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  • Tracy Crosswhite, Book 5
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470

While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can't turn her back on this kind of injustice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite Series Is Awesome

  • By Charles Atkinson on 09-27-17

Is the narrator a robot?

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Love this series but for the flat tone of the reader. I don't remember noticing it on previous books. And at times she's fine, but she devolves into a robotic tone throughout the book.

  • In Deep Water

  • Cat Connolly, Book 2
  • By: Sam Blake
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

A missing girl. A case that's personal. A contract killer on Irish soil. Cat Connolly is back at work. Struggling to adjust to physical and mental scars, her workload once again becomes personal when her best friend, Sarah Jane, goes missing. Sarah Jane's a journalism student, the daughter of a decorated war correspondent, but what could she be working on that could lead to her disappearance? And how deadly will it get?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chicklit detective novel

  • By Yankee Bookworm on 02-04-19

Chicklit detective novel

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I've tried the first two and that's enough for me. I guess I like my police procedurals or detective novels more straight up. A little romance in them goes a long way for me, and if that's the way you are, I don't recommend this series.

  • In a Dry Season

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ron Keith
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

In a Dry Season, winner of the Anthony Award, is an outstanding example of mystery fiction. Peter Robinson's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks conjures up memories of classic detectives like Philip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes. An insufferable drought ravages the Yorkshire countryside, depleting the Thornfield Reservoir, revealing the remnants of the flooded town of Hobb's End and the terrible secrets kept safe within its watery tomb. Amongst the ruins, the remains of a woman's body are discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Constructed Mystery

  • By Hallie on 05-28-04

Better read than heard

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is a great book spoiled by a not quite poor reader. His Banks voice is abrasive which doesn't seem to me to hold true to the written character. Might be better read.

  • And Only to Deceive

  • Lady Emily, Book 1
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome

  • By nkevinsc on 03-05-15

Editor, oh editor, where art thou?!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Could have been so much shorter and nuanced. Seemed at the beginning to have an interesting premise, but then it seemed the author didn't know what to do with the storyline and had no guidance from her editor. Long, drawn out ending that lost what little interest I had to start with in these characters.

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  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

Good start, ssslllllooooowwww finish

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I don't know how some authors get published, and this is one. Where was her editor? Cliches, poor pacing, too much science, and uneven character usage. Author seems very knowledgeable about science of the period and she lets it get in the way of the story. Won't be reading the sequel.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,112

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

For dystopian fans

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This was my first try at either reading or listening to a dystopian novel. I chose this one since there had been so much said about it. Clare Danes did a good job IMO, but the story itself was hollow and depressing. I don't understand the appeal of the genre, I guess.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Marge on 10-03-16

Entertaining short pieces

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Neil Dudgeon is just the right reader for bringing out the best of this series. Evocative of the older episodes of Midsomer Murders, before he replaced John Nettles in the lead role. No graphic violence, just an entertaining old-fashioned series.

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than I expected...

  • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

Inflated tale with happy ending

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

A coming of age tale set in "17something" that ends hopefully, although it's not apparent or imaginable how they will get on without resources or prospects in that day and age. Still and all pretty engaging.

  • Why Kill the Innocent

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like history...

  • By Heather on 04-12-18

Another superb addition to this series

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Davina does her usual excellent job. The historical summation at the end is a great finishing touch. Interesting to know so much of the novel is drawn straight from history and what is not is interesting also in and of itself.

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  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 749

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goes downhill

  • By Karen on 03-31-18

Maybe the movie will be better?

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

This book was overhyped. The plot is easily guessed at every step and is only possible because the vulnerable character , the authorities, and the aunt don't ask obvious questions which would occur to any sensible person. The narration is laughable in places where it is probably intend to be creepy.