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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,354

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense at its best!

  • By NBurkey on 02-10-19

What’s wrong with me?

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

Reviewed: 04-30-19

I read several reviews. Most folks liked the book over all, with some minor complaints. I agree with one reviewer that Theo sounds aggressive, and is condescending in words and in narrator’s tone. He seems rather defiant and passive aggressive, spitting words with an edge..There are a few horrible cliches in the book that a high school English teacher would mark off. Made me enroll my eyes. Went back and listened to chapters twice as i worked thru the recording. I love a good thriller, however, much to my dismay I found the whole thing frustrating. Hard to keep the characters straight, and the plot was muddled to me. Reflections on past and present events/relationships left me confused..who did what, who thought what. Couldn’t keep the numerous people straight. I wanted to like this book....too many avenues that were supposed to keep us hooked for the reveal at the end. I would not recommend the book to a friend.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Cut and Run

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image - the twin sister she never knew she had. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Fast Fun & Free (to borrow)...

  • By shelley on 10-19-18

This plot has been written before. Not compelling book.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Plot was creepy...missing teens held captive, chained and abused until delivering their babies, then bad guys sold infants for profit.
FBI woman meeting local lawman. Of course they fall in love during this case. Trite love story. All of the sex could be completely left out. Didn’t contribute a thing. Lots of cliches that were distracting. I’d say book this is a so-so on a good day. I wouldn’t recommend it to people I know.

  • The Family at Number 13

  • By: S.D. Monaghan
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect. But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband, Andrew, barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not believable

  • By DRC923 on 09-14-18

Didn’t consistently hold my attention.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

For some reason i found my attention wandering off and away. I re-listened to a few clusters of chapters because I could not stay hooked into story. Pretty much everything happens toward the end. Then we have to wait for full disclosure explanation of who, what, why. Can’t really recommend the story.
I liked the reader’s style.

  • Bodily Harm

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Bodily Harm opens with a big win for Sloane and his new partner, Tom Pendergrass, in a medical malpractice case centered on the death of a child. But on the heels of this seeming victory, an unlikely character – toy designer Kyle Horgan – comes forward to tell Sloane that he’s gotten it all wrong. Horgan’s the one who’s truly responsible for the little boy’s death and others – not the pediatrician Sloane has just proven guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best novel in a great series!

  • By Wayne on 09-09-17

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Very predictable story. No real suspense.
Slow going. Plot dragged and dragged. TOO many episodes embellished descriptions, e.g.
when we are about to hear judge's verdict,
do we need detailed description of furniture in room?
Platitudes aplenty about life, love, death and grief. Off putting to me.

  • Brothers and Bones

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 985

Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Brotherhood'- Blood not required.

  • By Tracy P. on 02-05-18

Just not able to finish this long drawn out tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

Oh, this book was frustrating! Plot is sooo
slow moving, with so many, many episodes of repetition I thought my eyes would freeze as I rolled them back. I finish most every book, audio and printed. This one goes on the short list of "I Give up, release me!" Romance and sex not add anything. Not believable relationship, not developed. Way too many F-bombs. Adds nothing. Story line is not believable. I have enjoyed this narrator in past books, but here he often delivered sentences with a bit of attitude, as if annoyed, crabby, angry, etc when there was no call for such a tone. THAT was annoying. Sorry folks. Keep looking for your next good listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella." Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a MUST READ!

  • By shelley on 05-10-16

Well...

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

I'm sorry to say that the plot was so very predictable, including eye rolling clichés aplenty. I kept pressing on but I was not listening with anticipation or much interest; I'd say it was persistence.

  • The Prettiest One

  • A Thriller
  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,642

When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years...but it's all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she's been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Suspense Thriller

  • By qpj100 on 01-24-16

Predictable, slow, painful at times, laden with cliches.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

I was looking for a great mystery/thriller. As I listened to the story line, I sighed. As I listened to one cliche after another, I groaned. Some times aloud. The book was slow moving, and often predictable. The woman in the plot and her girl friend had been abducted from a bar when drugged and drunk and abused by a really bad guy--a serial killer. She never sees her friend again, yet she escaped the captor, leaving another victim and her friend behind....she could not save them. Traumatized by physical and emotional suffering and surviver's guilt, her psyche walled off details. Later in adulthood, old buried wounds are ripped open as her past and now present terrors collide. Retracing the road trip she and her friend traveled that fateful night, she tried to find answers. What she got was more trauma. Cliches abound in this story of soap opera caliber. Amnesia, a start of a new life. Hark, her husband finds her! But she has become someone else now, with a new name and new life. Gush. The mystery/ killer stuff was average. The writing about the relationships among central characters was awful. Do pass on this merry go round.

  • Death on a High Floor

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,542

On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-23-14

It started out well

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I enjoyed the performance of the book very much. The main characters are relatable, however the plot was not consistently strong.
How could lawyer A. from a law firm defend fellow lawyer B. Friend and colleague, in murder case of third lawyer C. from SAME firm? Oh, and lawyer A. was having an affair with the dead guy, lawyer C. Come on!
The conclusion of the Who-Done-It was uninspiring. Several characters were presented in the book but were never developed at all, so they did not contribute a thing. Sorry, not a challenging murder story.

  • The Courtiers

  • Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Kensington Palace is now most famous as the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, but the palace's glory days came between 1714 and 1760, during the reigns of George I and II. In the 18th century, this palace was a world of skullduggery, intrigue, politicking, etiquette, wigs, and beauty spots, where fans whistled open like switchblades and unusual people were kept as curiosities. Lucy Worsley's The Courtiers charts the trajectory of the fantastically quarrelsome Hanovers and the last great gasp of British court life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history

  • By Jill on 06-15-14

I love historical fiction & bio, but not this one.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

What disappointed you about The Courtiers?

This work was work. It seems that much history and preparation went into the book, which I appreciate. However, it took alot of effort to stick with the story, remember characters,
and stay on top of it all while I walk the dog or cook. I often had to rewind the book to catch words or phrases that I could not hear clearly. I gave up on the book, and returned it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lucy Worsley again?

Maybe; doubtful though.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Heather Wilds?

Probably yes.

What character would you cut from The Courtiers?

No comment.

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Room

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic P.D. James

  • By Jim on 11-23-03

Very nice narrators' delivery, overall bore.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

What disappointed you about The Murder Room?

I was sure I would like it. So I got it. Love narrators' work. Characters unique and easy to
Discern...and there are a lot of them. Many just there for volumn to fill the museum and founding family to set stage. So disappointed by how s-l-o-w the plot was, that I could have wept! No murder until chapter 8, I think. Very laborious to get thru. I really wanted a Great book!

What could P.D. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

As above

What three words best describe Charles Keating’s performance?

Very excellent indeed.

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

As above. Thanks