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  • First Deadly Conspiracy - Box Set

  • McRyan Mystery Series, Books 1-3
  • By: Roger Stelljes
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Fans of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense will enjoy these fast-moving stories of murder, greed, and treason, the cast of colorful characters, and their setting in and around historic St. Paul, Minnesota. This bundle includes First Case, The St. Paul Conspiracy, and Deadly Stillwater.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars OK Series

  • By Lia on 09-04-17

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

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

Yes. McRyan is a neat guy and a good cop. The story lines are interesting and believable.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Peppers – was your favorite?

McRyan.

Any additional comments?

Roger Stelljes is a good author.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Jim Knighthorse Anthology

  • Dark Horse, The Mummy Case, Hail Mary
  • By: J.R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Jason Starr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A set of three #1 bestselling mystery novels featuring private investigator, Jim Knighthorse. It includes Dark Horse, The Mummy Case, and Hail Mary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a little pizaz😕

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

Excellent Series

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

Where does Jim Knighthorse Anthology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I gave it four stars. Jim Knightbhorse is a neat guy and I wish I could meet someone like him except for the drinking part.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this series. It was positive; the good guys won. There may have been a touch of improbability, but that did not distract from my enjoyment.

  • The Burning

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected! Close to a 5 🌟

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 04-21-15

The Burning by Jane Casey

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

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

Yes. The book is long but it is never not interesting. I liked the characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not totally. I figured out early on who it was (I have a knack for this) but what was interesting was the detail and how the crime was solved.

Have you listened to any of Sarah Coomes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Absorbed.

Any additional comments?

I definitely will listen to more of this author's books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 936

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful New Detective Series

  • By David I. Williams on 06-03-15

White Nights is MP3 format on Audiobay!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Where does As the Crow Flies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks fairly high.

What was one of the most memorable moments of As the Crow Flies?

I knew who the bad guy was early on. Not because it was given away or obvious but because I am good at sensing these things.

What about Napoleon Ryan’s performance did you like?

He is OK but I am not crazy about some of the voices.

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

He was just a very steadily interesting book.

Any additional comments?

Found White Nights on Audiobook Bay. Haven't tried that site yet.

10 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club

  • By: Duncan Whitehead
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

Little is what it seems to be in a leafy Savannah neighborhood as members of an afternoon cocktail and dog walking club mourn a neighbor’s death. Jealousies surface when friends vie for the widower running for mayor. An old woman with an infamous uncle plots to avenge a wrong. Memories haunt a once successful children’s writer. And a model has won the trip of a lifetime. But a killer lurks and secrets unfold, as does a web of deceit. Is anyone really who he or she seems to be?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointment

  • By Sara on 08-28-14

Could not finish the book!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

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

Quite possibly all of the many, many threads of this story tie together in the end, but it was not worth the journey. I also felt that the women were pretty shallow which I did not appreciate. Bit of a chauvinist, are we?

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure.

What three words best describe David de Vries’s performance?

I don't have three words but his performance is probably the best thing about this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club?

The author needs to start all over again and give the women, since there are so many of them featured, some depth instead of portraying all of them as man hungry, back stabbing, all about beauty, women.

Any additional comments?

Enough said!

  • The Last Queen of England

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stop engaging story

  • By RavidReader on 07-22-14

Jefferson Tayte is a Wimp

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What made the experience of listening to The Last Queen of England the most enjoyable?

This is the third in this series. I keep hoping that Jefferson Tayte grows a pair. The story line is very good but his wimpiness is getting very, very annoying.

Any additional comments?

I don't understand why, as Jefferson Tayte is an American, why they use an English narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Foreclosed

  • A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Traci Tyne Hilton
  • Narrated by: Misty of Echoing Praise
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 45

Mitzy Neuhaus is the top-selling Realtor in Portland, but even her office is dead in this economy. Foreclosed is the word no homeowner wants to hear and Mitzy is determined to save the incredible mansion on her street from that fate. But with the homeowner desperate to keep Mitzy away from his property and Alonzo, the dangerously hot rival investor trying to snatch it out from under her, Mitzy knows she has to work fast, or the economy won't be the only thing dead....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Junior high level story

  • By Katherine on 05-09-16

I am a Christian, but ...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Would you try another book from Traci Tyne Hilton and/or Misty of Echoing Praise?

No

What could Traci Tyne Hilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I couldn't even get halfway through the book. I am a Christian, but I personally don't want to listen to a book that mentions God and Christ in every paragraph.

What didn’t you like about Misty of Echoing Praise’s performance?

It was just OK

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

Boredom

Any additional comments?

I didn't like the recording with all the background noise - cars honking, phones ringing, etc.

  • Dust Angel

  • By: Jutta Profijt
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

With the help of a quirky friend - and some unconventional branding - Corinna launches her own business: an elite cleaning service for the wealthy. And business is booming…until the day she finds a dead man in the house of a new client. As usual, Corinna’s instinct is to clean up, but body disposal isn’t easy, especially when you’re juggling work, friendships, media attention, and a nasty flu. For Corinna, things are about to get real messy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and entertaining but far fetched.

  • By BRUCE L. MANSFIELD on 05-18-13

Dumb

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

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

I couldn't even finish the book. Unbelievably incompetent woman. When it got to the part where she decided to move a dead body because it wouldn't look good for her cleaning business, I had to quit listening. The only good thing about this book is that, although set in Germany, I didn't have to suffer through someone attempting to read with a German accent.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jutta Profijt again?

No