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  • The Girl That Got Away

  • By: Marin Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Grace Paunescu, D. Michael Hope
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

When teenage best friends, Callie and Avery are kidnapped from a tent in their front yard in a sleepy Midwestern town, the entire population of Newell is rocked to its core. But when one of the girls returns 24 hours later, her body covered in injuries and zero recollection of what happened, the search is on for the girl who didn’t get away. Callie is still missing. As Avery attempts to piece together an impossible puzzle, she stumbles upon the terrifying realization that her best friend was harboring a dark secret, and she may have paid the ultimate price for it.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+ Mystery

  • By Big Cheese on 08-05-18

Great mystery and suspense!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Absolutely loved this one! Great narration, fantastic storyline. Goes back and forth between two characters and two periods in time as the story unravels, giving you bits and pieces at a time. I had a pretty good idea of what was going on about halfway through, but it does twist and turn a lot. No spoilers! Listened to this one on a very long drive and it was perfect for the road trip. Definitely recommend! *** This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • Blackout

  • Still Surviving, Volume 1
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Westley Flagg isn't your usual lawbreaker. He's a poacher, a moonshiner, and a prepper, out of necessity. Despite trying to live on the straight and narrow, he knows the law can turn things on you in a heartbeat. When Wes has to come up with money for his Grandpa's surgery, he gets involved with an unsavory group. Living deep in poverty for most of his life, he's become resilient and flexible, but college education can only take him so far. A solar storm sends the northern lights as far south as Texas, and cascading failures in the grid cripple the nation. Now, without communications, Flagg has to prove he has what it takes to still survive. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar plot with exceptional characters.

  • By RJ on 04-27-18

Not bad...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This one wasn't bad, but it's less about a blackout and more about the life of a moonshiner and his family that go through a blackout about halfway through the story... The blackout isn't the primary topic of the book, it's barely secondary. While the story itself isn't bad, it wasn't at all what I was expecting so I was a bit disappointed. The title is a bit misleading - if you're looking for a book about an EMP or similar disaster, and the subsequent fallout, this likely isn't for you. This story is more about a long-term prepper and moonshiner, his family, and what their life is like in general when a blackout happens in the middle of their routine existence. The book is well-narrated, and was and easy enough listen, and was enjoyable on a long drive. *** This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • Dead Lines: An EMP Prepper Thriller

  • 911, Volume 1
  • By: Grace Hamilton, Jack Colrain
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

911 operator Jim Parker wants - more than anything - to be useful again. When a catastrophic EMP strikes, and he’s the last person a kidnapped girl speaks to before the lines go dead, he knows he can’t let her down. Especially when the circumstances are so similar to his own daughter’s disappearance. With the world falling apart around him, he wants to do nothing more than retreat to his prepper cabin. But with a fresh lead on his daughter, and another innocent girl’s life on the line, the disgraced cop will do everything in his power to track them down. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great new series by Grace Hamilton

  • By SunsetSam on 05-30-18

No real storyline...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I really wanted to enjoy this one, but it fell flat. The narration was excellent, but that's about the only thing that was good about it. The storyline was thin at best, and what was there was wholly unbelievable. Additionally, when it came to equipment such as breathing equipment and other tools, the author failed to do proper research resulting in a story that contains a number of errors. The language was also over the top. When there's a point to the language and it fits with the story, that's one thing, but this was cursing for the sake of cursing - it was really irritating and made it difficult to finish the book. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • Aftermath of a Murder

  • By: V K McGivney
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Why was accountant Howard Armstrong murdered when he was leaving his office one afternoon? After her husband is gunned down by an unknown assailant, his traumatized widow, Karen, is left to bring up three children on her own. The shock of his death is intensified when she discovers that Howard had been leading a secret life of which she was totally unaware. Devastated by the revelations emerging from the murder enquiry, she is determined to keep her children from learning the terrible truth about their father. To escape gossip and press intrusion, she takes them on a short trip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mystery Thriller.

  • By cosmitron on 04-27-18

Great mystery!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Really loved this one! It's a mix of a psychological thriller and mystery, telling the story of family coping with the murder of a husband and father, and wife coping with the sordid details surrounding his unknown life. No more spoilers, just listen! Would compare this one to Clare MacKintosh's work. Excellent, can't wait to see more from this author! ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • Arrival

  • War for Earth, Book 1
  • By: J. Thorn, Zach Bohannon
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Paramedic Maya Talbot assumes her children to be safe at Grandma's. However, nothing could have prepared her for the chaos created when a strange obelisk rises from the ground and generates an impenetrable dome over the city. Riots, looting, and violence run rampant. The situation in Nashville deteriorates, and then they arrive, thrusting Maya into a desperate race to escape the dome and save her children from the dangers on the ground and from above. When darkness falls, the intergalactic visitors manifest our worst fears and threaten the future of humankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Sci-Fi Adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 04-28-18

