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  • The Last Cruise

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Christensen
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, among them Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, it's a chance to experience the bygone mid-20th century era of decadent luxury cruising. The Isabella sets sail from Long Beach, California, into calm seas on a two-week retro cruise to Hawaii and back. When a time of crisis begins, Christine and other characters find themselves facing the unknown together in an unexpected and startling test of their characters. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally enjoyable listen!

  • By Mac on 07-15-18

Why was this in the mystery category?

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Long on chapter development but it loses the plot little of it as there was with too many coincidences and flat out improbable events with an ending so abrupt all I could think was WTF. Narrator seemed to drone. Returned it. And can’t believe I listened to it as long as I did.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Stop

  • The Last Stop Retirement Home Series, Book 1
  • By: Kirt J. Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rozanne Devine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

You are the newest resident at the Mary Stuart Riley Home for People of Advanced Years, affectionately nicknamed the Last Stop by its residents. If you were thinking about quietly entering your twilight years, think again. And if you try slipping peacefully into the hereafter, your fellow white-hairs will pull you back by your ankles, all the while chanting something indecipherable but that can only mean life! No one ever dies at the Last Stop; they just decide to move on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 4.5 Out of a Possible 5

  • By Junior on 05-02-15

Why is this listed under Mystery?

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

What would have made The Last Stop better?

Putting it in a different category, seriously after an hour into the narration there wasn't a hint of mystery. If you like a rambling character filled novel you might enjoy it but whoever placed it in the mystery category did it a grave disservice.

Has The Last Stop turned you off from other books in this genre?

I do not understand why Amazon/Audible placed this in the mystery category. I'll admit that I couldn't stick it through the entire book but unless you enjoy reading the welcome to a retirement community letter and their newsletter of events or rather non-events like the senior who likes to sunbathe nude or the rambling about whether to get a resident cat to go along with the resident English Mastiff. Maybe somewhere over half way into the book something happens but I never made it that far.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rozanne Devine?

I have no problems with the narrator, it is her material that I fault.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Stop?

Didn't finish it so couldn't say.

Any additional comments?

This is another in what is getting to be a long list of books that are placed in the mystery genre that don't belong in it. As a general story of folks in a retirement community it is mildly amusing but there is nothing in it that conforms to the mystery genre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in the Mystery Suite

  • Book Retreat Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 796

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Drew meets "The Librarian"

  • By Ray on 01-07-15

Characters are well written but

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

A bit much with "guardians" and family service role to protect through the centuries. I prefer cozy genre which is what I had expected from the description.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boom

  • How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
  • By: Russell Gold
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking". Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somehow the author manages to stay balanced

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-28-14

Too anti carbon

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Good stuff. A bit too focused on McClendon and Mitchell, but he. Includes other pioneers. Gold has drunk the Catastrophic Global Warming cool aid. And performer should learn to pronounce Schlumberger correctly.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Parrot Eyes Lost

  • A Surfland Day Trip
  • By: Barton Grover Howe
  • Narrated by: T. J. Jones
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

It's the end of world as they know it in Surfland, Oregon: The town's Tiki Bar has closed, and only fashion refugee Jackson Poe can save it. Facing small dogs gone wild and wild raptors gone wilder, Poe and his friends must unravel an unnatural conspiracy of greed, eaglet droppings and raccoon urine. Worse, if they can't solve the mystery by the end of the day, it really will be Parrot Eyes Lost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Moronic second story

  • By cdwise on 03-31-15

Moronic second story

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Imbecilic 9th grade dropout more concerned about a crappy beer than anything else that whines a the time. Only reason I gave it two stars was for the first story otherwise one would have been to generous.

  • Who, What, Where, When, Die

  • An Avery Shaw Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88

Avery Shaw is having a bad week. First, she had to cover a story on a barricaded gunman who likes to dance naked in his window. Second, she's receiving death threats with her morning newspaper. Lastly, and most importantly, her mom keeps vetoing her outfit choices. It's all in a day's work for this hardworking, if easily distracted, reporter. Avery Shaw is hot on the trail of the story, even if it means tangling with her hot ex-boyfriend - the county sheriff - and the equally hot, if slightly shadier pawnshop owner down the street.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Silly Humor, Not Much Plot

  • By ftmgal on 07-11-15

Chick lit not a true mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

The main character is an immature teen who thinks vandalizing a car because it's owner thinks her son's fiancé isn't good enough for him who can't shut up about "hot bods" of her competing love interests while defending her choice of Star Wars need t-shirts as appropriate for a real reporter. I really wish Audible/Amazon would quit dumping thinly plotted romances into the mystery category because the is some really week plot that attempts to provide a reason to get into a relationship with two competing male interests.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Ties

  • Waterside Kennels Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Susan Holmes
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs - a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie has returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she's plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie's mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Look Forward to this Series

  • By Sparkle on 11-03-14

Good introduction

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

Any additional comments?

This book is well written and the characters are both likable and believable. I'd rather the narrator was a little less breathy in some of her reading but on the whole it was very enjoyable.

  • Tango Key

  • By: T. J. MacGregor
  • Narrated by: Erin Novotny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Florida's Tango Key has never been so hot. Especially now with multimillionaire and amateur archaeologist Doug Cooper turning up headless behind his beach house. It seems a number of people stand to gain from his demise, including a stunning young widow, an adulterous son, and two gold diggers from Cooper's South American exploits. Detective Aline Scott knows a scandal like this could turn the wealthy island paradise into a no-man's land.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but the narrator was bad.

  • By April on 03-14-13

More romance than mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-10-12

In the first hour 85% of it is about the emotional issues of a narcissistic thoughts of a woman worried about her love life. Seriously, this is a supposed to be a female cop, so insecure and and more time is spent on her "needs" from a fellow cop in her love life than anything to do with the crime. The author does have a good phrase of turn and description but that's the best thing I can say about it. I suspect if you like romances you might find it interesting but even putting it on 2x I simply couldn't finish it. The best thing about it is that the narrator (at normal speed) has good inflection and reading skills. Pity she didn't have anything worth listen to read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Me When I'm Gone

  • By: Emily Arsenault
  • Narrated by: Leslie Bellair, Cynthia Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Gretchen Waters' writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor. But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not really much of a mystery

  • By G. Moore on 01-15-13

well written but not really a mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-20-12

When I buy a mystery I expect the mystery to be the focus of the story with well developed characters. Here the characters were well developed and flowed well but the characters, including Tammy Wynette and other country western female singers overwhelm the actual murders. I learned far more than I ever wanted to know about the life of Tammy and at least 80% of the book had absolutely nothing to do with the death of either victim. The narrators did a very good job and it was pleasant to listen to but really more of a "finding who I am and how I came to be here" book than a mystery. I would say more but I don't want to give away the plot to someone who may read it.

If you are more into romance or family saga you will appreciate this book. I prefer the actual crime and who did it to be the primary focus of a mystery. Plus there was an element of the romance genre aka silly woman - pregnant at that, putting herself in situations where injury even death could occur - aka confronting the killer after she knew who did it while in the last month of her pregnancy.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Still Waters

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 491

When the body of a murdered man literally falls at Elizabeth Stuart's feet, she's able to wash away the blood - but not the terror. Unwelcome newcomers to Still Creek, Minnesota, she and her troubled teenage son are treated with suspicion by the locals, including the sheriff. Yet nothing will stop her from digging beneath the town's placid surface for the truth - except the killer. Now Elizabeth must risk everything to save her family and unmask the killer - before the current of evil flowing through Still Creek drags her under.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on to your Desert Eagle

  • By Empress Karen on 05-17-12

More romance than mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-30-12

Too much why do I let men take advantage of me and self analysis of romantic issues to the extent that the murder is almost an after thought. The guys who take advantage, or try to take advantage all die or get their comeuppance while three couples end up in love with "the one" after earlier heartbreak in two of the three - the other is teenage first love. Sorry but this to my mind should be in the romance not mystery category. I'd expected better from this author.