LISTENER

MarisaReads

  • 29
  • reviews
  • 497
  • helpful votes
  • 137
  • ratings
  • The Old You

  • By: Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, 10 years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, and things start to happen - things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface...and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble. But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers....? 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Far Fetched

  • By Kristie on 11-13-18

Super Suspense

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I love Louise Voss and was thrilled to devour her new psychological suspense thriller. It has been a while since I listened to a book that had me hooked from start to finish, and one that I won't soon forget. Original plot, not totally unbelievable; fascinating characters and a great deal of suspense throughout. This book keeps you guessing. I thought the narration was also excellent. Highly recommend for fans of this genre and fans of Louise Voss.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Believe Me

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. Then the game changes. When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never want to hear the name "Baudelaire" again.

  • By MarisaReads on 09-25-18

Never want to hear the name "Baudelaire" again.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

"Believe Me" left me with mixed feelings, believe me. First, about the immersion-narration. I wasn't expecting it and haven't experienced this type of audio before, even though I listen to a hundred or more books a year, I swear. I thought it was odd and disconcerting. I didn't like the way it was done. As for the narration itself, some of the American accents sounded like British people speaking with American accents, which I feel is unnecessary and forced-either that, or the American narrators were just poor. It's bad enough that Ms. Scott had to force her poor American accent while Claire was 'acting.' When Claire was being Midwestern, she sounded Southern, for example. Sally Scott's regular British narration is great. The weird background-noise scenes were plainly uncomfortable and just distracting.

The plot is just okay. It took a while for me to get into the book, and once I did, I was able to engage more in the plot and I felt that the last 1/4 of the book was quite good. I was highly annoyed by the Baudelaire theme(s) by the end of the book, however, and felt that much of it was repetitive and overdone. I cannot help but wonder what the author's obsession is, personally. Also, I was confused by the serial killer angle, to some extent (I don't think this is a spoiler). That part of the storyline was actually interesting when it was introduced, then it fell by the wayside and was never fully resolved as to fact or fiction. But, reader beware: fact or fiction is a major theme in this novel and that is not a bad thing. It's a psychological thriller to the max, and that I can appreciate. I just felt that there were too many weaknesses between the narration, the 'immersion' audio, and the plot. Overall, like I said, Believe Me is just okay.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Her Name Was Rose

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Rose Grahame had everything Alex D’Arcy dreams of. A handsome husband, a stunning home and a baby boy with twinkling blue eyes and a smile that would brighten the darkest of days. It’s a stark contrast to Alex’s life - her dead-end job, her borderline addiction to drink and pills, her failed engagement and her cluttered flat. But the women’s lives are about to collide - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tense Page-Turner

  • By MarisaReads on 07-05-18

Tense Page-Turner

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Her Name Was Rose is a great listen- I really enjoyed it. This is a tightly-woven and tense suspense tale that is told from two points of view: Rose, an adored wife and mother who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run, speaking in first-person from the past; and Emily, a witness to Rose's death, a lonely and struggling woman who gets tangled in the web of Rose's former life, little by little. Well-written, enjoyable, great narration and hard to put down, the plot was interesting and, in my opinion, stands apart from other suspense novels. This audiobook keeps itself moving through interesting characters and well-paced storytelling. This one is entertaining and will keep you up past your bedtime, and it's well-worth a credit. Recommended!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Daddy Darkest

  • Doctors of Darkness, Book 1
  • By: Ellery A. Kane
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

A month after her high school graduation, small-town girl Samantha "Sam" Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam's letterman jacket, it doesn't take her long to figure out she was the intended target. Alone in a strange city, Sam's on a run for her life - drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren't all that's buried and where revenge comes at the highest price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pay close attention

  • By cosmitron on 03-14-18

Twists & Turns

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I love me a good, dark psychological suspense novel and that is what we have here with Daddy Darkest. This story grabbed me right from the beginning and it's one that's hard to put down. I loved the creepiness angle of the psychiatrist main character, and the author did an excellent job at delving deep into the grit of the character. The story is fast paced and entertaining. The narration is excellent and adds to an already good story. Looking forward to Book 2.
I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Aimee Molloy
  • Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,621

They call themselves the May Mothers - a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By J.C. on 05-15-18

What a tangled web we weave

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I really enjoyed The Perfect Mother- what a great listen. I've been in a listening rut and this book put life back into my earbuds. The story is all about the characters, and the author does a great job drawing out each one, telling her story, tangling the lies and then unravelling the truth. The story is told from the point of view of several members of the May Mothers mommy group, a Brooklyn gathering of pregnant and new moms who meet regularly for friendship and support. None of our mothers is exactly who she presents herself to be, and the subtle competition, comparisons and compulsions of these women in their roles as friends, mothers, wives and working moms are fascinating. The underlying mystery is taut, compelling and not as simple as it may seem on the surface. The narrator did an excellent job creating the individual voices and accents and bringing the characters to life- very impressive, and I'll be looking for more from this narrator. Bravo on a great book and a very enjoyable performance. Highly recommended.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Captive

  • By: Maggie James
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Eighteen-year-old Beth Sutton is abducted and held prisoner in a basement. Dependent on her captor for everything, she slowly builds a relationship with the man responsible for her imprisonment. But her abductor is guilty of more than just kidnap, and she has the evidence to prove it. If she escapes from the basement, Beth's toughest challenge will be dealing with the memories. How will she ever overcome her trauma?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Psychological Suspense

  • By MarisaReads on 03-13-18

Excellent Psychological Suspense

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

I really enjoyed The Second Captive, which is the second Maggie James novel I've read (so far). I thought the story was unique, in that it captured not only Beth's period of being held captive, but her life with her family afterward. The way these parts of her life were portrayed really brought the story to life for me. I found her character to be empathetic, true to life, and easy to connect with in terms of this novel grabbing me. The author's description of the villain's character and his life and background was also well-done. I highly recommend this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • One to Watch

  • A Detective Kay Hunter Novel, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead. Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside. A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One to Watch is One to Listen To

  • By MarisaReads on 12-06-17

One to Watch is One to Listen To

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I thought One to Watch was a great book. This is the 3rd installment in the Kay Hunter detective series, of which I am now a firm fan. Although I have chosen to read the series in order, I believe that One to Watch would be fine to listen to on its own, too. The main plot here is unique, with plenty of "I didn't see THAT coming!" moments. The author sets the stage with a teenage girl who is taking a 'Purity Pledge,' a concept that is actually common in some parts of the U.S., as we are shown by the priest who brings the ideals to this small English town. At her Pledge Ceremony, she is found murdered by her best friend, and the pool of suspects, including a boyfriend, a betrothed, parents, clergy, and more. I think One to Watch was highly entertaining due largely to some over-the-top characters whose status as old-money royalty they cannot give up, even with bankruptcy looming; or whose newer arrival to Britain isn't good enough without family links to the aristocracy. This added a dash of humor, and it was fun to watch serious Kay and her protoge Carys play along with them. The subplot of the vendetta against Kay moves further along, and she forms an alliance with the one person in the force who she feels she can trust- or so she hopes.
Overall very enjoyable with twists I didn't see coming, and it kept me listening, so I highly recommend One to Watch.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Will to Live

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as "Suicide Mile", it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway's recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Will Out!

  • By MarisaReads on 11-08-17

The Truth Will Out!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I enjoyed listening to Will to Live, the 2nd in the author’s Detective Kay Hunter series. In this super chilling mystery, the plot is a unique one and imaginatively done, with chapters that are from the evildoer’s POV making it even more disturbing to hear his thoughts in his own inner creepy mind! Recent deaths on a mile long section of railway track, already known for its high rate of suicides, begin to look suspicious when a dog walker discovers a man tied down to the tracks- and it’s too late to stop the train. Hunter and her team do a deft job of digging back into recent ‘suicides’ to find links between those, while also investigating new deaths that start happening at an alarming rate! The author has written a great female lead- she is tough, not dysfunctional, a good leader and role model. I enjoyed the subplot of her investigation into who is setting her up at her own job. Read it and find out! Here we also see more of Hunter’s personal life- she has a great husband and refreshing to see a healthy relationship on the pages. Overall well done and I look forward to seeing the plots get even better as the series progresses! Alison Campbell is excellent narrating, as usual, and brings the tale to life. Recommended.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Scared to Death

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully." When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

  • By MarisaReads on 10-18-17

Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I enjoyed Scared to Death for what it is: a down to earth, readable and reasonably suspenseful modern police procedural. This novel may not a groundbreaker, but it contains all the elements of a good mystery and stands out in a few areas: a feeling of spookiness in the atmosphere, a descriptive darkness pulls the reader in; crimes that made me shiver but that were not overdone, or overtly gory- more of a slow-burning suspense. I liked that the author created a sense of ambivalence between the victims and the evildoer, as more and more is learned about what the victims’ own behavior might have provoked in an individual with a fragile ego. Finally, the author has crafted an enigmatic heroine, who shows true strength, grit and most importantly, class, in her dealings with some tough politics at the office. This was a good read and I look forward to seeing what the series has in store.

I was given this review copy audiobook for free at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Sister

  • A Twisty, Dark Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Gripped
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

There are two sides to every secret. When her beloved father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover a secret life he has led with another family: another house, another woman, and a half sister, Valentina. Born in the same week, in the same hospital, they look so physically alike they could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there.... Josie is sweet and reserved, a counsellor with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Valentina is damaged and reckless, and she always gets what she wants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really really really good

  • By meg on 03-15-18

Entertaining, suspenseful despite some holes

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Twisty indeed is a good one-word descriptor for this psychological thriller designed for a maximum mind-bending ride. Sensible Josie loses her beloved father, only to accidentally gain a sister- a half-sister, that is, named Valentina, who it turns out is just as much in the dark as Josie. Valentina and Josie, it turns out, look strikingly similar and were born just days apart from each other in the same hospital! Their whole lives, Dad Jerry had been raising two families, unbeknownst to Josie and her mother; Valentina's mother is the 'other woman' so she was aware of her second class status, but had tried to protect Valentina from that. Unfortunately, Valentina's life has not gone smoothly, and she struggles with the after effects of childhood depression and anxiety and difficult experiences in therapy, and when we meet her in the present day, she is barely hanging on, depending on her now-dead father's financial support to keep her fed and with a working cell phone. Josie and Valentina soon realize that they are quite alone in a world where no one has ever been truthful with them, and they must cope with the fact that their father kept this huge secret- but what other secrets are hiding in the wings waiting to come out?
As the plot unfolds, we see how the sisters are drawn closer while they try to navigate how to handle the situation. However, we see that it's actually Josie who must cope- does she tell her fragile mother what was going on? How does she manage her boyfriend's and her uncle's insistence that she stay away from Valentina? And this Josie feels pulled in many different directions- loyalty to her sister who she sees as vulnerable, versus duty toward her family. Meanwhile, some serious negative energy is casting its line about, seeing how far it can pull Josie and Valentina under.
The first 3/4 of the book kept me reading, but I was waiting for something big to happen. I could feel the tension creeping in like tendrils of morning glory wanting to take over certain characters' lives, and the suspense was building- but then, I finally got what I really wanted in the last 1/4 of the book and that's when it became a knockout. I was hooked til the end. I only wish some of my lingering questions were answered. I feel like some of the questions and mysteries raised early on in the story were either never answered at all, or were only hinted at later in a vague way that left too little information for the reader to try and guess what actually happened in the character's past, especially Valentina, whose past should have been delved into much more deeply to shed light on what made her tick as an adult. Despite these gaps and a few threads left loose, this book still satisfies, and the overall listening experience- great narration!- warrants 4 stars and a recommendation that readers pick up "The Good Sister!"

11 of 13 people found this review helpful