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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,625

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Full of Twist and Turns

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Wonderful story line, excellent content, love the narrator. Can hardly wait to get into Book 2.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,374

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Best Grisham Ever

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Read all of John Grisham's books and this is absolutely my favorite. The re-count in the middle of the book of WWII was so intense I could only hope that those things never happened. Michael Beck always does a great reading on every audio I heard and never fails to put me right into the setting as if I were experiencing every event. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. If I could give it 10 stars I would.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 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 13,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,820

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

Animal Lovers Beware

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I just can't listen to all the sad details of an elephant's life that are included in (what would have been) a good story line of girl searching for mother. Could hardly get past the first chapter. Sorry I purchased but due to buy one get two, I just have to write this one off.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • House Rules

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Rich Orlow, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right. But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 12-12-17

Suspense all the way

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

The best cliff hanger book I have listened to in a very long time. Also very educational in a sad/fuuny way about the feelings of people that are different and the ones that love them. Highly recommend.

  • Cruel Deception

  • St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Christy Lynn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book,So so ma

  • By night owl on 02-28-17

Are we sure?

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Loved the book but I am left with doubts that Tonya Reid was guilty of anything. The story left me on emotional highs and lows. The diagnosis given on the time period left me guessing if professional people really knew anything about was was going on with these children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder of Innocence

  • The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann
  • By: Joel Kaplan, George Papajohn, Eric Zorn
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Early on a May morning in 1988, Laurie Dann, a 30-year-old, profoundly unhappy product of the wealthy North Shore suburb of Chicago, loaded her father's car with a cache of handguns, incendiary chemicals, and arsenic-laced food. Driven by fear and hate, she was going to make something terrible happen. Before the end of the day, Dann had blazed a murderous trail of poison, fire, and bullets through the unsuspecting town of Winnetka, Illinois, and other North Shore suburbs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Applicable to Las Vegas Shooter

  • By Teadrinker on 10-07-17

Soul Searching

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This story was indeed a sad tale. Lauie Dann was a mentally ill person that was not recognized as such. The people around her lived in denial. It's a sad, sad case that could have ended differently. So many people's live did not have to be in danger from her actions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • City of the Lost

  • A Thriller
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Purple Wizard on 09-19-16

Lots of surprises

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

What did you love best about City of the Lost?

This was an unknown author to me but it did turn out to be an amazing story with many twist and turns. Just enough science fiction to be a possibility.

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

Casey

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

Made me wish that there were a town like the one in the story where everyone could be who they wished to be reguardless of their past. A town of "DO-OVER".

Any additional comments?

The performance was excellence. Hope to hear more from Theresa Plummer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,082

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

It's Amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Where does The Sociopath Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A lot of great information. It's amazing how many Sociopaths I know based on this information. Pretty sure my ex-husband would be a prime example of someone that never bonded with anyone on any emotional level.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Learning how deeply troubled these people are and the fact that they are not even award of disconnect they have with others.

Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

None

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

Shock mostly by the lengths that people who are Sociopaths will go to get what they want.

Any additional comments?

I know now that I don't have to let Sociopaths into my circle of friends when I recognize the warning signs. 99% of these people will never understand that they are not pleasant or easy people to deal with. They will always be ready to blame others for their problems.

  • Thunderstruck

  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Bob Balaban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marconi, murder, mix well

  • By Michael Jones on 11-14-06

Hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

To start out with main story without all the history leading up to it.

Has Thunderstruck turned you off from other books in this genre?

To detailed in science

What didn’t you like about Bob Balaban’s performance?

He didn't have much to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thunderstruck?

The entire beginning. He looses the ready very quickly.

Any additional comments?

I think this is on the second book I wished I hadn't purchased in all the years with Audio Books.

  • Accused

  • My Fight for Truth, Justice and the Strength to Forgive
  • By: Tonya Craft
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 155

Tonya Craft, a Georgia kindergarten teacher and loving mother of two, never expected a knock on her door to change her life forever. But in May 2008, false accusations of child molestation turned her world upside down. The trial that followed dragged her reputation through the mud and lent nationwide notoriety to her name. Tonya's life spiraled into a witch-trial nightmare in which she was deemed guilty before her innocence could be determined by a jury.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwrenching Story

  • By Mary F. on 11-27-15

Eyeopener

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

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

Best account of the miss use of the court system that I have ever heard. More people that have gone through the same types of being accused falsely should get on Tonya's bandwagon. I knew the end of the story and still am amazed how badly it could have turned out for a classy lady.

What did you like best about this story?

The complete theme of truth and forgiveness.

What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

She made me feel that she was Tonya Craft going through the entire process.

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

Tonya Crafts total acts of forgiveness for those who had hurt her the most any woman can be hurt.

Any additional comments?

Great lesson in moving forward through forgiveness.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful