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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 492

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good light mysteries

  • By Constance Jenkins on 08-26-18

How dare you write this ending

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I won’t be buying the next set of stories. The stories were already quite repetitive, both across stories and within them. Mildly interesting , pleasant, and highly predictable “background” while doing other things. The ending of the last story was inexcusable. Maybe you wanted a “cliffhanger” but instead you wrote the stories right off the cliff. I’m done.

  • The Maze

  • FBI Thriller #2
  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too much detail, not enough flow

  • By Lori on 04-03-10

Simply dreadful. Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Cheesy, cringe-inducing, gawd-awful. Totally predictable. Terrible dialogue. About what you would expect if a 14 year old, with limited understanding of the businessl/legal/social/financial/etc world that adults live in, tried to write a book. Also, the performance was poor. Poor timing, almost no emotional range, sometimes difficult to tell who was supposed to be talking, often couldn’t tell that a chapter had ended/started (except for a nonsensical change of topic). Bad (attempts to do) accents. Drawwwling in an overwrought attempt at a “southern” accent and (I’m not kidding) holding her nose closed with her fingers when attempting an east coast accent. IDK about the nose-pinching for sure of course but that’s the quite vivid impression I got. Oh, oh, there’s more..... The main character wrote really bad and sappy song lyrics with juvenile attempts at sexual innuendo, which the narator read in a monotone, including 5-6 repetitions of the chorus. Simply dreadful. Waste of time and money.

  • Little Elvises

  • A Junior Bender Novel, Book 2
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Junior Bender is back to untangle one of the weirdest mysteries in Tinseltown. LA burglar Junior Bender has, unfortunately, developed a reputation as a competent private investigator for crooks. The unfortunate part about this is that, regardless of whether he solves the crime or not, someone dangerous is going to be unhappy with him - either his suspect or his employer. Now Junior is being bullied into proving aging music-industry mogul Vinnie DiGaudio is innocent of the murder of a nasty tabloid journalist he'd threatened to kill a couple times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Audio "Page Turner"

  • By Abigail on 01-09-14

Fun read.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Well written and well narrated. Junior’s not your “usual” burglar and other characters are also interesting.

  • In Good Faith

  • Joe Dillard, Book 2
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused. It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but has some lumpy parts

  • By Kathi on 01-04-18

Mildly interesting, I was disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Very simple plot, so it’s easy to read/listen while doing something else. So simple it’s not especially interesting. Too many minor character names to keep with, especially when so many start with letter B (e.g,Beaumont, Boyer, Barnett, Bates, Baker, Bell, BillyD., Bjorn, etc). Too many events that should be sad or tragic, but didn’t evoke much emoton. I might try third one in series, not sure it’s worth the price .

  • The Murderer's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325

Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches - perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her towering intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But as an adult, Grace's accomplished professional life vies with a covert, high-risk dark side, played out harrowingly. And when Grace's two worlds shockingly converge, her past returns with a vengeance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not bother...

  • By Kiki Fitz on 08-25-15

Listened at 1.5 speed just to get it over with

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Contains generic spoilers about story arcs (not details or big reveals about who done it):.......

The main character is an orphan. Her parents killed each other, hence the title. She is also a genius (the author repeats this about a zillion times). She lucks into awesome foster care and is then adopted by very upper-class nice people worth mega-millions. She is given love and literally treated like a princess. She finishes college and then graduate school and sails on into a 6-figure salary. She still keeps people at a distance emotionally though, to avoid the possibility of being hurt or disappointed . Always she’s s a hard worker, helpful to others, is very polite and respectful, is grateful for her adoptive parents and the lifestyle she’s been given, and everyone likes her. She easily becomes a super-hero at her chosen profession, Yeah right. This story line is absurd.

But wait! She’s also a rich teenager-then-adult who shoplifts condoms and aggressively trolls for strange men, walking away after stand-up sex in parking lots. She’s done this like 30 - 40 times. WTH??

Anyway, there’s also a convoluted story line about other people who are murderers/victims. She gets involved, drives around in her expensive race car a whole lot, and easy peasy figures stuff out via speculation and handles it like a real BA, and never gets arrested!!

Possibly worst of all is that the majority of of the book is not dialogue or action, it’s a litany of “She did this, she wonders that, he says this, she goes over here, etc. etc., ....

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,395

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

I had hoped to like it a lot more

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I had hoped, based on reviews, that this would be the first in a series of pretty good espionage novels. The writing style/technique IS good , dialogue’s good, it’s set in interesting international locations..... but the story is just disappointing. The main character is an agent purported to have such skill he’s begged to come in from semi-retirement to save the day! While in semi-retirement he had been using his mad artist skills to restore an original masterpiece. So it sounds promising. Sadly though **** ***spoiler alert**** **spoiler ***spoiler alert**** he failed to complete his assignment, failed to protect another major character, and failed to complete the art restoration project. AND, it turns out his assignment was staged by his own boss, which he never caught on to. Not sure how this character can be the basis for a series of novels.

  • Storm Surge

  • Featuring 3 Derrick Storm Shorts: Brewing Storm, Raging Storm, and Bloody Storm
  • By: Richard Castle
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

When Derrick Storm needed to leave the CIA, he couldn't just retire. He had to fake his own death. So when his former boss calls in an old favor that will bring Storm out of early retirement and back to Washington to investigate a high-profile kidnapping, he knows there must be more at stake than the life of a senator's son. Working alongside, but not exactly with, bombshell FBI investigator April Showers, Storm must make sense of a confusing flurry of ransom notes and a complicated web of personal relationships and international politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You really can see this being written by Castle

  • By Techpotato on 11-27-12

Too bad to finish

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

I thought this might be entertaining as a distraction while working around the house. But I couldn’t take it. Terrible dialogue. 5th grade reading level. An FBI agent named April Showers. A woman, named Toppers, whose large boobs are mentioned repeatedly. A guy who was shot in the right shoulder at the end of the first book but in the beginning of the second book he’d been shot on the right!. An 18-month old baby referred to as a “newborn”. Stupid sexual innuendos. Etc, etc.

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  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Too many new characters

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Too many new characters without enough connection to the plot to be really needed. And not interesting enough to want to read about. You can’t skate John:( You still have to actually come up with a decent story even after Virgil and Johnson are established characters. (I do like those characters and they’re relationship.)

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,272

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

I’m usually a H Coben fan, but

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I’m usually a H Coben fan, but this book was painful. The plot could be summed up in a single paragraph. The characters are not well developed. The writing was terrible (e.g.: I felt thirsty. I walked to the kitchen. There was nothing in the refrigerator. I walked to the car and got in.). The plot trick of having the main character talk to his dead brother as a way to let the reader know main character was thinking was WAY overused, and also confusing sometimes. The names - Nap, Audrey, Augie, Moira... come on man. The narrator attempted to breath some life into this disaster but he didn’t have much to work with. I’m not convinced H Coben actually wrote this book. Bottom line, Don’t waste your money.

  • The Green Ripper

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance Road

  • By Me & My Girls on 01-25-15

Too much insight, not enough action

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

The narrator is great.
In order to not give any "spoilers" I'll just say that what happened in the hospital, definitely needed to happen.
The rest of novel was pretty much a snore: 1) McGee snuck in somewhere and was held there til he could get out
2) McGee did far too much introspection.
3) Meyer wasn't part of book
The very last chapters had some action and were better

I hope McGee returns to his more typical self, has other people's problems to solve, not his own, and 3) Meyer is part of the story.