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  • The Body in the Marsh

  • DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
  • By: Nick Louth
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin.... To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Miriam Sabir on 10-28-18

Engrossing police procedural

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Although the ending was easy to predict, and the investigation moved slowly, I found this book very engrossing. I have listened to many police procedurals, and I found this one to be among the best.

I also thought the narrator’s performance was excellent except for Natalie Krugman’s American accent, which was horrific - like nails on a chalkboard.

  • The Perfect Husband

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,378

What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer? Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped - and the most dangerous game of all begins....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many years to wait for the audible

  • By PAM ONEIL on 12-29-18

Bad Romance Novel with a Serial Killer?

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

I suppose if I had been expecting a bad romance novel with the majority of the book consisting of bad dialogue between the broken, grizzled mercenary and the young blond ingenue finding her strength, punctuated with un-erotic sex scenes, I would give this five stars. That’s perhaps a little harsh, but I did find it tiresome that so much of the book was spent re-hashing essentially the same conversation between Tessa and JT. The book really lost me when Edith who “sees dead people” was introduced.

  • 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 6,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,415

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
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

A little slow but a good ending.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did, however, find it a little slow at times. I do not think I would have had this issue had a read, rather than listened, to the book because I could have skimmed the slower parts - although I did think the narration was good.

  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,786

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

“I knew exactly what to do; I had been a lifeguard for two summers,” said in a dramatic, non-ironic voice.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This line made me nearly laugh out loud, and, like the majority of the book, reminded me of the Five-Minute Marvel Stories I read to my four-year-old. I can’t complain too much because I “bought” this book in a 2-for-1 sale, and I was somewhat entertained by the book. But I can’t recommend it-it was way too cheesy, which is the best description I can provide. This “cheesiness” was only exacerbated by the narration and music.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,345

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Slow to start but ultimately satisfying

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I struggled in the beginning of this book and considered giving up - I re-listened to the first six chapters three or four times before the story made sense to me. After that, however, I enjoyed the book and had no issues becoming fairly engrossed in the book. It was much more a character study than a detective story, but I appreciated that it stayed away from the familiar tropes found in so many detective stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

The Audible narrator is excellent; the book’s character are unlike le

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The Audible narrator’s performance is excellent, and the premise of the book is very clever. But I found both the book’s narrator and Hawthorne to be very unlikable - as well as nearly every character in the book — and thus had trouble caring about what happened to them and dinging out about the mystery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Lives

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Hummel
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By CB on 08-23-18

Tired of insipid female leads

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I was entertained by this book, but I am so tired of whiny and sort of pathetic female narrators. I cared little about the characters in general and the narrator in particular. I kept waiting for something at the end to make it special or more worthwhile and was left wanting.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,035

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Start, Wowed.

  • By green ice cream garden on 06-28-16

I really wanted to like this book more, but...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This book had promise; however, I found the story to be very weak. I do not mind slow detective novels - I am a huge fan of Adrian McKinty, Harry Bingham, and Tana French, all of whom place an emphasis on developing characters. But they also develop the story. This book placed almost no emphasis on the mystery and instead placed all the emphasis on the characters’ inner thoughts, which grew tiresome and melodramatic. At the end, I neither cared very much about the characters or the story. The narrator did not help this situation. I thought the narrator was excellent with the different voices; however, his constant breathing through the nose and over-excitedness grew irritating. Despite these critiques, I did not dislike this book. I just wanted and expected so much more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series.

  • By Charlotte Araki on 05-27-17

Narrator is stilted

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I don’t know if it is because I have been listening to books read by Gerard Butler (who is a brilliant narrator)) and that has ruined me for all other narrators, but this narrator, when she is “narrating” (versus reading dialogue), is very stilted. I kept having to check my narration speed to make sure it was normal, and it is distracting.

As for the book, I still have to finish listening.

  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

Fantastic narrator and the Belfast setting circa 1987 is fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The narration is great. I enjoyed the story, but the Belfast setting in 1987 is really what set the book apart for me.