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  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Absorbing Pendergast novel...

  • By shelley on 01-01-19

The narrator is always exceptional, not this story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I greatly enjoy the Pendergast stories, even the glimpses into the supernatural, which I don't usually read. This story gave Pendergast the usual perfection of knowledge, manners, and attire. He seemed to be wringing his hands quite a bit, however, over the entire puzzle of the killings. The relationship between Pendergast and Coldmoon and the Miami PD was very uneven. Can't say more about the ending without spoilers but it seemed to me a little more Jack Reacher than Pendergast. Nonetheless, I'll never miss a book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Demands

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is a young mother, Detective Helen Weeks. She is told her life depends on the co-operation of one of her colleagues - detective Tom Thorne. Akhtar is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in prison. He is convinced the death was not an accident and forces the one man who knows more about the case than any other, Thorne, to re-investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorne makes me crazy but I love the books!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-19

Thorne makes me crazy but I love the books!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I like Mark Billingham's writing, both in the Tom Thorne and other books. Thorne is even more the maverick than other "cops with an attitude." It's a genre all it's own with troubled, break every rule, but highly intuitive police officers. And I like the genre. Thorne goes 'way over the top in this one. For good, compassionate reasons perhaps, but still... A touch of reality doesn't hurt from time to time .

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Like sitting down with old friends

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I always await the next Inspector Gamache book with great anticipation. Starting Kingdom of the Blind was like sitting down with old friends to hear a good story. Some plot lines were a bit fairy tale; others almost too true to life. I have no idea what Louise Penny will write next, but I'm already anticipating the next storytelling session..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

  • By Wayne on 11-16-18

The only possible story

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

More introspection on the part of DC Smith as retirement approaches. Loose ends to tidy up. A relationship to be explored. Perhaps a trip to Ireland. Endings and beginnings. As always, Peter Grainger brings Smith into your world, or let's you enter his.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Terry on 03-27-18

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 3,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,709

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

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 1,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,706

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 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

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

3 of 3 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 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184

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 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204

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