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  • The Good Detective

  • By: John McMahon
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

 

Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force of Mason Falls, Georgia - until his wife and young son died in an accident. Since that night, he's lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he agrees to help out a woman by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Detective Series

  • By chad on 04-13-19

Every detective cliche in the book

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

Yes, every dectective cliche (haunted by loss, alcohol abuse, maverick investigations, etc) are incorporated in the narrative. Then there's the beloved pet dog whose "voice" guides our hero. OMG, this was just a mess. How it got positive reviews is a mystery.

  • The Mother-in-Law

  • By: Sally Hepworth
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite and properly friendly, but Lucy knew she was not what Diana envisioned. That was five years ago. Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body. Diana claims she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer. But the autopsy finds no cancer. The autopsy does find traces of poison and evidence of suffocation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great characters

  • By lisa on 04-25-19

Great characters and a suspenseful plot...

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

but, unfortunately, the ending was a bit of a letdown. The positives outweigh the disappointing ending, and the narration is excellent. If you like family intrigue, this is a good pick🙂

  • Accidents of Marriage

  • By: Randy Susan Meyers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he's lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids - which works to keep a fragile peace - until the rainy day when they're together in the car and Ben's volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Is Not Always Enough

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 11-08-14

Painful

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Yes, this was painful to read - horrible, hateful characters acting in terrible, selfish ways, a repetitive writing style ( the dialogue read like a soap opera script ) and the sense of doom and dysfunction that pervaded every chapter. Susan Bennett is an excellent narrator, and she did her best with this depressing material.

  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, Sarah Feathers, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger”, left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the story lines of her favorite literature. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good! But...

  • By Elle Reich on 04-22-19

Hidden gem

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

One of the best mysteries that I've read in quite awhile ! A good use of (3) narrators (plus the wonderful reading of the "story within the story" ). Diverse and interesting characters, an intricate plot, and a tidy resolution. OK, I did think the final reveal of the perpetrator and the motivations were a bit weak, but everything else was great. So glad I found this hidden gem !

  • The Boy at the Door

  • By: Alex Dahl
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Sophie Amoss, Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Cecilia Wilborg has it all - a loving husband, two beautiful daughters and a gorgeous home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard. Because one mistake from her past could bring it all crashing down around her. Annika Lucasson lives a dark life with her abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend. She's lost everything one too many times and now she's got one last chance to save herself, thanks to Cecilia. Annika knows her secret - and just how much she's willing to do to make it all go away... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Christine on 09-10-18

Too improbable

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19

This story hinges on some totally improbable coincidences that strain the believability of the plot. Added to that, the (3) central characters are distinctly unlikable ( yes, even little Tobias). The narration was pretty good, but it doesn't redeem the awfulness of the story.

  • Miracle Creek

  • A Novel
  • By: Angie Kim
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine - a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Sheila S on 04-21-19

Packs a punch

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

Wow, there is SO much going on in this story, and the author is successful in keeping it all tied together. The issues and subplots include 1) the experience of being a Korean immigrant 2) the challenges of parenting a special needs child 3) courtroom drama and the manipulation of evidence by attorneys 4) the philosophical question of "what if...." This is such a layered narrative. My only reservation was the author's use of over-long dialogue sequences where the characters disclose/explain/reveal their thoughts and actions; it seemed unrealistic. Apart from that, it's an excellent book with good narration.

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  • The Little Clan

  • By: Iris Martin Cohen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Ava Gallanter is the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club, an ancient, dwindling Manhattan arts club full of eccentric geriatric residents. Twenty-five-year-old Ava, however, feels right at home. When Ava’s friend Stephanie returns from abroad, the intoxicating opportunist is on the hunt for fame and fortune, and promises to make Ava’s dream of becoming a writer come true. Together they start a Victorian-inspired literary salon. However, Ava’s romanticized idea of the salon quickly erodes as Stephanie’s ambitions take the women in an unexpected - and precarious - direction.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating characters

  • By RueRue on 05-11-19

Irritating characters

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

This was a struggle to finish. The characters were just SO irritating; Ava is a total doormat and Stephanie a domineering manipulator. (10) hours is too long to spend such insufferable people.

  • City of Flickering Light

  • By: Juliette Fay
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

It's July 1921, "flickers" are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train to escape her fate in a traveling burlesque show. When her friends, fellow dancer Millie Martin and comedian Henry Weiss, leap after her, the trio finds their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry. But despite the glamour and seduction of Tinseltown, success doesn't come easy, and nothing can prepare Irene, Millie, and Henry for the poverty, temptation, and heartbreak that lie ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The "flickers"

  • By RueRue on 05-06-19

The "flickers"

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

I love movies and am fascinated by stories of Hollywood history, so this seemed like a sure thing; sorry, not so much. The Hollywood backdrop was good, but the story and characters were right out of a melodrama, with all conflicts neatly tied up at the end. Even the narrator couldn't make this better than a "B" movie.

  • Home Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Hannah Gersen
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

As the high school football coach in his small, rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole, the beloved town sweetheart, he seemed to have it all - until his troubled wife committed suicide. Now everything Dean thought he knew is thrown off kilter as Nicole's death forces him to reevaluate all of his relationships, including those with his team and his three children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed!

  • By Bill on 08-11-16

A Family in Crisis

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

This book is better read than as an audio experience ( I switched between the two ). The narrator sounded flat and a bit bored, and I can't really blame him; this story has a lot of slow spots and most of the characters are so distraught by the suicide of Nicole ( not a spoiler, it's the set-up for the plot) that no one is acting rationally. This is a decent drama about a family in crisis, but it's also frustrating when the characters all act out to varying degrees, and the ending doesn't provide much resolution.

  • I Know Who You Are

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. Except one person. Someone knows Aimee very well. They know who she is and they know what she did. When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is - but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I didn’t know

  • By Valerie Meekins on 04-27-19

Twisted and unrealistic plot

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

This book is a bell curve - slow start, quick build in suspense, and then a plummet into a completely unrealistic ending. There are just too many books with an overload of plot twists, at the expense of character and believability. The narrator was excellent, and the book did keep me interested....until the plot twists went into overload.

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