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  • The 45% Hangover

  • A Logan and Steel novella
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

A brilliantly twisty, 80-page novella from the number-one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series. Including an extract from his new Logan novel, The Missing and the Dead. It's the night of the big Referendum, and all Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae has to do is find a missing ‘No' campaigner. Should be easy enough.... But, as usual, DCI Steel has plans of her own. As the votes are counted, there's trouble brewing in the pubs and on the streets of Aberdeen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A completely hysterical joy to listen to

  • By Melissa Scully on 10-01-18

A completely hysterical joy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I laughed very, very hard. Some of the images will be as hard for me to get out of my mind as they were for Logan and Roberta to get out of theirs, but I think that's the point! Oh please write faster, Mr. MacBride! I need more of these unforgettable characters. Steve Worsley's voicing of Roberta Steel is certainly a lifetime achievement.
Thanks to all for a thoroughly satisfying experience.

  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deranged and Murder-ey

  • By 6catz on 04-24-17

Characters that stick with me

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This novel offered a rich and satisfying listening experience. Callum is a memorable character, in the tradition of other MacBride characters like Roberta Steele and Logan McRae, who stays in my head when I am not listening. The plot does go on a bit, but only as long as it is thoroughly enjoyable. Worsley is just wonderful. This audiobook was worth every penny and then some.

  • It Ends With Her

  • By: Brianna Labuskes
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one. He’s never broken pattern...until now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak serial killer vs. FBI novel

  • By Wayne on 05-30-18

I couldn't get past second chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Slightly melodramatic character and plot were exacerbated by breathy, melodramatic narration with just a hint of a constant whine. I tried, but it was grating and not enjoyable at all.

  • Three Daughters of Eve

  • By: Elif Shafak
  • Narrated by: Alix Dunmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trademark dynamic writing style

  • By Kenneth C. on 06-18-18

Completely satisfying in every way

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This was such a rich listening/reading experience. I felt much smarter about Islam, Oxford and philosophy when I finished. The ending is a bit of a letdown, but that did not spoil the fun.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife... but as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead - and the book she has written is equally extraordinary.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, emotional, and perfectly narrated.

  • By LitWitWineDine on 06-30-18

A remarkable book

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This is a complicated narrative beautifully told (by subject, author and narrator). If the surface story (a woman in Australia runs a small business cleaning up after the very, very worst things that might happen to us) were not sufficiently compelling (it is!), the backstory of the woman’s life as abused child turned struggling husband and father turned transgendered sex worker turned loving wife turned compassionate business owner will break your heart, glue it back together and then stomp on it. The book offers news we need about the consequences of abandoning elderly and infirm human beings to the loneliness of aging alone. It is a remarkable book about a remarkable woman written by a very gifted writer. And the reader does a wonderful job, too.

  • Say You're Sorry

  • Morgan Dane, Book 1
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she's finally found peace and a promising career opportunity - until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Trite, tired dialogue

  • By C. Owley on 06-17-17

Too sappy

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the characters. Morgan is too precious: strong but vulnerable. The narration exacerbated this problem. I felt I was listening to a Harlequin romance with a murder stuck in for good measure.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the premise.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cris Dukehart’s performances?

Probably not.

Do you think Say You're Sorry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It's part of a series, which was one reason I purchased the book. But I would not buy another book in this series.

Any additional comments?

I'm in a bit of a rut lately. I rely on NYT recommendations. Sometimes those work well for me: Educated was FANTASTIC. But this novel was anemic. The characters are flat and uninteresting. The narration was gratingly precious. Her voicing of Lance is cringeworthy.

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,738
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,640

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

Memorable

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

What did you love best about Educated?

This is a great story well told. I will remember these scenes, these people for a long time.

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

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I am a teacher, so I think of the readers to whom this book might appeal: students, teachers (especially teachers of first-year college students, some of whom have been home-schooled), anyone who has read a "classic" work that helped them to understand the world, anyone who hopes to connect the dots of Ruby Ridge, Waco, Mormonism. This book goes in many directions, but it truly honors each of those paths. I am very glad to have read this memoir.

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