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  • 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 3,685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,387

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

Well-crafted Story

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

The novel kept revealing new information that showed everything in a new light. These twists to the story, although unexpected, were not totally out of the blue. There had been just enough hints previously provided for me to embrace the new story direction. Definitely kept my interest.

I am not generally a fan of female narrators; there are only a few that I enjoy. I do like Ms. Sands. It is easy to distinguish the different characters by her voice. She does a good job of voicing male characters. She conveys emotion without being over the top. Great job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 17
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,558

It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, US Navy commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan's ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Faith In The Series - Cyber Terrorism & Islamic State

  • By Derek on 12-07-16

Does not do justice to Tom Clancy

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

What did you like best about Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance? What did you like least?

The cyber attacks were in keeping with current events. However, it was a real stretch to believe the specifics in each instance. Clancy would have provided more detail to show how these attackers operated. There was no back story.

What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

My love for Clancy's work was his thoroughness. He truly brought you into the worlds of military and clandestine operations. He also developed the personal lives of his characters. He included public reaction to events, which was important to the story. This book was merely a series of attacks with responses from the same old crew. The public exposure of the Campus was totally out of character with the operation's vision.

Which scene was your favorite?

Didn't really have one.

  • The Key to Justice

  • A Marc Kadella Legal Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Dennis Carstens
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A serial killer is on the loose in Minneapolis and the head of the investigation, Minneapolis police Lt. Jake Waschke, is feeling the pressure to find him. To make matters worse, the killer strikes again, this time across the river in St. Paul, and his victim is the daughter of a prominent politician. Just when the investigation seems to be going nowhere, the police catch a break when the killer strikes yet again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Cherise Knapp on 11-22-16

Didn't Do It for Me

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

What would have made The Key to Justice better?

Serious editing. The language in this book did not flow well at all.

What could Dennis Carstens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Carstens wanted to show that the legal profession is more dull than glamorous, and he succeeded. The plot should have been much tighter.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The sentences were not easy to read, and the narrator did not help. He did give different voices to different characters, but his reading of descriptive sentences and the "he said" and "she said" were painful to hear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,832

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Thoroughly Enjoyed This Novel From Start To Finish

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

Littell is a great story-teller. I love the way he wove together history and fiction to bring alive the CIA in a very personal way. The story-line runs from the beginnings of the CIA after World War II to the espionage in the wake of the downfall of the Soviet Union. Although fiction, with real-life characters embedded in the story, I never found the story line implausible. I cared about the fictional characters, which always helps me enjoy a novel.

I was hesitant at first to purchase this audible novel, because I'm not a fan of Scott Brick. I wasn't sure I could listen to him for that many hours. However, he was spot on in his delivery. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. If you're one of those who do not like him, give this one a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Broken Grace

  • By: E. C. Diskin
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,479

On an icy winter's day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbot wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she's left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can't remember anything. Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family's secluded old farmhouse to recover - but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace's boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • But why? But wait. But What?

  • By green ice cream garden on 04-29-16

Kept Me Guessing

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

This book kept me guessing. There were continuous discoveries that added pieces to the puzzle and took the story in new directions. There were twists to the story that I did not see coming, but nothing that made me feel like I had been duped by previous disclosures. It was different, and I enjoyed that.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,714

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

Pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Loved the way the characters and the story line slowly unfolded without ever dragging along or being boring. Nice little surprises along the way kept things interesting.

  • City of Echoes

  • Detective Matt Jones, Book 1
  • By: Robert Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466

On Detective Matt Jones's first night working Homicide in LA, he's called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who has earned your trust? Do they deserve it?

  • By Allen Anthony on 03-12-16

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Too much interior dialogue. Could give Hamlet a run for his money. Did not feel like plot held together well. Too many story lines not woven together well.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel - Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,307

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

Good Read, Worthy of Stieg Larsson?

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

David Lagercrantz rivaled Stieg Larsson in complexity of the story, maybe even surpassed him. Wished for more interaction between Lisbeth and Mikael, but the storyline was complex and suspenseful. Current issues for everyone in this digital age.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,210

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

I'm impressed

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

This book is a great follow up to Memory Man. Enjoyed it more than the first. The story kept me wondering what was going on. I was surprised by the answer to the mystery.

  • Maestra

  • By: L. S. Hilton
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378

By day, Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house. By night, she's a hostess at one of the capital's notorious champagne bars, although her work there pales against her activities on nights off. Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. She's transformed her accent and taught herself about wine and the correct use of a dessert fork, not to mention the art of discretion. She's learned to be a good girl.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird doesn’t even begin to cover it…

  • By Olivia on 06-28-16

Machiavellian Girl Goes Far

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Definitely not your standard novel. Warning - this is not a novel to listen to in public without headphones. Novel is okay, especially as a change of pace. But I really had to suspend disbelief to get through this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful