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  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected!

  • By Wayne on 05-20-18

sum is greater than its parts.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I loved this story and it's perfect with Halloween approaching. It was fun/scary not scary/scary. There are some real gems in Mr Edward's writing, little snippets that grab me. My favorite was (and this is from my poor memory banks) 'the tension was thick between them, like 2 scissors fighting'

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

a great narrator replacement

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

the story was one of the best so far. i think. the narrator really did a fabulous job. big shoes to fill and she did it

  • The Next Girl: Detective Gina Harte, Book 1

  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again.

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Could Not stop listening!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-18

boring

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

the bad guys are bad and the good guys are dense and not too believable

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's good, but the end?...could have been better

  • By Adrienne on 06-06-18

isnt Ruth Ware awesome???

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

What a combo. Ruth Ware and Imogen Church. I miss it already. I wish I had not already listened to her orher books.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,070
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,643

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

best mystery in a long, long time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

i have a very clean house because i wanted to keep listening. i suggest picking a particularly cluttered closet, strap on the headphones and get to work

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,589

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Still thinking of this audio book 4 months later

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I pity Ms Pinborough the job of writing her next mystery. How can it possibly get better than this book? It's a great read even if it didn't have great surprises, but thankfully it has just exactly that. I simultaneously can't wait for her next book and dread the thought it will be second rate. I envy those who are about to listen for the first time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hacking the Afterlife

  • Practical Advice from the Flipside
  • By: Richard Martini
  • Narrated by: Richard Martini
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Everyone who has ever lived continues to exist on the flipside and if possible, can be asked direct questions. This is the startling premise of Hacking the Afterlife; which argues that it's possible to obtain new information from people no longer on the planet. These afterlife interviews are conducted via various mediums, people under deep hypnosis, or fully conscious yet able to access details of previous lifetimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My cup of tea

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-01-16

My cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I thought it was going to be really hard getting past the obvious flaws in the narration and all the apologies that kept coming from the author about the content of his book. At first, indeed, it was difficult.
And then I just pretended Mr Martini was in front of a classroom reading from his journal. At that point I was able to focus on the content. This will not be a book for everyone and probably will infuriate more than a few. I allowed myself to be consumed by this and as ridiculous as it sounds (looks) I think this was life changing. I finished listening about 2 weeks ago and I still feel that way. I keep thinking about this book and have nestled it into my belief system where it might really do some good. Honestly, I have had some kind of soul-sigh - a release of stress I didn't know I had or didn't realize how big it was to me until this. It answered a lot of questions and raised quite a few. Even if I end up dismissing this as truth, it was a fabulous experience and a fun ride. I cannot say I am a true believer in all that is revealed. I am taking the coward's way out and saying it very well might be true. That's good enough for me right now.
I recommend this book and have already told a couple of special people about it. Wow

33 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Hair Raiser

  • The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Narrated by: Mary Ann Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for Taste of the World, a fundraiser sponsored by Ocean Guard. It is a decision she soon regrets. First Chef Pierre's rum-soaked bananas Foster goes up in flames, making her wonder if sabotage caused the incident. Her suspicions deepen as more chefs drop off the roster and Ocean Guard's attorney is murdered. Does the lawyer's death relate to an estate being managed by the group?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd Book as Great as the First

  • By Lynnz on 11-23-16

A good second book

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

This was a good follow up to the first book. The second book in a series I think is the most important. It has to keep the momentum from the first and needs to start endearing itself to readers either through the characters, the writing or even the setting. This book does that pretty well. We get to know the main character a bit better and the fact that she notices the hair style of everyone is an endearing quality, I think.
The mystery was pretty obvious. I'd be surprised to be surprised by the mystery in a cozy. I like them more for their characters (an old friend quality is a must) and frankly to de-stress from my busy life. This series is likeable and I look forward to more. The performance was very good!
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.com

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure Witch

  • Torrent Witches, Book 2
  • By: Tess Lake
  • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Harlow Torrent, part-time journalist and full-time slip witch is pulled into a murder mystery when the skeletons of a man and a girl are uncovered on Truer Island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble Trouble

  • By Troublemer on 10-26-16

Great humor

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Loved it! Narration was perfect. The humor used throughout the book just got better as one got to know the different characters. The romance was sweet and did not overwhelm the plot. It was just a lot of fun from beginning to end. I eagerly look forward to the next one!
I voluntarily received a review copy of this audiobook from the author

  • Alabama Blue

  • A Southern Gothic Memoir
  • By: Toni K. Pacini
  • Narrated by: Toni K. Pacini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

From white trash mill village girl to Senior Cinderella. In Alabama Blue, Toni K. Pacini shares her tumultuous journey. A girl raised up like an invasive weed in an Alabama cotton mill village where illiteracy, bigotry, religious fanaticism, and abuse were as commonplace as fried chicken on Sunday. From pillar to post, and coast to coast, she sought a dauntingly illusive refuge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to this one twice. Excellent!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-16-16

Listened to this one twice. Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

I loved that Toni Pacini narrated this. I've heard better narrator but one can make many allowances in exchange for listening to the author's rendition. No one can quite fill the emotional toll like the author and in this case particularly. I would have enjoyed reading it but I can't imagine loving it equally. Some things are just better when read. A Mississippi girl myself, I love that drawl and it makes me miss my first home.
The story itself just flows. With all the biblibiographies that are told in flashbacks and back and forth time, the beginning- to- end was a welcome change. I feel a very fortunate person after listening to this memoir. I am not fond of people telling stories about how rough they had it just to say it was rough. This was my cup of tea. A rough story that was transcended, often by just hanging in there. Love it.
I was gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful