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  • Dead to Rights

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration ruins the book

  • By Jenny on 06-15-12

Pure Enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I stumbled into this series just this year, so I heard the last book first and am now starting from book #1. Even though I know the path that Joanna’s life eventually takes, I am certainly enjoying filling in the years between and seeing how she grew into the much respected public servant.

The only thing negative about this series is the fact that you listen to 80% of the book trying to solve the mystery, then, some new character is introduced and BAM you have the culprit. Mystery solved.

This book has a different narrator, C J Critt than the other books. I have listened to many other books with CJ and think she is an excellent narrator. However the difference in the cadence of her voice makes a difference in how Joann is perceived in my mind.

Looking forward to working my way through the books.

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,565

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Hard to relate

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Really? A preschool child who is that deviously evil?

Having never known anyone who has had to deal with a child with these kind of issues, it is hard to connect with this book. However, I know there are children with these kind of mental and emotional issues.

As a parent it is hard to hear the pain the parents are living. This beautiful baby girl who made them a family has something wrong with her that love can’t fix. With a target on her back, the rage felt for the mother is going to explode right under the fathers naively busy life.

The book was one of those that didn’t capture my attention, but I couldn’t leave it all one. There is room for a sequel...I’ll pass.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 17th Suspect

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women's Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By Sharon L. Plett on 06-12-18

A change of pace

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Compared to the other Women’s Murder Club, this book is quite benign and quiet. It was a nice change of pace as there were not many players, it stays in the present ( not jumping around in time) not much blood shed and an ending that did not leave you wondering why.

I will be awaiting to see what kind of trouble the girls get into next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseatingly saccharine

  • By cathy journeaux on 04-29-18

A different kind of Scottoline

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I am a fan of L. Scottoline books, but have kept my interest in the mystery/detective area.

For a change of pace, I purchased this book after it was on my recommended list.

The story was interesting. Although I don’t normally enjoy books that jump around on a timeline, this book was easy to follow.

When a mother looses custody of her daughter at a young age due to mental issues after birth and same daughter is taken out of the country and this out of the mom’s life, as a mother, it is easy to understand how a mother would welcome her daughter back with she calls out of the blue after the death of her custodial father. But when the teenager begins to play games and manipulate the family with lies and causes mistrust, causing the mother to make a choice between husband and daughter within only a couple of weeks, something is wrong.

And so, this family quickly falls apart until the mother begins to put pieces that don’t match with facts together and began to investigate and dig further.

Kudos to Maggie for listening to her gut and instincts. I’m glad the book was not a long drawn out account of all the facts. I don’t loose interest or skip chapters as I do when I get bogged down with too many details. That being said, it made a big leap from missing daughter to kidnapped girls and selling to slave market.

I like happy endings. And this one doesn’t disappoint. There can be a happily ever after every now and then.

  • Accidental Heroes

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

On a beautiful May morning at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco - one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous - perhaps ominous - message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security, and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-31-18

Converted Danielle Steel Fan

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I’m not a fan of these kind of novels, but got this book via a friend. It was a pleasant change from the type of books I read. It was an interesting story that pulled you in immediately, wondering who the villain going to be. It’s her, no definitely him....no may a passenger. You just never knew until the bathroom door opened with someone holding a loaded gun.
I’m not sure of the possibility of actually being able to bring a plane home safely via this route, but I believed it possible.
I won’t ruin the ending, but this was not a book I was disappointed I listened to. May try more Danielle Steele books.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Code Black

  • By: Philip Donlay
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Crippled by a high-altitude collision with another airplane, Wayfarer 880, half the roof ripped away, flies on in the evening sky. Seated in the back, amid dead and dying passengers, pilot Donovan Nash fights decompression and oxygen deprivation to make it to the shattered cockpit. With help from a woman from his carefully concealed past, and a handful of survivors, Donovan must try to fly the heavily damaged plane with no electrical power or functioning instruments...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stop Suspense!

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-21-09

Can’t put down

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Just happened on this book. Not familiar with author or narrator. Sounded different from anything I listen to. Why not.?


It did not let me down!

I made the mistake of starting the book in the late PM and actually made myself stay up to listen to it. At times I would have to take a break and take slow deep breaths to relax as my body was so tense from the drama. Then back for more.


I have to admit that while the storyline is possible, as we have heard of mid air collisions, having the right people in the right spot who are knowledge and have the ability to reach resources and agencies that can immediately make things happen is questionable. But, it works in this book .... down to the kid who happened to have a laser pointer in his pocket to save the day.

It was an extremely enjoyable book. Technical enough to assist you in understanding the severity of the situation , but not so that you feel you could operate an airplane in an emergency if needed.

And in the end, some lives were lost, some saved , some changed forever and secrets from the past reburied.

On to find another good book.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,781

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

This may be one of the oddest books to which
I have listened. Was never sure which female character was speaking as I was never sure if there 2, 3 or 4 women. Maybe more. The stories intertwined through a timeline of many years and lives.

I kept waiting for the book to latch on to my attention, but it never did.

Finished book and still don’t know whom was married to whom.........

Waste of time and credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Fear

  • By: Rick Mofina
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities. A multiagency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her, and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Circumstances and the sin of omission

  • By Annette Mitchell on 12-21-16

A real who did it?

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

A past filled with tragedies leads a family to the mountains for closure. Only on of them knows the whole truth... and she’s not ready to talk.
Then the young daughter disappears into the dense mountains.
Did the dad loose his temper? Or did the mom let the last repeat itself? Was the mountain going to take another innocent life? Or, was it a man on death row in control of everything?


This book will keep you guessing until the very end.

Great listen.

  • Our Souls at Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our Souls at Night is simply perfect.

  • By Bonny on 06-01-15

I really wanted to like this story.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

After seeing that Robert Redman and Jane Fonda were going to star in the movie based on this story I was excited. Finally a romance for the mature audience.

I was disappointed. The characters had no depth to them and never seemed to come together. I guess I was wanting a wonderful love story like Bridges of Madison County. But instead got Walking the alley with a paper bag and pajamas.

Hope they can make the characters more relatable and likable. If not, I see lots of hype over little of nothing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,821

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

  • By Sam on 08-05-16

Heart Warming

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

My first Emily Bleeker novel. This is not the kind of book I would normally listen to, but it was a wonderful change of pace.

This is the story of a broken family after the death of a beloved wife and mother of three small children. After her death, her secrets began to reveal themselves in mysterious letters in blue envelopes.

Take the time to hear the story of grief, the road to a new "normal" for this family as directed by the letters in the blue envelopes. When the puzzle pieces come together, you will be smiling through your tears. Enjoy.

The narrator is wonderful as you can hear every emotion in his words.

In to another Bleeker book.