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  • Redemption

  • Memory Man Series, Book 5
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

  • By shelley on 04-17-19

Baldacci doesn’t disappoint

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

The Memory Man series is one of my favorites and I love the narration. I definitely prefer to listen than read with these books. I’m hoping Amos Decker moves to a current case next while we explore his new humanism and the changes in how his brain sends him signals. Does Burgundy mean dying? I

  • 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 2,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit from T R Ragan!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-26-17

Multiple story lines all captured my interest

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

This story had several story lines going on and not all situations have been resolved. I hope this is the first of a series. My only disappointment was with Kate Rudd. I love to listen to her read stories but the main female protagonist always speaks so curtly. I guess I want to hear a southern drawl or just something different. It won’t keep me from listening to her again though.

  • Digging In

  • A Novel
  • By: Loretta Nyhan
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,197

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade - and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig. As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. Something big is beginning to take root - both in her garden and in herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm glad I finished this book.

  • By KrsTea on 08-05-18

Totally unexpected

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I selected this story but was truly delighted. I looked forward each time I could walk or drive to catch up on the story and learn more of the philosophy.

  • Wildflower Heart

  • The Wildflower House, Book 1
  • By: Grace Greene
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Kara Hart was scarred by loss - first the loss of her mother and now her husband. She feels broken, with no will to move forward, until her father does the unexpected: he moves to the Virginia countryside to restore an old Victorian mansion. Kara decides to go with him, telling herself that it will only be temporary. The huge house is neglected and derelict, but Kara discovers its breathtaking field of wildflowers and is stunned by their beauty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good however sad

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-24-19

Real

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Unlike other reviews I have read, not having a full resolution or a ‘happy’ ending makes this a real story. It reflects true life. I don’t understand people like Cara who are this reticent but it helps me understand them better. Really like the promise of the future and this could lead to a series of the author so chooses.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,038

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Can this have happened in my lifetime?

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

The story itself is so extreme to what I know in my own life and experiences that I was enthralled when I think that Tata is only a year older than my daughter and this happened. This occurred just a few years ago and it seems impossible that a family could live under the radar this long, home-schooled children and their parents not required to follow certain guidelines. Having 3 of 7 children earn PhDs with no schooling is a testimony of imagination, intellect and will. Kudo’s to these members of society to not live off the government, not stay in their own world but to reach out and grasp what they didn’t even know.

The performance was extremely good although so calm through periods of extreme pain i had to re-listen to make sure I heard correctly.

It was all I could do to stop and keep my own life going when I really wanted to know how it all turned out.

  • Tribute

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668

Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. Her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Huh?

  • By B. Hongo on 06-22-10

Good story but narrator’s voice too soft

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I enjoyed the story but the narrator’s voice for older men was so soft I could not hear. Admin was driving through most of this with high road noise, I was constantly changing volume and backing up.

  • Hold Back the Dark

  • Bishop/Special Crimes Unit
  • By: Kay Hooper
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

The Chosen have been warned. Powerful psychics across the globe have gotten the same eerie and insistent message: Go to Prosperity. Because in this small North Carolina mountain town, madness has taken hold... Trapped in a nightmare they can't escape, the residents of Prosperity are killing one another, waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed - or the reasons why. Chief Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever evil is afoot is beyond her expertise, and beyond the understanding of Sheriff Jackson Archer. They need help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite Kay Hooper book...

  • By shelley on 04-06-18

Great story and performance but ending lacking detail

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

This story involved 6 non SCU team members and their contribution each seemed to be glossed over at the end. Additionally the ending seem rushed with little detail when it should have been the climax of the story. This is not the norm with Kay Hooper and this is my first disappointment.

  • The Line

  • Witching Savannah, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,358

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Savannah is perfect for witches and hoodoo

  • By Steph on 06-29-14

Exciting story turns

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Just as I thought I knew where the story would go, it switched again. Oh, I figured out a few but there were so many more. It kept my attention so much I finished listening within 2 days. This is a face narrator which is why I selected the book since I didn’t know the author. On to the barge next book in the series.

  • Expecting to Die

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Some places earn their bad reputation through tall tales or chance. Grizzly Falls is different. Here, killers aren't just the stuff of legends and campfire lore. Someone is in the nighttime shadows, watching the local teens play around in the moonlit woods. Waiting for the right moment, the right victim. Waiting to take away a life. Detective Regan Pescoli is counting the days until her maternity leave. Exhausted and emotional, the last thing she needs is another suspected serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant performance

  • By Stephanie on 03-12-17

Like the story but a few issues

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

1. The timing of the movie vs the murder investigation is off.
2. The male voices Natalie uses are a bit overkill to me. Hard not to laugh.

  • City of the Lost

  • A Thriller
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wouldn't want to live here!

  • By shelley on 03-11-18

Captivated by story line with my fave narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I selected this book based on the narrator and thought it might be interesting but I had not heard of this author prior. This is one of my better new author decisions. I had already ordered the sequel before I heard the last word. I must admit I did figure out who did it but there was enough going on that I was captivated by the changes in the storyline.

I would fully recommend this to anyone who likes a whodonit with a narrator that generates the right emotion but doesn’t over power the story.