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  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes a four-hour drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as The Dry!

  • By Susan on 02-07-19

Tennessee Williams of the Outback

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

This was a wonderful and satisfying book, an all-time favorite for me. Characters and plot were richly developed. One of the main characters is the Outback itself, It is difficult to conceive of anywhere else in the world where the events described could have taken place. The Narrator and writing were so good that I felt that I was watching a play rather than listening to a book. In fact, I think Jane Harper can be favorably compared to Tennessee Williams, This book had a whole bunch of Cats on a very Hot Tin Roof!

  • The Rule of Law

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel, Book 18
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. She’s been behaving out of character and disappearing without notice. Dismas becomes even more concerned when he discovers Phyllis has been reluctantly playing host to her convict brother, a man just released from San Quentin after serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery and attempted murder. Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work, accused of being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who’d been smuggling women into the country from El Salvador and Mexico.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I was so excited about a new Dismas Hardy Book.

  • By BJ G. on 01-29-19

Disappointing with an abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Not one of the better additions to the series. The story was great up to a point. However, the author dug such a deep hole for the main characters that there was no way of getting out of it other than an abrupt ending. The narrator used essentially the same tone and inflection for all of the characters which also detracted from the experience.

  • The Shadows We Hide

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota. Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about the dead man - other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow-Up

  • By MK on 11-25-18

A naive, yet perceptive main character

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This is a very good book which often surprises. However, the main character, Joe Talbert, seems to be incongruous. At times he does not see things that would and should be obvious, while at other times he solves mysteries that the reader did not even know were mysteries. I would definitely read the next book in this series, but at the same time, I would hope that Joe grows up a bit.

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,667

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Reacher was again his analytical fearless self. The story was engaging up to a point; to the point where you realize the bad guys are pretty darn stupid, and what appears to be a very original storyline is not. Scott Brick was good, but did little to distinguish one character from another.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,594

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Very very long with adolescent characters

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Robert Glenister was fantastic. Robert Galbraith, not so much. This was an overly long, overly complex book. Part of its length is due to the immature ruminations of the main characters. Despite apparently being super-perceptive about everything else, they do not know that their attraction for the other is mutual. It is also made overly long by the quotes from Henrik Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the beginning of each chapter. I think a more fitting choice for a play would have been Much Ado About Nothing.

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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,560
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,545

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Tedious book that left me with a so what feeling.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This is a long, long book. There is not a single character in the book to like unless you like self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-loathing characters. I have listened to all of Tana's other books and loved them. This one was a huge disappointment. The only real mystery in the book was what accent the narrator was trying to mimic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Entry Island

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

When a murder rocks the isolated community of Entry Island, insomniac homicide detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at St. Hubert airfield bound for the small, scattered chain of Madeline Islands, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as part of an eight-officer investigation team from Montréal. Only two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of just more than 100 inhabitants, the wealthiest of whom has just been discovered murdered in his home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another great read from Peter May- and a request for Audible to complete Peter May collections

  • By Mark Hancock on 03-07-17

Magnificent writing and narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This book is about as good as it gets. There are several mysteries, not the least of which is how the author is going to bring together the historical story from the 1800s and the modern day murder. He does this very skillfully and even appears to pay homage to James Hilton in doing so. The narrator has a beautiful voice with wonderful accents when needed. Making the lead character an insomniac is also brilliant. It gives the necessary basis for the character's feverish and sometimes illogical/logical thoughts.

  • The Perfect Horse

  • The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

A bit florid but very absorbing

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I had conflicting reactions to this book. First of all it certainly evoked a lot of deep emotions in that I am a horse owner and my dad is a combat veteran of WWII. Although the narrator bothered me sometimes I think ultimately he was successful in telling the story. The author's style is quite florid and manipulative. She interweaves imagined thoughts and feelings of horses with the historical narrative. In addition, she misleads the reader to set up a false drama. This is especially true when it comes to the story of Witez, where Black Beauty appears to be retold. However, undeniably this is a great and mostly true story.

  • Cruel Winter

  • A County Cork Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons - and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Sheila Connolly's usual standard

  • By S on 07-01-17

Boring and Silly

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Nothing much happens in this book. The main character, Maura, seems to be right out of Nancy Drew. Unfortunately, Maura is an adult woman, not a teenage girl. Maura's wild-eyed naivete does not jive with a woman who supposedly is the smartest person in the room. The recurring theme that things were so much different in the 1990s than the present is simply ridiculous in the context of the book. The supporting characters are poorly developed and really do not bring much to the party. The dark and stormy night setting was basically wasted and the author seemed to go out of her way to create zero suspense.

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,913

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Enough with the unreliable first person main characters

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This is yet another iteration of the unreliable woman with baggage plot. Because of that it is neither suspenseful nor particularly psychological. Their is a very abrupt switch from lies to truth, almost as if the author tired of her own character. In addition the performance is marred by a very rapid delivery. Bottom line is that there are now so many of these formulaic plots that they are easily recognized and when you know you are being had, you know there is no mystery.