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  • Harvey Bennett Thrillers: Books 1-3

  • Harvey Bennett Thrillers Box Set
  • By: Nick Thacker
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 28 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Harvey Bennett is just a park ranger... Harvey Bennett is an unassuming everyman, the kind of guy who likes to be left alone. But when a bomb goes off at his park, he can't help but get involved. Grab the first three books in the series for one low introductory price!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • God awful

  • By linda albergo on 07-12-18

God awful

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I struggled through the first book figuring it would get better. Getting halfway through the second one I realized I can’t stand this anymore. The preposterous storyline was surpassed only by the droning monotonous voice of the narrator and about as much emotion as a slice of white bread. I don’t know how I stood it as long as I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sloane Monroe Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3

  • By: Cheryl Bradshaw
  • Narrated by: Crystal Sershen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort, a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if she was murdered? Although skeptical, PI Sloane Monroe takes the case and learns not everyone is who they seem, and some will go to any lengths to protect their identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a surprise

  • By Dawn on 04-30-17

awful narration

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

this narrator was so awful that at the beginning of the book where she ( the narrator) announces the book title and says who it is narrated by, she mispronounces the word. She says "nar -ra-rated" ...... seriously? did no one catch this? the rest of the reading of this book was pathetic. It was so unpleasant that I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes.

  • Alone in the Dark

  • The Cincinnati Series, Book 2
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

Homicide detective Scarlett Bishop has seen enough bad guys slip through the cracks and too many innocent victims go unavenged to know that good doesn't always prevail. So far she's been able to lock away her rage and her vigilante fantasies. That lock is about to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed the issue, for any who need the remaining hours.

  • By Megan on 02-24-16

Sapppy

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

This book was so heavy on the heavy breathing and sappy romance that I couldn't finish it. The 2 main characters, a police female police dectective, and a male newspaper publisher acting like hormonal high school students, that it made me cringe. By the time all the groping and sex was over you forget what the plot was. The narrator while having a pleasant voice was I believe wrong for the part. I think a man would have made it more believable. When she was playing the female lead , she was so monotone and flat that she sounded drugged.

  • The Murder of Mary Russell

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177

Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Twist for Holmes & Co.

  • By Carole T. on 04-13-16

So disapointing

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would have enjoyed it so much more if Jenny Sterlin narrated the entire book

What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

As stated above the narration. Almost the entire book was narrated by someone else , who while having a pleasant voice was just not the same as all the other books in this series. She didn't have the charm, humor and depth into the characters as Ms. Sterlin. In addition it was so different from all the other books that it felt as if someone else was the author.

Did Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ms.. Sterlin was as usual brilliant . She IS all the characters she portrays. She seems to morph into them and bring out their personalities wonderfully. I found Ms. Lyons flat and forgettable . She was NOT Holmes !!!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissapointment

Any additional comments?

These are my favorite audiobooks. All but this one. I am on my 3 time listening to them and all but this one hold a special place in my heart. I love the wonderfully descriptive writing Ms. King does with all the exotic places Holmes and Russell go to. She gives the characters a unique relationship with warmth and humor. I believe with so much of the credit going to Ms. Sterlin. She literally brings them to life. After all words on a page can be interpreted many different ways.
In all the books in the series except this one I've found myself laughing out loud at the banter between the characters. No easy feat for some narrators.

  • Invasion of Privacy

  • Brody Taylor Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Ian Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

DI Jenny Price, a talented and ambitious police detective, leads the investigation into the murder of a beautiful young cellist. Baffled by the killer’s intimate knowledge of the girl's dreams and desires, the case begins to run out of steam. Out of leads, Jenny reluctantly accepts the aid of attractive but mysterious witness Brody Taylor, who has come forward with a bizarre story about webcams hidden in thousands of homes across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern day thriller

  • By Nina on 07-31-15

Too techie for me

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing really. The book is great for those people who have a deeper knowledge and interest in computer speak than I. I read the reviews before I purchased it but , I guess it wasn't something for me.

What three words best describe Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance?

OK for some....
, nothing against the narrator , but just to confusing for me. By the time I figured out what he was talking about the story had progressed

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,626

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

One of the best books I've ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a long time member of Audible, and having listened to over a hundred selections,I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. It is a perfect example excellence of story, characters, and performance.

What did you like best about this story?

Since all of this book was excellent it is hard to find one thing that was "best" but if I had to choose I would say the relationship between the 2 main characters. Since it is the latest of 3 books with them, I particularly enjoyed the evolution of their relationship.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

It's hard to pick a favorite , but Cormoron Strike wins by a nose.Each character was made so vivid and believable by the great writing and narration , that you felt as if you could see them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the ending was to me the most moving, although the entire book was so compelling I couldn't shut it off. When it ended I felt as if a friend had left.

Any additional comments?

I'm hoping the author has his next in this line of books ready to go.I can't wait.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing the Shadows

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Vari Sylvester
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey - the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer is like no other. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By RITTAM! on 04-02-10

Suspense till the end

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

Reviewed: 08-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Killing the Shadows to be better than the print version?

Since I haven't read the print version I wouldn't know

What did you like best about this story?

I suppose the story itself it what I most enjoyed. The fact that you were never quite sure of what was to happen next, is to me what keeps me listening. The narration was also excellent. Even with minor changes in her voice the characters became believable and real.

Which scene was your favorite?

I totally enjoyed the entire performance

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

I prefer books that have a substantial length so I can stretch them out over days.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to dozens of books over my years with audible and can say this is one of my all time favorites. I am familiar with Val McDermids work both in books and TV and always find them compelling both in subject and construction.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeletons in every closet

  • By Janice on 04-29-13

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 11-21-12

Would you listen to Painting the Darkness again? Why?

I would listen again for two reasons. Primarily for Michael Kitchen's compelling voice. I felt like the snakes in Ireland when they heard the Pied Piper's music. I could hardly shut it off.
The story had me feeling as if I were on a literary tilt-a-whirl. I didn't want it to end.

What other book might you compare Painting the Darkness to and why?

Robert Goddards novels are similar in style and something I definitely enjoy.

What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

Everything. His voice is incredible. I was so taken by it that ,as I said I couldn't shut off the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

This book is so complex, and intricate, that I am amazed how the author could keep the story line in his head. Truly a genius.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Secret of the Temple

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker on 11-06-06

wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-10

This book was wonderful , engrossing and thought provoking all at the same time. The naration was superb. The narrator being able to create so many charactors of different nationalities both male and female so convincingly was truly amazing.