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  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,520

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Good story but narration audibility was a problem

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This is an interesting detective story with a relatable, flawed protagonist. But I found the narration difficult to understand. The acting aspect was well done but his words were too fast and ran together. Slowing down the speed did not help enough to keep it from being a chore to listen to for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Broken Wings

  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she'd fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a powerful story!

  • By gitty on 09-27-15

Depressing, not that engaging

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

While the action in this story made me wince frequently, the characters were not believable enough to come to life in my mind.
As other reviewers have commented, the narrative jumps around too much among the sisters and even between first-person and third-person, with little vocal variation, which makes it hard to follow as an audio book.
I also found the quality of writing lacking, with awkward sentence construction and occasional misuse of a word; e.g., "sacrilegious" where I think "sacrosanct" was actually meant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel - Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,311

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

Well plotted and true to the original characters

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

I'm thrilled that Lagercrantz is on the job to keep this series going. The characters and style seem consistent with the predecessor novels. The emotional connection with the characters is perhaps not as intense but I would definitely read more in the series by this author. The plot has the expected intricacies and the narrator was great.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kaanapali Beach Paradise

  • A Maui Novelette
  • By: R. Barri Flowers
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii's famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolve around the anticipated grand opening of Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island's western shore.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Smooth interesting read

  • By kate on 07-26-15

This is not a "novelette"

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Rather than being a novelette which would have an ending, this is a series of sample champters from several different mystery stories set in Hawaii. I feel like I got charged for an advertisement. The writing is pretty amateurish too.

  • After Her

  • By: Joyce Maynard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Maynard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful to listen to, decent story

  • By Krista on 10-17-13

How can a book with a serial killer be so boring?

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

This book is more about the dysfunctional family of the adolescent narrator than the killer, although the killings provide a constant sense of dread and concern about the detective father's inability to nab the guy. If the work were a memoir, I could forgive the repetitive and uncomfortable exposition on her period and unenthusiastic sexual forays and the details of the unremarkable games she plays with her younger sister. But since it's fiction couldn't it be a little more interesting?
Maynard's craft is excellent; too bad the content is so dull and depressing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

  • By: Wendy Lindstrom
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Euphoric and captivating 💏

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 08-15-17

Pleasant but not outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

Some research was done for this post-Civil War story which is set after the Civil War, but it must have focused on the war, livery stables, and saw mills. The characters are far too modern in their speech and behavior to be believable--the heroine in particular spouts modern psychobabble. On the other hand, most of the characters are well-developed and interesting. The plot line is predictable but I liked the emphasis on honor and family.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,839

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Great story, fantastic reader

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

This story is packed with pathos and distinctive characters. David Pittu nails them all.
I've read two other Donna Tartt novels and while this one is quite different from those, the things they have in common are an uncommon insight into the minds of young people and wonderful writing.
This sprawling story starts off a little slow but stay with it for a satisfying read--a terrific value for one credit!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Doll

  • By: Elvira Woodruff
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming Story

  • By W on 03-06-05

Not just for kids

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-10

This is a sentimental, heartwarming story read with a lovely British accent that will get you in the Christmas spirit. The historical detail of what it was like to be poor in Victorian England is vivid and educational as well. I would recommend this to any female age 8 and up! Not that the guys aren't welcome to read it too, but I think girls and women will particularly like the theme of sisterly devotion.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Beginning

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Superintendent Runcorn (Anne Perry fans will remember him as William Monk's ex-boss) is feeling rather lonely during his holiday on the remote, snowy island of Anglesey, off the northern coast of Wales. However, he is suddenly called into action when the sister of the local vicar is discovered murdered and draped over a gravestone in her brother's churchyard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas Murder Mystery

  • By Debbie on 05-02-13

A good story well-read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-10

I am a longtime Anne Perry fan and thoroughly enjoyed this story even though the usual cast is not around. The interior life of a middle-aged man who knows his shortcomings--who is in love with his soulmate btw--is sensitively and realistically drawn.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Off Air

  • By: Catherine Sampson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, developed and unusual

  • By Hannah on 02-02-05

Fast-paced and interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-10

The protagonist of this story is an all-too-human young woman raising twin babies alone. I quickly came to care about her and to be gripped by the twists and turns of the story. The supporting characters seem like real people and not props. I will be looking for this author's next one.