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David Powell

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  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,750

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

powerful, painful and challenging. you will rethin

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

powerful, painful and challenging. you will rethink your relationships with your family, your colleagues and people you only read about.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,530

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Sad

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

after all of that I'm still not sure who did what to whom, nor do I care. yes, we watched him unravel. predictable. painful. sad.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,868
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,811

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Powerful Story Well Written and Told

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This is my second listen. It's that good. Brings the many personalities to life. No boredom here.

  • Turning Angel

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941

As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Southern accents are best left to Southerners...

  • By Pat M. on 04-21-14

Liked the complexity. Unravelled too fast at end.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Lots of twists. Good character development. Needed tighter editing at times. But still a good read.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,285

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Excellent but not great literature

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Very interesting and informative book. Learned a lot. The author is easy to listen to. Impressive.

  • The Narrows

  • A Harry Bosch Novel, Book 10: Booktrack Edition
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes - and apparently he has not forgotten her. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too - from the widow of an old friend. Her husband's death seems natural, but his ties to the hunt for the Poet make Bosch dig deep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book!!!!

  • By Catherine J. Pondozzi on 04-05-18

Please drop the sound effects

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

For those of us who have some hearing loss, the sound effects, in this book are very distracting. It seems like the effort was designed to bring back the power of radio dramas of old. I loved radio drama but this seemed more like the sound effects were add ons after the fact, rather than a woven element in the fabric of the drama.

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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,467
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,367

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-22-18

Thoughtful, Hopeful and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

This is a guy I would love to sit and talk with. A good mind.
Decades ago my university ethics professor sad that anyone who tells you that you only have 2 options just hasn't looked deeply enough. Limiting yourself to 2 options rapidly limits scope in decision making. This is relevant to the Comey decision making in the Clinton email announcements.
Comey locked himself into his self defined overview of the matter. Like a horse with blinders.
Still a bright and thoughtful guy and a guy it would be fun to talk with.

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,856

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

A Struggle

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Way overdone. Has a somewhat interesting story, ruined by every other chapter dragging on and on and on about whether or not to murder the bad guy.
The struggle on a frozen lake should have ended hours before it did with both characters frozen to death. oh if it only had.

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Bad That I Couldn’t Stop Listening

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 05-04-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

The fitst two thirds of the book dragged from trial to story line, back and forth. The story only moved in the last part. So very tiring until the end. Well narrated.
Part of the challenge was that the storyline would not end up the way it was headed. The characters were so appealing that you knew there had to be a way out.

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  • City of Darkness and Light

  • A Molly Murphy Mystery, Book 13
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son, Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor recording quality

  • By Donna J. on 10-20-17

Too improbable

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Coincidence after coincidence after coincidence. seemed more an attempt to demonstrate knowledge of the Paris art scene at the time. Certainly not a credible story.