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  • Sharpe Edge

  • Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

A Christmas party for the upper crust of the small Texas town of Maycroft turns tragic when the hostess ends up dead. Everyone assumes her death is an accident - everyone except her daughter, Estelle. She turns to Deena to help solve the mystery. A jealous friend and a mysterious heir are just two of the likely suspects. As a school teacher turned newspaper reporter, Deena must get crafty to dig out the truth before anyone else gets hurt, including her own brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another great mystery

  • By Troublemer on 06-02-17

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Story ok but the narrator is awful - wasted credit .....can’t recommend this one wish I could get mycreditback

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,697

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Awful

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

11 hours of whining and hand wringing. I stayed with it because I thought the story would somehow redeem the narrator - but honestly it wasn't the narration - it's the story!!! Terrible waste of a credit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Double Whammy

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,828

A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First For Me

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-04-04

Good story narration not so much

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

Good story but the constant audible swallowing of the narrator detracted from presentation. He'd be good if he stopped swallowing saliva every 10 seconds.....

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Misfortune Cookies

  • When the Fat Ladies Sing, Book 1
  • By: Linda Kozar
  • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 57

Best friends Sue Jan and Lovita run a beauty shop/boutique in the little West Texas town of Wachita. They share a passion of food and fun. But one day, over lunch in a Chinese restaurant, Lovita opens a fortune cookie with a sinister message: "Your father was murdered..." - a clue that leads them to God, an international spy ring and several devastatingly handsome strangers. A most unlikely pair of detectives, these girlfriends "Comb" the countryside with style, sarcasm, and lots of Szechwan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cozy read that will make you laugh too!

  • By Terri on 05-21-15

Awful!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

Failed on all levels. Bad narration, corny chapter titles, sickening characters, lame storyline. Just teeth grinding bad

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,260

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Really - a long waste of time

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

A complete waste of time - no closure no sense of completion just 17 hours wasted. Don't waste your credits. Not good. Gone credit!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,958

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

  • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-16-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Storyline had great potential, but fell short. To many unexplored characters, and one over exposed (Kent) character. Ending is horrible.

Has We Are Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I'm a huge Wally Lamb fan.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bombay Ice

  • By: Leslie Forbes
  • Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Rosalind Benegal is a BBC correspondent who has spent years distancing herself from surreal memories of a childhood spent in India. But lately her long-lost sister, Miranda, has taken to sending her cryptic postcards all the way from Bombay. In swirling script, Miranda claims she’s being followed by a eunuch; she alludes to her childhood fear of water; she hints that her husband may have murdered his first wife. Miranda’s dizzying missives compel Rosalind to do what she would never do on her own....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • HORRIBLE Narration!

  • By D. Jackson on 02-12-13

HORRIBLE Narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

NO, This was the hardest book to get through -- the narrator's voice was monotone and awful. She ruined the book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan O’Malley?

Not sure, but not her.

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

Yes, the story line was good. Just poorly executed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cartel 4

  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • By: JaQuavis, Ashley
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

The Diamond family has survived murder, deceit, and betrayal. Through it all, they’re still standing tall, and a new era has begun. After surviving an attempt on her life, Breeze has moved into the queen’s position by Zyir’s side. Zyir has taken over the empire and locked down Miami’s streets; the world is in his hands. But there is always new blood ready to overthrow the throne. Young Carter has retired and moved away from the madness - that is, until he gets an unexpected visitor at his home. This person shakes up the whole family, causing chaos that threatens to bring down the Cartel for good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, Exciting, Alot going on, & High Energy

  • By Nevada on 03-03-13

Tiring

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

What disappointed you about The Cartel 4?

Tired of several things very quickly: sound effects - really? description of every piece of clothing worn, yawn....Basically, while the series was never great, it was a decent read. This last one will be my last one. Reads like a B rated movie..

What could JaQuavis and Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Add some polish. The storyline could really be compelling, but it just seems to devolve to the a bunch of cursing, descriptions of clothing, sex, crap. When they do attempt to show any depth or complexity to any of the characters, it starts to be interesting. It's quickly erased by something that portrays an extremely lucky/dumb/ super-human.

Any additional comments?

I'm done. I need a story to end. It's clear this is a soap opera style book -- and I could care less what happens to any of the characters -- they're all just too shallow.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful