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  • The Bone Tree

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but definitely could put it down.

  • By R. Ford on 06-24-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

The narrator is extremely talented! One of the best I've ever heard. His accents are perfect.

  • A Mother's Confession

  • A Heartbreaking Story with a Breathtaking Twist
  • By: Kelly Rimmer
  • Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete. But now David is dead and Olivia's world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seeing what we want to see.

  • By Ray Chanley on 12-21-16

Great book, detailed characters

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

I'm not sure what other reviewers mean when they say the ending was shocking because nothing about this book shocked me. I knew what was going on pretty much right from the start.

That said, I really enjoyed it because the characters were so richly drawn and I was very moved, and at times highly amused by them. Really enjoyed this one!

  • Endangered

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058

She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more: Joe's 18-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway - alive but just barely, the victim of blunt-force trauma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Chuck Box book!!!

  • By bluesky on 03-14-15

Good book! Will definitely read more by author!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

First book I've read by this author and enjoyed it. I'll be looking for more of this author's books to read.

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,689

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Book About Elephants

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What would have made Leaving Time better?

I want to make sure people know that this book is primarily about elephants and the study of how they grieve, as a parallel to how humans grieve. I wish that someone had warned me of this before I bought this book. The book would have been better if it actually explored the story itself more than 20% of the time.

What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

Make no mistake, this is a book about Elephants with a small amount of human interest/ghost story interspersed. It was literally hours upon hours of endless, mind numbing, eye glazing, repetitive droning on and on and on about Elephants. I would say 80% was about Elephants and about 20% was actual fiction story. The major twist in the storyline part of this book was really jarring and it occurred about 90% of the way through the book so that the last 10% was a rapid thrown together conclusion. The twist in the story should've occurred much sooner so that it could've developed more fully into something that actually made sense, and also so that the reader would have time to process it and understand what was going on. It felt clear to me that the author chose this plot device to stun and confuse the reader to the point that it would make one feel the need to re-read the book to see what clues were missed from the beginning. This ploy did not work on me however, and instead it left me feeling annoyed and I most certainly would not read this book again. I literally had to force myself to just get through it this time.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance of Alice's character was absolutely DREADFUL. I cannot say enough about how terrible it was. It was this droning, slow, drawn out monotone and almost robotic voice. It is actually crazy how bad it was. Another reviewer's idea to speed up the reading during her parts was a great one and I only wish I had thought of that sooner. :-( I found her to be insufferable and to make it worse, all her endless droning was about elephants. When she would pause in speaking, I would hope that her section was over and that it would be another character's turn. And then I felt actual agony when I realized that her chapter still had a long way to go. This actually happened to me over and over again with this book. I wish they would show in the credits which narrator read which parts so that I could avoid this narrator at all costs in the future. Jenna's voice was also quite annoying because it was this very strange, over-exaggerated extreme valley girl accent. Really odd. I liked the performances of Serenity and Virgil. They were definitely the best part of this book. More of them would've made the book a lot better.

What character would you cut from Leaving Time?

I would cut out Alice but then there would be no book I suppose since the story revolved around her and her never-ending droning on and on about elephants.

Any additional comments?

The only reason that I stuck with this book was because Serenity & Virgil were interesting characters and I didn't think that the Elephant stuff could possibly continue through the whole book. I thought for sure it was just a backstory for reference and that the real story would take over at some point. But I was wrong because Alice talking about Elephants turned out to be incessant and it was the main theme of the book. And Serenity & Virgil turned out to be very small parts of the book. One last note - I was actually highly offended by one part of this book. The author wrote a part where Serenity talks about having met George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara and she had a photo of the three of them. Serenity tells Virgil that what he can't see in the picture is that President Bush's hand is actually on her butt. I found this to be unbelievable that the author would make such a rude reference to a former President who has never been known as anything but a great family man and I'm quite sure that he would never have done such a thing. It was quite bizarre.

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  • Killing Hope

  • Gabe Quinn Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: David Doersch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

If you could save a million lives by taking one...would you? When LAPD homicide detective Gabe Quinn investigates a series of ritualistic murders, it soon becomes clear that the killer is on a personal mission to bring him to his knees, luring him into a deadly game of cat and mouse, where the odds aren't stacked in his favor, and there can be only one winner. One man stands in the way of countless deaths.... One man will try to stop him.... Only one will succeed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Fast Paced Thriller!!!

  • By J. Phillips on 08-22-14

Amazing Fast Paced Thriller!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

If you could sum up Killing Hope in three words, what would they be?

Exhilarating, Relentless, Shocking!

What other book might you compare Killing Hope to and why?

This is a crime thriller which some compare to the likes of James Patterson. And while I think that is a good comparison to explain to you the type of book this is, I personally feel that this book far exceeds Patterson or any other writers I've read in this genre. In fact, it is hands down the best thriller of its kind that I have read. Easily the best! I read the book first on Kindle and was overjoyed to find out it had been made into an audible book. In fact, this book is the very reason that I finally started an audible subscription! Just like the first time I read the book, I was so sad when it was over because I wanted it to never end! The ending is shocking and mind blowing which is not something that can be said of many other books in this category. It is unforgettable and I can't wait until books 2 and 3 of this series also come to audible. I will definitely be buying them the day they come out.

What about David Doersch’s performance did you like?

Having read the Kindle book first, it was really fun to hear good ole Gabe Quinn come to life! I enjoyed his gruff, Southern accent and thought David Doersch did a great job with all the characters and he certainly did this book justice with his performance.

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

What really stood out to me pretty much immediately when reading/hearing this book is the way Keith Houghton describes the scenes. He does it in a way that really makes you feel like you're right there with Detective Quinn! The weather, the atmosphere, the setting...it's all l laid out in great detail without an over-abundance of words. That is what certainly impressed me right away. He is able to capture a moment and a feeling so descriptively, yet so concisely that it's a very noticeable and striking contrast to most books I've read.

Any additional comments?

The ending of this book literally had my head spinning. I just COULD NOT BELIEVE what I was reading! I had read a long string of crime thrillers prior to picking up Killing Hope and since I almost always guess the end of such books, I was so sure I knew who the killer was in this one too. That is, until the ending actually came and practically hit me over the head like a ton of bricks! It was such a great thrill to be genuinely flabbergasted and gobsmacked!

I cannot recommend this book enough and I highly encourage everyone to pick up this audible book and also the Kindle edition. You'll be left wanting more and thankfully there are 2 more to dive right into on Kindle - Crossing Lines and Taking Liberty. Hopefully those will soon follow on audible. Unbelievably, Keith's books just get better and better. I have no idea how he does it and I'm so happy to have discovered this wonderful writer. I feel a slight tinge of jealousy for people who are reading Killing Hope for the first time!

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