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  • Bad Little Girl

  • By: Frances Vick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY, GILLIAN FLYNN & GIRL ON THE TRAIN have

  • By Abby on 04-22-17

Tiresome

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I’m 3+ hours in and nothing has happened. Claire drones on and on, worrying. Lorna is uninteresting. The author fails to create any sense of foreboding or unease.

I quit. This book is going back.

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,060

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her. It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her - a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Commuters Beware!

  • By Carole T. on 02-23-17

Interesting premise in need of a better writer

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I See You started out strong, dragged through the middle, and ended in absurdity. The premise is interesting but the author needs a better editor. Zoe's character dominates the story and becomes tiresome about halfway through. Meanwhile, Kelly's character is underdeveloped and her work with the murder team is unbelievable. In fact, the author's portrayal of police and policing is amateurish at best. The story doesn't always make sense— chapters alternate between Zoe and Kelly and key information gets lost in the transition.
As for the final chapters— just plain dumb. Over the top dumb. A huge letdown dumb.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Wire in the Blood

  • A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice to go back

  • By Phil on 07-29-12

Implausible story, stereotyped characters

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

I enjoyed the first book in the series but this one is a mess. Women, lesbians, and blacks are stereotyped and the story is so implausible I had to quit listening several times. I would have quit the book and returned it, but I was short on other options.

  • Transfer of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,012

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story-Bad Narration

  • By Michael on 05-20-11

Neither narrator could save this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Other reviewers ask— "What happened to George Guidall?"

My stab at the answer— "He knew better than to read this one!"

I've enjoyed other Mitch Rapp books, but Transfer of Power, the first in the series, is just awful. It goes on and on and on about absolutely nothing! I made it 13 hours and finally gave up.

Later books were released in unabridged audio before this one was, and listeners were so used to George Guidall they couldn't seem to adjust to Nick Sullivan. I propose, though, that they would hate this book even if George did narrate it!

I know George Guidall has many fans, but I'm not one of them. He's not terrible but he's not my favorite. I feel the same way about Nick Sullivan— he's not terrible but he's not my favorite. With Transfer of Power, though, neither narrator had a chance.

btw...The first audio version was abridged to 4 HOURS, 11 MINUTES. This unabridged version is almost 17 HOURS. There's a message in that difference.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To the Power of Three

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Alexandra O'Karma
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Lippman's brilliant and disturbing tale of three inseparable high school girlfriends in an affluent Baltimore suburb who share dark secrets literally until death, To the Power of Three is this "writing powerhouse" ( USA Today), who has "exploded the boundaries of the mystery genre to become one of the most significant social realists of our time" (Madison Smartt Bell) operating at the very top of her game.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narration ever.

  • By Wendy on 08-09-16

Disappointing, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

When I purchased To the Power of Three I didn't realize it was published in 2005. I've read a lot of Laura Lippmann books and liked them all. Thank goodness I didn't read this first. There's a reason it was just released in audio— it's slow. Maybe even dull. "Maybe" because the narration is so dull it's hard to tell if the book itself is dull or just in need of editing. It's even possible that with the right narrator the audio version could have improved upon the print version. But alas, the chosen narrator is just awful. Slow. Dull. Monotonous. Sleep-inducing. Same voice for every character.

To make things worse, the production quality is also terrible. For long stretches we hear the narrator's deep inhales and gulping swallows. Some chapters run into each other without pause and others break with such long silences I found myself checking to see if I'd hit the pause button accidentally.

I was ready to stop and return the book multiple times but just couldn't believe a Laura Lippman audiobook could be this hard to listen to! And periodically the narrator's pace would pick up a bit and the embarrassing, wet background noises would disappear, giving me hope after all! For awhile. Then back to the slow monotone and personal moments.

Take my advice— pass on this one. Audible, I wasted a credit on this. You should have insisted on a do-over before stocking this Laura Lippmann novel. I feel taken advantage of.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ink and Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Molly Pope
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

For as long as she can remember, 20-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can't control these powers - and there's only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Hollows Does More Than Whisper

  • By motoJill on 06-10-16

The Hollows Does More Than Whisper

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

If you like Lisa Unger's books, I think you will like Ink and Bone. I do and I did.

Lisa Unger creates great characters. I liked Finley and I loved the development of the missing girl's parents. The story was taut and compelling and spent time in unexpected places. I listened almost straight through, getting only 4 hours sleep because there was just no good place to stop.

Most of the book's characters are new to the series but the setting is familiar. (If you're new, The Hollows is a seemingly idyllic, thoroughly creepy place where people go missing at alarming rates.) In Ink and Bone, The Hollows gains full-on character status. It has moved from whispers to storming, from psychic undercurrents to teeming psychic evil. It compels first Eloise and now Findley to lives locked in battle for good over evil. It's all very Stephen King. It induced visions of a TV series, with a cast of supporting characters orbiting The Hollows, taking turns in its spotlight.

As for the narration... I have mixed feelings about Molly Pope's reading. She is quite good as the missing girl's parents, moving seamlessly between the male and female voices. With other female characters, though, she can be strident and overwrought. Further, Ms. Pope's reading is sometimes stilted, as if distracted. Perhaps the uneven narration contributed to my premonition of television... I believe this is the narrator's first audiobook. Her voices are so good much of the time that I wonder how the producers managed to release a less than perfect product.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Left Neglected

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Sarah Paulson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit for Lisa Genova

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-11-11

It's not about left neglect

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Yes, left neglect, also known as unilateral spatial neglect or unilateral inattention, is a fascinating neuropsychological disorder. Yes, I was unaware of the condition before reading this book. But that's not what this book is about.

Left Neglected is a story of grief, loss, acceptance and the fascinating process of human adaptation and resilience. Sarah Nickerson is a top-performing, multi-tasking executive living an over-committed life. A car accident and the subsequent left neglect changes everything. Sarah, a formerly competent, independent, successful woman, is now "crippled," dependent, and unable to participate in "normal" life. Sarah is forced to re-think her identity as it becomes evident neither Sarah nor her family will be returning to "normal" any time soon, if ever.

Lisa Genova deftly portrays the psychological and emotional effects of a debilitating condition. In Sarah, she walks us through the agony and uncertainty inherent in the rehabilitation process and provides insight into each family member's ability to cope. It's not a perfect book, but it's a compelling, accurate, lovely read.



  • The First Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 753

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By SilverFin on 02-16-15

I loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

I loved everything about this book. Cheryl's internal dialogue is heartbreaking. She's lonely, invisible, and broken. Her attempts at coping have made her life very small, driven by exacting routine.

Then Clee moves in, bringing fight clubbish "simulations," raunchy sexual fantasies, and characters more neurotic than Cheryl. Her subsequent life might come off as outlandish, zany, comical, whatever. But it's not. I've known every one of these people (just not all at once!). Further, The First Bad Man is not about the action. It's about Cheryl's internal dialogue about the action. And it's perfect. Absolutely perfect. My heart and my gut were tight with the emotional resonance of this book.

Miranda July is perfect as her own narrator. This is a brilliant first novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,609

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Don't hesitate...Listen to this book, even if you never listen to urban supernatural fantasy. Even if you think you hate urban supernatural fantasy.

In recent years, rave listener reviews have pushed me into some unfamiliar genres— a zombie apocalypse here, a giant spider spawn there— and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. This book is no exception and I'm so glad I didn't miss it!

Laytham Ballard is a deeply flawed, self-inflated, self-deprecating gem of a protagonist. His internal dialogue is so relatable and so compelling I couldn't help but love the guy. I listened almost straight through, stopping only to sleep.

Bronson Pinchot is captivating. Please please please, Mr. Pinchot, return for the sequel. You ARE Laytham Ballard.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Clawback

  • An Ali Reynolds Novel
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

When Ali's parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his longtime friend and financial advisor only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father's name while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme's other suddenly impoverished victims, one of who is a stone-cold killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Jance's best...

  • By karen on 05-31-16

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

The narrator is awful! She would do fine reading for "story hour" at the local library but can't perform on par with the professional narrators I typically enjoy on Audible. I'm not sure if the writing would have seemed less cliche with a better narrator, but the dialogue made me cringe. I made it through chapter 6 before I gave up and returned the book for a refund.