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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,150

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was free

  • By Tammy on 03-15-19

Okay. Nothing special.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

This “free” Audible Original was an okay listen. Okay, but nothing spectacular. I did like the full cast recording and a pretty good job was done there. It was a little difficult to follow as to who was who and who was saying what, particularly with the female characters who kind of all sounded the same.

I did develop an affinity for some of the younger characters, in particular the two young men. Also, a fairly strong dislike for the somewhat psychologically disturbed young daughter. Not a bad thing, as developing a strong feeling for a character, good or bad, to me is a plus in terms of a positive rating. Additionally, the character with a hidden psychological disturbance is one of my favorite types of characters, and usually makes for very tantalizing listening (!).

I thought the ending was somewhat of a letdown, kind of blurry to me. I had to listen to the last installment several times, and still felt sort of hanging for some reason. I definitely expected more from this listen and, while not a complete waste of time, not necessarily the best use of time either.

  • The Ridge

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

In an isolated stretch of Eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark - until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For when you're itching for a spooky story...

  • By Brandilyn on 06-21-12

Disappointed. Boring....yawn, yawn, snore, snore...😴😴😴

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

This book started out well and I was really looking forward to a good story. The story was okay, but there were lots of boring parts, long descriptions going on and on about secondary (or not even) characters that were somewhat irrelevant and I completely did not care about. There were redeeming aspects, such as the story line about the big cats which was good and did hold my interest. However, it was somewhat of a struggle to get through and, while I did listen to the end, I believe listening should be enjoyable and not a struggle. Therefore, I would not recommend this book, would mark it as more or less a waste of time, would certainly not listen to it again, and most likely would not seek out other books by this author.

  • Little Little

  • By: M.E. Kerr
  • Narrated by: Krista Lally, Michael Manuel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Little Little La Belle isn't redundant. She's a dwarf - a beautiful blond heiress who lives a pampered existence in the New York town named after her family. With her 18th birthday approaching, her parents want to marry Little Little off to the perfect man. Enter Sydney Cinnamon. Orphaned young, he went on to become one of America's most famous dwarfs. The pint-size TV performer could have his pick of any diminutive lady. But with Little Little, it's love at first sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great. Perfect. Totally adorable!!

  • By escoocoo on 04-24-19

Great. Perfect. Totally adorable!!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

This author is a hidden treasure who does not seem to have gotten the recognition she deserves. I have read a couple of her other books (the “Shoebag” series) which, while aimed at more of a middle grade audience, were also very well done.

Speaking of treasures, I am always excited to find special treasures in the “Romance Package” of which this is one. This little listen is filled with irreverent quirky characters from the world of “little people”, completely non-PC, and more power to it for that! The ending is perfect, just perfect, and the narrators are supremely awesome!

I notice there are a number of other books by this author on audio (many in the Romance Package as well, yay!!) and I will be seeking them out. Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes, yes, oh yes!!

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Highly over rated.

  • By Corey Mackenson on 09-07-18

Good Book, Disappointing Ending

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

This book was pretty good, quite engaging, and kept me guessing throughout as to who had done what. I was disappointed in the last few chapters, though, through to the end which I thought was weak and somewhat convoluted. I am always disappointed when a pretty good book kind of falls apart at the end, as was the case here. Oh well. The narrator was fine. Not great, but definitely appropriate to the story. Her British accent definitely a big plus! I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend this book due to the frustrating and unsatisfying ending.

  • His Third Wife

  • Southern Scandal, Book 2
  • By: Grace Octavia
  • Narrated by: Simi Howe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

A secret dark past and a string of messy affairs haven't stopped self-made millionaire Jamison Jackson from becoming mayor of Atlanta. But while he may have a gorgeous new wife and new alliances, he can't quite escape his past and those who want to see him fail. There's his jilted first wife, a lover he'd rather forget, and a ruthless faction of old guard politicians and power lords who have no problem getting blood on their hands. And the fact that Jamison's ambitious current wife, Val, schemed and blackmailed her way into his arms - despite his mother's not-so-subtle warnings - is far from the least of his problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good!

  • By escoocoo on 04-14-19

Pretty Good!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

This was a good story, well written and pretty entertaining. It was so, SO funny in the beginning, with multiple punchlines delivered impeccably by the narrator, that I must admit I was a little disappointed that the hilarity did not continue all the way through.

Nonetheless, it was a good listen, with a good number of surprises and a pretty solid “feel good “ ending amidst somewhat tragic circumstances.

I enjoyed the narrator who has a very good reading voice and excellent timing! I will say I was a little concerned about the very, very, VERY long pauses between paragraphs and chapters which continued throughout the book, so much so that I often had to check to make sure my player was still working!! Barring that, great Kudos to Simi Howe for a job well done!!

  • The Handyman

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • strange narration

  • By Beantown on 11-24-18

Hmmmmm.....3 and 1/2 stars really

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

3 and 1/2 stars really. There were some pretty good parts to this book, but there were also long periods that were really boring, to the point that I almost stopped listening several times. The story picked up during the last couple of chapters where things started to get pretty interesting. No doubt the author has quite a wild and unique imagination leaning towards the supernatural, time bending and the like.

I guess I’m glad I made it to the end, and actually would be open to checking out some of this author’s other audiobooks.

Four solid stars for the narrator who did a pretty good job. Great cover art!!!

  • Carnal Innocence

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827

New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait has ended

  • By Empress Karen on 04-17-12

Great! A Real Gem!!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I am always excited to find a Real Gem of a book included in my Romance Package subscription, and this one definitely fits the category. Great story, with lovely, lovely Southern accents narrated beautifully by Tom Stechschulte. Highly recommend!

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,766

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less sensational than advertised

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

GRAPHIC

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Graphic. Disturbing. Cringeworthy. True. A good listen, captivating and, yes, unfortunately, true. Narrator was okay, not great, but not bad, and suitable for this type of story. A decent listen, short and interesting throughout. Worth a listen.

  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,405

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

UGH. AWFUL!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

A complete waste of time. Too bad. Glad I didn’t pay anything for it! Utter pompous nonsense. So far removed from any true spirituality. Couldn’t listen beyond the first 20 minutes or so. Some people might like this, I guess, so wouldn’t go so far as to say don’t get it. However, for me, a sorry and complete waste of time and free credit.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,807

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

GREAT!! 5+ STARS!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Funny, and funny, and just. Really. Funny! What a great use of a free monthly credit. The writing was great, the acting superb. Love these guys. 🤗
Recommend? Yes!!!

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