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  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987

When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magical getaway

  • By Catherine on 10-20-07

Love this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This is one of my favorites growing up. Im taking a short break from the crime mystery genre that is normally my first choice. Im pleased that I chose The Secret Garden. Such a sweet, uplifting story full of joy and innocence...so different from what I usually read/listen to. And the narrator is superb!! Now on to Anne of Green Gables!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Still Missing

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A singular voice; a horrendous story.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-21-12

5 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Just now finished listening to this book. I could hardly take a break from it. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to stomach the serious nature of the storyline. But I became so fond of the main character, Annie, that I had to follow her story to the end to see what happens to her. What she experiences at the hands of her kidnapper is horrific but hearing her thought process on how to survive and hearing her talk to her therapist I couldn't help but to cheer her on. Not only was the story riveting....the narrator was excellent! Im looking foward to another of Chevy Stevens's books...preferably narrated by Angela Dawe!

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,309

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Five star worthy

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

The theme is different than most of the books that interest me. I dont normally choose cloak and dagger. But I was hooked almost immediately. I say"almost" because I had to read chapters 1 and 2 twice to get the rhythm of the story. I finished the entire book within 2 days! I rarely give 5-star ratings. This book was worth it. Great story, super action, likeable characters and a very easy-to-listen-to narrator!

28 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didnt like the graphic sadism...

  • By DCG on 06-01-17

It was okay....

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Not the worst book, not the best book. The description of the book drew me in. I didn't find the story particularly terrifying or surprising. The story line seemed familiar and I had pretty much figured out the ending before I got to it. Although the story could have been shortened (a lot of repetition and too wordy) I continued listening to the end. I wish I would have fast forwarded here and there to save time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,113

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good...

  • By Rebecca on 10-18-15

Enjoyable...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I have read later editions of Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite novels so I was aware that her sister was killed at a very young age, but I didnt know how or why. I chose My Sister's Grave to answer these questions. I am fond of the main character, Detective Tracy Crosswhite and have enjoyed Dugoni's writing style. I can't say that his books are favorites...but, they are easy to read or listen to...when you want a good story with an uncomplicated plot.

  • The Girl in the Glass

  • A McCabe and Savage Thriller, Book 4
  • By: James Hayman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Two identical women. Two identical murders. Two lives brutally cut short 108 years apart. Aimée Garnier Whitby, a beautiful French artist and wife of one of Maine's richest and most powerful men, is found near death on the Whitby family's private summer island, the letter "A" mysteriously carved into her chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Murder Mystery!

  • By Wayne on 01-30-16

Story....ok - Narrator...not ok

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

I can count on one hand the number of narrators who enhanced the author's story. Narrator, Steven Mendel, is not one of them. The story was not necessarily exceptional, just okay. But it would have been so much more enjoyable if Mr. Mendel 's narration included some sense of enthusiasm for role play. His reading-voice is monotone throughout which leaves the impression of boredom and sleepiness. The author's work deserved better.

  • Bad Games

  • By: Jeff Menapace
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An addicting novel and narration!

  • By Sheryl Hughes on 06-04-17

Wish I hadn't used my Dec credit on this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

If you are a fan of murder and mayhem stories for the sole purpose of meeting a personal gore & violence quota, this book's for you. I found no redeeming qualities in Bad Games. Don't get me wrong ... I do enjoy a good mystery, suspense, or thriller book. But, it must make sense; has to include believable characters and dialog; I have to actually like the "good guys" and care about what happens to them; and its theme must include more than just slasher content. If I had to choose what annoyed me the most, I'd choose ALL of the book's characters ... with the exception of the 2 kids ... for whom I felt sorry because their parents were so juvenile I couldnt imagine them raising children. Ridiculous dialog, unlikable characters, unbelievable story-line...total waste of time and credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,899

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Enjoyed this book very much ...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

The narration was excellent! No complaint at all about Caroline Lee's interpretation of the characters. Rare for me. I have found only a very few narrators who can verbalize the text in a manner that is natural-soundiing, not overly dramatic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

  • A Detective Helen Grace Thriller, Book 2
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

A man's body is found in an empty house. A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is - or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters!

  • By Margaret on 12-11-15

Riveting story!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

This is the entire package! Thrilling story and an excellent narrator! I could hardly take a break from listening. Definitely a page turner! Not for the squeamish .. violence is quite graphic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,646
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,741

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Just couldn't get into it :(

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

I tried to enjoy the story ... started from chapter 1 twice. I wanted to see if I could like the characters better by starting over again. It didn't help. And I had trouble following the story line. The narrator is excellent though!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful