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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,971

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Highly over rated.

  • By Corey Mackenson on 09-07-18

I don't understand all of the positive reviews.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I'm not really sure what to say. Here is how I viewed the book. A woman's kid gets kidnapped 10 years ago then gets returned with severe emotional scarring. Then for the rest of the book his mom yells at him for not talking and thinks everyone she knows is responsible for the kidnapping. It is so so so frustrating listening to the main character constantly being upset with her emotionally crippled child the whole book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Off the Grid

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel. Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They're not there to threaten him but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert, and in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tight writing. Strong characters. Good plot

  • By W. Brooks on 04-03-16

Not really a Joe Pickett novel

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Any additional comments?

All of the things that make the Joe Pickett series are missing from this book like the dynamic between Joe and his family and Joe doing game warden stuff. Instead the author tried to imitate everyone else who is out of ideas and introduce terrorism into this series. Predictable stereotypical terrorists too. Not to mention that the plot was so far out of touch with reality. Pretty much the worst Joe Pickett novel to date. Oh, and not to mention that Joe Pickett is really in only 1/2 the novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sworn to Silence

  • A Thriller
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. She's certain she's come to terms with her past - until the first body is discovered in a snowy field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry.....

  • By SHEILA on 08-01-09

Giant Cliche

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

Reviewed: 01-17-15

What would have made Sworn to Silence better?

A more original story and more unique characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Great disappointment. This book is one mystery cliche after cliche. The author just didn't seem to know much about police from anything other than TV shows. Stupid stuff like "Don't leave town". The chief was a homicide detective for 2 years but in the first 15 minutes of the book she didn't know basic forensic stuff. The police in her department (every one has a nickname) swear and talk on the radio like the Duke boys but when she needs them, they are all professional CSI/Investigators.

Any additional comments?

I liked the concept of an Amish woman turned police officer but it was a huge fail.

  • Storm Assault

  • Star Force, Book 8
  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504

In Storm Assault , the eighth book of the Star Force series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials - but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Emperor must DIE!

  • By Diane on 10-03-13

1 book too many, two hours too much.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

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

I think that this series has played itself out. The story was kind of dull.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm going to give Star Force a rest for a while. I couldn't wait for the next one to come out after my first listen and now I'm just no longer interested.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader does a good job of using voice to differentiate characters. I actually like him as a reader very much.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I just couldn't wait for the book to end by the last third.

Any additional comments?

I hope that this is the final book in the series but I'm sure it isn't. The last 3 hours of the book just dragged. There was a ridiculous fight scene near the end that had to make even the most die hard fan grown. In the last 10 minutes 2 characters are taking and character 1 asks character 2 if they can just go the evening without talking about something (trying not to spoil anything) and character 2 says "sure, I just want to make sure you know . . . " then rambles on again for another minute. Then character 1 asks again if they can not talk about it again and character 2 says "yes, as long as you understand that. . . " then rambles on again about pretty much the same thing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crime and Punishment [Trout Lake Media Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

A young student is haunted by the murder he has committed. Overwhelmed afterwards by guilt and terror, he confesses and goes to prison. There he realizes that happiness and redemption can only be achieved through suffering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Book, Awful Narrator

  • By N. Casper on 10-14-13

Fine Book, Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

Would you listen to Crime and Punishment [Trout Lake Media Edition] again? Why?

No. The book was fine. It is over 100 years old and shows some wear, but is an interesting look into the past. My real issue is that the narrator is just so bad. Let me explain. He has a fine voice for audible. But he emphasizes words and syllables in the middle of sentences and pauses in the middle of sentences for no reason, that the sentence loses its meaning or causes confusion. He doesn't just do it on occasion, it is throughout the entire book. It made listening to his version of this book so unenjoyably that I will never listen to a book with this narrator again.

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

Terrible. Why pause in the middle of sentences for no reason? Why the emphasis on words or syllables in the middle of sentences? How did this get past the producer?

Any additional comments?

I'm very surprised as the production quality of this book seems well done that the performance by the reader was so bad.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,814

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains a lot!

  • By Joan on 11-22-12

What am I missing?

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

What disappointed you about Criminal?

Gripping? Heart Pounding? Edge of your Seat? Where? It is a bunch of boring, and frustrating, flashbacks to the 70's. Yes, I realize that the 70's were difficult for women in the police departments but an other male police almost raping a female officer? Officers not responding to backup calls and instead calling you honey and telling you to take care of it? In one scene, the woman officer doesn't shoot a man as he is attempting to rape her partner because "me and my husband don't want a loaded gun in our house" tee hee. The book is just not believable for me.

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

I just could not believe the story. Yes, fiction, but at least make it realistic.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 24/7

  • By: Jim Brown
  • Narrated by: Aaron Fryc
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

On a small Caribbean island a woman joins the newest reality TV show: 24/7. For Dana Kirsten, winning the $2 million prize could mean saving her child's life. But while the country is watching her every move, Dana is entering a fight for her own life - and a conflict that will shake the world...

Vassa Island has been rigged with remote control cameras, a surveillance satellite system, and the most powerful television transmitter ever created. And that's not all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the time

  • By Eva on 05-20-12

Started out strong

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-10

This book starts out O.K., I liked the concept and it had potential. But in the end, this book doesn't deliver. The characters are pretty bland and the island challenges are just too much to believe. And the "mysteries" were too much. For example: (not from the book) . . . ice is made out of water, water is wet, the soinso must be hidden in the island wetsuit factory! or some such BS. In the end, it is like listening to a 8 hour episode of Scooby Doo.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lawman

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

When San Antonio FBI agent Garon Grier buys a ranch in Jacobsville, Texas, the strong, silent loner is hoping to mend some broken family fences. He is not looking for love when he finds an unexpected, unwanted attraction to the girl next door, a shy, lovely woman who believes some secrets are best kept hidden. But the truth will prove just as dangerous when Garon tackles the most difficult case of his career: hunting an escaped convict, a child predator whose former victims are all dead. All except one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Recommended

  • By Margie on 04-23-12

Horrible . . . Avoid

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-10

OMG, this was the worst book I've ever listened to. It was 10% "mystery" and 90% bad bad bad "romance". Note to the editor; putting 'ly' at the end of a word does not make it an adverb. ". . . he said, huskely" or "as he drank thirstily" or ". . . she whispered throatily". The description sounds very good but this book is terrible. My wife may divorce me because it was all we had to listen to on our car ride to WI. Avoid this book and hope that the author stops trying to write books. Just bad. . . so bad.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Promise Land

  • By: Marcia Muller
  • Narrated by: Jean Reed Bahle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Ricky Savage is Sharon McCone's brother-in-law, and the hottest country singer in the business. He's on top professionally, but hitting rock bottom in his personal life. His longtime marriage to Sharon's sister, Charlene, is breaking up, forcing him to question if it was all worth it: the struggle, hard times, and hopes of stardom that finally came true. Even worse, Ricky has been getting anonymous letters threatening not only himself, but also his children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best

  • By Me & My Girls on 04-16-14

Not very good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-09

This was like listening to an episode of "Murder She Wrote". The reader even sounded like Angela Landsbury. There were about 200 characters and none of them were very memorable. And I need to check the publication date because the characters were talking about getting a car phone in addition to their "Cellular Phone". Just and out of date and out of touch snooze fest.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In the Shadow of the Glacier

  • By: Vicki Delany
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Trouble is brewing in the small town of Trafalgar. Constable Smith nearly stumbles over a body, the victim of a murder. The deceased was a highly unpopular newcomer who had big plans for developing a luxury resort outside of town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Start To A Mystery Series

  • By Sara on 01-25-15

Awful, Awful book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-07

Wow, this book was bad, I didn't even go past part two. I listened to better writing in my English 101 classes in collage. The descriptions where as basic and uncreative as anything I've ever read and the characters were clich? after clich? . . . the weight lifter was big and dumb, the small town reporter was naive, the big city reporter was smart but bad . . . and the worst character of all is the main character. A shy, easily embarrassed, whimpering woman police officer with no backbone (no department in the world would ever hire her). It was so irritating to even listen to I go angry just thinking about what the author was thinking about when writing this book. Apparently everyone in Canada (in this book, anyway) is kind of slow and/or uber liberal.

The Narrator sounds like Howard Kosel and the voices she uses make everyone sound like they are 10 years old. I've listened to about 3 dozen books now and this one was the worst.

Seriously, awful!

2 of 6 people found this review helpful