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  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,231

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

I've got to return this one

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

The reader is marvelous. She's great. The plot, seems pretty good, but the book, as a book, is too thin. All the secrets we keep waiting for are not secrets at all. You can figure it all out before you're a quarter of the way through (if you're a regular reader of thrillers and mysteries). To bulk it up, the author just keeps saying the same stuff over and over again: The heroine is scared. She's scared. She's scared. Every chapter, she's guilty and scared. Yeah, we get it. She feels guilty and scared. Plus, the heroine has no girlfriends???? No young woman has no girlfriends, no friends at all. She comes to us as almost someone from another planet, an absolute blank (except for endless repetitions for how much she loved her mother and what she's learned about telling fortunes)—and yet she does seem to know how to hold a knife and fork and make small-talk. There's too little here. I apologize to the author. I imagine some editor told her the book had to be a certain length and she just had to fill those pages. With the same stuff. Over and over.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sunburn

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 654

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Mystery

  • By Jim N on 02-25-18

Best Ever

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Wow. I agree with the other readers. This is her best yet (& I like her a lot& have read them all). Great suspense. Good pacing. Great characters. Just as good as it gets. So grateful for a really good tale (and an excellent reader, too).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magus

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

John Fowles’s The Magus was a literary landmark of the 1960s. Nicholas Urfe goes to a Greek island to teach at a private school and becomes enmeshed in curious happenings at the home of a mysterious Greek recluse, Maurice Conchis. Are these events, involving attractive young English sisters, just psychological games, or an elaborate joke, or more? Reality shifts as the story unfolds. The Magus reflected the issues of the 1960s perfectly, and it continues to create tension and concern today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystical Morality Tale of Love, Reality, Fidelity

  • By W Perry Hall on 03-24-14

The book that never ends but endlessly frustrates

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I got two thirds of the way through. Then I skimmed through a hard copy to find out what finally happened. I liked the first third. There's one character I liked. Then she disappears. Then the story started going in circles with such a gang of awful people! Spending all that time with them (including the so-called hero) was a kind of torture. If I hadn't persevered, I'd return it, but I can't, in conscience, do it. At least I can say that now I've read John Fowles. Sort of. The reader was wonderful.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,758

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Yes, he's funny again!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

And so informative. He's a warm, good guy and he gives you a sense of how things work (and don't) in Washington and how hard you have to work, how philosophical and patient you have to be to get things done in Washington. I laughed a lot and learned a lot. Loved his personal background stuff, as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

  • A Novel
  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Arundhati Roy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety - in search of meaning and of love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Author narration does not work for me

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-17

Wonderful writer, wonderful reader

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

People who have trouble understanding accents (like my partially deaf boyfriend) would have an awful time with this book. Roy's accent sounds lovely to me, like music. But best to listen to the sample to make up your mind. This is such marvelous writing, touching, witty, so beautiful and crazy, and the bonus is, I finally have a sense of what's been going on politically in India for all these years. I love the main character. A few of the others seem made to carry too much historical baggage to be real people. But oh, the writing the writing. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Testimony

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Wayne Pyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 491

At the age of 50, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity - he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of insights to human failings and achievement

  • By Adventure Seeker on 08-09-17

Boring, Confusing

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I stuck to it, because I felt I was being educated about parts of the world and cultures I'm completely unfamiliar with. It might make a good movie, because locations and characters are picturesque. But the instruction I virtuously tried to absorb was, at last, boring and confusing. And there was too much of it. The plot was a ditto, boring and confusing. As for the reader, my feeling is if you can't "do" an accent don't try. It keeps the listener from being involved in the story. I know what a Dutch accent sounds like—nothing like what I hear here. And, oh, dear, the Australian accent! Awful. There were some great characters, though I still am not sure exactly what happened in this story which is overwhelmed by the recounting of legal and military and cultural mores.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Strike Out Where Not Applicable

  • Van Der Valk, Book 7
  • By: Nicolas Freeling
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Seventh in the Van der Valk series. How do you prove a murder that's almost impossible to prove was a murder? An elusive homicide evades even the most decisive guile from a true master of criminal investigation, but Van der Valk won't let that stop him. A seemingly unintended death of a local restaurant owner might not be as accidental as some would like it to appear, and when the suspicions of the Commissaire are aroused, Van der Valk is called in to ask some very awkward questions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No Why-done-it

  • By Yennta on 12-17-16

No Why-done-it

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I suppose this is some kind of snooty ploy--giving us the murderer but neither the actual why or the how. Just a lot of bull about "character." A supposedly witty take on a crime novel? Only Simenon can pull that off. Not this guy. I'm getting my money back.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,651

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

A spiritual trip!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Working with someone to get rid of clutter and organize my busy life. She suggested this book. Gotta say this is truly a spiritual trip and so exhilarating! The reader is perfect. The author is a little crazy, but that's what I want from a guru. Because that's what she is.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reclaiming History

  • The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts fast, ends a litte slow

  • By Adam Bedford on 06-16-12

Finally a complete and clearly accurate accounting

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

I was still puzzled all these years later and this answered in detail every question, query, quibble, and melodramatic false statement. A job brilliantly done. A necessary job. So much detail and inarguable point by point dissection of absolutely everything and everyone involved. Also, Herrman is a wonderful reader. Terrific book. Deserves a thank-you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

the best of the trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

There's something so folksy about this one. They're all wonderful, but this one is the most human and touching. And BONUS, the music is delightful.