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  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

No way you predict this ending.<br />

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

With the best narration I've heard in a long time, Will Damron brings the characters in "The Unremembered Girl" distinctly to life. In my mind I knew what each person looked like, what they were wearing, where they lived. How is that possible when the author did not detail these? It seems the narrator painted them in my mind.

The story kept developing in complexity, and when you thought you had a handle on where the story was going, boom, Ms. Maxwell changed it up. It was an immensely satisfying plotline that was never boring and was impossible to predict. I'm giving it 5 stars because of the rich plot and superb delivery.

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,831

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Strong Warning

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Warning: violence, sexual violence, language, sexual situations. This is a powerful story about seriously disturbed people. With a purely outside looking in point of view, one might wonder about the nature or nurture argument of severe mental illness. Is a person born already fractured or does the fracturing of the psyche happen from outside forces? The question is not answered in the book, but one is able to look at various aspects of behavior and ponder. It is good to do this as a way of not having to look too closely at the horror.

  • The Chalk Pit

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich. Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent - a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Soap opera, too little detection

  • By Cathy J Hunter on 06-01-17

Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

With such a promising plot line, to so totally muck it up annoyed me greatly. There were too many indistinct people running around. I could never figure out who was whom. Was there an actual team working or a bunch of disparate characters talking, talking, talking? There was no suspense. Of course you wonder who the killer is, but that is curiosity.

I can tell by other reviewers that being familiar with the prior books apparently puts people in perspective. Coming in cold, I never warmed up to anyone, including the narrator whose reading I would describe as "droning on".

I never had a sense of what the surroundings were. I didn't care about the people. The narrator's reading was boring. Spend your money or your credit on Angela Marsons's books. You will know what character differentiation sounds like in a well-written story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Barren Ground

  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Cara Gee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn't mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child. But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Stop Thinking About This Book

  • By Texas Traveler on 07-24-17

It's not Dickens

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I wish authors today would read some of the classics so they could get an idea of how to build characters and to describe surroundings. Though the storyline is good in this novel, there are too many characters very lightly drawn so it is difficult to separate them when they are referred to later in the story.

The many characters act as possible culprits in the crime, but with all the names flowing back and forth it becomes incredibly confusing to figure out which character is which. The author devotes a lot of time to conversation, which isn't easy to do well. I wish I had a better idea of what the town looked like, the structures, the streets, the environs. The narrator does a pretty good job with all of the characters, but perhaps it would have been easier to differentiate them if the voices were more distinct.

I do recommend this book, but if you can buy the Kindle version as well you will probably be happier because you can search the Kindle version for some of these characters and refresh your memory of them. You can also switch between reading and listening or do both at the same time now and get twice as much comprehension and reading enjoyment.

  • The Missing Ones

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294

When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Long and Too Dark

  • By Lia on 03-03-18

Irish Cream Rises to the Top

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

The last few books I've listened to have been three stars at best. I was beginning to become jaded about the "gripping thrillers" that weren't. Until now.

I'm very pleased to recommend "The Missing Ones", to lovers of suspense books. The story begins with a group of children watching a clandestine burial and wondering which one of them will be next. The question is not resolved for many listening hours during which the author, through an excellent narrator, weaves a tale both tragic and horrifying.

At the center is a cynical detective from a small Irish town tasked with finding the murderer of a young woman killed in a cathedral. As the case progresses, more suspicious deaths occur, and the detectives wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands or if the deaths are part of a cover up as they get too close to the truth.

Answers seem elusive yet questions multiply and take the detective back to her own childhood mystery. Of course the Catholic Church is involved--it was their cathedral--but as a help or a hindrance?

Is there a connection among the dead? How is the past linked to the present? Are the cast of characters friends, foes, innocents, victims? The plot is complex and believable given recent revelations about the strength, power, and human frailty of those at all levels of the Catholic Church both in Ireland and Rome.

The narrator disarmingly brings to you a melange of people's voices, and unless you stop and think about it, you forget this is one person speaking.

There is no dead time in this book; it moves along at a good clip. Before you know it the story is over, all the questions are answered, and you are left looking for more by both the author and narrator.

  • Lie to Me

  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Lorraine Coady
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245

Three minutes. That's all it takes for Meredith's entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother she's never known. Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera? The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim? The problem is, she's not the only one looking....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique premise held up by good storytelling!

  • By Cassandra on 05-23-17

Can't Actually Recommend at Any Price

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

The beginning set up was interesting; it offered the potential for mystery and suspense. At some point after that, the story line drifted away from relevancy to just filling space. Many of the middle chapters could have been consolidated into one or two. The end picks up again, but there was never a level of suspense that typical "page turners" have. I was somewhat curious about the outcome, but mostly I just wanted to be done with it. I hung on in hopes of finding out what happened to Becca-the mother of the main character.

I almost always set my playback speed to 1.25. This book dragged so much in the middle I actually set it to 1.7. I didn't want to miss something important, yet I wanted to bypass the, "yada, yada, yada".

The narrator was pretty good and dealt well with the many voices. I only paid a few dollars for this book, so I don't feel ripped off. Still I can't recommend someone else fork over any money for this book when there are plenty out there that are inexpensive AND much better written.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,653

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Cartec on 02-02-17

Where to even begin?

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

It's said during certain times and extraordinary circumstances children must grow up too soon. They leave behind the days of youthful play and carefree thoughts and must confront unpleasant, wrenching, mind-bending, truths of the present that blend with nightmares of the past. Such are the heartbreaking days that await nine-year old Jasper Leary as he awakens in a world where everything makes sense and falls asleep in a world where nothing will ever be the same.

The next two years are rife with confusion, fear, sorrow, danger, and dashed hopes as Jasper builds a new life utilizing enough courage and fortitude to weather and eventually find a twisted road home.

His terrifying experiences will remain with you. The author paints vividly allowing us to accompany this exceptional child on his journey. The narrator skillfully distinguishes voices so we know the speakers without attributions. The story begins with an air of anticipation and soars to an unrelenting intensity you cannot escape.

You don't want to pass on this one.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,556

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated but pretty well done

  • By cristina on 09-12-16

It's a story, a good one.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This is not a suspense novel even though the title may lead one to believe it is. It is less about spying than about the everyday consequences of being a spy and dealing with spies, past and present. It is a fascinating story, full of drama, and held my interest throughout.

How do you exit the business? Can you trust those you love? Those you work with? When are you ever safe from repercussions over unfinished business? How do you handle rumors that hurt your reputation?

The story moves back and forth between two semi-related stories separated by 6 years. I admittedly had to listen to some parts over again to keep everything and everyone straight, but in a complex plot that is not unusual. The storyline keeps moving along at a fast pace. It was a refreshing change of perspective from the typical spy thriller. Simon Vance is a talented narrator. I believe you'll be happy with his performance.

  • Walk into Silence

  • By: Susan McBride
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen's desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it's a case of a bored housewife running away. But as she digs deeper into Jenny's life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny's first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen to the audible

  • By cathy johnson on 01-13-17

I liked it!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I'll admit, I didn't see it coming. The story held me to end-always a good start. I wish the characters had been more fleshed out; I saw them in my mind as kind of fuzzy. This narrator did an adequate job, but were I to read another of the author's books I would hope for a narrator with a wider range of voices. I wouldn't let it stop me though, it wasn't annoying. I did enjoy the book very much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Lines

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 5
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn't add up. When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME SERIES!

  • By T. McTier on 11-15-16

Another Solid Hit!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I really do like these characters. I have a clear image of each that has not been contradicted in any of the novels in this series. I like that kind of consistency. The narrator I think goes a little too far in making Kim sound extra tough. There's a difference between firmness and bullying. Kim has the respect of her team; she doesn't have to be a bully to be effective. I hope the narrator will take the edge off that voice in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful