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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Lia on 02-14-19

Sleep tonic

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

This story has been done before in tales of young female teens being crime targets for men, and teens being naïve to the danger. Yet the story was written with unnecessary hype like all happenings were a big deal or big reveal when they were been-there-done-that dude. Admittedly, the reason for the crime was more convoluted that other similar stories, but the hype never seemed warranted. I got bored and slept through parts while never returning to what I missed. It never mattered for the simple story line, and I didn't care enough. I was happy when it was over.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,166

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was free

  • By Tammy on 03-15-19

GET RID OF THE MUSIC!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

CSI at the local level with a case very similar to a TV episode. The story was ok. But the intermittent drama music announcing each episode was very interruptive. Added in each intro was the title and author every time. Clearly Audible just put formerly separated episodes together and found it just too onerous to remove the introductions. Sad. And the main investigator, female forensic psychologist, Dr. Buckley, is unlikable due to her handling of her home life. She was good at her job. And she wasn't the only unlikable character. The jailed, Dinklage, was very convincing and, interestingly, just the tip of the criminal iceberg in this tale. I thought I knew what was going on but…. The twists were done well.

  • Sadie

  • By: Courtney Summers
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray - a radio personality working on a segment about forgotten towns in America - overhears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Courtney Summers, author to follow

  • By Linda on 09-20-18

Repetitive; 2.5

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

A story on 2 parallel tracks with 2 narrators, Sadie and a journalist. The way it ran, when the journalist's part was told, even through interviews with additional folk not included on Sadie's side, it was a bit repetitive, telling what Sadie had already told with occasional bits of more info but not enough to be worth hearing again. It was gritty and plausible with little to no coarse language though somewhat dealing with a challenging topic. It wasn't addressed straight on or explicitly. I begin to skip parts because I only desired to have 1 narrator and didn't care enough to hear both versions. Plausibility was also due to the type of ending, not all wrapped up too neatly. The performances were good.

  • Axios: A Spartan Tale

  • By: Jaclyn Osborn
  • Narrated by: Adam Stubbs
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless. But, I craved something greater - a life I could never have. Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Miareadsbooks on 08-13-18

A love affair for the ages

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

This is an epic tale spanning decades. The writing was so adept and the narrating so excellent and emotive that the end has continued to resonate with me and in me. And I'm sure it will for days to come. The narrator ruined me for my immediate next lesson because I either have to hear him again or someone of his caliber, otherwise I can't be satisfied. The skill of this guy was breathtaking.
The book seemed to be repetitive to me some time after the halfway mark, so I paused to listen to other books. Then when I returned I didn't want to listen to anything else. The story is long, but you realize why later when you realize you have been brought into the story so fully and know everyone so well and care about them immensely. This is not your traditional lalala- little-bit-of-conflict-then-HEA book.
I hesitate to even mention this, but, just in case someone misses how this book is listed, there is M/M sex in the book lovingly rendered many times. Don't buy the book if that's a problem for you.

  • Jacked

  • Trent Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Tina Reber
  • Narrated by: Molly Glenmore, Cooper North
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Doctor Erin Novak was only 16 when she was accused of a crime she didn't commit. Since that moment, she has made it her life goal to pursue emergency medicine, pouring her heart and soul into assuring another innocent life isn't lost to the hands of the wicked.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but.....

  • By Fuzzysaver on 06-02-18

Slow burn; 2.5

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Detective Adam and Dr. Novak didn't even kiss until almost 8 hrs into story. I didn't enjoy everything about the writing, but it was nice seeing a relationship progress instead of immediately jumping into everything.

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,866

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

Well done mystery & characters

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

This is my first book by this author, and it was quite enjoyable. The narrator did a good job, and the small bit of humor--smile worthy, not laugh out loud--really made it worthwhile. I listened to most of it continuously. The granddad side character was an extra bit of enjoyment. And the small bit of growing chemistry between the 2 main characters is interesting, though nothing happened between them. It was no surprise to see them move towards greater respect after a great deal of mutual dislike, but it was still fun to watch the transformation. The writing was good, though nothing extra. The story was plausible with no coincidences created to move the story and no superman or superwoman antics, which was another plus.
The book is part of a series, but the main criminal in this story is revealed. So, though I enjoyed the story, I don't feel compelled to hurry and buy the next book in the series. But I'll consider it. It's very rare for me to enjoy a book enough or get invested enough in the characters to want to pay to continue a series. It's clear that there's enough to make another book worthwhile in the series and some unanswered questions worth being answered.

