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  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected!

  • By Wayne on 05-20-18

Even though its implausible , I liked it

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Entertaining mystery set in Wales, the story is implausible but fairly satisfying. Was entertained till the end and the narration was really good.

  • The Charm School

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love to predict plot? Forget it! What a thriller!!

  • By Xavier on 12-05-11

Very Good Russian Spy novel

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Very enjoyable, The author takes you on a journey with the characters so you fell like you get to know them. It takes place at about 20 years ago I think and the lack of technology makes it more exciting. I did find myself thinking about what was going to happen next when I wasn't listening , a mark of a good book!

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Debut

  • By Louanne on 07-18-18

If you like French's Dublin Murder squad series...

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

you'll appreciate this book. I very much hope this is the beginning to a series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twists and suspense!

  • By Wayne on 12-01-17

She nodded...a million times!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I couldn't get over the using of the same phrases over and over again especially "he/she nodded", it was ridiculous! Another pet peeve is when the author does not allow the situation unfold but has to tell the main character(s) backgrounds all at once in beginning monologues...That's how this book begins. However, there were some interesting characters, but I was more interested in the background characters then I was in the main characters. I did not think this was a solid story and the narration was annoying at times. I won't be continuing this series and will avoid the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,133

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
  • Average at best!

  • By Roger Staggs on 09-09-18

Really enjoyed it, Great Narration!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

One of King's better books. It does have some disturbing content but you would know that by reading the description. I love Will Patton, he is one of my favorite narrators and I could not believe the reviews criticizing him! If you have liked any of King's books then this is a must read!

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Tell a Soul

  • Detectives Kane and Alton, Book 1
  • By: D. K. Hood
  • Narrated by: Alison Farina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red lacerations, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene. Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other. Both were strangers to the town, but there's nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one's talking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a little silly

  • By Christine grabowski on 12-06-17

Bad narration, Juvenile story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I can't believe I finished this book! I was a victim of circumstance and was not in a position to download another one. Really bad narrator plus stereotypical accents (the priest sounded Irish , the one black person had a southern accent) the narrator seemed to change the voices of people throughout the book.
Having said that, the premise had promise but it did not deliver! The main characters were stupid and unlikable, in fact I really hated the male main character and I suspect I wasn't supposed to. I think given the premise my ten year old daughter would have come up with better dialogue. Im so happy its over! I just listened to three good ones in a row and I hope I'm not on a losing streak! Never again to both the narrator and the author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Inside

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamey Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family's home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother's rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed. But these precautions aren't enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cant finish it

  • By Lizzystick on 03-22-18

Cant finish it

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

This is a strange story and I usually can get into strange stories but this one is confusing and boring at the same time. I realized I kept shutting it off to do other things instead of listening to it while I was doing my stuff and eventually realized I just didn't care what happened next. The story jumps around a lot without explanation.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,575

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Really liked the characters good and bad

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This book spans from WW1 to late 1940's and on the surface is about woman spies in Natzi occupied France , but its really about the three main characters all broken for different reasons who come together motivated by revenge and redemption. I liked it because the characters were well developed and the story did not always play out as I expected. I will look for more from both the author and narrator.

  • The Hush

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

It's been 10 years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm...Good and Bad

  • By Lizzystick on 03-09-18

Hmm...Good and Bad

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I enjoyed many parts of this book but then it spiraled from mystery into very much a fantasy. The Last Child was much better and skimmed the lines of fantasy just enough...This relied on fantasy for much of the plot. If it had been introduced into the story with restraint this would have been a much better book...Towards the end it got ridiculous and then I just couldn't wait for the ending. I do like the two main characters its a shame that this story went off the rails. The narrator was good.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,427

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Different...

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

At first I did not think I could take the narrators dull cadence, However,it sort of fit with the scientific & semi-antisocial protaganist. The story started of very interesting and continued to be for most of the book. Towards the end the author went too far when the things that the protagonist gets away with doing are impossible. I enjoyed the book because it was different to any other story I have read lately even though there are a few "give me a break" moments. I also thought some of the other characters were engaging. Overall this is probably a 3.9 out of 5