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  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent dark suspense mystery!

  • By Wayne on 07-14-18

More Monkey Business

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Took me bit longer than usual to finish bc I wanted to savor it, took me a whole 2 days, couldn’t help myself it was so delicious!!! Haven’t been this jazzed about a suspense thriller series since the start of Bill Hodges and Orphan X... Different kinda story lines, but same kind of edge of your seat plotting and thrills... Honestly though, my neck’s a bit sore after a demolition derby like ride;). The 4MK arc goes from a twisted Father Knows Best to the chills of a Mommy Dearest investigation... Hints of Deaver’s Lincoln w/ the procedural side, especially w/ the appreciated recitals of the murder board;). Rich and vivid characters, both main and supporting,and the gotchas and reversals are flooring... The excellence of story is matched by a masterful narration performance... Only quibble is the uber cliffhanger;). I screamed “don’t leave me hangin’ like that!” Please don’t make us wait long for our next fix;). P.s. loved the Thad McAlister throw away...

  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was heavy

  • By June C. on 07-09-18

Yet More Superior Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

So much to love in this series, and this book inparticular... As an aside was deliriously happy to see that the series had 3 more coming... Anyhoo... Continues this portion of the histories in superb fashion... Action, emotional reversals and gotchas, and a roller coaster plot... Especially appreciated the concepts of everyone living among heroes, small happenings having ginormous future immpact, and how ppl and their capacity for love have the ability to astound (both postively and negatively)... The character development and inter-relational dynamics are heartwarming, romantic, and gripping... On the surface light fantasy, but as you go along some delightful depth and substance comes to the fore... Gotta admit, the room got a bit dusty at times,and w/o at question towards the end... Set up the next nicely... TGR’s performance is as nonpareil as usual... Series aficionados will love it!!!Read it straight through barring one break for sleep;)

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  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please make a movie!

  • By jkinnervizions on 06-21-18

Careful What You Seek

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Nicely done story... Not fast paced, mostly minimalist delivery, but manages to ratchet up tension and suspense w/o seeming effort... Reads a bit like you’re watching a reality show not meant for tv;). Survivor meets Edgar Rice Burroughs if you will... Great character work and interplay, felt grittily real... Narration is satisfactory, but brings nothing extra to the listen which may cause a little delay in getting into the story,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than a hockey novel...

  • By Kenny Cook on 06-18-18

Everything’s fair and Unfair

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I remember thinking as I was finishing up Beartown that i’d really like to know what happened w/ these great characters that moved me so, not knowing of the series thing, then coming across this in the new releases... Delighted in the extreme for this Backman fanboy;). Superior storytelling... Shifting perspectives telling their own stories while weaving into the larger tale as a whole... Brilliant use of emotional and situational gotchas, found it getting dusty more than a few times, especially where BoBo was concerned... Self reflections and evolutions... Tugs at the heart, twists you around, and generally keeps you thinking and feeling... This kinda book is why I love books...

  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! A super retelling of Peter Pan.

  • By Mare Freeborn on 07-30-17

The Story Before The Story

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Awesome twist on an old tale... Historical fiction about a fairy tale that reads like a suspense thriller... Hook’s origin story, but also of the lost boyss... Peter and Jamie’s revelation tale to setup the future... Loved Jamie and hated Peter, as will most, Peter really is a Richard... Hard not to soften to Hook after this one;). Exceptional listen in all ways

  • The Shimmer

  • By: Carsten Stroud
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A police pursuit kicks Sergeant Jack Redding of the Florida Highway Patrol and his trainee, Julie Karras, into a shoot-out that ends with one girl dead and another in cuffs, and the driver of the SUV fleeing into the Intracoastal Waterway. Redding stays on the hunt, driven by the trace memory that he knows that running woman - and he does, because his grandfather, a cop in Jacksonville, was hunting the same woman in 1957. In pursuit of a serial killer who can ride The Shimmer across decades, the chase goes from modern-day Jacksonville to Mafia-ruled St. Augustine in 1957, then to New Orleans in 1914.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much to Like

  • By DobieChuck on 06-17-18

Not Much to Like

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

The time travel spin is creative and interesting.... Unfortunately that’s the only redeeming quality... For the most part the story is tractionless and vague in direction... It tries for a southern gothic/noir thing, but fails... Bit ham fisted in the dialogue and character interactions, and could use some serious testosterone dilution... Narration is average and found it to be an uninspired listen/read...

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,969

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Capturing story, but it got a bit silly

  • By flywatt on 07-03-18

Whadaya Want? It’s Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Hooks from jump and refuses to release... Preternaturally mysterious w/ a comfy down home feel... Awesome catching up w/ an old friend and right there w/ his best... Narration is exceptional and well cast... Great story, great storyteller, and great listen...

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Council of Twelve

  • The Hangman's Daughter, Book 7
  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lisa Reinhardt - translator
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

The year is 1672. Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to Munich, the cosmopolitan heart of Bavaria, for a meeting of the prestigious Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire’s hangmen’s guild - prestigious for dishonourable hangmen at least. But something dark is happening behind the scenes: in the past weeks, young women have begun turning up dead. At first the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kuisl notices that each woman possesses a matching amulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in series

  • By MDaniTC on 06-21-18

It’s a Family Thing

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Great series, excellent installment, and and an engrossing read... The Kuisl’s are at it again, only this time in the big city;). The decadence and sophistication of Munich don’t stand a chance... Delightfully sneaky central mystery accompanied by diverse side adventures, awesome secondary characters, and some nicely done topical appeal... Enjoyable banter and outstanding narration brings it alive richness and style...

  • Time Pebbles

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Tekla, son of an ancient shaman, loses Ka Li when she is torn from his life by a brutal tribe of Denisovans in a Late Pleistocene kidnapping. Ka Li escapes but is unarmed and forced to flee across the Bering land bridge where she becomes hopelessly lost in the endless tracts of North America. Only Tekla cares enough to search for her over the years. As Ka Li survives fierce predators and scarce resources, she leaves behind a series of signal cairns to help Tekla find her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant parallels

  • By Playonwards on 06-13-18

Superb StoryTelling

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Loved the concept and its implementation... Gotta say though, not really SF, more historical fiction adventure, unless you consider anthropology and paleontology SF... The back and forth chronologically is seamlessly done, and uber enjoyed the early scientific advances... Has some serious power and poignancy, and keeps you hooked w/ the interweaved story arcs... However, the narration was pretty bland and detracted a bit... It’s a professional job, but has no feeling... 1.25 too slow and 1.5 a touch too quick... Overall an excellent story, better than average audio book, due to only average performance...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Space Team: Planet of the Japes

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

While trying to stop a cyber-attacker stealing all Space Team's hard-earned money, the cyborg, Mech, unlocks a secret partition in his hard drive, revealing a mysterious set of coordinates. The co-ordinates lead the team to Funworld, a planet-sized theme park with a worrying number of artificially intelligent clownbots and a shocking disregard for Health & Safety. With no weapons, and a shapeshifter who can no longer shift-shape, Space Team's quest to unlock Funworld's mysteries leads them deep into the planet's core....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good ol' Space Team

  • By Thomas Allen on 06-02-18

Fonkin’ Clowns

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The excellence of juvenile and sarcastic wit continues... Laughed out loud and often... Whimsy of GotG, the silliness of Airplane, slapstick of Red Dwarf... Love the way the narrator brings you into the fun...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful