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  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Another fun romp.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

What fun to catch up with all of these characters, as usual, Georgiana and Darcy are in the thick of things. This is a series that needs to be started with book one to truly enjoy all the idiosyncrasies of these wonderful characters. Highly recommend to those that love a fun mystery with a solid story.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Be wary of perfect strangers.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Be careful,... you may just have a psychopath in your life. “Tigers never change their stripes”, this is exactly what Jane is counting on. A fast moving story of retribution with a ruthless driver behind the wheel. Good character development made it hard to figure out who was the worst, the deceiver or the deceived.

  • The Last Time I Lied

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 751

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she - or anyone - saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips. Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma's paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it...

  • By Carol on 07-15-18

Very Good mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

When a young girl experiences a great loss while away at summer camp it causes her to have a break in her sanity. Now as a mentally fragile adult she is asked back to the very same camp for a reopening. She agrees to return as a camp art teacher but she has a personal agenda to free herself of some old ghosts. A fast moving story with interesting characters and an unexpected, satisfying twist at the very end that had me wishing for a sequel.

  • Bitter Moon

  • The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, Book 4
  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

FBI agent Matthew Roarke has been on leave, and in seclusion, since the capture of mass killer Cara Lindstrom - the victim turned avenger who preys on predators. Torn between devotion to the law and a powerful attraction to Cara and her lethal brand of justice, Roarke has retreated from both to search his soul. But Cara's escape from custody and a police detective's cryptic challenge soon draw him out of exile to probe an unsolved murder that could be the key to her long and deadly career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the Huntress Moon series...

  • By shelley on 11-02-16

Good series

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I enjoyed this addition to this series, it flips back and forth between Caras past and present. Finding out what she had gone through as a child and young adult helps to put her adult actions into focus. Can one person truly see evil no matter how well hidden?

  • The Witching Hour

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 50 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

  • By Wendy on 10-22-15

Great but too long

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This was an excellent, epic, paranormal witch saga that I throughly enjoyed. It was spooky, intense and suspenseful, plus the narrative was excellent. I will not forget this journey anytime soon, however, it could have been a 5 star read for me and helped me toward wanting to continue on in the series, if the ending were a bit tighter and about 200 pages had been trimmed.

  • Now That You Mention It

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 million stars!

  • By jodiod on 12-28-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Some terrible and some feel good twists had me loving this book. After a successful woman experiences a horrendous event and a terrible accident in a short period of time, she know that she is in great need of, both physical and mental down time. She breaks it off with her almost (cheating) fiancé and takes a leave of absence from her job so she can return to her hometown where she is in hopes of getting some help from her mother. Upon her arrival she is met by her never changing hard hearted mother and her prickly teenage niece who is to be her un-receiving roommate.

Growing up she was always known as the gross smart girl and her sister was in the beautiful mean group. Things are quite different now as she is beautiful and successful and her sister is in jail. Some of her harmful past is still looming out there and rears it’s ugly head, but it may just be the path she needs to travel to get her out of her current circumstance and get her life back on course.

Great characters and story, Xe Sands’ narratives are always spot on and enjoyable. I loved the ending and would read more about these characters if there were a sequel, regardless I will be reading more of her books.

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  • The Lighthouse

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Ex-marine Shane Ryan is a ghost hunter whose troubled past haunts him almost as much as the ghosts he encounters in the line of duty. He's the best. And his reward for excellence? The punishment of being in high demand for jobs to eradicate the worst kind of ghosts - the kind that kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-11-17

Pretty good.....

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I loved the first book in this series and this was a pretty good ghost stort with good characters, however, some of the reactions presented by the living characters were, at times, a bit unbelievable. That being said, the story itself was great and spooky but I would only buy another if it was on sale. Great narration by Thom Bowers.

  • Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253

He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern masterpiece

  • By AmeliaD on 06-08-18

Nice surprise

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I was surprised by how much I liked this read. It was a believable good story especially for around the Halloween season.

  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

  • One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre
  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 795

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SKIP THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK

  • By Scott George on 05-10-18

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I liked this strange book. I thought it was a, get stuck in the beautiful chalet in the woods murder mystery, but...it definitely takes a right turn and then it’s a bit of a different type of mystery. Good characters made for an interesting but offbeat listen. Not for the close minded.

  • Her Last Day

  • Jessie Cole, Book 1
  • By: T.R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the?

  • By Vlad E. on 04-21-18

Very Good!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Wow, this was right up my ally of psychological thriller pancaked together with a side of mystery. Two stories bring a group of people together to stop a serial killer and set a past tragedy to rest. Loved it and am looking forward to the next in the series