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Gustine, CA, United States
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  • It Happens in the Dark

  • A Mallory Novel, Book 11
  • By: Carol O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

The reviews called it "A Play to Die For" after the woman was found dead in the front row. It didn't seem so funny the next night, when another body was found - this time the playwright's, his throat slashed.

Detective Kathy Mallory takes over, but no matter what she asks, no one seems to be giving her a straight answer. The only person - if "person" is the right word - who seems to be clear is the ghostwriter. Every night, an unseen backstage hand chalks up line changes and messages on a blackboard. And the ghostwriter is now writing Mallory into the play itself, a play about a long-ago massacre that may not be at all fictional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Nancy J on 08-25-13

Great story even if not read previous Mallory

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Even if a person not having listened/read the Mallory series can fall captive with this story. This is an exciting story that draws you into the personalities and drama. I'm not talking about if you love them or not. Their flaws hold your interest. I keep hoping for something more, since Mallory was/ is such a strong character (and can be unlikeable). The story pulls you in, then dances with your imagination until you don't want to stop until the finale. This is not a book to be passed up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,635

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

My Favorite Story of the Year

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

This book has everything you want in a story to hold your interest and move you along with the characters and events. The turn of events, the characters with their flaws, as well as their unwise decisions are perfectly pulled together to create this unforgettable book.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Wreckage

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,169

Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she's been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can't tell the real story--so they lie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It wasn't a badly written book, but...

  • By T. L. Walker on 03-06-15

A different kind of tropical holiday...

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

This book caught my attention because I lived in Fiji for five years and often heard of small boats becoming caught in strong currents and people never being found. It doesn't happen as often with small planes, but since most planes I saw (& flew on) were old, I also heard of small planes lost at sea between the hundreds of small island. The events and tension between the survivors continue to build from the first page. Storyline: death, murder, birth & death and LIES with an ending having a different twist. This book is a page-turner...

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,451

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hated this book!

  • By nikki on 04-11-18

Very interesting story on a damaged person

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

I was captivated by this book from the first chapter. When I finished the book, I listened a second time. That's how much I liked it. I understand how tragic lives can get (reflecting on my sister's life). If a depressing story isn't for you, then this may not be either...Great writing, readers are fabulous and you are drawn into the scene.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Watch Them Die

  • By: Kevin O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Different Victims: The blonde film student. The brunette paralegal. The red-headed artist. Different Methods: The first victim is strangled. The second is stabbed repeatedly. And the third is pushed out of an open window. Same Madman: In the city of Seattle, no single woman is safe. From afar he watches the ones he so desperately wants. Willing to do whatever it takes to prove his love. But should his latest obsession betray him, he will have no choice but to punish her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Mistery from Start to End

  • By Bette on 11-07-14

A Great Mistery from Start to End

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

I was reluctant to buy this audio because of a few poor reviews, but I'm very glad to have listened to it. It was very captivating and did something I rarely do....I listened for a second time immediately afterwards! I may listen to a book again months later, but Not this time. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any details. Don't expect a happy ending.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Remember Me

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Menley Nichols as never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her two-year old son, a tragedy that strained her marriage and her sanity. When she and her husband Adam, a high-profile attorney, are blessed with a beautiful new baby daughter, they dedicate themselves to rebuilding their lives together - unaware that someone in their midst has a very different agenda for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't want to stop reading...

  • By Bette on 10-13-14

You won't want to stop reading...

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

Reviewed: 10-13-14

I picked this book because I enjoy the reader, but have discovered how talented MHC is. This book is very entertaining and the twists and turns will hold your interest until the surprise ending. This audio is 5 Stars!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,105

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Entertaining, interesting and a captivating story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

Other than being an extremely long story, it doesn't have dull parts or ramble. The characters are well-developed and as a historical fiction, very interesting. This would be a great book for a long trip.

  • Walk Me Home

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Performance for an Outstanding Story!

  • By Krys on 11-04-13

I tried to like this story, but...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

Okay, maybe I listen to too many murder/thriller stories, but I found the ending weak and drifting and went back to listen to the ending twice more just to make sure I didn't miss something. The storyline held my interest, but many parts were unbelievable and vague.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Take Me With You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!

  • By Jeffrey on 07-25-14

Solidly a good story...no murder, sex or mistery

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

This is a happy, somewhat unbelievable, story to share on a trip without worrying about offending passengers riding with you. Characters are interesting, story holds your interest and from start to finish holds together. I usually pick murder, crime, etc., but this was a nice break.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,941

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good

  • By PlantCrone on 02-29-12

More than you EVER want to know about wolves

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

In typical Jodi P style, story pulls together well and characters are equally interesting. I have always been a JP fan, but this storyline was not for me. It was very enjoyable from beginning to end, but you must have some patience in the middle portion, it can be a bit too much wolf info. Having lived on a cattle ranch, you can guess why.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful