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  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,468

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

Karin Slaughter Does It Again

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Karin Slaughter is one of the most reliable mystery thriller writers currently producing. The Good Daughter is a stand alone by her that really delivers.

Multiple points of view add depth to an already exciting page turner.

Highly recommended.

  • The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood...somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story with Lovable Characters

  • By Maryalice Davis on 02-03-18

Too Preachy For Me

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I was looking forward to a nice cosy or a regency like Georgette Heyer, one of my favkorite authors. Unfortunately, I found it too slow and too religiously slanted for me.

  • Canary

  • By: Duane Swierczynski
  • Narrated by: George Bryant, Casey Holloway
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Honors student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favor for her boyfriend. Unwilling to betray him but desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a CI - a confidential informant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Storytelling

  • By Lisa on 03-03-15

One too many narrators

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Despite a complete implausible plot and annoying alternating narrators, the novel did hold my interest. But when the accent of a character changes from the Russian accent which we are told she has, to a black southern accent in alternating chapters, it is discencerting and annoying. Wasn't the production team listening while recording?

If you can suspend your need for realistic plots, it can be a fun, fast read. But go for this one in print.

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  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,770

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

100 Year Old History Comes Alive

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15


Nobody does narrative nonfiction today like Eric Larson. Readers of his past books will not be disappointed as Larson transports us back a century and into the lives of those involved in the Lusitania tradgedy. Larson manages to impart the story with suspense, even though we all know the historical outcome.

A great read and a great reader. Scott Brick gives his usual excellent performance. Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prince Lestat

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it

  • By Bruce on 11-02-14

Not enough life in this novel of the undead!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

I started this book with great anticipation. I loved the early Vampire Chronicles and had hoped to rekindle that love. It didn't happen.

In Prince Lestat we learn about what has been happening with the major vampires from the chronicles. Then we learn about what has been happening with the lesser vampires from the chronicles. Then we learn what has been happening with vampires we never met in the chronicles. Then we learn what has been happening to non-vampires who we never met in the chronicles. Thats it. You learn what is happening to them and you get to watch them talk, contemplate, complain and hope someone wil do something about it.

There is a voice bedevilling them all and they all believe that the answer to the crisis that the voice is causing is Lestat. They talk, contemplate, complain and speak about Lestat in hushed reverent tones.

There is occasional action but it comes and goes so quickly that it swallowed up by this infernal contemplation.

I gave it two and a half stars because I did enjoy hearing what had happened to some of the major characters but ratio of contemplation to action was disheartening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dissolution

  • A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501

This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Story, Writing, and Narration ...

  • By Snoodely on 09-13-13

Great Mix of History and Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-17-14

In Dissolution we meet Matthew Shardlake a hunchbacked lawyer who is a Commissioner for Thomas Cromwell, during the reign of Henry the Eighth.

The Dissolution referred to in the title is the disbanding of the formerly papist abbeys in the now Protestant England.Another commissioner who was sent to an abbey has been found beheaded and Cromwell wants to know what happened and wants to know quickly. Matthew Shardlake struggles with solving the crime while also struggling with his growing disillusion with Cromwell.

An interesting blend of mystery and history! Recommended!.

  • I Am Spartacus!

  • Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist
  • By: Kirk Douglas
  • Narrated by: Michael Douglas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McCarthyism, Hollywood, Spartacus and Kirk Douglas

  • By Jefferson on 02-02-18

McCarthyism and its Effects in Hollywood

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Kirk Douglas gives us a fascinating memoir on the making of an epic movie during the shameful era of Hollywood blacklists. Spartacus had some of the biggest stars of the day Kirk, Lawrence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis and Jeanne Simmons. Listening to the interplay among this outsized egos was fascinating.

But more importantly, the book reminds us of the damage the blacklists had on the careers of those who stood up for their rights in the face of the House on Unamerican Activities and Kirk Douglas's courage in helping to break the blacklist. Recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,265

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

A Memoir For Mystery Lovers

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming

I did not feel as if I was listening to a memoir while I listened to Alan Cumming read this remarkable book. Cumming somehow infused the memoir with so much suspense that I felt like I was reading a mystery; a really good mystery. Cumming's memoir follows the pattern of many current mystery so by alternating from the present to the past.

The past is Cumming's horrific childhood with an abusive, and probably mentally ill father. The present is the filming of a British television show which will delve into his ancestry and which he hopes will shed light on the death of his maternal grandfather in Malaysia after World War II. The writing is taut and effective causing me to race through the book seeking answers the mysteries which unfold.


I laughed; I cried and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! Highly recommended!

66 of 79 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,164

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

Evil in a High Class Car

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Another fine Stephen King. This one does not have any supernatural elements, just pure human evil.
It took me a few chapters to find my rythmn but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a retired cop working on the big case that got away.

  • All the Birds, Singing

  • By: Evie Wyld
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something - or someone - picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast.... And there is also Jake's past....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, Delicate, Brutal

  • By Sparkly on 05-04-14

One Story Forward, One Story Backward

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

Two stories told in alternating chapters; the present going forward and the past going backwards. Gripping well told story which stays with you after you are done.

Jake is a sheep farmer on an unnamed English island who wants to know what has been killing her sheep. Jake is also someone with a past. That past in Australia unfolds as her hunt for the present menace moves forward.

While concurrent stories don't always flow easily (I didn't like the beginning of the Narrow Road to the Deep North for just that reason). Here the forward and backward ebbs and flows work beautifully. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful