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  • Paper Roses

  • By: Karen Ann Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

When the mutilated corpse of a young Amish woman is discovered in Blood Rock, Sheriff Serenity Adams embarks on her most terrifying case yet, facing a killer unlike anything she’s seen before. Law enforcement and the Amish join forces to unravel the truth and find the person terrorizing the community, and just when Serenity thinks she’s solved the case, she finds out that the nightmare is far from over. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Was No Mystery For Me

  • By Karen on 02-24-19

This Was No Mystery For Me

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Most of the book was CJ talking in her head about her attraction to an Amish man and Serenity was not great either. I found that it was like reading a young adult novel in many ways and I usually like Brittany Pressley's narration, but something was just off for me. It seemed rudimentary and no real depth in the story. I want more mystery not young adult romance. No more of these for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,571

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Well Done!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This book was very good. I had never heard of Georgia Tann - and when I did a small amount of research it was terrifying. I couldn't stop listening, I enjoyed the narrators and the author did such a nice job with the story. She took a tough subject based on facts and then weaved a story that took you through time feeling many different emotions but very uplifting. This was a credit well spent!

  • Menehune in Kauai

  • Peyton Brooks, FBI, Book 7
  • By: M.L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

When Peyton and Marco embark upon a vacation to Kauai, they are only looking for sunshine, blue waters, and white sand. Although they feel guilty about stealing time for themselves, they know they may not get another chance to concentrate on each other without the pressure from both of their jobs driving them apart. The beautiful island of Kauai welcomes them, and they begin to relax, until a body is found floating in the hot tub at their hotel with a poisoned arrow sticking out of his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story, Awesome Narration!

  • By Jan M on 10-21-18

There is an FBI Office in Hawaii

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I have to say this was totally ridiculous - they are in Hawaii and are asked to help in a murder and they need an FBI agent, there is an office in Hawaii and no reason for Peyton to be embroiled, it just was so unbelievable that it wouldn't be given to a local office and didn't seem like an FBI sort of case anyway. I was also frustrated with the Peyton/Marco constant "in their heads" I have to quit/she can't quit......to save their relationship, just dumb. Couldn't the author have them talk to each other because the "in their head convos" make me tired and want to give up on the books. These people are not teenagers wish the author would have them act like the adults they are. Sorry just so frustrating, more mystery less emotional crap.

  • Big Woods

  • By: May Cobb
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

When her sister disappears, the only clue Leah has is a cryptic message: Underground. By the Woods. It's 1989 in the sleepy town of Longview, Texas, when 10-year-old Lucy disappears. Her parents, the police, and the community all brace for the worst, assuming her body will soon be found in Big Woods. Just like the other unsolved kidnappings. But then Lucy's 14-year-old sister, Leah, starts having dreams about Lucy - dreams that reveal startling clues as to what happened. Leah begins her own investigation, and soon she meets a reclusive widow who may hold the key to finding Lucy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly narrated!!

  • By Sara on 11-17-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I found this boring and tedious to get through - not much happened until the very end. I feel like had listened to much of it and decided to finish. Won't be reading anything else by this author....something was just missing for me - more psychological than any suspense for me.

  • Speak No Evil: A Novel

  • By: Allison Brennan
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

The murder of 18-year-old Angie Vance was exceptionally vile - her mouth was sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawled was across her skin, and she was suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so police detective Carina Kincaid focuses her efforts on the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. But without physical evidence, Carina can't make a collar or a case. She also can't stop Sheriff Nick Thomas, the prime suspect's brother, from conducting his own unwelcome investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Book

  • By Brenda on 02-28-13

Get it Right

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Having read many books involving the Kincaids this book was hard to listen to because the reader was somewhat flat and through the entire book he mispronounced Carina's name, just found that hard to listen to since I've read so many other books with the name pronounced correctly. Don't know why but it really bothered me. The rest of the book was a good mystery.

  • Do No Harm

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

Someone is stalking the UCLA Medical Center - a depraved madman who is preying upon the staff, particularly those who are young and female. No stranger to the terrible ravages of senseless violence, E.R. Chief Dr. David Spier must keep the emergency room running smoothly and efficiently, even as his terrified co-workers wonder who will be the next victim. But when the monster himself is dragged into the E.R. in handcuffs - hideously burned, suffering, and begging for mercy - the nightmare is far from over. It has only just begun.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Story

  • By Karen on 11-25-18

Too Much Story

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I tried to like this story but the author took so much time with details that I didn't feel suspense, I just felt angry and was hoping whatever was going on would be over soon. I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them, this one, I'm sorry to say was downright painful to finish. Also, while chasing the bad guy everyone responsible was acting ridiculous, the story could have been so much better. 😒 Feel like it was a wasted credit - but I was so far in I felt like I needed to finish - so glad it's over.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Missing You

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,585

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different and wonderful crime thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-23-15

Not to be Missed

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I enjoy Harlan Coben's books but this one grabbed me right away. It was interesting getting to know Kat and understand the relationships with her past and present. The book kept me going and I didn't want to stop listening. While I had some things figured out I didn't have the whole story and what had happened. I wouldn't mind having Kat Donovan be a series character. January LaVoy did a great job narrating as always. #PoliceProcedural #Mystery #LostLove #Suspenseful #GoodGuyMaybeBadGuy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Cutting Edge

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087

 In the early hours of a quiet weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems but engaged couples themselves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver continues writing First Rate novels!

  • By shelley on 04-10-18

Great Listen, Great Story, Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I haven't read any Jeffrey Deaver for a long time - this looked interesting and it did not disappoint. Edoardo Ballerini is by far one of the best narrators around and he brings all the characters to life with ease. There were several stories going on and Deaver handled it well. I never got lost and he did a great job tying up each story. Definitely worth the credit!!! #PoliceProcedural #Clever #Suspenseful #GreatNarrator #Current #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,553

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I really enjoyed this book. I love the two characters working together. I really enjoyed the narrators but not quite how it was done. I would much rather have heard Welliver as Bosch throughout and Lakin as Ballard throughout. Both readers are great but it was strange to have Lakin read Bosch and vice versa with Welliver. I still enjoyed the book - had a great story and I like the two of them working together.

  • Stolen

  • Lucy Kincaid, Book 6
  • By: Allison Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Nothing is more important to private investigator Sean Rogan than his relationship with FBI trainee Lucy Kincaid. But when his past catches up with him, Sean faces an ultimatum: clear his name and help the FBI take down a rogue agent, or go to prison and lose everything he holds dear. With only Agent Noah Armstrong as his back-up and forced to keep Lucy in the dark, Sean steps back into his old world. But the longer he’s undercover, the more dangerous the game becomes. More than Sean’s future with Lucy is at stake - so is his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Constance B Roznovsky on 05-21-15

Tired

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The mystery in the stories is always good but I'm tired of the Lucy/Sean against the world. Someone is always trying to tarnish one or both of them and I'm going to take a break from the books. It is old and sometimes the behavior of the characters is childish. I wish more time was spent on the mystery side instead of the babble inside their heads and others always out to get them. Maybe when I come back to them the next book will focus on a mystery instead of us against the world.