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  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,383
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

Roots

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I absolutely love this book. it's awesome that Alex was able to trace his roots so far back. I read this book when I was in high school many years ago. I listened to it this time and it was just a great as the first time. The narrator was very good also. It makes a huge difference if the narrator doesn't have the right voice. This guy kept my interest.

  • The Con Man

  • A Novel of the 87th Precinct
  • By: Ed McBain
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

When a young woman’s body is fished out of the 87th Precinct’s river, a street-wise detective is on the clock to find the con man who killed her before he strikes again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story and well narrated

  • By darimusb on 04-10-12

The Con Man

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Love these books. Nice and short, with a surprise ending. They are well spoken also. I like to listen to books most of the time so a person's voice and acting make a big difference to the enjoyment of the book.

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Changeling

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I thoroughly enjoyed thos book. The main character (Sarah Smith) finds out she has magic inside her but her Mother had been suppressing it with pills. She goes to a school for girls that have magic and has several adventures between school and home Meets new friends but has to keep her background hidden. Read it to find out about her adventures and new friends

  • In Good Faith

  • Joe Dillard, Book 2
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused. It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but has some lumpy parts

  • By Kathi on 01-04-18

Joe Dillard #2

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

Fantastic! I just found these books (thanks to Amazon for pointing them out) and I'm in love with the main character, Joe Dillard. Sometimes the second book isn't as interesting as the first but in this case I couldn't stop listening. The narrator has a wonderful voice also. Mr. Pratt has hit the jackpot with this character. Joe is a great husband and father and wants so much to be as honest as possible but sometimes the ugly reality of life slaps him upside the head and he does what it takes to protect his family. I'm really enjoying his flip from defending the "innocent " to prosecuting the guilty. li have listened to the 1st and final 2and books in 3 days. They are wonderful.

  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It’s Cold Blooded Alright

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-07-17

Cold Blood

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Every bit as good as the first 4 Erika Foster books. The plot was good . It had a good cast of "bad guys" which was different than the normal crime book bad guy. I don't want to spoil any of the story, but I hate that Erika never has much of a love life. I don't care for a lot of romance, but just someone close to her that she can share with. But then I realize that it's part of her personality also. I'll just have to wait until I get through book 6.

  • Last Breath

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

He's your perfect date. You're his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time it's not her case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Erika Foster series is a must for procedural fans

  • By Charles Atkinson on 05-18-17

Erika Foster

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I absolutely enjoyed every minute
of this book. It was well written and kept me eager to hear the next chapter. I don't want to give anything away, but I am happy to see Erica's life moving in a different direction. I had a hard time putting it down. I'm ashamed to say that I got a little irritable when I was interrupted. The narrator had a pleasant voice and recognize proper punctuation. I recognize her voice from some of his previous books. I would recommend this book to all of those who enjoy well researched and well written suspense .

  • Scared to Death

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully." When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

  • By MarisaReads on 10-18-17

Review of Scared To Death <br />

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I really enjoyed the story. It was well written and kept me listening to see what was going to happen next. Unfortunately, I listened to it by audiobook and the narrator seemed to have a sing-song quality to her voice and on her reading that I don't enjoy.
That doesn't mean she had a bad voice, just a trait that I find a little irritating. But the book was definitely my kind of mystery and suspense.