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Valerie Meekins

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  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,428

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I knew...

  • By PollyAnna2 on 10-18-18

Absolute WORST book ever!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Too long!!!!! 3/4 of the book goes on and on with the main character repeating the same mistakes, mantras, dialogue. Over and over. No story line here. The editor got paid for doing nothing!!! How it got good reviews worry’s me about people who think this is a thrilling book.

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,470

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd narration choice

  • By Amanda Fredericks on 03-08-19

Great story

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I like the format. The narration was excellent! Worth the time. An amazing story and truly scary that the Police force missed opportunities were so blatant that it cost lives.

  • The Buried Girl

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

New York psychologist Will Hardy had it all - a loving family, a flourishing career, a best-selling book. Until the night it all ended in a tempest of fire and ash, leaving only Will and his 15-year-old daughter Bernadette to stand in the ruins. Haunted and grief-stricken, Will accepts an enigmatic invitation from his family’s past to begin their lives anew in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio. Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders dating back decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you've never listened to Richard Montanari...

  • By shelley on 02-27-19

Interesting Story & I applaud the Author

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I liked the fact the one of the main characters was a person of color and the other was not. It was mentioned and that was it. It did not affect the story. It was refreshing to read and showed it matters not. I didn’t find the story on the edge of your seat thrilling. It was a ? Mystery. It was a quiet way to pass time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Current

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Johnston
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene - half-frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community's memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years earlier and whose killer may still live among them.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations in every way

  • By Melissa Scully on 02-03-19

Not as good as first.book

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

It rambled way too much without giving you anything. I loved the first book Descent. But not so much this one.

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,734

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

Don't drink the Kool-Aid

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I go through a lot of audio books and am a patient person. Maybe if I had read author’s interview I would have understood the path this book took. I liked it was based on a Greek play. BUT the pace and the male narrator’s voice was excruciatingly slooow and monotone. NOTHING HAPPENS for an won.
I know people gave it 4 &5 stars. Rest assured of my review that I am not too ignorant to appreciate excellent writing. Try James Lee Burke who can be eloquent and thrilling. The female narrator was excellent. One big jaw drop moment.
I would wait for it to be on sale. Best suspense to the very LAST word. ” The Kind Worth Killing” after listening to that which takes a little patience in the beginning but only a little. It will blow your mind. The author of this book should listen to it and see how it works!!

29 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,478

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Puttytat

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Near Perfection !!!
My favorite audio is The Kind Worth Killing. This audiobook is right next to it. Great story. Great characters!! Holds your interest. Fantastic narration except the for the detective when Eve is talking about him.
All around fantastic book and I am tough on books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robicheaux

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Day Master Work

  • By Meg on 01-05-18

Puttytat Perfection as usual!!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The prose of James Lee Burke is visually powerful. Will Patton ‘s interpretative reading is always Amazingly perfect. The stories and characters are interesting and involving. The ultimate best pairing of Author and Narrator EVER!!!

  • The Exes' Revenge

  • By: Jo Jakeman
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen's is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he'll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable - something that puts her in control for the first time in years. But she wasn't expecting both Phillip's ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women - and unlikely allies - reluctantly team up....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME

  • By Beatrice on 01-16-19

Puttytat. Interesting Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I really liked this story even though it was somewhat predictable. It was a good listen. The female characters have brains!!! And USE them. There was one useless female because God forbid we have complete unity but it was supposed to be the red herring of the story. Great narrator. I would recommend and will check out other books by this author.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,434

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Putttytat

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

The Looongest Verdict
It has a basic great story line but main character ruins it by being way to whiny too long. Everything about this book is TOOO! The editor SHIRKED their job! Narrator was excellent !

  • Truth and Lies

  • A DI Amy Winter Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart. Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims - but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!!!!

  • By E. Marisol on 10-23-18

Puttytat

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Great Book! No spoilers. Excellent narrator. She should win an award someday. Great story BUT!!!! If you are going to have what all listeners are finally hoping for, an intelligent female driven main character with guts! Don’t have that intelligence COME & GO!! Please !! It is something women writers do with their female characters. The main character has the right thoughts and actions and at the height of things, here it comes .. Wait for it... THE STUPIDS!!! The character starts having dumb second thoughts men would never have. Makes me crazy.
It is worth listening to. Just be prepared for the inevitable. I wasn’t because the writer seemed impervious to this malady but she did it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful