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  • Hunting Annabelle

  • By: Wendy Heard
  • Narrated by: Tim Chiou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can’t resist Annabelle - beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle - who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he’s desperately trying to be. Then Annabelle disappears. Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped - he witnessed her being taken firsthand - but the police are convinced Sean himself is at the center of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hello Darkness, My Old Friend (No Spoilers)

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-18-18

Moronic

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

I'm baffled by all the great reviews. I found this story and the characters completely uninteresting and moronic. Their motivations receive only the most cursory explanation which left me feeling like it was all flash and no bang. Boring characters and trying too hard to be "twisted" just left me longing for it to be over.

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life - wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing...

  • By ashley on 06-14-18

Terrible ending

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This book started out well. Overall I thought it was a decent story and was well- paced, and entertaining enough. However, the ending was absolutely terrible. I don't need a happy resolution to enjoy a story, but I can't handle an awful, nonsensical ending. It ruined the whole book for me. Proceed at your own risk.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Saint of Wolves and Butchers

  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, are hunters: They travel the world pursuing evildoers in order to bring them to justice. They have now come to Kansas on the trail of Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator who snuck into the United States under the name Rudy Goodman in the 1950s. Travis quickly learns that Goodman has powerful friends who will go to any length to protect the Nazi; what he doesn't know that is that Goodman has furtively continued his diabolical work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5<br />

  • By Donna on 04-21-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This book had an intriguing and interesting premise. I purchased it because of that and because I read Grecian’s Scotland Yard series and, for the most part, enjoyed them.
There is something about this book that doesn’t quite work. The character development is shallow which left me feeling like I didn’t really care about any of these characters even though I should have. In fact, the only character I felt invested in was Bear (the dog). He’s the best part of the book. There is a very, very long buildup to the final resolution. Some readers might enjoy this, but it got exhausting and at several points I found myself just wishing for it to be over already. There seemed to be a lot of extra things thrown in to try to make it more exciting, but it just got boring instead.
The narration is fine. The book is average. It’s usually entertaining, but don’t expect much more than that.

  • The Girl in the Moon

  • Angela Constantine, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

When Angela was young, before she came to realize she had a rare ability, she was a rather ordinary girl. At least, that was what everyone said. But Angela is anything but ordinary. The daughter of a meth addict, she is convinced she was born a freak. Haunted by an abusive childhood, she was forced to become a woman far too soon. And in the process, she became more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense and heart-pounding!

  • By Michelle on 03-14-18

Absolute Garbage

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I haven’t read a Terry Goodkind book in many years. A few hours into this book and I am remembering exactly why.
I’m no prude, and I’m definitely not the type to clutch my pearls, but this book is a dumpster full of flaming trash. Repeated scenes of graphic rape, degradation, and torture are so grotesquely overused and shoved down the reader’s throat, that the book is a complete bore. It’s full of contrived scenes that, in my opinion, do nothing to develop the characters, propel the story, or communicate any meaningful theme. The narration is decent, but nothing can save this material.
I have wasted five hours of my life on this book. I have decided to call it quits and return it. Save yourself the credit and your time.

38 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Losing One’s Head

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-18

It doesn’t quite work

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

I can see how this book might appeal to certain readers. It’s engaging, mysterious, and there is an abundance of creepy vibes. Therein lies the problem. There is a ton of atmosphere, but very little character development. As a reader, I find that incredibly boring. Additionally, the resolution of the story just seemed really dumb to me. Something disturbing is revealed in the last few minutes that had me rolling my eyes in frustration. It was completely unnecessary and just felt like something added on to hit the reader over the head with the “creepy vibe”.
Overall It’s entertaining, but don’t expect much more than that.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • This Is What Happened

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk. Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero - if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, but disappointing

  • By Meg on 02-04-18

Well written, but disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I’m a huge Mick Herron fan. I’ve read all the books and enjoyed them immensely. However, this one fell pretty flat. His character development is wonderful, as always, but I found some of the themes banal and tedious.
If you’re a fan I think it’s worth a listen just because his writing is extraordinarily clever and thorough. But this book is definitely not in the same league as his other work.
The narration is excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,674

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Convoluted and a bit tedious

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

First off, I have to say that I've read most everything by Peter Clines and I typically really enjoy his books. He's creative, funny, and engaging.
This book is just okay. I don't think it's as well done as some of his other works. It feels a bit clunky and it never quite captured my attention in the way I had hoped it would. By the last couple of hours I was just waiting for it to be over.
As always, Ray Porter does a great job with the narration.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Fellside

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By David Shear on 04-08-16

Much better than expected

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Despite the so-so reviews of this book, I bought it based on how much I enjoyed The Girl With All The Gifts. It was way better than I expected. It's not great, but I enjoyed it very much.
The writing style is excellent. The pace is spot-on, and the narration is stellar. Overall I enjoyed this book very much.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,129

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

This book was much better than expected. It's not great, but it's entertaining enough That I was motivated to finish it and discover the resolution.
The story is well developed and the characters are definitely complex enough to be engaging and interesting for the reader. I'm not crazy about the story as it felt very melodramatic a la Lifetime movie, but it was still entertaining and I think worth the credit. The narration was excellent.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Speculation

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Swyler
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,487

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • traveling carnival, tarot, love, fate, secrets

  • By withherownwings on 07-20-15

Original

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I'm giving this book 5 stars mostly based on its originality. It's not the best story I've ever heard, nor the best characters, but it's completely different from anything I've read in a very long time.
It's rich, complex, and just plain intriguing. It's the kind of book I'll be mulling over for the next few days. If you enjoy originality and a dose of magic, check it out.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful