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  • The Wedding Guest

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And there’s no better place for the doctor’s analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust...and suddenly faced with the specter of death.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t be Kellerman

  • By Kelley Jo on 02-08-19

Preposterous Plot

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I am a fan of the series, will purchase the next book as the narrator is fabulous as always. However, the way the clues came together was a bit too farfetched for me. Still, it was nice to spend a few hours with old friends.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Show

  • By: Lawrence Michaelis, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Gilbert Gilbertson, an inept magic clown whose biggest gigs are kids' birthday parties, suddenly develops skills in sleight-of-hand and stage illusions that confound expert magicians. He also begins affecting people in strange ways, as well as winning staggering amounts of money in Las Vegas, which he donates to the Catholic Church. Enter a far-right fringe group within the Catholic Church, convinced that Gilbert is working legitimate miracles - miracles they believe will convince Catholics to return to more conservative ways. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • !!!!Best new author debut!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-13-19

Lincoln Child meet Dan Brown in LasVegas

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This book showed up often as recommended based on what you are reading. The cover turned me off as I am not big on magic, I have been to Vegas and found the high priced show especially boring. That's just me . However, not finding anything in my wish list that turned me on, and knowing how forgiving Audible is regarding return of books, I decided to give it a go. I liked it.

  • No Smoke Without Fire

  • DCI Warren Jones, Book 2
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

DCI Warren Jones has a bad feeling when the body of a young woman turns up in Beaconsfield Woods. She’s been raped and strangled but the murderer has been careful to leave no DNA evidence. There are, of course, suspects - boyfriend, father - to check out but, worryingly, it looks more and more like a stranger murder. Warren’s worst fears are confirmed when another young woman is killed in the same way. The MO fits that of Richard Cameron who served 12 years for rape. But Cameron never killed his victims and he has a cast-iron alibi. Then personal tragedy intervenes and Warren is off the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written second book, great cast of characters

  • By wisconsinclark on 01-07-19

Well written second book, great cast of characters

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

In addition to good writing, Paul Gitsham has created a series with a cast of characters you want to know more about. Currently, Louise Penny is often mentioned as, If you like Louise Penny etc. I believe the reason we like her books is we like the town and people, etc. DCI Warren Jones is that kind of book. Not like the Canadians, but with people and stories that entertain along with a jolly good mystery.

  • The Last Straw

  • DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really like this series

  • By wisconsinclark on 01-05-19

Really like this series

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I personally liked the writing style of Paul Gitsham. The mystery is well plotted. Once again, for those of us who consume a lot of mysteries, the who done it was easy to figure out, but the journey was delightful. Looking forward to the whole cast of characters in future books. Have already downloaded the next. It is also refreshing to have a DCI not in a hateful relationship with his superiors. There was mild tension with the chief, just the right about of political pressure to be believed. Also, this is a family friendly book that can be listened to in the car with other people present.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Absorbing Pendergast novel...

  • By shelley on 01-01-19

I enjoyed the change of pace

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

If nothing else, I could enjoy another series starring Coldmoon. That said, while the supernatural was missing in this story, it was thoroughly entertaining. I also appreciate the author's respect for their readers, they did not feel the need to explain Pendergast or his wealth, etc This could easily be read as a standalone. One of the reviews mention Smithback returning to life, however, this was his brother and the funeral was cited. This novel is good writing, so enjoy the ride.

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,475

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

YA sex romp

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

The reviews are correct. Molly Harper has a sense of humor, and a gift with words. This book has too much graphic sex, and will not be appreciated by people like me who prefer a mystery to be just that, a mystery you can listen to in public I really wish Audible would breakdown the Mystery Category into more options. I would have returned this book, but it was a sale item purchased because of positive reviews. I returned another book the day before.

  • The Gathering Murders: Dead Men Tell No Tales...

  • Inspector Torquil McKinnon Series, Book 1
  • By: Keith Moray
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The annual West Uist literary festival - The Gathering - always attracts the best in the business. But with the tiny island population suddenly doubling, the local police force is stretched to breaking point. And this year they have to deal with more than just drunken fights and rowdy behavior. Ranald Buchanan, the local poet, is found dead, with his head brutally caved in, and Inspector Torquil McKinnon is brought in to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting approach to an island life mystery

  • By wisconsinclark on 12-10-18

Interesting approach to an island life mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I don't care to repeat plots that are revealed in reviews. This is a G rated series, you can listen to it in the car with family present. Island life fascinates me, this series is not in the class of Ann Cleeves,. but there is room for growth and the characters are refreshing. I am listening to the second book and enjoying it. It took me a few chapters to get used to David McCallion's Scottish accent, he is very good once you get the hang of it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • By Kristina on 12-01-18

Well done, the story continues!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I was surprised by the negative reviews, especially as I like the narrator. I know the earlier books were done by another reader who died. Change is difficult, but this change was necessary. I guessed most of the plot, but that is not particularly a negative thing, it means we understand the motives behind Gamaches thinking. I do hope the next edition will not have Gamache in career jeopardy again, that is getting a little tiresome. However, if you love the characters, and the village, this is a five star edition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audible books that I have listened to

  • By archeaomk2 on 05-08-18

This series continues to get better with each book

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Ordinarily I do not enjoy psychological thrillers, but this series is so well done, I look forward to each new book. The critic reviews for the first book seemed to indicate a police procedural series, however, it was a very dark story. The success, of this series for me, is the development of the characters. Don't make a sound is another dark entry, but it makes sense and has a wonderful conclusion.

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

  • By Wayne on 11-16-18

Can't stop crying, brilliant writing

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This has to be one of the best current mystery series available today. Beautiful character studies, clever plotting, and no sex or swearing. I don't know if there will be another DC Smith book, but hope springs eternal. If Peter Grainger begins a new series I will be first in line!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful