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  • Those Who Save Us

  • By: Jenna Blum
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

Trudy, a college history professor, is collecting oral histories from World War II survivors (both German and Jewish). Her mother, Anna, refuses to talk to her, but Anna's story is revealed in flashback. She conducted an affair with a Jewish baker who was summarily killed. Afterward, Anna caught the eye of a high-ranking Nazi officer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done

  • By DIANE on 09-07-10

Wow! The power of this one snuck up on me!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I admit the narrator probably was not one of my favorites. Her voice was a little too high pitched. But that is a preference thing so I could not in fairness subtract points for that. Plus, despite the narrator's voice, I got so caught up in this book I had to stop and call my friend about it before I even finished.
Don't let the beginning fool you. Starts off a little slow and I initially thought it was going to be a "Polly Anna". It was not. It was gritty, thought provoking, so brutal at times I actually caught my breath.
I am on the hunt for more by this author.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,018

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No big surprises in this book.

  • By A. Brewster on 07-10-18

Starts with a bang...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I rarely get almost to the end of a book and lose interest. While the mystery was going, I was totally engaged, then when the direction SK was taking the book in was revealed I still tried to hang in there. Finally had to call it quits. Just too far-fetched.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion's Courtship

  • Anna Kronberg , Book 0.5
  • By: Annelie Wendeberg
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

London, 1885. Anna Kronberg hides in the city's most notorious slum, offering medical treatment to prostitutes, beggars, and criminals of all kinds. None of her neighbors knows her true identity, and she makes sure it stays that way. When the Irish thief Garret O'Hare breaks into her home in the dead of the night, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound and collapsing on her bed, her life begins to take a deadly turn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Even Close to the series

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-05-17

Not Even Close to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I read book 1 in the series and decided to check this out since it was the prequel to the first book. It was short and boring. The rest of the series is fantastic.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Conspiracy of Faith

  • Department Q, Book 3
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129

Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Police Work, Clever and Witty

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-26-14

Is the overt racism reflective of current attitude

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

This authors books are riveting. My problem is they seem to become more and more racist with each subsequent book in the series. I would like to ask the author if this is characteristic of prevailing attitudes in Denmark, his personal views, or supposed to be representative of the particular population of the main characters? It seems so unnecessarily cruel. It detracts from the books

  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 631

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense for suspense's sake

  • By Watson on 07-09-11

Why is EVERY book from Sweden

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

now advertised as good as Girl With Dragon...
Unfortunately I cannot make the comments I'd like to make without spoiling. Suffice it to say, this book was all over the place, the characters behaved like NO ONE I've EVER met.
I try not to write negative reviews because I admire anyone brave enough to take pen to paper, but in this case I kept thinking this could be a pretty good story if the author had had some training.

  • Someone to Love

  • A Westcott Novel, Book 1
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 701

Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl's guardian is interested in Anna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Other side of the blanket

  • By Minks on 11-19-16

Just OK, not like her earlier books

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

This book showed the authors exemplary ability to write an engaging story, but lacked the level of steam and character development seen in her earlier work.
Narrator EXCELLENT. I forgot I was listening to a female narrator when she did male voices!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wheel of Darkness

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double Whammy

  • By Eva Gannon on 10-04-09

Much more Si-Fi than previous books, not as good..

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Over the years, I have read all of the Pendergast books, when I recently downloaded the latest, The Obsidian Chamber, which is about Diogenes returning, I was sooo excited I decided to go back and re-read the entire Diogenes series. The Book of the Dead and Dance of Death did not disappoint, I felt like I was reading them for the first time! However, Wheel of Darkness was a serious let down. Much more Si-Fi than previous books, down right corny... Worse of all, there was very little mention of Diogenes. I guess I must have used it as background noise the first time, and had to force myself to pay attention this time. They dropped the ball on this one.

Rene Aubogonis is the only thing good about this book. He IS Pendergast.

I never thought I would return a Preston-Child book, but this one goes back.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

Dare I try the next book...

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I finished this book because I too kept thinking it was going to get better and I'd purchased this one and Nature of the Beast. Luckily after this one I went on and read Nature. That one was absolutely excellent. This one was so bad I wondered if LP even wrote it.
Now I have to decide if I want to use a credit on Great Reckoning.

  • The Body Reader

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice - and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Go Jude!

  • By AudioAddict on 01-21-17

Hoaky

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

If you like Lifetime movies, you will like this. The characters are corny. Story line totally unrealistic. Unless the narrator is Really bad, I usually give them a good rating, so that's the only reason this narrator for a 3. Two off just for narrating this.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,927

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

I HATE A LURE!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

I read a lot of series. But, I want to be the one that decides when I will read the next book. This book is excellently written. I believe it is YA, but this 59 y.o. enjoyed it. While I was listening I was thinking this would make an excellent movie. It enticed me from the beginning.
Some reviewers have complained about the different narrators. I'm not sure why they decided to do it that way, but I actually enjoyed it. Each time the narrator changed I knew I was getting ready to get some insight into another character.
So why the 2 rating? Come on, finish the one story, then start another adventure. Readers that like your style will read your series. Look at C.S.Harris, every book is a new adventure and his/her readers snatch the books up as soon as available.

This author must think readers won't buy his/her books unless they are left hanging. That is such a cheap trick, or is it because the author does not have the skill to write adventures without ending one and starting with a fresh one for the characters? Either way I am mad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful