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  • The Weekenders

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends - and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your weekend

  • By jbee on 07-04-16

The "Weak Ender"

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

I fell in love with Mary Kay Andrews when I first read "Savannah Blues" and have enjoyed many of her other books to date. Her last few efforts, however, have felt like a 100% humidity day in Snow Hill, NC - cloying, uncomfortable and with no relief in site. This book plodded along with characters that never develop much depth and with the main character as a semi-spineless mother of a verbally abusive 12 year old. These characters appear in all her other books but with more shading and spice. It left me sighing to myself, "I want Weezie back."

  • Sworn to Silence

  • A Thriller
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. She's certain she's come to terms with her past - until the first body is discovered in a snowy field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry.....

  • By SHEILA on 08-01-09

Gratuitous Violence and Cliches

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

This book has good bones. I do not mean the bits of osseous tissue that are left exposed after the killer puts his female victims through every imaginable form of degradation and torture that a plodding Jack the Ripper has ever dreamed up. (In fact I am surprised that Ms. Castillo does not have her villain eating his prey at the end.) The premise is intriguing. Female police chief who was raised in the Amish tradition but chooses to take another path after injustice impinges on her childhood. A good start but a graphic and poorly crafted body of work. The writer's descriptions fall flat yet every new corpse has some fresh hell inflicted on it with no nuance as to the twisted mind behind the crimes. Family notifications after another woman has been found read more like a psychopath's porn mag - voyeuristic instead of the, most likely, intended homage to the victim. You will know who the killer is half way through the book and your mind will skip ahead as to the final confrontation between the protagonist and the killer. You will also be thinking that it cannot arrive quickly enough. All in all - don't bother. This reads like a grotesque Lifetime movie. Oh wait - I believe you can rent it on Netflix.

  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,282

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

Older and wiser Alice does "Reality."

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

While you want to shake your head at the naïve, younger Holly, it's refreshing to hear Holly Madison's story told in her own voice. What!? Living inside an old Hollywood building with a lecherous, geezer isn't a fairytale!? Who knew Huge Hefner was a chauvinist? All sarcasm aside it is fun to hear Holly tell it exactly how she saw it - blinders and all.

  • Double Strike

  • By: Gretchen Archer
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history: the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amber Benson IS Davis Way

  • By Sheryl on 05-27-15

Double Win!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Once again David Way (or Davis....depending on Bianca) strikes again. If you like sarcasm, improbable situations and over-the-top scenes than this is the mystery for you.

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  • Stuck with a Stiff

  • The Stuck with a Series, Book 1
  • By: D. D. Scott, David Slegg
  • Narrated by: Karyn O'Bryant, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 69

The Stuck with a... Series is Castle-gone-country with the mom squad, Betty Boop, and My Cousin Vinny in the barnyard. But this ain't no ordinary barnyard. There's a lot more than a crazy rooster missing from the chicken coop, a bad ass cow causing a bunch of trouble, and a dog looking like a creature out of a storybook. There's a stiff too. A stiff - as in a dead guy - in a snow drift near the chicken coop. Things aren't lookin' too good for Nicky Blane, who owns the farm....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Had to check to see if it was abridged

  • By Susan on 03-27-13

A cheese filled blend of CSI, sopranos and acid

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

Would you try another book from D. D. Scott and David Slegg and/or Karyn O'Bryant and Jeffrey Kafer ?

No way. They pulled so many stereotypical yet flat characters into their barely there plot it was overwhelming. Not one character ever developed into anything but wallpaper. Even with the use of several explicatives - which seemed like a 6 year olds attempt at sounding like a grown-up - not one sentence crawled beyond the competent threshold.

What could D. D. Scott and David Slegg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop populating your books with granny's wearing scuba suits and try writing some decent dialouge and a coherent storyline.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karyn O'Bryant and Jeffrey Kafer ?

Almost anyone but them. Both sounded like they were being tortured into reading - when Kafer didn't sound like he was listing baseball statistics.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A devil may-care-cow. Not something you see everyday.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book. I love to listen to half-baked mysteries - bubble gum for the brain. This one wasn't just poorly written - it seemed to have been concocted by someone who left their local watering hole at three am, twelve shots in and who thought they were literary geniuses.