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  • The Silent Inheritance

  • By: Joy Dettman
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In The Silent Inheritance, the author of the best-selling Woody Creek series brings another unforgettable cast of characters to life in a brand new story. Sarah Carter, mother of 12-year-old Marni, is raising her daughter alone in a small granny flat in suburban Melbourne. A serial killer, dubbed 'The Freeway Killer', is headline news and when Marni's classmate is abducted from the mall where Sarah and Marni shop, their city no longer feels safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • IMHO, not worth a credit

  • By Cougar on 12-28-16

Compelling and Yet.....

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

This is a great story and yet...the actual connections made in the story seem a little over the top. Marnie is a wonderful character for a girl who is only 13 she most definetly has an old head on her shoulders. Sarah/Jillian is also a great character but her connections through the story are somewhat too unreal to be true.
Nevertheless it is a good tale to listen to!

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,435

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

Ok, so I wanted to read a book that wasn't as intense as a previous book, but WOW this one had me enthralled very early and once again I couldn't put it down. As a reader you get question the intention of some of the lead characters and what role do they really play in the suspicious disappearance of "Bear" Suzanne Lombard. Gibson or "Son" is a likeable and an intelligent lead and as he discovers the truth we are taken on a journey with him that has a fitting climax worthy of a good read.

  • The Bitter Season

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337

As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam's wardrobe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Tami Hoag Problem Novel

  • By Sires on 01-24-16

Whoa, Didn't see that coming!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

Tami Hoag, weaves a murder mystery that is so tangled that every time you might think you have the murderer nailed - she swings another tidy bit of information and clue that has you thinking otherwise.
I couldn't put it down , the narrator as always David Colacci is excellent so it made it easy listening .

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT!!!!

  • By penny ann on 07-04-15

A Page Turning Suspense!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Karin Slaughter manages once again to draw you into the lives of not only a twisted killer but into the devastated family of a missing girl. There is such a tangled web of corruption, intrigue and often you are too questioning who you could trust. A word of warning if you are at all squeamish there is one torture session that left me feeling awful...obviously a sign of a good writer that manages to do that!

  • First Deadly Conspiracy - Box Set

  • McRyan Mystery Series, Books 1-3
  • By: Roger Stelljes
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Fans of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense will enjoy these fast-moving stories of murder, greed, and treason, the cast of colorful characters, and their setting in and around historic St. Paul, Minnesota. This bundle includes First Case, The St. Paul Conspiracy, and Deadly Stillwater.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars OK Series

  • By Lia on 09-04-17

Sensational Police Procedurals

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Loved the 3 books together. Mac is a great main character with Dick Lick his off sider who makes you laugh - I cringe at the descriptions of his 'Brown" suits.
The stories are easy reading with enough intrigue to keep you going and turning the pages. They are great classic police procedurals and I enjoyed them so much I have wish listed the next two instalments.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT

  • By helen on 05-09-15

LOVED IT

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I have always been reluctant to read a Stephen King Novel believing regrettably thinking that all his stories were fearful and scary but I bit the bullet and my goodness I loved it. The story line was clever, intriguing, holding my interest all the way to the end. Undeniable a great thriller!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Forget A Thing

  • By Lia on 05-22-18

Brilliant Story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

Amos' terrible tragedy comes two fold, once with his football injury and then the devastating death of his family. The story is well told and page turning. His mental capacities are amazing and I'd love a fraction of those abilities. Amos is a character I would love to see more of.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Festive in Death

  • In Death, Book 39
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for In Death devotees

  • By BG853 on 09-10-14

Imaginative, Innovative, Impressive and Classy!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Eve has a great murder mystery in this book and of course we know she solves the case in her inimitable style but this book really works on the characters and their growth together. Eve and Rourke have developed a deeper understanding of each other since their early days in their marriage and it shows in this story. My image of seeing Peabody in a special pink coat makes me laugh as I can just see her with the matching pink shoes.
It's a great story in the series and a great read. Sit back and enjoy the Christmas Spirit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What's So Funny?

  • My Hilarious Life
  • By: Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim, that is what's so funny!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-05-14

Simple, Funny and such a nice Guy!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

I needed to have a light read and chose this book as I have always enjoyed seeing TIm Conway on TV. I was not disappointed with one exception - Though I love hearing Dick Hill in his many roles through Audible books I was disappointed that Tim didn't tell the story himself, however, it was a wonderful life to listen to and made me smile many times with the occasional burst of laughter that made others look at me quizzically!.

  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829

It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dangerous Gamble

  • By John on 03-21-14

What next Sean Duffy!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Sean Duffy seems to have 9 lives - surviving a hell of beating in America in the previous book to an explosive moment in this one. How does he do it all without a scratch?
I do love listening not only to the storyline and the cultural references of the 1980's with the IRA, the drama with the English Government and the underworld of spy and intrigue but also it has a superb narration.
This was a great read and I am now waiting in expectation for the next installment...where will Sean Duffy go next?