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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,444

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

J.K. who?

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

If this was ghost written by J.K. Rowlings I am amazed at how she could be so popular based on the content in this book. I made it to chapter 9 and said no more!

In 9 chapters there was nothing to make me want to continue this mess. No strong characters or storyline.

The narrator - no inflections, not good at switching gender.

I simply could not spend another minute enduring this and listening to the f*** bomb being dropped constantly.

  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drama, Suspense, Intrigue and a Ghost

  • By Anna Landry on 04-13-18

Nix the curse words and you would be 5 stars....

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I loved this book from top to bottom except for the language. It was nice to travel back in the decades when the students attended the school to modern day. The complexity of the characters, their families or the lack thereof was interesting.

The retired sheriff was a complete and total crazy jerk.

The ghost aspect was quite perplexing in some instances.

As I remarked, overall it was a very good book. Nix the language!

  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,707

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect summer listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-18

You name it -- it's in this story!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

First read for me of this author. I really enjoyed the story line and found myself getting caught up the characters lives, struggles and the convoluted twists and turns of the main characters and their extended family and friends.

The setting in Nantucket's rich and beautiful makes it even more fun to read. Even the rich and famous have struggles.

Already purchased another book by this author.

  • House Rules

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Rich Orlow, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right. But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 12-12-17

Was Justice Done?

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I'm not sure where to begin. For the most part I really liked this book and I learned so much about Asperger. The core family members, Emma, Jacob and Theo were obviously complex. When I read the synopsis I did not expect the actual story line. The sacrifices the mother made for her son was incredible. I found myself constantly wondering who committed the crime.

Spoiler alert: I still don't know....

The narration was just okay. I actually think the voice of Jacob was the best.

It was hard to stop listening due to the complexity.

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,394

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

What a pathetic female lead

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I can't believe I finished this. My first book by the author and most likely my last. I was not impressed at all. I will have to say this was very predictable until the last few pages. The lead female character was pathetic. It's hard to imagine someone would willing put herself through all this drama. The husband was a class A jerk and total womanizer.

The narrator was painful to listen to and at times when she was changing characters it sounded like she had a mouthful of cotton. Note to self - skip the next read with her as the narrator.

I'm not a fan of the language used in the book either.

Don't waste your money.

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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,508

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

Almost the best book I have listened/read

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I was enthralled from the first sentence and had no idea where this story was going. The synopsis on the purchase page does not do it justice. Every character was interesting, some likable, some lovable, some down right disgusting. Of course my favorites were Simone, Reed and CeCe. Simone is a strong survivor as well as Reed. CeCe was the most interesting character ever. Courage in the face of total despair and at times terror. Nora Roberts out did herself with the exception of one aspect.

The language was atrocious. The F*** bomb was used over and over again not to mention G**D**.
this story would have been perfect has it not been for this. I don't understand why authors feel the need to use this approach in their writings. You can build a strong character without using language as a crutch.

Truly one of the most interestingly, complex stories. Drop the language and write another winner Nora Roberts.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,831

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Baldacci does it again

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Amos Decker and Alex Jamison continue to make a great pair. Oddly this begins with an attempt to have a vacation and personal time. Facets of Amos are revealed and he actually connects with one of the characters.

A different level of violence in this book but in this day and age the plot was somewhat believable.

Narration was good, but do miss Ron McLarty with the Baldacci series.

Ready for the next one!

  • The First Family

  • By: Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

When President Geoffrey Hilliard’s son Cam, a 16-year-old chess champion, experiences extreme fatigue, moodiness, and an uncharacteristic violent outburst, doctors are quick to dismiss his troubles as teen angst. But Secret Service agent Karen Ray summons her physician ex-husband for a second opinion. Dr. Lee Blackwood’s concerns are dismissed by the president's team - until Cam gets sicker. Lee must make a diagnosis from a puzzling array of symptoms he's never seen before. His only clue is a patient named Susie Banks, a young musical prodigy who seems to be suffering from the same baffling condition as Cam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Ex-Silicon Valley Girl on 04-21-18

Reminds me of John Grisham or David Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Didn't see the end result coming! I loved this from the get-go. The characters were multifaceted. I liked the healthcare aspect and the gifted not to mention the politics of the presidency. I really liked all the ones involved except the darned Dr. Gleason, he was a selfish egomaniac.

First book for me by the author. Reviews for his other books aren't so good so not sure if I will read more.

Narrator was very good as well. Plus for me that there was minimal vulgar language.

Kind of listen where I didn't want to put it down and certainly didn't want it to end.

Good job!

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  • Accidental Heroes

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

On a beautiful May morning at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco - one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous - perhaps ominous - message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security, and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-31-18

Nothing accidental about the quality of this one.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I listened to this every available moment! This is the best DS book in my opinion. It's relevant in our current state, very diverse characters and I especially loved that the heroine was a very strong female pilot! The TSA agent was also one of my favorites as well.

My only complaint is the language of the Homeland Security agents and the co-pilot. It was very unnecessary.

The narrator was good, he doesn't do female characters the best but he is okay.

When is the next one? I'm ready!

  • I've Got My Eyes on You

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

After a party when her parents are away, 18-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool. The immediate suspect is her boyfriend, who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a 20-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn't invite him to the party. Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar? Kerry's older sister, Aline, a 28-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the prosecutor's office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Nichole Laurencin Scott on 04-05-18

One of MHC Best!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This was one of her best, if not her best! I loved it all. Stable characters, good clean mystery. I appreciated the character with special needs being so involved. Justice was served. I will say I did suspect the killer but couldn't quite put it all together until close to the end.

January LaVoy is terrific as usual.

Waiting for the next one!