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  • Perfect Stranger

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 510

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ending lacking

  • By shantel on 05-13-17

boring

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

What would have made Perfect Stranger better?

Endless, unnecessary details--made a boring, drawn out story line.
Narrator was weak.

Has Perfect Stranger turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebekkah Ross’s performances?

No, not at all. Her voice is that of someone very young, and her inflections were distracting.

What character would you cut from Perfect Stranger?

Assistant pruincipal.

Any additional comments?

This does not deserve a 4 star rating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense

  • Thora Gudmundsdottir, Book 1
  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83

At a university in Reykjavík, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Thóra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • looking forward to Book 2

  • By Dr. William J. Kass on 07-22-16

Thought it would be better.........

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Would you try another book from Yrsa Sigurdardottir and/or Elizabeth Wiley?

What disappointed me in this book--and I am a huge fan of Scandinavian and Icelandic novels, was that first of all, the story line lacked any strength to get you involved right away. Secondly the pace of the plot became tedious, a flat line with nothing being revealed that would hold one's attention or anticipation.

Would you ever listen to anything by Yrsa Sigurdardottir again?

I strongly doubt unless the author tightens up her plot line and makes it much more interesting, less plodding,and a bit more surprising.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The other reason I did not like this audio was the narrator. Her inflections were very distracting. Ms Wiley would elevate her voice in the middle of a sentence, giving the impression of a lack of seriousness to the thought of the sentence.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Punchbowl

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Thriller

  • By Brad on 10-01-13

Ruined by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors. I recently purchased "The Devil's Punchbowl".I could not get too far into it due to the narrator, Dick Hill. I deleted the book after purchasing it because of Dick Hill. His accent (real or faked) was not easy to follow, his slow pace of speaking was annoying, and he drops his voice at inprotant words and makes it hard to understand.Before i purchase another book, I will check that Dick Hill is NOT the narrator.

What other book might you compare The Devil's Punchbowl to and why?

Any book narratated by Dick Hill.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

No, never.

What character would you cut from The Devil's Punchbowl?

Didn't get that much into it because of Dick HIll's narration.

Any additional comments?

Please don't let Dick Hill narrate any more good books!!!

  • XO

  • A Kathryn Dance Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver has done much better

  • By Todd Wynia on 08-12-12

The worst Jeffrey Deaver .............

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

Reviewed: 07-07-12

I have read all of JD, this one was the worst. Story was far from suspenseful, incredibly dragged out and not in the style of JD.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Case Histories

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating story

  • By tinaswfl on 02-01-09

The narration makes this come alive.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-11

Although Kate Atkinson's novels can go on and on a bit, the narration of this one made the story very enjoyable. The lovely English accent of Susan Jameson gives this story life! The characters are like so many people you know and her skill as a narrator brings out all the subtle humor within the story. The story begins with 5 separate case studies, so different and unconnected that one wonders how they will ever be brought together. They are finally entwined together with many little surprises.