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A. Koren

Leesburg, FL USA
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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,417

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense at its best!

  • By NBurkey on 02-10-19

No superlatives can describe how exceptional this book is

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

As someone who has been reading the mystery genre for over 60 years and was a former book buyer who read ARCs voraciously this is one of the finest mystery thrillers I have ever read. Simply stunning-the kind that leaves you speechless.

277 of 295 people found this review helpful

  • Sunrise Highway

  • Lourdes Robles, Book 1
  • By: Peter Blauner
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In the summer of Star Wars and Son of Sam, a Long Island schoolgirl is found gruesomely murdered. A local prosecutor turns a troubled teenager known as JT from a suspect to a star witness in the case, putting away a high school football star who claimed to be innocent. Forty years later, JT has risen to chief of police, but there's a trail of a dozen dead women that reaches from Brooklyn across Long Island, along the Sunrise Highway, and it's possible that his actions actually enabled a killer. That's when Lourdes Robles, a relentless young Latina detective for the NYPD, steps in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!

  • By shelley on 09-05-18

Unputdownable!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Peter Blauner must be subconsciously channeling Jim Thompson, Thomas Harris and John Sandford. This book has it all-the hypertrophy of evil, the electricity of a hot wire, crime writing at its best and the fascination of the finest police procedurals. I’m a mystery/ thriller junkie and I just had one hell of a fix!!!

3 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 133,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,037

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

A Standout Best of the Best Mystery/Thrillers

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

What a way to start the new year!! This highly praised book deserves all the press it has been getting. In a field that is overflowing with such abundant talent (the mystery/thriller) it is a real challenge to rise above to STANDOUT MUST READ status. This is Paula Hawkins' first book and it is riveting, tightly structured and breathtaking. It's one of those books that leaves you thinking this will be a tough act to follow!!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Freaky Deaky

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Fast Paced. Great narration.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-28-12

Leonard at his best

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Wild fun, funny dialogue, changing allegiances and a very unusual and clever plot line distinguish this captivating crime story. Fascionating characters and a journey into a world of fascinating characters. Compelling.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,205

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

One of Picoult's best

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Moral dilemnas, the most difficult of ethical considerations are embraced in this tale of a Nazi who wants to die at the hands of the granddaughter of one of his victims. Fascinating characters, incredible story within a story, this is a journey for the listener into the past most have forgotten. Visceral and heart wrenching this amazingly well told story is one of Picoult''s most interesting and absorbing books.

32 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Ghostman

  • By: Roger Hobbs
  • Narrated by: Jake Weber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real noir

  • By A. Koren on 03-11-13

Real noir

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Entertaining well told crime story with interesting details of a heist for those who enjoy crime trivia and good background research. Two stories in different times told in a back and forth sequence which is well developed, adds to the tension and is not confusing. especially as they relate to each other. Excellent debut by this author. Am eager for the next publication.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mad River

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip.

  • By Bill on 10-06-12

Best of the Virgil Flowers series

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12


Easily the most driven and interesting of the Virgil Flowers books. As good as the Prey books with Lucas Davenport!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Crime of Julian Wells

  • By: Thomas H. Cook
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

When the body of famed true-crime writer Julian Wells is found in a boat drifting on a Montauk pond, the question isn't how he died, but why. The death looks like an obvious suicide, but why would Wells take his own life? And was this his only crime? Wells' best friend, Philip Anders, wants to know more. His first clue is an Argentinean crime, which may have been Wells' last book idea. As Anders gathers the missing parts of Wells' life, the man he knew - or thought he knew - becomes increasingly obscured.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the year's best literary suspense mysteries

  • By A. Koren on 09-24-12

One of the year's best literary suspense mysteries

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Thomas H. Cook is consistently exceptional. As a mystery writer he is always well reviewed, both by the book trade magazines and by the reader/listerners. The Crime of Julian Wells is an example of the fisherman offering delicious bait and then reeling in the fish-only we are the fish. He is a master storyteller and knows exactly how to keep the Pied Piper thing going for the listener. What starts as a simple story evolves into a literate weave of compelling twists and turns with captivating characters. If you like your stories very dark but very close to reality grab this listen immediately.....

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Lonely Silver Rain

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 21
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Searching for a wealthy friend's yacht, Travis McGee puts himself square in the center of the international cocaine trade, and finds himself the target of some of the most ruthless villains he's ever met. Contemplating his own mortality for the first time, Travis McGee discovers amid all the danger the astonishing surprise behind the cat-shaped pipe cleaners someone is leaving at his door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best For Last

  • By Philip on 05-23-12

Excellent conclusion to a wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

Even though I suggest earlier MacDonald books to savor this master at work The Lonlely Silver Rain can be appreciated by itself. MacDonald is a true master of the crime novel and what is remarkable about him is that there is a timelessness about him. With the exception of the value of the dollar and makes and models of cars the same stories could easily be told in the present day. A master of suspense and an exceptional storyteller this is MacDonald at his finest.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Stolen Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096

.Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sanford writes another winner!

  • By bebe on 05-19-12

One of the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-22-12

I've listened to or read all the books in the Sandford Prey series. This is certainly one of his finest. Combination thriller and police procedural the plot couldn't be better and the characters more interesting and diverse. That Sandford can bring such quality after all the books in the Davenport stories is a testament to his incredible writing. There is a momentum of tension and suspense that is so compelling that I dare you to listen to this one and then not buy and download Easy Prey. Richard Ferrone is THE perfect choice for the narrator. Very compelling

9 of 10 people found this review helpful