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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,890

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt đź’•

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Mama is one hot mess!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

So many psychopaths in one tiny English village! At some point nearly every character comes under suspicion, and then is cleared only to be suspected again. There are plot twists aplenty. They're dizzying. Our heroine tends to be a whiner and literal hand wringer, flying off the handle frequently with denials and accusations. We're meant to sympathize because she's been through a lot, but it becomes a bit much and I longed for her to get (and keep) a grip. This was an excellent performance which ranged from the main character's constant quavering hysteria to the iciness of some pretty creepy bad guys.

  • An Engineered Injustice

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

What if the deadliest train wreck in the nation's history was no accident? When a passenger train derails in North Philadelphia with fatal results, idealistic criminal defense attorney Vaughn Coburn takes on the most personal case of his young career. The surviving engineer is his cousin Eddy, and when Eddy asks Vaughn to defend him, he can't help but accept. Vaughn has a debt to repay, for he and his cousin share an old secret - one that changed both their lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting legal thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-11-18

Clown car criminal defense team.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

This silly plot is read not by a skilled voice actor but by an announcer type whose attempts at character portrayal come off like bad old-time radio drama. DRAAH-MAAH! It would have been much less annoying if simply narrated in a single voice. The prissy Snidely Whiplash voice given to Mr.Day was a hoot - unintentional, I'm sure. Bad narration, goofy plot. Not a keeper.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,666

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Yes, the U.S did give some Nazis a pass.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Highlights the consequences of mindless hatred and greed on the part of the historically acknowledged evil Nazis and Fascists, as well as some of the alleged good guys. This book was both a compelling history lesson and a nail-biting adventure. Really doesn't get much better than that.

  • Twist of Faith

  • By: Ellen J. Green
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us. Ava is certain that it's a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she'd been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church - and rescued - or so she'd been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The reader was great, the story not so much

  • By ShortOne on 04-10-18

Waaay too much Catholic crazy.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Well, it IS twisty, I'll give it that. Don't even start this if you can't devote a lot of brain power to following and unraveling a whole bunch of plot complexity. It was a very hard work. I have liked Angela Dawe's previous work and her performance here is full-range, from the slight French lilt of Ava, to the heavier accents of her adoptive mother and aunt, to the very irritating "Joisey" accent of the intrusive friend Joanne and the almost valley girl voice of Ross's fiance. (God save us from brides-to-be and wedding planning.) .

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  • Secondborn

  • Secondborn, Book 1
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic. On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode's eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she's to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bella Swan's Cousin

  • By zereader01 on 02-14-18

I qualify for AARP and still liked this.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Yeah, I could have done without all the overwrought teen angst, tingling naughty bits and Romeo/Juliet stuff. We might have had a straight-up adventure story then. Still, the author did an interesting job of world building and the female narrator did a good job.

Ever wonder why the many recent literary examples of adults virtually "eating their young" i.e. Hunger Games, Maze Runner, etc.? Could it be that kids hate the idea of spending 16+ years in classrooms in pursuit of a bachelor's degree, only to emerge ten$ of thousand$ in debt, find no meaningful job without advanced degrees and more debt? Wasn't a college diploma supposed to guarantee they will amount to something? The ticket to the American dream?

In these books, instead of a tedious paper chase where they will become drones and a part of the problem, young people get to buck corrupt and decadent systems, take their fates into their own hands, rely on their skills, save the world and never have to set foot on a corporate cube farm. Sound like excellent goals to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Secrets

  • By: Robin Perini
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she's channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice...and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found. When Riley gets a call from the only man who's ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile - ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming - it stirs up dark memories.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good fiction

  • By Claudia H on 11-04-16

Just couldn't get past chapter one on this one

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

It might be unfair to condemn this book after such a brief listen, but the high, girlish voice of the narrator grated; not too offensive in the short sample I heard but after 15 minutes I wanted to scream. And within the first minute someone was holding a knife to a woman's "car-toid" artery. (Not sure whether this was author or narrator error, but somebody ought to have fixed this.) The sections of exposition about family history and why this guy is a deputy sheriff at all were just awkward. Hearing weapons and ammunition described in such a light, teenager-ish voice came across as pretty silly. They're not all winners, so I regretfully decided to move on to other audio books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Depth of Lies

  • By: E. C. Diskin
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

When Shea Walker, a sunny, easygoing mom, is found dead in a bathtub with a stomach full of booze and pills, the shocking discovery shatters the complacency of her comfortable suburban community. Kat Burrows, Shea's longtime friend and former neighbor, is hit hardest. How could a woman she thought she knew so well come to such a sordid end? What could lead happy, well-adjusted, responsible Shea to accidentally overdose on alcohol and narcotics? Or, worse, drive her to suicide?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected so much more...

  • By shelley on 03-05-18

OMG! This is, like, all SO high school.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

These are adult characters who display poor decision making, low impulse control and a weird, inability to relate cause and potential effect. Who ARE these twits who can't anticipate problems arising from telling others 'all they have a right to know'?

Spare me from these intrusive, bitchy girlfriends. You know the type - the ones who ask inappropriately personal questions, then instantly apologize, thus getting not only a reaction to the question but earning 'sensitivity' points as well. This friend then might go to all other mutual acquaintances, expressing 'concern' for their pal, who just seems to be 'keeping something in.' Pretty soon what you've got is just a big ol' gossip fest with everybody up to their armpits in one another's personal business. A Gladys Kravitz at every window.

There is much dialog that goes something like: 'Do you think I should tell Pam what Bob did with Mary at Jan's party? Or should we tell Mary's husband Ralph and let him tell Pam? Maybe we ought to let Jan know since it was her party, and then her husband Frank can decide whether to tell Ralph.' See the picture? Way too many characters present, at least in spirit, in every block of dialog. Enough to make one's head spin. Listening to this book I was silently screaming, 'Make a point! GET THERE, for crying out loud!'

The two narrators did a surprisingly good job giving each character an individual style of whining and bitchiness. But this is not a 'keeper' of an audiobook to be enjoyed again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Cynthia Ellingsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,278

Dawn Conners's parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things - her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn's late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ocean town setting

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 07-02-17

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I gave this a couple of chapters, but the narration was too girlish and singsong (to my recollection, Kate Rudd usually does a better job) and the writing melodramatic. Life's too short to keep at this, waiting for it to grab my attention. I'm returning the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,220

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Terrific Book

  • By Daniel McAfee on 08-01-08

Great first book in this police procedural series

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Regarding plot, this book is intricate, intriguing and excellent. I intend to work my way through the series in order - at least until I run into a narrator I truly don't like. Regarding performance, I must now eat some of my own words. My first Bosch Audible purchase was a later title read by Titus Welliver, which I enjoyed. I had passed on any read by Dick Hill because I did not like the work he did on the Jack Reacher series. Got Bosch fever and went back to the earlier titles and am glad I did. Apparently what I had not liked was the 'persona' Hill gave the Reacher books. On Bosch, Hill's voice and pacing seem completely different. So I am now provisionally a Dick Hill convert.

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  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,646

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Promising new series,eager for next installment.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

If you could sum up The Collapsing Empire in three words, what would they be?

Watch your back. (How can you take a field which requires 'minimum 15 words' and ask for a 3-word answer?)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marse (sp?) Despite a noble title, just a regular kind of guy who is not overly impressed with himself and is trying to do the right thing.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is able to put a great deal of 'snark' into his performance, which is what this story required. Some real snotty, self-justifying and entitled characters here, which he portrays to a T.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me nod in recognition and agreement. Not only politics but imperial pomp and absurd protocol. And regarding the ruthless guild greed, I am reminded of a line from Aliens where Ripley says something about the savage alien species like: Well, at least they don't f**k each other over for a damned percentage. - I think that sort of bad behavior requires human beings.

Any additional comments?

This is a very promising start to an interesting new series. For those who complained of the 'incompleteness' of this first installment, isn't that the way a sci-fi series is supposed to work? While I resent getting suckered into a cliffhanger ending when I was not expecting one (the latest Craig Johnson Longmire novel comes to mind here) I fully anticipated a Scalzi book to end somewhat inconclusively and to intriguingly leave issues to be explored in later volumes.

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