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  • Fatal Lies

  • "Lies" Mystery Thriller Series, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Greg Hernandez
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Daisy Leduc was forgotten and alone. That was just how she wanted it. But when she is discovered stabbed to death in a dusty little Texas town, it plunges Del Honeycutt and best-selling mystery author Sabrina Spencer into a 30-year-old mystery involving murder, hidden identities, dangerous family secrets, political intrigue, and a long-forgotten serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fatal Lies

  • By Deedra on 01-21-19

Another great mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I enjoyed Sabrina and Dell's high-stakes journey to solve the murder of Sabrina's friend. It kept me guessing until the end. :) Onward to the next one!

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,428

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

misses the mark

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I was really looking forward to this but the book was missing all the things that made the first book great. Phoebe was annoying. Marcus' past was presented in a way that made it impossible to connect with him. Neither Marcus nor Phoebe struggle at anything nor connect with anyone. Matt was just shoehorned into Marcus' past. I wanted to see their struggle to build some kind of relationship not a bunch of set pieces of the revolutionary war. There was no danger and the book didn't build to anything. It says it's book one of a new series, but there's nothing for them to do in book 2.

  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

  • By: Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy, and 60, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans. This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Auntie Poldi Rocks!

  • By Lynn on 04-01-18

loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Auntie Poldi is awesome. What a fun read. I highly recommend this book. It's written in such a fun way and I love that we're getting this through her imaginitive nephew. Bravo.

  • Sworn to the Night

  • The Wisdom's Grave Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Craig Schaefer
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Marie Reinhart is an NYPD detective on the trail of a serial killer. When she sleeps, though, she dreams of other lives; she dreams of being a knight, in strange wars and strange worlds. On the other side of the city, Nessa Roth is a college professor trapped in a loveless marriage, an unwilling prop in a political dynasty. She's also a fledgling witch, weaving poppets and tiny spells behind closed doors. When Marie's case draws her into Nessa's path, sparks fly. What comes next is more than a furtive whirlwind affair; it's the first pebbles of an avalanche.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much wandering, but a decent ending.

  • By Denise on 04-14-18

wow

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

just wow. I loved this book. It's the perfect blending of action and fantasy and the real gritty world.

  • Willful Child

  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Zap Brannigan were as intelligent as Picard.

  • By Ohtochooseaname on 11-13-14

worst book ever

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I usually love this kind of story but it was just terrible and I kept wishing someone would off the captain. it would have been a better story without him. he was offensive and had I couldn't believe anyone would ever put this in charge or that he'd even yet that far. save your credit and get something else. the editorial reviews are for a different book.

  • Serengeti

  • By: J. B. Rockwell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 710

It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti - a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain - on her own, wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the cryogenically frozen crew inside.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • wasted credit

  • By Audible Listener on 05-25-16

wow

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

just wow. I'm blown away by the story and the characters and the narration. 5 stars indeed.

  • Station Breaker

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 864

Astronaut David Dixon's first mission to space goes horribly awry when a gunfight breaks out on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth. Desperate to unravel the plot he's found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon's survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but frustrating

  • By Fred G. on 12-21-17

OMG this book is awesome

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Take the Martian, add in a fast-paced thriller and blend. I couldn't put this book down. The writing and the narration was top-notch. This is the best sci-fi book I've listened to do far this year. I'm off to buy Andrew Mayne's entire backlist. I'm so glad I bought this book.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

interesting premise illogically executed

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I struggled to finish this one. It's illogical, reiterative, has gaping plot holes and seriously needs a good edit. I'm not sure who this book is targeting, but it's not people who have never enough encountered the podcasts it's based on. There wasn't even a good payoff at the end. All in all, a disappointing but well narrated tale that doesn't live you to the blurb. I'm sorry I bought it.

  • Zeus, Inc.

  • The Alex Grosjean Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Robin Burks
  • Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Fifty years ago, Zeus, Inc., and its CEO, the mysterious Joseph Brentwood, saved the world from a major energy crisis by discovering a new unlimited energy resource. Now, in 2069, Mr. Brentwood has gone missing, and private eye Alex Grosjean has been hired to find him by his daughter (and Alex's best friend), Aleisha. Blackouts begin to occur all over the world, and somehow, Alex believes it's tied to Mr. Brentwood's disappearance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story with a good narrator

  • By cosmitron on 03-31-18

great narration, good story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This was good story but it needs an editor. The narrator did a great job despite the editing issues, awkward language/clumsy phrasing and jarring word choices the author used. She made the completely unlikely hook up almost work. There were some fun elements, but apparently in the future, there's no csi teams, no one gathers evidence and cops just move bodies around so PIs can look at them. I guess the author had never read any crime fiction before writing one. Overall the story was good but it could have been really awesome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Soul Divided

  • The Blood Fire Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Daniel M. Quilter
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

As the galaxy is torn apart by war between the religious empire of the Mystics and the technologically advanced Human Empire, Drake Ashbell finds himself caught up in a conflict that will take him to distant worlds, make him face his tragic past, and test the limits of his soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Alyssa on 09-03-16

intriguing mix of science and magic

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

A Soul Divided was an interesting story combining magic & sci-fi. There's plenty of interesting world building and twists. It's fast-paced and full of action. The twist on magic was unique.
Skylar does a great job narrating. It's a solid 4 star listen.