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  • What the Night Knows

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,923

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better Koontz books

  • By Michelle on 12-31-10

Where was the story?

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I listened through chapter nine and all I got was background, soulful descriptions, and little about what the story was supposed to be about. So I simply went on to the next book. Call me crazy but if I'm listening to a book about a murder mystery, I like to get into the mystery quicker than chapter nine. So maybe the story was great but I lost patience.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Where was the story?

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

I listened for one hour. All I got heard was statistics and documentary comments about how bad people were, how many murderers, junkies, prostitutes, and low-lifes in Malone home town and he in jail. Sorry, if the story doesn't unfold in an hour, then I'm on to the next book. If you got through that hour, you're certainly more patient than me.

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  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,661

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Coben at his best

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

This story was a thriller from start to finish, especially the surprise ending! The main characters are all flawed, but incredibly interesting. Some you will like, others you will hate. And the narration was terrific. Steven Weber doesn't read, he tells a story. Wow. One of my favorites and I've been a listener for over a decade.

  • Slay Ride

  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Scott Wilkinson is a young advertising executive on his way to the top. Christopher Miller is an FBI legend who has been willing to do whatever it takes to see that justice is done. Two weeks before Christmas, Wilkinson goes on a business trip that will forever entangle their two lives. It starts like so many others. Wilkinson calls for a car service to take him to the airport. But the driver drives like a maniac, and Wilkinson feels fortunate to reach the airport alive. Then he makes a big mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Sherry L. Wright on 06-07-07

Grabenstein really grabs you with this thriller!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I've listened to Grabenstein's comedy/mysteries and have found them to very entertaining, but this new genre of murder mysteries with Chris Miller, is a real thriller. And the narrator is incredible. He does so many voices with such skill and his story telling is so natural.

It's a MUST listen.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,078

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

One of the Best I've listened to in 15 years!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

What did you love best about The Life We Bury?

The story was compelling. About a dying man who spent 30 years in prison, a student and friend who were driven to investigate and in mortal danger for their efforts, a great narrator who captured all the events of the lives in this complex story. Great listen, great story, very surprising end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life We Bury?

The end was entirely surprising.

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

No, but will certainly look for more books by this narrator.

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

The emotional build up was amazing. The dying man's honesty, the student's family, mother, brother, revealed the character of this student. The girl friend who came along side the student. All were people with flaws, all were (accept the miserable mother) incredibly honest and likable.

Any additional comments?

I've been a listener since Audible came public in 1999 and this is without question one of the best books I've heard.

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  • The Pain Scale

  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett can’t escape the pain. It’s everywhere: in the injuries that earned him a year-long medical leave; in the suffering of every victim he’s ever encountered; in the agony of his past. But he must keep the pain at bay to prove he still has what it takes to do the job. So it’s only fitting that his first major case back is a gruesome one: A California congressman’s daughter-in-law and grandchildren have been brutally murdered, and the carnage is some of the worst Danny’s ever seen. Is it a mob hit? Political retribution? A random sex crime? Nothing quite adds up….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Dialog, Characters, and Pace

  • By Aisha on 10-04-14

Narration is terrible.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm sorry, but Mel Foster is simply too boring. He reads the text in such a flat, monosyllabic tone and draws out the words so painfully that I just can't get into the book at all. The "pain scale" of the narration is just too much to overcome to enjoy this story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

First, Tyler Dilts included too many anecdotes about totally irrelevant material - who cares about the character's drinking, how much pain he's in, and about his playing the banjo? Boring nonsense. Distracts from the story. I was forgetting what the story was about.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just plain too much to endure. Couldn't finish the book.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,241

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Can't understand narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This could be the best story ever, but if you have trouble understanding English accents - I have a bit of a hearing problem to begin with - then this narration is not for you.

Would you be willing to try another book from Paula Hawkins? Why or why not?

If the narration is easier to understand, of course.

How could the performance have been better?

Have someone like Grover Gardner narrate. He's not only easy to understand but is a great story teller.

  • One Fearful Yellow Eye

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 8
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • McGee Does the Second City

  • By Darwin8u on 12-04-17

Just the Best!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-12

Where does One Fearful Yellow Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

MacDonald's stories are complex yet rather easy to follow and very entertaining. The author has that rare talent for lulling the reader into thinking the story is over but then springs a real shocker at the end.

What did you like best about this story?

Aside from a terrific and entertaining plot, MacDonald inserts his own philosophy about people that brings life and vitality to the story. And even though the books were written in the 1960s, his world views seem very contemporary.

What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

Robert Petkoff could read the dictionary and make it sound exciting. When he changes voices to reflect the many and varied characters you think that there must be more than just Petkoff speaking. And, unlike some narrators, Robert doesn't sound like he's reading. Travis McGee becomes real, the characters become real, and the story becomes real. And all the while someone is telling this crasy story.

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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,002

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Debauchery Alert!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-10

About 30 minutes into this book we hear the main character sexually exploiting a teenage girl in the most despicable, depraved and unspeakable way. If I were this girl’s father I would shot the kneecaps off of this guy, wait as he suffers, then drive a dull wooden stake into his heart. Sorry, I didn’t bother with rest of the book. I turned it off and deleted it from my computer. I then washed my hands. Call me a prude, I don't care. I'll listen to something that's truely entertaining.

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,108

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

Dawkins' Case for Intelligent Design

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-10

An atheist suggested the book to debunk God. I found it made a better case for Intelligent Design. First, he summed up the origin of life as a billion to one chance with the emergence of the ameba. After that, Natural Selection took over and the rest was evolutioning history. What is Natural Selection? It is the tendency of simple life forms to evolve into more complex life forms. That is how the lowly ameba became a tiger, a tiger a chimpanzee, and a chimpanzee a man. Somewhere, too, that same ameba became a plant, then a tree, and then a tomato. How this happened despite the laws of physics, and biology is not mentioned. Second, Dawkins tells us the opinions of past and recent politicians, scientists, philosophers, comedians, etc., about their views of God. Dawkins needs to ask him self, so what? If God exists does it matter what mortals think? Third, Dawkins explains how cultural heritage is passed on from generation to generation through what he calls memes. Unlike genes that are found in our DNA, memes have no physical properties; they are like mental extensions that give us uniquely human traits such as our emotions, our intelligence, our skills, and our beliefs. Things that separate us from our animal ancestors. Does Dawkins mention how one generation teaches future generations? Finally, Dawkins makes a startling revelation about Quantum Mechanics. He tells us that QM is so complex and confusing that we mortals can neither understand it nor even comprehend how it operates in the cosmos. But it works! And yet we are supposed to believe it came about by random chance. Or maybe, the physical world has the same Natural Selection process: simple matter become complex matter and also initiates physical laws. Sounds more like Intelligent Design.

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