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  • Interference

  • By: Amélie Antoine, Maren Baudet-Lackner - translator
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Carly Robins, Amy McFadden, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Young married couple Gabriel and Chloé have a picture-perfect life. But when athletic Chloé suddenly drowns, Gabriel is left to grapple with the mysterious circumstances of her death. Brokenhearted, he pours out his grief in a bereavement group and is consoled by photographer Emma. While the two grow closer, Gabriel can't help but feel Chloé's presence everywhere he goes. And as revelations about Chloé slowly emerge, he begins to wonder, is Emma really that different?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short rollercoaster ride

  • By Jenn on 04-23-17

Not Intriquing

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I didn’t feel at all engaged by this recording and I found it distracting that there were 3 separate view points. One of those viewpoints, Chloe, was in first person; the other two were third person - I was irritated by this hodgepodge method of writing. My interest in the plot may have been influenced by this, but I didn’t think the story was clever or suspenseful. The ending was meant to be a shock, but by that point, I didn’t care...

  • Everything You Told Me

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,606

You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money, just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over the top but still held my attention

  • By Lizzystick on 04-25-17

Too Easy

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

The book started out as a terrific page-turner, but soon became a long, jumbled soap opera. I’d figured out the ending less than halfway through, but I think the book’s being overly long made that inevitable. The plot seems pretty standard, although there were a couple of clever twists, and the story meandered for hours without a reason, before coming to a quick ending.

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  • Law of Five: A Kate Reid Novel

  • The Kate Reid Series, Book 2
  • By: Robin Mahle
  • Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

The nationwide manhunt for a killer begins and the media quickly dubs him the "Highway Hunter". Bodies left roadside on display with horrific markings; a calling card. But this case is miles away from Katie Reid and her life with Detective Marshall Avery. That is, until she gets the call from her old friend and reporter Marc Aguilar, who believes that the killer could be coming their way. With Katie's work at the San Diego Police Department and her recent personal struggles, questions are raised about the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Reid

  • By TREKnRay on 04-24-17

Awful

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I thought the writing was mediocre, at best, and the narration was awful. Didn't want to waste time and didn't finish.

  • Illumination Night

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412

Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter's soul; a family torn apart by a wife's fears and a husband's unrealized desires; and the high school girl who comes to Martha's Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like the characters but....

  • By Tobi on 09-20-15

Didn't enjoy

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

This was a tough book for me to like. The characters are well-drawn and did feel connected to them at various times. But the story's many themes and events (childhood, adolescent rebellion, guilt, shame, agoraphobia, aging, death of young and old, being different - too short or too tall - marriage, parenthood, infidelity) were too much and I stopped caring about the outcomes toward the end of the book.

I think the book was written wraith much too much narration and not enough dialog. I was TOLD what people said, did, thought, bit felt like I didn't experience it.

And... I really didn't like the narrator. She added unnecessary emphasis to some words and phrases, making it hard for me to judge anything for myself.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didnt like the graphic sadism...

  • By DCG on 06-01-17

Page-Turner

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Most of the novel proceeded as a well-written, clever page-turner, each chapter more compelling than the one before. Aha! A great mystery novel! But things eventually begin to unravel, leading to a twist that unfortunately felt a bit labored to me. Even so, this was a very good "listen" and I enjoyed it right to the end - don't miss the epilogue!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Intercept

  • A Jeremy Fisk Novel, Book 1
  • By: Dick Wolf
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another scheme has been set in motion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Katherine on 12-31-12

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I was excited when I discovered that Dick Wolf had published a series of mysteries. But about 30 minutes in, I knew this wasn't up to the standard of Law & Order. The Intercept was dry, re-hashed and full of all the wrong details - paper work, procedures, meetings. The dialogue sounded canned and false - it was dreadful & l wasn't crazy about the reader. I did listen to the end, though, even when I knew it wasn't going to get better, mostly out of respect to Dick Wolf...

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,682

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Really Awful

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I thought the premise of the book could be cool, but the writing is terrible. Every thought or idea that the narrator (it's written 1st person) has is completely explained, as though the reader must be incapable of thought! The story drags as the exposition and soap box lectures continue. Couldn't make myself finish...