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  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and has an unforgettable night with him - something she’d never done before. They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again. But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes this was no random encounter. The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she's presiding over....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets buried in secrets!!!!

  • By shelley on 02-01-19

Incredibly stupid protagonist ruined the story.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I had a lot of spring cleaning to do and that is the only reason I continued listening through the end. Every single step along the way found the main character making stupid choices. She's supposed to be a superior court judge, but can't seem to keep herself from making the least intelligent choice at every turn, to the point that it just became an annoying routine. Complete waste of a credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Karma

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller. "A sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I dislike one of the protagonists to a really strong degree that is making it difficult for me to finish the book. It would have been a better story for me if the wife had been more likeable. Also, *why* do so many narrators pronounce "forward" as "foe-ward" instead of "for-ward"? Picky, I know, lol. Overall this one was better than listening to nothing, but still just a little disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By James C. Lamb on 05-11-18

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Love the author, love the series, but this was not a good ending. I totally understand leaving room for a sequel, but that's not what happened here. This is a book with no ending at all. I literally couldn't believe it when the narration ended, and thought there must be a mistake. Disappointing for sure. My suggestion is to wait on this one until the next in the series is out and then listen to this one and the next at the same time.

91 of 98 people found this review helpful

  • House of Secrets Super Boxset

  • A Collection of Riveting Haunted House Mysteries
  • By: Alexandria Clarke, Roger Hayden
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

In the small town of Black Bay, a vacant, forgotten house sits atop a bluff. When Bailey and Bodhi Taylor move in and begin renovations, the house seems perfect. But things move on their own, screams echo from the basement, and Bailey sees a shadowy figure out of the corner of her eye. Is the house haunted? And if it is, what does the ghost want with Bailey?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misunderstood description of book....😞

  • By Kate 33 on 06-30-17

Picky about pronunciation? Me too...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Would you try another book from Alexandria Clarke and Roger Hayden and/or Tia Rider Sorensen?

I would try another book by these authors, but I would avoid this narrator, so I might have to read any others myself rather than using an audiobook for these.

Would you recommend House of Secrets Super Boxset to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend just the first story, but not the second. They're pretty formulaic, and the first one was slightly better, so maybe just stop there. Same bad dreams, same family issues, same types of clues found, etc.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tia Rider Sorensen?

So...I wish I wasn't so stupidly picky about the narration, but I am. This wasn't the worst ever, but this narrator says "elts" instead of "else", and "bulth" instead of "both", and "pults" instead of "pulse", etc. Kind of drives me crazy, though it didn't keep me from listening, just made me roll my eyes every single time.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I found this to be a reasonable way to pass time, but didn't have an emotional reaction.

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 50 shades of wish it was more interesting

  • By booklover690 on 02-02-18

I had a hard time with this one...

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

In my opinion, the narrator was a mismatch. The main characters are from Chicago, but due to accent, "never" is pronounced "neva", "Claire" is "Cla", "hurricane" is repeatedly "hurrakin", etc. Yes, I'm being nitpicky and I realize it won't be a problem for some people. If you are easily annoyed by pronunciation this probably isn't the one for you. I also was distracted by real life stuff while listening, but at times I found the storyline just a bit difficult to follow.

  • Doubt

  • Caroline Auden
  • By: C. E. Tobisman
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top Los Angeles law firm, she's excited for the challenge - and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as a computer hacker behind her. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to fall ill. Caroline is only supposed to dig in the trenches and report up the ladder, but her tech background and intuition take her further than planned.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't finish it.

  • By Customer X on 09-24-16

Didn't finish it.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

I didn't finish this book. I thought it was going to be good, but I like strong/smart protagonists and this one is decidedly not either of those things. (VERY SMALL SPOILER ALERT) For instance, she's a lawyer, but can't figure out how to stop an unauthorized person from removing a loved one from a hospital? Really? She has a boss with all kinds of experience with the seedy side of lawyering but decides not to call him when she receives a bribe/threat? She goes to law school and passes the bar but throughout the process hasn't received any training in how to prepare a witness? Just really stupid. :-/

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Gillespie House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

As Elle explores deeper into the house, she begins to unravel the property's dark and dangerous history. At its center is Jonathan Gillespie, a tyrannical cult leader and the house's original owner. And, as Elle soon learns, just because he's dead doesn't mean he's gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • expected more chills

  • By D'Aulan on 05-30-16

I just couldn't go for this one...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

I almost stopped listening multiple times because one of my least favorite things is a stupid protagonist. The lead character did so many things that only someone really dumb would do. It's one of those "how many times can you drop your flashlight when it's your only source of light or defense" situations (though that's not exactly what happens, so I don't think I'm disclosing any spoilers.) I also felt that the storyline was a little disjointed in several places. Overall I'm pretty disappointed in this one and though I didn't pay much for it, I kinda wish I had my money back.

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  • Speak No Evil

  • By: Tanya Anne Crosby
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother's funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets - and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over The Tribune. But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took Me Home!!

  • By Grady on 03-06-15

Enjoyed the story, disliked the performance.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

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

I enjoyed the characters and the plot of the story, and will probably go forward with the sequel, but didn't really like some aspects of the performance.

What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

Some of the pronunciations really grated on me. If you're easily annoyed by such things you will want to know that the performer will pronounce "hung up" as "hun-gup", and "rang" as "ranguh", along with other assorted oddities of pronunciation.

Do you think Speak No Evil needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This is clearly a first book in a series. There were some loose ends that either were not resolved, or were resolved in such a simplistic way that you know there must be more to come.