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  • The Dying of the Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Goolrick
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Diana Cooke was "born with the century" and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crème of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator!

  • By Thierry on 08-06-18

Terrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This entire book was told from the perspective of a woman but for some strange twisted reason they selected a man to narrate it. So he struggles to sound like a woman throughout the entire book and it is a huge fail. In addition, he tries to immitate a southern accent that just comes across as whiney

The story ended up being mediocre. All things considered I really didn't like the book. I would return it but I did listen to all of it, so that wouldn't be fair to Audible.

My advice is to definitely listen to the preview before you buy this audiobook.

  • The Killing Kind

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

John Connolly takes battered ex-cop Charlie Parker on his third outing after Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow. Still struggling with the horrific ghosts of his past, Parker is now a disillusioned private eye hired to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Grace Peltier - which neither her father nor a former US senator believes was suicide. The trail leads to a mass grave in Northern Maine where a Baptist community disappeared 40 years earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a different narrator

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 12-26-17

Terrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I couldn't finish chapter one. I am returning it. Light weight boring narrator trying to portray an emotionally heavy weight character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Woods

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child...someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not get into this book.

  • By J. Gregg on 06-30-18

wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This is the first book i have read/listened to by this author.i intend to rectify that situation immediately.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This book kept me guessing until the end. That is delightfully unusual for me. This is the best book i have listened to in months.

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseatingly saccharine

  • By cathy journeaux on 04-29-18

kept me guessing to the end!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I usually figure out the mystery by half way through the book. I couldn't stop listening to After Anna because I just had to know what happened.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,829

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Dragged on and on. I couldn’t finish it.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I have liked Dan Brown’s previous books in this series but I thought this one was boring and dragged on and on. There was a lot of running from building to building not really finding out anything about the mystery.

Finally, when I had a little over four hours to go I looked at my I started library and said “Forget it. At this point I don’t even care what the scientist discovered. I would much rather be reading something entertains.”

Note to Dan Brown: your beautiful Bond girl future queen of Spain paired with the aging Prof Langdon is such a misogynistic cliche. Fast forward to 2018. Do you want to continue to attract women readers?

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,068

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration but depressing story

  • By DQmaine on 02-02-17

This book is too long

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

What would have made The Goldfinch better?

The book is 30 some hours long. I gave up at about 20 hours. The writing is elegant but tedious because the story wonders around aimlessly. There didn’t seem to be a plot but maybe it would have been revealed if I had been able to stick with it to the last hour.

What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

About half of the story could have been left out and the book would have been much improved. A good editor would have been a vast improvement.

What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

The performance was fine. His Russian accent was especially good.

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

I liked the characters. Perhaps that is why I am so disappointed in the book overall. I would like to know what happened but 20 hour of unrelenting wheel spinning boredom is about my limit.

Any additional comments?

This author does not appear to have known how this book was going to end when she started writing it. It felt like an extra special long road trip with no destination.

  • The Essex Serpent

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 558

When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at 19, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive 11-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kind of 'Year in the Life of..' story.

  • By Midwesterner on 07-13-17

Returning. I stuck with it 15 out of 41 chapters and am too bored to go on.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I am returning this book without finishing it. I was in chapter 15 of 41 and still waiting for something to happen. The narrator is great and I would listen to her again. I would not waste a credit on this author again. The book has so many characters it is hard to keep track of them all and the author has written long drawn out descriptions of them all including vignettes out of each of their lives. This book has too many long drawn out atmosphere a character descriptions and very little action to move the story forward. It may get better later but I personally am not interested in the characters or story enough to allow myself to be bored any further.

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  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,693

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

This book is a must for dog lovers!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

I loved this book and I hope it is the first of many in a series.

  • The Garden Plot

  • Potting Shed Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Pru Parke always dreamed of living in England. And after the Dallas native follows an impulse and moves to London, she can't imagine ever leaving - though she has yet to find a plum position as a head gardener. Now, as the sublet on her flat nears its end, the threat of forced departure looms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • comfy and fluffy

  • By MossyFernForest on 08-18-16

Great to listen to while weeding

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I hate weeding but this book helped me through it and I plan to continue the series. Laugh out loud funny in spots.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful