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  • If You Knew Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Elgar
  • Narrated by: Katey Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine's hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie's relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she'd been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, but good.

  • By Feviegirl on 03-07-18

Unexpected stories

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I was really expecting this book to be something like "Sleepyhead," when the poor girl with locked-in syndrome figures out the killer just in time. There was more heartbreak and more depth because it was a different story, of people's lives. The whodunnit part was quite minimal and I usually dislike books like this because I'm a solid police procedural person. I found the characters engrossing and the writing good. The narration was outstanding. It's always nice to really enjoy a book that you feel tepid about reading!

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Alison on 10-11-18

The talented narrator made this book bearable,.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I love the Dublin Murder Squad stories. I believe that authors have the right to change formats, subjects, even genres. But I really, really hated this book. I listened to it all because I love Tana French. I kept thinking that some character would become a tiny bit likable - didn't happen. Saints and sinners alike made me grateful that I didn't have to spend any time with them once the interminable book was finished.
The various stories seemed unlikely and the overly-dramatic ambience..well, enough said. I'll always try the next Tana French, and hope for the best, or at least better.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, "Let’s take the child - and go." Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "Unputdownable"...

  • By D. Paige on 05-04-18

Annoying protagonist!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The protagonist who relates this story may be the most annoying main character that I've encountered. Her immediate fall into total paranoia would be more believable, and understandable, if her life over the six months of her pregnancy were painted as more claustrophobic. The writing is good enough to keep me reading. But even at the end, Kirsty's response to Dom's quite understandable doubts just makes her whiny, and annoying.

  • One-Way Tickets

  • A Case for Willows And Lane Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

When a local man, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, goes missing, his parents have good reason to be concerned. Emily Willows is a friend of the family and says that she knows just the person to find him - and, as Summer Lane soon points out, the fact that this also fits in with Emily's plan to set up her very own detective agency is surely just a fortuitous coincidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Female characters you can enjoy

  • By Amie Jolicoeur on 08-06-18

This is a terrific new series

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I love Peter Grainger's writing, and DC Smith. I was very hesitant about a new series where one of the characters would be a Cornish widow of means. As it turns out, Emily Willows is made of stern stuff. Summer Lane is a bit more of a stereotype - damaged but immensely strong woman searching for a new raison d'etre. But somehow it all works. The first two books in this were very satisfying and I look forward to more

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Missing, Presumed

  • A Novel
  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168

At 39, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep - and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery lover's treat!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-20-16

Manon is a mess

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The premise of the missing daughter is overused these days but the author carried that off well. The only truly likable character, for me, was Miriam, Edith's mother, a woman of character. Manon was simply too much of a mess to have everything resolve nicely in a year. And the second plotline with Taylor Dent was too great a leap. It dragged.

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time heals old wounds

  • By wisconsinclark on 03-25-18

Wonderful character development

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I was daunted by the length of this book; however, it's three stories together: Havers, Ardrey's, and the mystery. The deep relationship between Havers and Lynley was portrayed well. DCS Ardrey's character was a little too stereotypical, including her final surrender but I found the mystery intriguing, and the cast of characters interesting. I love the Lynley books though, so I'm inclined to read them without as much criticism as I muster with other writers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Talking to the Dead

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Bingham
  • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy - and long dead - steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a well-known and powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best thing I've ever read, but...

  • By mindusq on 05-13-13

The protagonist isn't strong enough

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

I'm not very forgiving when it comes to police procedural, my favorite sub-genre, so bear that in mind.
The trafficking plot is quite good, especially with the questionable death of the millionaire thrown in . It is completely overshadowed by the ongoing "introduction" of the protagonist, Fiona Griffiths. She is meant to be brilliant, a first-class detective, quirky, suffering from a vague psychological disorder, an outsider with a mysterious hole in her CV.
To me, Fiona comes across as immature, whiny, not particularly intuitive about live human beings, but morbidly obsessed with dead ones. She spends oceans of time and money on funerals that she seems to believe are for the dead, rather than for her, as a way of dealing with her neuroses.
The book is far too long because it loses the mystery/thriller story to Fiona's story, and I did not find her character strong enough to carry the book. I will not be buying any more of Mr. Bingham's books with this character.

  • Sunday Silence

  • A Novel
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Listen to Sunday Silence, the new novel in the series that Louise Penny calls "fabulous, unsettling, and riveting" - and brace yourself for the breathtaking series finale in summer 2018. Lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant - Frieda Klein is many things. And now she's a person of interest in a murder case. A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda's house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh So Good! But Will There Be More??

  • By Silverhamr on 01-20-18

An appropriate end to a long week

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I love the Frieda Klein stories. Frieda irritates the he'll out of me, but I also learn from her. I missed a strong Carlson presence in this book. The transformation of Joseph into a real father made up for it. Complicated characters, and we're left to wonder if Frieda can live with the havoc her obsession with justice wreaks on other lives.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly amazing

  • By KismetKat11 on 11-17-09

I don't like to admit disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I love Val McDermid's writing, her characters, her plotting. I wanted to like this book. Every writer deserves to bend genres, if she wishes. But this one did not work for me. The first story was sooo slow, and a key piece of the puzzle was blatantly badly done. The "second" story was transparent. I 'm a mystery reader who doesn't want to guess the ending, but to be surprised. No surprises here. I only finished it out of a sort of loyalty to the author, and bc the narrator was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

intricate and interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

The narrator does a wonderful job with the various voices. The plot is almost too intricate but all the ends are satisfactorily tied up. A bit overlong.