a real-life mystery....

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,602

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully full of secrets!

  • By Kathryn on 09-05-17

Steadfast diversion

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Great characters and that is what brings me back for more. I like all the characters and there is a good cast of them. The ride along for the unveiling of the mystery is a great diversion.

  • 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 3,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,580

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

Good journey to the mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

The story was good. I guessed pretty quick who and what. It was a good journey with surprises on the extent of the crimes. The Narrator would be good for some books, but not this one. He did not add and I almost quit a few times.

  • An Echo of Murder

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

When a Hungarian immigrant is dismembered near London's River Thames, Commander Monk is called to the eerie scene, where 16 candles surround the corpse. As identical murders pop up around the city, Monk confronts the unsettling options: could it be the work of a secret society? A serial madman? Or is a xenophobic Brit targeting foreigners? A local doctor who speaks Hungarian from his days on the battlefield may be able to help, but his own struggles with post-traumatic stress have left his memory in shambles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing

  • By Jean on 09-28-17

Many will like it, not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

What would have made An Echo of Murder better?

The storyline was good and the background. Many will like it. There were several facets good. I just didn't like it. It was easy to walk away and I had to force myself to finish it. I will not be buying more.

Would you recommend An Echo of Murder to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not buy it again, however many will like it.

How could the performance have been better?

He was good for the men and not as good for women as some performers that do men and women the equally.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good characters and back stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ceremony in Death

  • In Death, Book 5
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551

Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warning personally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-21-13

Consistent Entertainment!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

If you could sum up Ceremony in Death in three words, what would they be?

A very content listen. It is good to not be disappointed.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Nothing

Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She is great!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A sleuth with cohorts.

Any additional comments?

She is a tough woman cop. She has great partners and a loving asset. Add mystery, love, violence, and friendship to make a great story.

  • Sterling

  • Mageri, Book 1
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body. Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, I'll go on to book 2

  • By Amanda K on 08-23-14

Easy Story, light...

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator, I didn't care for her narration at all. With a different performer. The characters needed more development.

Would you be willing to try another book from Dannika Dark? Why or why not?

Yes, possibly.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She didn't do male voices very good.

Did Sterling inspire you to do anything?

No. I wish you would not ask this question. Self-help books would be the only ones the questions pertain to. Probably less than 1%.

Any additional comments?

The premise is good and the characters. Just develop the characters more in and background depth.

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got scary?

  • By Lesley on 06-17-08

Some will like it, not me

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't know, I tried it three times. Maybe a great editor. I've listened to serial killer books, and paranormal soft porn, I can deal with parts of a book I don't like and still... At one point when they were talking about the dead owner's past behavior it was like Matheson picked up the Wikipedia of most depraved behaviors threw them into a pot and stirred it, very disturbing to say the least.

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Matheson? Why or why not?

No.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is one of my top favorite performers. I buy books just because he narrates them. He couldn't save this one for me.

What character would you cut from Hell House?

There was no need to go so into the necrophilia and hedonistic behavior with such Detail or Linger in it. After that, it just got monotonous for me.

Any additional comments?

The characters, the subject, the house all had promise but couldn't keep me interested. I never made it even halfway through.