  • Grabbed

  • Team A.L.P.H.A., Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Peter B. Brooke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

 

Preston Tierney, the omega son of a prominent senator, has been taken by a secret group with an ax to grind. Party boy Preston was just out looking for a good time until he was grabbed - plucked right from a party in the middle of a crowd. When he wakes up, he finds himself caged like an animal in a remote cabin far from home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy short read

  • By Nica Flor on 08-21-18

Clichéd from story to narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

The narrator ruined the story, but he didn't have much to work with. Overuse of clichéd terms like Boomer, Boss boy, Big guy, Tweedledee and tweedledummer, and the narrator sounding like a 1950s TV-version of a NY gangster, and the use of tootsie rolls as the magic to get one to do what you want, and the misuse of the cliché "cold as a witches tit" into "Witches tittie", and the overused fart joke and how a kick to the balls would leave a guy singing soprano resulted in me me not finishing the story. I just couldn't do it. Life is too short to bear what's not required even when my hard-earned $ is spent. Additionally, the writing was amateurish, at best. He wrote, Like gust of a storm of wind" or some such eleven-year old attempt at simile. And this was another story where both men knew they found their mate immediately and acted on it, though Noah wanted to wait a bit for sex; Preston didn't. Guess which won. And the author stayed consistent by using the typical language of one person "completing" the other. Sigh. This is my first and last try of this author.

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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,152

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Meanders into melodrama

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This book starts out as one thing and then becomes monologues of primarily 2 awful characters who listeners/readers are to pity or, unbelievably, sympathize with by the end of the tale. And the author took too long, much longer than needed, to get there. The writing was fine, and the narrator did fine.
Poppy is the most advanced 9-yr-old ever. And overwhelmingly most of the book is told and not shown through extensive narratives and inner monologues. This story was not the best. Quite average. It wasn't hard to finish, necessarily, but it also wasn't memorable or one I was anxious to listen to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

A harsh lullaby

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

4.5 overall
This was the best character study of sorts. This is a character study without most of it being delivered in internal monologue, which is a big plus. I don't generally gravitate to character studies and didn't choose this book knowing that it was one. And, in hindsight, I think the book is more than a character study. It's also a story about a type of friendship, about some of life's hardest existential questions and them going unanswered while life continues. It was also a bit of a mystery. I didn't always know where it was going. And, early in the book, I was a bit lost b/c the story moved from the past to the present w/o making that clear. This is a character study of a man who did bad things showed with a degree of sympathy few writers could illicit. The writing was exceptional, the sort that proves the fact that writing is a gift bestowed upon some from an unknown (to me) but powerful source. I stand in awe.
And the narrator really brought the 2 main characters—John (criminal) and Milllimaki (law enforcement)—to life. It was a fantastic listen. I couldn't stop. At one point, I wondered how much longer the book had, and I guessed about 2 hours. And I was surprised to see that it was only about 12 minutes remaining. I don't know where the time went. I was completely immersed.

  • Soul of the Wolf

  • The Novels of Ravenwood, Book 2
  • By: Judith Sterling
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle his dying mother begged him to solve. He's a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work, but Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has. Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons and bring light to a troubled land.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul of a historical

  • By Demetra Toula Iliopoulos on 01-28-19

Predictable; Over-the-top

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This story had the requisite runes, riddle with similar riddle language, a stone site, magic, etc. Sigh. For a time, the quest to consummate their relationship was interesting and not entirely predictable. But then 3 major arcs of the story, including the culminating moment, near the end of the story, was predictable as well as the answering quest guiding point. And, of course, it was an immediate attraction. And Jocelyn is the loveliest and Wulfstand the most beautiful man ever and his sister the sweetest, etc. etc. Sadly the story is also replete with several common over-the-top "romantic" phrases, including actually using the phrase "smoldering eyes." Seriously. The story has 3 mini sex scenes with only 1 being intercourse near the end. And the location of the final act, Jocelyn's virginity ending, was ridiculous. Plus, they were the briefest and most over-wrought sexual moments in written history. Once again, the book didn't live up to the book sample.