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  • Along Came a Spider

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Charles Turner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432

Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely disappointing

  • By Robert on 06-02-09

This could've been a good story...but

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

First the back story. I listened to this when it originally came out and thought it was a great book. Several years ago I listened, or tried to, the other books in the Alex Cross series. They were horrible. In a nutshell I found the series to be unrealistic to the point that James insults my intelligence. And the stories were sappy, the drone on with exaggerated conflict. I as perplexed how they be so bad when I remembered Along Came a Spider as being pretty good. Well, I must have been thinking of the movie.

This story drags. To the point that I would listen to the 1st couple of minutes of each chapter and then skip to the next. The only thing I missed was, well, nothing. I didn't waste my time. The love story between Jesse and Alex is sappier and more drawn out than needed.

If it is available in unabridged, that might be worth the listen, if you got nothing else.

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,665

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Cool story, everyone has a demon

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

There is a lot going on, a lot to make this book interesting. I did get tired of the chase scene. Malcolm and Lisa escape with the baby, barely. They are pursued by a tormented and demented guy... can't remember his name... with a hyena demon. As they try to navigate the flood waters and dangers of night and authorities who are seeking the baby; every where they go he's there with his hyena. Or he show up. And the escape scene repeats itself several times. I was looking forward to the end. I migh do the abridged versions of the remaining books.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,703

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Thankfully it’s over

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I skipped 20 chapters. Had to. The story drags on and on and on. It got boring. Funny part is, I didn’t miss the chapters I skipped. I’d pick another author, unless you just need a story to fill time.

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 839

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and hard place plot

  • By Lesia on 06-01-16

Disappointing - Good start then fades

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

There's no such thing as an interesting book without conflict. It is conflict that makes a story interesting. However, its also true that when every character and situation is another conflict, more drama, the story gets annoying.

Nick is an interesting guy at first. A small time crook who end up in a big time drug deal that goes south. A DEA agent is killed so Nick goes to jail for homicide. But enter Darius Cole, the inmate in charge at the prison. A little far fetched. Cole arranges for Nick's sentence to gt reversed. Turns a good cop bod. With Nick out he has to do Cole's bidding. But he gets to drive a 68 Mustang Fast Back, then a 68 Camaro SS. Then his ex-wife marries into upper society. So we have the drama with the daughter and the step father, Steve forces the the conflict and drama rather than letting the people just be normal interesting people. Then there's the detective. He's the guy who put Nick, the small time crook turned $50-Million drug dealer - away on the DEA murder charge. He somehow makes a connection to a cop, in Chicago being murdered to Nick the guy who was released from prison yesterday. Unfortunately Steve never solidifies the story.

The roommate at Cole's house is also a drama story. The DEA agent leaves a wife and three children behind, and is a friend of the detective... more drama. The drama between the detective and the drug task force is over played.

Steve overplay the conflict and drama to the point where after 17 chapters I couldn't takes it anymore. I turned this one in to find a more interesting story.

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

This one will fool you

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

We can keep it simple at the beginning of the book you’re wondering where it’s going. He just can’t picture what’s happening. Then as the story progresses you’re Wondering what’s happening. It’s a great ending it’s a phenomenal book. enjoy!

  • Devils in Exile

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Neal Maven returns to Boston from his tour in Iraq only to discover that the country he vowed to protect has little use for him now. Armed with a highly specialized set of skills he can't use and bitter toward the rest of his generation -- the men and women who remained stateside, and are therefore years ahead of him both personally and professionally -- Maven fears he is near his breaking point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but feels rushed.

  • By Chris on 12-04-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This story had potential. But the characters became an interesting, mostly because they weren’t believable. Another attempt by an author to make people interesting by overdoing their personalities and character. The narration started to sound like… Blah blah blah. I have to admit I didn’t even finish it

  • The Winner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263

She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Sally on 09-21-12

A 2 rating is a gift - the story has potential

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I remember listening to this years ago, I though it was better. David needs to do more research before writing a book like this. The story has potential. I listened on Audible, the narrator was a bit annoying. But the lack of having a sense that this could happen the way it is laid out, weak plots, coupled with scenes and events that just didn't make sense or lack believe-ability, just go to be to much. I didn't even finish it. Cut the theatrics in an attempt to create an interesting story, let the people and their everyday lives be interesting.

  • Her Final Hour: An absolutely unputdownable mystery thriller

  • Detective Gina Harte, Book 2
  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs. But looks can be deceiving. Something is amiss in that house - all the neighbors think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much. Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighborhood. Melissa Sanderson is dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would not recommend

  • By Maria on 10-06-18

Which is worse, the story or the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

First off the story just gets annoying, like it is trying for conflict and excitement... but there's nothing there. The narrator did a good job here of making the characters annoying, the victim, her husband (especially annoying) and even the investigator. My fist hour with this book was my final hour... Had to return it. Suggestion to author... let the people be interesting, don't try to make them interesting.

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  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,622

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Not to exciting, but OK

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

In some ways th book doesn't make much sense. A little to dramatic. If there's nothing else, read this.

  • The Guards

  • By: Ken Bruen
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is literature, not just crime fiction

  • By John on 08-09-13

A little to much drunk

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The story has potential, I got tired of the guy being drunk all the time. It seemed more a story of an alcoholic and his troubles than a murder mystery.