Not bad...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This one's not bad... Easy to listen to and good narration. There are way too many storylines though for such a short book, and none of the characters is ever truly developed. The book doesn't really stick to any one genre, and seems to borrow entirely too much from other well-known movies and authors. It's a bit of a mash-up of every good sci-fi/horror drama you can binge on Netflix over the weekend. Personally, I think the authors have more talent than what is presented here, because all in all the various storylines aren't bad and could each be developed in to a very good book. Not a bad effort though, and an easy enough listen on a long road trip. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • In Absentia

  • Black Acres, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

There's No Place Like Home. Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick but creepy read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-11-18

Great start!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This is just the beginning to the book, only a couple of hours. It's a great start, but since it's not the entire story, hard to review in whole. Eager to hear the rest though and looking forward to the next installment. Good narration, keeps you in just enough suspense. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sophomore Slump

  • Mackenzie August, Book 1
  • By: Alan Lee
  • Narrated by: Scott Ellis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Mackenzie is a private investigator, and the first client at his new office is a knock out. Trouble is, she's also the Sheriff. A dangerous criminal has moved into Mackenzie's hometown, and to help identify him the Sheriff wants Mackenzie to accept a job teaching at an inner city high school. He'll be a bull in a china shop, so to speak. A china shop full of angry gang members.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun mystery thriller.

  • By cosmitron on 04-24-18

Great narration, not so funny humorous mystery...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The narration was outstanding! And I mean really, the narrator is talented - he actually did a great job of voicing a character talking on a cell phone! Hadn't heard that before, sounded great. So to that end, I'd love to listen to more of the narrator's work. But the story itself just wasn't for me. It was supposed to be funny, but it fell flat - I didn't see the humor, it was just silly. The main female character was grating and annoying. And the mystery wasn't really a mystery... So for folks that want something to listen to without really paying attention, this one's probably for you. Otherwise, I'd take a pass on this one. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

  • The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving Art through good times and bad.

  • By cosmitron on 04-22-18

Great story, not so great narration...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This is one I've got mixed feelings about. I really enjoyed the story, but I wish I'd read the book instead of the listening to the audiobook in this case. The narration was a mess, with several of the characters being voiced so robotically it was laughable and the main character being voiced almost childishly. It was distracted and took away from what was really an interesting and well-researched mystery. If you're a fan of art history, particularly surrounding what happened to the art stolen by the Nazis in World War II, then you'll enjoy this book. But I'd recommend reading it...***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

  • But Not Forsaken

  • Clint Wolf Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: BJ Bourg
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

No one knows why the district attorney is gunning for Susan Wilson, but Clint Wolf is determined to find out, even if it’ll get him in trouble. While he works to clear Susan’s name, his crusade is sidelined when a bar manager is murdered during an apparent armed robbery. The method of operation is eerily similar to those used by the ruthless gang who killed his family, and Clint might soon have to face down the demons from his past to solve the mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't expect these twists

  • By Lisarami on 05-08-18

Fast-paced multiple murder mystery...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Fast-paced and well-narrated mystery. This one was interesting and had a lot of mystery to it. One of the things about this book that some will like and some won't, is that it has several mysteries that are basically consecutive, not concurrent, so it really could be two to three books instead of one. It could make the storyline a bit hard to follow at times, but not terribly so. Lots of different characters and plenty of intrigue. As always, Bennett's narration was excellent - he always does a wonderful job of voicing characters with just enough difference to keep the reader engaged without being overwhelming. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure in Exile

  • Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: S.W. Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

After her husband's plane goes down in a WWII battle, a poor nurse becomes the wealthiest widow in town. And she never leaves her mansion for 70 years. When estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon enters the Tate Mansion after the widow's death, she discovers nothing's been changed since the day the house was built. Why did the heiress and her maid eat canned soup and read used paperbacks surrounded by magnificent art and antiques? Why were the house and its contents bequeathed to a small local charity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable series

  • By J. Ricks on 05-24-18

Lighthearted cozy mystery...

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

This was just okay to me. Honestly, I think the "mystery widow" Varina's story would've made a better novel. I didn't care for Audrey at all, I found her annoying, shallow and silly. But the story of Varina was interesting and I wish it would've been the primary topic. This is a cozy mystery, which I usually enjoy, but there just wasn't enough depth or mystery in this one for my taste. The narration was well done and held my interest, with each character being voiced in his or her own unique way. Recommend for a light listen on the beach or for road trips and commuting. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***