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  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

  • By shelley on 07-11-18

On the edge

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Waiting on the edge now for the next book. Well played, JD, well played sir. This is a fantastic follow-up to Fourth Monkey. The man has talent.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,162

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Excellent, original, creepy

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This is a genre I have spent a great deal of time in. Barker's originality and commitment to story and character make this a great listen from start to finish.

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,156

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Not Sure Why

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Any additional comments?

Not sure why Grisham wrote this. I'm a huge fan and I've never had the thought, halfway through one of his books, "What's the point and why am I bothering?" I suspect this was at the bottom of a desk drawer and he had to make his annual deadline. Can't think of any other purpose. There's little conflict, little danger, and no surprises. The reader does a good job with what she's given.

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,752

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Just Gets Better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Any additional comments?

I never expect a sequel to be better than the original, but this is one of those rare cases. The first book is fantastic and this one outdoes it. Narration is absolutely perfect.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,392

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Any additional comments?

A great book. The narration is perfect. The sequel is even better in some ways.

  • The Tragedy of Arthur

  • By: Arthur Phillips
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

In The Tragedy of Arthur, Phillips tells the (mostly) true story of being asked to write the introduction to a lost Shakespeare play entitled The Most Excellent and Tragical Historie of Arthur, King of Britain. But Phillips knows the play - supposedly found in a safety deposit box in America - is a fake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, fun, challenging, and unique

  • By Larry Miller on 05-29-11

Bad Play, Wonderful Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Shakespeare Heads will love this one, but so will the novice. The main character/narrator is at once self-effacing and arrogant. Brilliant and inventive.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,813

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Grand As Always

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Tana French always delivers on every level. Every novel dives deep into the lives of her characters so that you live every story with and as them.

  • Getting the Love You Want

  • A Guide for Couples: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Harville Hendrix Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Originally published in 1988, Getting the Love You Want has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships. This 20th-anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to the groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Hendrix's updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples' daily interactions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Stop Resource for improving your relationship

  • By National Ho on 12-26-09

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Any additional comments?

If your relationship is in trouble, read this book and do the exercises with your partner. If your relationship isn't in trouble, read this book and do the exercises with your partner.

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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,574

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All the hallmarks of a good story but...

  • By The Fett Man on 07-16-16

Nope

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Really doesn't even come close to the brilliance of the original novels. It's as if the author is trying to imitate another writer and failing. This is a money-grab by the estate. They should have respected the author and let it go. I seriously doubt, given what a perfectionist he was, Stieg Larsson would be please with the result.

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  • Outcry: Holocaust Memoirs

  • By: Manny Steinberg
  • Narrated by: Gary Steinberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

Mendel (Manny) Steinberg spent his teens in Nazi extermination camps in Germany and Poland, miraculously surviving while millions perished. This is his story. Born in 1925 in the Jewish ghetto in Radom, Poland, Manny soon realized that people of Jewish faith were increasingly being regarded as outsiders. In September 1939 the Nazis invaded, and the nightmare started. The city's Jewish population had no chance of escaping and was faced with starvation, torture, sexual abuse and ultimately deportation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Eye-witness Account

  • By Bill S. on 09-19-15

Compelling Eye-witness Account

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

Any additional comments?

This book was written as a first-hand account of the Nazi holocaust from the point-of-view of someone who was there, a Jew, a survivor, from the start until the end. What he experienced and witnessed should cause a person to become cold and bitter, but throughout the book, Mr. Steinberg never fails to deliver a message of hope. As someone who has never come close to the horrors Manny faced for many, many years during WWII, I can only guess at how I would react and ultimately survive under similar circumstances.

That he is alive today to tell his story is truly a blessing, and I thank him for being brave enough to relive an unthinkable past, and make the world all the wiser for it.

The narration, delivered by Manny's son Gary, has the expected choppiness of one who is not a professional reader, but the closeness of the narrator to the author allows for a great deal of latitude in the delivery, given the clear emotion and care with which Gary reads his father's word.

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