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pacific palisades, CA, United States
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  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It’s Cold Blooded Alright

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-07-17

Too violent. Great writer bout this one is too violent.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

We have listened to all five Erika Foster books. Each one progressively more violent. We just love the characters and really enjoyed the first three. The last two have finished us off. I doubt we will listen to his next. He is a great writer with plenty of twists and turns in his stories. Sorry we have to end our experiences with Erika Foster.

The brutal murders, cruel heartless criminals and the abduction of twins in Cold Blood were just too much to take.

  • Tuscan Rose

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Richly written, at times disturbing

  • By Jeni Tutwiler on 05-14-15

Enthralling tale of love and war

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

We just loved every aspect of this book. Rosa. Antonio and Luciano became a part of our lives as we listened to their story driving along the LA freeways. We couldn't wait to get back in the car and hear what happened next.

It was very well. Researched. We love Florence and learned more about Mussolini and his very destructive influence in Italy through their eyes as members of the resistance.

The narrator did an excellent job keeping us interested. A great read. An even greater listen.

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,313

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Our inner and outer scars and how they affect us

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

The story was well developed and quite enjoyable. There were many interesting twists and turns and a great ending. It did get a bit confusing at times going back and forth between present and past and the story vs the story one of the characters was recounting. You have to pay attention.

Parallels between the grandmother and granddaughter and the strong bond between them added a lovely layer to the story.

There is a lot of graphic detail about being a victim of the holocaust. Sometimes it was a bit difficult to listen to as I visualized the horrors endured.

I finished feeling more aware of and sensitive to the way people deal with difficult situations in life.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Water

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 3
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news 26 years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Entry in a Consistent Series

  • By Lulu on 11-02-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Another great crime mystery by Bryndza. We love Erika Foster and her team. The story is well written and narrator is entertaining. We need him to write faster. Lanky, her sister and kids is a lovely addition. Quite colorful.

  • Thirty and a Half Excuses

  • Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it's the death of a little old lady on Rose's street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter - the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred. But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who's separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe's family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Questionable pronunciations by the narrator.

  • By Patricia on 04-26-16

Entertaining and light

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

This is a nice little story to listen to when driving. You don't have to pay full attention to it. It's an OK story was somewhat interesting characters. It is a bit sappy. We may go on to the next one because of the ease of listening and the delightful narrator with a country drawl that adds charm to the storyline.

  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,146

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying to get past the narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-16

An easy listen. Fun but very unrealistic.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Entertaining story but a bit lame in parts. If you want reality this is not it. It if you want a fun listen while driving that you don't need to pay full attention to this is good. The characters are funny but unbelievable most of the time. The main character walks into situations no one in their right mind would ever do and comes out okay every time We are debating whether we do on with the series.

  • Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4

  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Manuela, the daughter of a wealthy couple from Bari, disappeared without trace months before and the police have closed their investigation, to the parents' despair. Counsellor Guerrieri reluctantly takes on an unusual assignment: to seek new evidence to force the police to reopen the case. A job more suitable to a private detective but a job that leads him to Nadia, a former client, a fascinating woman with an ambiguous past and to the tempting Caterina, Manuela's best friend, exquisitely too young for the jaded Guerrieri...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ciao, Guido - Last Book of the Series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 07-06-15

Great storyteller

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

Sean Barrett is a great reader bringing compassion to the characters that the author, Guerrieri creates. This story has a weaker storyline than the others but the unrelated tales interwoven within deepen the interest of the listener. We enjoyed this story and hope the author beings us another soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,444

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Lovely surprise

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I just loved this book. I thought it was going to be a quick read but it was not. It kept getting more and more interesting. I loved the way the author went back and forth thorough time to unravel the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

I enjoyed watching Vivian develop. There were some great scenes around her life.

Which scene was your favorite?

SO many good scenes. The first meeting of the young lovers, the bedside visits with her failing mom, the gentle scenes of the interactions between the various characters were all good. I did not want the story to end.

If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

The name works.

Any additional comments?

The brother's character was a bit weak but all other characters were strong. It was bit long but I loved each new twist and the surprise ending.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Shoots the Bull

  • By: Anne George
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Retired school teacher Patricia Anne has a knack for landing right in the middle of murder investigations, but this time she is fighting to clear the accused. Patricia Anne has been good friends with her neighbor Mitzi for 40 years. She’s surprised when she sees Mitzi’s husband Arthur having lunch at the Hunan Hut with an attractive woman. She’s positively shocked when that same woman drops dead moments later. Then Arthur is accused of murder, their home catches fire, and he gets shot in the butt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad, I've finished them all :(

  • By Cheryl on 04-20-15

The Ladies do it again.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Would you listen to Murder Shoots the Bull again? Why?

Yes. There are so many twists and turns you need to pay attention. I often get distracted while driving and need to rewind.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The ladies are always interesting. Very entertaining. We don't do these in sequence which would be nice but not essential. The characters are richly developed and easy to follow along.

What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice and tone are excellent. She is very funny. I love the interactions between the sisters. She does them both very well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The series always entertains. I would not call it great literature but we love to listen to these ladies solve crimes while driving.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Walk in the Dark

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 2
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt tale with an Italian Rebus as hero.

  • By Sherri on 09-25-12

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

What did you love best about A Walk in the Dark?

I like the way the story unfolds. Characters are well developed and interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot had some nice twists and turns.

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

Sean is a great reader. Even though he has an English accent, he brings the Italian character to life.

Any additional comments?

We love to listen to these books on out long drives. We love the main character. Feels like we know him personally.