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  • The Truth We Bury

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Taylor Sissel
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

On the outside, Lily Isley's life seems perfect: a wealthy husband, a ritzy gated community in Dallas, and a handsome son, AJ - a decorated marine about to be married to his love, Shea. But when a bridesmaid is murdered in AJ's apartment and he can't be found, Lily's world collapses and a long-held family secret is at risk of exposure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Heavy Themes

  • By Debra Fein on 03-01-19

Unlikeable Characters In An Unlikeable Story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I'm compelled to write because I found the character of Drew almost unbearable in her unyielding judgement about everyone and everything-including her daughter Shay. The story is positioned as a thriller, but it's so formulaic that I had already figured out the culprit at a third of the way through, and then had to suffer to the end out of respect to the writer.

I can certainly complement Ms. Sissel as she drew exposition that was real to life with personalities that were authentic. However, the effort to complete the book wasn't outweighed with satisfaction.

The narrator was more than competent and used just the right whiny, sniveling tone with Drew-making me dislike her even more!

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,219

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Have I Got A Book for You!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

So, ends and begins the slice of life story of a very unique bookseller and his small bookstore on Alice Island. A.J. Fikry shares his sadness, joy, bewilderment, pragmatism, bemusement, delight and hopes in small vignettes to provide a legacy of a man who loved and lived fully.

Scott Brick's narration is dramatic, as is typical and his characterizations are distinct. Readers that want tapestry exposition and denouement won't be disappointed.

  • Winter Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and power - and in Winter Prey, his shattering New York Times best-seller, Sandford tells his most ice-blooded tale of all. Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But even he may be unprepared to face the savage murderer hunting human prey in the Wisconsin woods this winter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wayne on 11-26-18

Chilling Crimes Collectively Concealed

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Davenport is at it again. This time, facing an adversary hiding in plain sight. A history of illicit sexcapades implicate many, but it's up to Lucas Davenport, in his deputized status, to find the missing connection. As usual, the narrator is in a league of his own, weaving the oral tapestry that is the story's fabric.

Excellent listen!

  • Silent Prey

  • Lucas Davenport, Book 4
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

In Eyes of Prey, Bekker, an insane pathologist who experiments with his patients’ pain thresholds, is finally brought down by an unrelenting Lucas Davenport, who brutally maims the doctor’s beautiful face but leaves him alive. “You should have killed me,” were Bekker’s parting and prophetic words.

In this sequel to Eyes of Prey, Bekker endures the indignities and horrors of imprisonment, taking comfort in the fact that it is only a matter of time before he will make Lucas Davenport pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Stop Listening

  • By Elliott on 07-19-12

Lucas Lured To Big Apple Mischiefs

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

In the fourth Rules of Prey installment, Lucas Davenport is lured to NY in pursuit of an escaped convict with whom he has history. Acting as the fisher, Lily Rothenberg, introduced in Shadow Prey, uses her feminine charms and the appeal of unfinished business to convince flying averse Lucas onto a plane to track down Bekker. As character after character is introduced, a vigilante killer storyline commingles and confuses. Lucas is an agent of skilled resolution for both streams, but it mars the devoted Prey reader experience.

As always, Richard Ferrone, captures the sounds of each player and vivifies their demeanors audibly. His performance enhanced what would otherwise have been a solid three star narrative.

3.75/5 Stars

  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,457

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around.

  • By Adam C. on 03-16-17

"We Need To Learn To Learn From Our Pain" Maddy Starling

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

It's clear from the poignant reminiscences that Madeleine Starling liked her life. While she ascends after her abrupt death, we watch as she, her husband Brady and daughter Eve alternately grapple with the aftermath. Each, in turn, struggles to understand why and how they can go on.

Maddy is of course practical in her effort to comfort her family and connect them with the right woman who can offer tailored salve for them each. Brady intermittently struggles with anger and responsibility as he navigates their shared life solo. Eve favors withdrawal as her tether has been taken away.

Slowly, inexorably the story unfolds and we see how everything in life provides a lesson if we permit it. "It all happens for a reason." Various slivers of past life merge with present challenges to propel them towards healing and each other. The family fabric, damaged by tragedy, is patched with community service, calculus tutoring, marathon training, therapy, a trip to Paris and insights from the journal of Maddy-the wife and mother.

As they experience real reasons to love, be compassionate and forgive, we understand that all "we need is to learn to learn from our pain." A universal lesson which can be personally absorbed by every type of reader is offered in I Liked My Life.

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  • Snowbound

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

For Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Every day for the past five years, they wonder where she is, if she is - Will's wife, Devlin's mother - because Rachael Innis vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway, and suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Now, Will and Devlin live under different names in another town, having carved out a new life for themselves as they struggle to maintain some semblance of a family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some problems in story but gripping anyway

  • By horsestuff on 01-27-15

Secret, Sinister and Sequestered

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Wow! I did not see this coming! I couldn't have imagined a storyline so depraved. What starts as a missing persons case, then becomes a fugitive on the lam story turns into a fight against organized crime and the most lethal of opponents. While the ending isn't all happy, it seems right. Expect a roller coaster of changing alliances, competing interests and the lure of corruption propelled by money. Jeffrey Kafer was good. Blake Couch was great!

  • Haunted Hijinks

  • An Agnes Barton Paranormal Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Madison Johns
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Ever since Agnes' car accident, things have changed drastically for her. When she wakes up in the hospital, not only is her son, Stuart, there - who she hasn't seen in years - but a ghostly apparition!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 05-20-17

Grannies vs. Ghouls

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Retirement is for the birds! Or so seems the attitude of our two senior protagonists in this series opener. Acknowledged by local law enforcement for their ability to get the criminal, they seem to be at the wrong place at the right time to insert their particular brand of snooping. Always balancing what they find out with what they can share and with whom, following their escapades is entertaining if not thrilling. Angel Clark gives a solid performance, though some characters are not as distinguishable as they could be. A good start for all.

  • Absolute Power

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034

In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you on the edge

  • By mhhorses on 10-02-10

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Does the president of the US have the right to protection in every instance? Should that protection remove the consequences of his actions? Is an order able to be tempered with justice? Should we even have to ask these questions?

As the story unfolds, you're hit with one unbelievable scene after another. Straining credulity, the seemingly singular focus of some characters rankles. But, you know it could happen just this way. And, like a terrible scene from which you can't avert your glance, you keep plowing through the story to get to its satisfying conclusion.

Though the story is long, nothing is extraneous or gratuitous. Scott Brick offers the right tempo, tone and timbre for a full cast of players. I always expect and receive excellence when he performs. This was my first David Baldacci, but it won't be my last.

  • Brotherhood in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 42
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,235

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent turnout by JD Robb. Loved it.

  • By Alexis Fox on 02-06-16

Eve Reveals A Corrupt Cohort

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Eve, Roarke, Peabody and company are all back. Steadily gaining on the killers who have struck close to home, the story is enveloping and sinister. Dennis Mira, the absent minded and warm spouse of criminologist Charlotte Mira is embroiled in a disappearance which seems to have financial implications. Leave it to Cop Central to ferret out the truth and catch the bad guys with their ace in the hole Lieutenant Dallas. Susan Ericksen does her typically commendable performance as she revisits all the usual characters. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long for the next installment!

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,893

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Career of Evil vs. Career of Revelation

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

All is apparent at once, but this doesn't stop you from reading to understand what is going on. The case propels Cormoran and Robin as finding the truth provides the gas. They reveal the treachery and trauma one painful incident at a time. With exceptional writing, revelatory dialogue and a heaping portion of pathos, the reader is treated to a third helping of this dynamic duo and a cast of supporting characters that add depth and interest. Robert Glenister prevails as he brings the words on the page to life. I cannot wait for his next Strike offering. Well done to author and narrator!

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