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  • Tear Me Apart

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky, Rebekkah Ross, Jacques Roy, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended by Lisa Garner!

  • By Lucy on 08-30-18

Yes !!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

A well written melodrama with a decent plot expertly performed. Pure escapism, I thoroughly enjoyed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under My Skin

  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack? The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Book

  • By Janie on 10-11-18

Strange Book

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This book was unusual for Lisa Unger, all written in the first person but travelling backwards and forwards in time which was a little confusing at times. The narrator, Vivienne Leheny, did an excellent job and I couldn't imagine any other narrator doing such a splendid job as she did. She brought the book to life and it needed to be told in her voice. Without this great narration the story could have been quite ordinary and somewhat disjointed. Unlike other listeners I thought the ending was quite good.

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  • Twist of Faith

  • By: Ellen J. Green
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090

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

Modern melodrama...

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

A story full of mystery, murders, deceits, and many unexpected twists and turns - more to come?

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,758

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

complex, but good

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This is a complex book about relationships. The murder and suspense merely tools that provide the reader with the insight to look within them - the relationships. Ms Slaughter has excelled in bringing to life to two sisters current lives and the horrific memories resulting from one shared terrible night in their past. Kathleen Early's narration never ceases to impress. Highly recommended.

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

a bit of a romp = 3.5

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Are they all getting a bit tired; the writers, characters and even the narrator, could all do with a big holiday, and come back refreshed?

  • The Boyfriend

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love this book but it fell flat

  • By Becky on 03-19-13

meh

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Kept me somewhat entertained, but poor character development. The hero, Jack Till, was stilted, and the antihero, Joey was merely a cut-out sociopath. The story stumbled along in a predictable way until the inevitable conclusion. Perry has done a lot better in the past than this offering. I can only halfheartedly recommend to those who love novels about sociopaths.

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,835
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,814

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Once again, brilliant !

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Evan Smoak (aka Orphan X) continues to entertain us as the Nowhere Man, an entity dreamt up by Gregg Hurwitz. I love the series and the character brought to life by Scott Brick, a very accomplished narrator. Highly recommended; enjoy.

  • Livia Lone

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason. Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!

  • By shelley on 10-27-16

Great narration from multi-talented author

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

So, so much better than expected. In fact one of the best books I've listened to for a while. Tight plot; the author did not lose his way even once. I'll be seeking Eisler out again quickly for a good read fix. Highly recommended.

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,120

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

Grim Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

A harrowing few hours of listening, very well performed. I can't really remember any light notes in the book, and they were sorely needed. All in all, it was a very good book, but wouldn't recommend it if you're feeling sad or depressed. If not, and you enjoy stories about serial killers, then go for it, but make sure your read book 1 in the series first.

  • Her Every Fear

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. But soon after her arrival at Corbin's grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the Narrator Elevates the Story

  • By Bette on 01-27-17

Thanks for not killing the cat

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Inevitably, in most other thrillers the cat meets a ghastly ending, and it was a pleasure this time that the engaging cat character probably still survives to this day. I enjoyed the story, albeit implausible. The narration I did not enjoy. Ms Kaminsky had an unfortunate way of starting her sentences in a high screeching wine that wound down a few octaves by the end of the sentence. There is no rhyme or reason why she did this, she just did and I found it most off putting and distracting. This was really the only major fault though. Recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful