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  • 1st to Die: Women's Murder Club, Book 1

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Imagine a killer who thinks, What is the worst thing anyone has ever done? - and then goes far beyond it. Now imagine four women - a police detective, an assistant DA, a reporter, and a medical examiner - who join forces as they sidestep their bosses to track down criminals. Known as the Women's Murder Club, they are pursuing a murderer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city. Their chief suspect is a socially prominent writer, but the men in charge won't touch him. On the trail of the most terrifying and unexpected killer ever, they discover a shocking surprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1st To Die - Im Hooked!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-07-18

Music Distracts

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

the storyline is excellent, but I found the music to be extremely distracting and overpowering at times. The narrator does a good job, but sometimes her voice is so low it's very difficult to hear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,517

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Fun

  • By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

simply fabulous

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

never was I so sorry to see a book and. I actually shed a tear or two. Highly recommend this book.

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,345

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Like a historical novel

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

in addition to learning a bit about the history of World War II in London, there are some life-lessons here. be sure to listen to the Q&A at the end.

  • An Almond for a Parrot

  • By: Wray Delaney
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In prison, accused of murder, Tully Truegood begins to write her life story. A story that takes her from a young girl in the backstreets of 18th-century London to her stepmother Queenie's Fairy House - a place where decadent excess is a must. Trained by Queenie to become a courtesan and by Mr. Crease - a magician who sees that Tully holds similar special powers to his own - Tully soon becomes the talk of the town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By Nancy Nurse on 09-11-18

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Having read all the great reviews, I couldn't wait to dig into this book. While it was definitely good, I didn't find it the page turner that other people did. It was quite satisfying, but not great. It's one of those books that might make a better movie than a read.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,458

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Familiar Story Told Authentically

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Like most everyone else, I was familiar with the story, having seen most all the Dracula movies that have come out through the past eight or nine decades. But I was told that the official Stoker book is a good read, so I decided to listen to it. While at times it drags slightly, I love the way the story unfolded through journal entries, and it was definitely a bit different than what I've seen in the movies. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this audio book, and couldn't wait to finish.

The performers did an excellent job, as one would expect with this all-star cast.

  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server
  • By: Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I imagined

  • By Maia C. Larkin on 02-17-17

Ear Candy

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Very light and entertaining. After a couple of heavy reads, this was a refreshing change. Lots of insider info.

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  • My Cousin Rachel

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN INCREDIBLE NOVEL -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 07-08-15

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

What did you love best about My Cousin Rachel?

I liked the story and the way it unfolded.

What other book might you compare My Cousin Rachel to and why?

Reminded me of a Hitchcock story.

What does Jonathan Pryce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pryce made the characters come alive. His accents are flawless.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I recommend. Listening to the Audio was better than seeing the movie. Lots better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 25,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,373

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

What's all the excitement about?

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. It wasn't that exciting. Didn't seem plausible that such a strong figure would change to a submissive so quickly.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have had an ending! We are left not knowing what happened. Got the impression I was being set up for a second book.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Claire Danes was perfect to tell this story.

Could you see The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It is already a TV series, which I'm not watching.

Any additional comments?

Trying to figure out why so many people liked it so much.

  • The Diana Chronicles

  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Tina Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana's sexually charged mother, bad-girl sister-in-law Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Fast

  • By Mary D on 06-06-18

Informative and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

This book gives insight to a compelling but disturbed woman and her complex life from someone who knew her, if only a bit.