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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,420

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

Boring

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I can’t believe I waited anxiously for the next novel I will be returning this Listen I enjoyed the narrator but that’s about it

20 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • UNSUB

  • A Novel
  • By: Meg Gardiner
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Caitlin Hendrix has been a narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB - what the FBI calls an unknown subject - the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case. The Prophet's cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a great movie.

  • By PattiAnn on 08-28-17

I COULDN'T REMOVE MY EARPHONES

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

I enjoyed this listen . Caitlin a novice detective gets pulled into a high profile investigation, She has an advantage, her father had hunted a monster called Mercury 20 years earlier. Mercury resurfaces each new murder twists its way through the canticles of the Inferno
Victims are displayed to represent sinners in the circles of hell, Caitlin deciphers the cryptic messages left at the murders. The ending is just the beginning .
This is in no way like DB,s Inferno. Great summer read.

  • Wicked Fall

  • The Wicked Horse Series, Book 1
  • By: Sawyer Bennett
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh, Lee Samuels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside, and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true. He's covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multimillionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher. Those who think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family's cattle and oil empire. Only a few know of his secret, exclusive sex club, The Wicked Horse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical sex club book

  • By NEW NAME on 10-14-16

I LOVE THOSE WICKED WAYS

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

I liked the narration I enjoyed the chapters going from wolfs pov to callie's. I almost felt like a voyeur. it was sweet and hot I want to put on some cowboy boots and do the 2step

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,868

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

WOW HIGH TENSION

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

this book kept me listening you have to suspend your notion of reality and fall through the rabbit hole. Jason is abducted and finds himself into an alternate reality. He is himself yet not. his life has been high jacked. Then we find ourselves immersed in Jason's struggle to return to his life and love. His family. He finds multiple Jasons intent on slipping into his life with wife Daniela and son Charlie They will stop at nothing to achieve the goal of stealing into Jason's family It is a scifi love story.

  • Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't expect to like it as much as I did

  • By AudioAddict on 01-03-16

I LOVE THIS SERIES

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14 the most enjoyable?

This is my first venture into the series. the narrator is spot on.. the information on falconry, hunting, and the state of Wyoming is informative. The story lines are tight, It is a mind movie. I have downloaded my next listen already. , I cant wait to get into it....

What other book might you compare Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14 to and why?

LONGMIRE

What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he varies his voice enough to separate the characters and Nate's whispery voice makes him seem very mysterious

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The West Is Wild

Any additional comments?

I hope to find a book about Nate

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,856
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,793

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By DebbieK on 07-21-14

Davina saved this listen

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

Will we have to wait with baited breath to see how the McKenzie's made it back to the ridge? I felt short changed.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Heist

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,079

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Amanda on 09-17-13

"is this a set up for a sandra bullock movie"

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

this was a book I was looking forward to listening to. I thought,great I liked The Monk series,
I love the Stephanie Plum storyline, Both feature quirky characters, fun, and engaging.
The fact Scott Brick was narrating was another plus he is ok (but not in the Pendergast novels) in this case he droned on and on, did he ever vary his pitch or intonation? I thought Kate the FBI agent was another bad assed chick wanting to make it into the old boys club. her assignment given to her by FBI honchos was to recoup misappropriated funds and work with the con man she is looking to put away. I listened to the beginning, fell asleep, woke up at the last chapter, finished listening and didn't feel like I missed anything. The con worked the money retrieved and the end was a set up for future books .Kate has been reassigned to
catch our lovable conman with the million dollar smile he is a fugitive, and she will be hot on his heels, I'm repeating myself ... great plot setup for the future... Yes there was some sexual tension between Kate and Nick I believe it involved chocolate in Berlin and a candy bar, Toblerone (his big deadly weapon) at the end. .I will stick with Stephanie and bid farewell to Kate.. I don't think this will be a book I will revisit.....this was a ho-hum yawn fest..

  • McNally's Luck

  • Archy McNally, Book 2
  • By: Lawrence Sanders
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Sex, suspense, sheer entertainment - Mcnally's Luck is Lawrence Sanders' seductive game of cat and mouse (and murder). Playboy/lover/sleuth Archy McNally is back - and the secrets of the filthy rich have never been filthier.... What begins with a kidnapped cat leads to ransom and homicide. And if a sensuous psychic makes a believer out of McNally, he'll learn that humans don't have none lives...but scandals do.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Solid Three… Meaning, OK

  • By Ted on 05-12-14

"PALM BEACH EXPOSED"

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

I like the Archie McNally character ,carrying out discrete investigations Lawrence Sanders gets into the heads or the Palm Beacher"s., The high society balls, the excess, the snobbery between old money and the vulgar
Nouveau Riche, with conspicuous consumerism, face lifts, polo ponies, raising money for the "poor" (anyone not living on ocean drive) I think it's fun to poke holes into the sheltered lives of trophy wives, the pompous husbands, the over the top homes and life styles..It is all there. How fast can you drive a Lamborghini in Jupiter, Tequesta, or Palm Beach? Maybe 60 mph. What a waste.. I know the horror of I95 at rush hour, the "season" ( November to May) when the snowbirds come to town and prices at restaurants become double, not good for us locals. We just sort of laugh behind our hands and pray for hot steamy weather, to drive them up to their summer homes. These books are not literature but satire. For me an outsider of the Palm Beach high jinx. this series is fluffy mind candy, but fun never the less .

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,633

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

" An ABSORBING LISTEN"

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

Reviewed: 06-19-13

What a great introduction to the Dublin Murder Squad.,I felt as if as if I was getting to" Know"
the characters I liked the development of Scorcher and Richie ,Richie comes through with great interviewing techniques , he seems to be a natural. He grows into becoming a detective. The setting was eerie, sort of a depressing place to live. Nothing is what the home owners thought they were buying. Then a horrific murder occurs. This book reveals Scorchers devotion to his disturbed sister Dina. Scorcher is The Job and this is a big case and perhaps he can redeem himself, due to a botched investigation, he hasn't had a high profile case in a while. A voyeur has a nest where he can watch the family and tries to insert himself, He obsesses over times gone by. He enters the house
hangs out when the family is away just to feel her again. Broken Harbor, haunts Scorcher, due to his mothers death (suicide) during a family vacation. the story has layers of relationships, angst, dread, anguish. It haunted me!. The imagery created a movie in my head not many listens effect me this way. If you like police procedurals and want a walk into the dark side, this is for you, I must add the narration and accents seemed real.

  • Killing Kennedy

  • The End of Camelot
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792

More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing of Substance New

  • By Patti on 09-21-14

UNASWERABLE QUESTIONS

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

Reviewed: 06-19-13

I was in eighth grade when a friend raced up to me Did You Hear What Happened To The Kennedy's? I quipped No did Carolyn's pony Macaroni get loose? No the presidents been shot, I was mortified by my flip answer. I watched the procession as JFK was taken to lie in state. The caisson and rider less horse brought home the loss of this man. It was a frightening time the red scare, drills in school to protect us from nuclear attacks, Cuban missile crisis ,Mr O"Reilly digs deep into this special time known as Camelot, and the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination, The book is carefully constructed. Giving the pertinent facts as known. and what happened in Texas schoolbook building, the race to catch Oswald, his murder by Jack Ruby, The Mafia connection, is all laid bare. This book puts the events in order as it unfolded. Conspiracy theories still abound. This book does not put everything to rest. The Zapruder film taken at the moment the presidents head exploded into a mist is still studied. and there are uncertainties of how could this happen?. This book brought me back to November 22. On a personal note I had not had such a feeling of global consciences until 9/11

1 of 2 people found this review helpful