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  • Guilt

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 785

A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kellerman does not disappoint. Another great read.

  • By Lannette on 02-18-13

Who is guilty? Who feels guilt for past actions

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

What made the experience of listening to Guilt the most enjoyable?

John Rubinstein's infectious reading of the words of Johnathan Kellerman.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilt?

One of the most memorable moments is when the character who was suspected of being the murderer turns out to be a herione.

What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

He gives different voices to each character and maintains that thoughtout the novel which makes the characters seem more real.

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

I did not have an extreme reaction. There were moments of levity and moments of real joy when it turns out that the mother of the children and the children are guilt free.

Any additional comments?

Another great Kellerman novel.

  • Killer

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 826

The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Probably Weakest Yet in the Series

  • By Me & My Girls on 04-16-14

'Killer' has a remarkable surprise ending.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

John Rubinstein reads Johnathan Kellerman's wonderful novel so that you just can't put it away. All of Kellerman's books are great.

What other book might you compare Killer to and why?

Guilt. Both Killer and Guilt have surprising turnaround endings.

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

His inflections and feeling with different voices for different characters bring each of the characters to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The rescue in the end of the mother and child when Ree asked Alex to just hold her after her rescue from her horrible ordeal.

  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Kairos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean's got his groove back

  • By Fred on 12-28-07

The Birghtest, Fastest Book--We all need a Nikcie

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Would you listen to The Darkest Evening of the Year again? Why?

Yes. It was never-ending intrigue and suspense and love for the characters. I didn't want to stop listening so that I could see that they made it ok. I would wait awhile to read it again, though, because it was intense.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Dean Koontz is materful in ending a chapter with a 'tease' so that you cannot wait for the next; then, the next chapter may be another set of characters and events in the story wiht another 'tease' or 'worry' at the endof the chapter. I couldn't wait until the next entry with each character or set of characters.

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

She gave a real voice to Amy which made her even more loveable and intriguing. She read the narrative of each set of characters and the dialogue with just the right emotion. I wasn't sure about a female reader as I'm accustomed to the male readers. Kirsten was terrific.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. You better have all your work done and food ready to eat because this is one audiobook that you can't stop until youget to the remarkable ending..

Any additional comments?

All of us need a wonderful dog like NIckie. thank you, Dean Koontz, for another set of characters and dogs who steal our hearts.

  • Motive

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 869

Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there's always a next one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps

  • By B. Riddick on 02-13-15

Your Motive--To Be Entertained . . . Again

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Where does Motive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh my goodness, Motive is tied for number 1 with all the J. Kellerman books plus 'Hidden Figures.'

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex, of course; but, Milo is a close second.

Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

This is a tie between Alex and Milo.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

I'm just glad there is a Johnathan Kellerman who writes such extraordinary novels.

  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165

At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. When he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start at the beginning

  • By JAMES on 03-04-17

Thalia Mars--An Unforgettable Character

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to all of my friends. Thalia Mars grabs your attention from the start and holds your heart throughout the book. Twists and turns bring you to a satisfying conclusion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thalia Mars because she remind me of an old and dear friend; however, my friend was not connected with the mob.

Which scene was your favorite?

Alex and Thalia in her bungalow talking.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Who would murder a sweet little old lady?

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as I have always enjoyed Johnathan Kellerman's novels.

  • Breakdown

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189

Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware meets beautiful and emotionally fragile TV actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son, Ovid. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. Shortly after Zelda's release, an already sad situation turns tragic when she is discovered dead on the grounds of a palatial Bel Air estate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As expected from JK

  • By P. Giorgio on 02-15-16

Breakdown is Brilliant--Another Wonderful Kellerm

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Breakdown to be better than the print version?

Both the audio and written versions are great. John Rubinstein's reading of the book with his inflections for all the characters makes the audio version exciting.

What other book might you compare Breakdown to and why?

Breakdown can be compared to Johnathan Kellerman's other books as being another one of his masterpieces.

Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

Alex Delaware, of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

a tangled flora of suspense--what has happened to Ovid?

Any additional comments?

thank you, Johnathan Kellerman for another great novel.
Thank you, John Rubinstein
for a great rendition.