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  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,007

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

A modern thriller and a rollicking good yarn

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

If you could sum up Orphan X in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, lonely, dehumanised.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, very hard to put down. Always wanted to know what was going to happen 'on the next page.'

Which scene was your favorite?

All the scenes with Peter, the boy who lived on floor 12, who was teaching Evan how to be human.

Any additional comments?

Great book, terrific thriller, the plot well put together and well written. The theme of "what it means to be human" was subtle, and we understood this through the characters of Mia and Peter who were both very human in contrast to Evan who had been dehumanised through brainwashing thoughout his youth and 'career training.' Highly recommended to all who love a good thriller.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Collecting Cooper

  • By: Paul Cleave
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

People are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn't make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn't make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he's asked by Green's father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky & enjoyable book

  • By Janie O'brien on 02-28-16

Quirky & enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, not that kind of thriller. This book was written more as a psychological character study of the leading protagonists. The plot itself was very different and well executed as it jumped from character to character. There was also a lot of irony and subtle humour so that the horror of the deeds undertaken were somewhat diminished but not absolved.

Which character – as performed by Paul Ansdell – was your favorite?

For me it was the mentally deficient, but cunning, Adrian, so well portrayed by the narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh on quite a few occasions, and sad on a few too, but mainly it kept my interest.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to reading this book again. It's my first Paul Cleave, but certainly won't be my last. A thoroughly enjoyable book, I recommend it to those who enjoy an intelligently written psychological thriller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leave the Grave Green

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London's most renowned opera personalities. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Character-Driven Mystery

  • By Constance on 01-26-13

Very enjoyable traditional British who-dun-it

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

Any additional comments?

A thoroughly enjoyable British murder mystery in the Scotland Yard traditional vein. Not violent but relying more on clues and putting it all together which was enjoyable and kept you thinking along with the two DI's. A touch of romance, wining and dining, and even lust made the story more interesting and enjoyable. I love stories where there is more than one layer on interest going on. All in all, a well written story and I will certainly avail myself of all the series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,734

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Terrible but Terrific

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Would you listen to Pretty Girls again? Why?

Yes, I would, but I would wait a year, or two or three. It's not the sort of subject matter you want to digest frequently, but was well written and fast moving with enough twists and turns to keep my attention and enjoyment simmering.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between the sisters and their parents whose characters were well drawn.

What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

Everything, she is an extremely good performer and I will be looking out for her books from now on.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Extremely "X" rated - Mature Adults ONLY - no exceptions !!

Any additional comments?

If you get squirmish and don't enjoy extreme violence, then don't read this book! If you, on the other hand have a strong stomach and enjoy a well written and fast paced thriller then this is the book for you.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,723

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Well constructed story

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The performances were excellent, particularly Sue Lyons, whom I assume did the performance for the Louise Clark character and I'm so glad she didn't give Loiuse one of those dreadful lower class cockney accents.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made feel a lot of emotions through the range.

Any additional comments?

Recommended.

  • The Melody Lingers On

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tristate area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • suspenseful ...true to Mary Higgins Clark!<br /> <br />

  • By Pam Jackson on 07-15-15

Light weight for chicks...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Would you try another book from Mary Higgins Clark and/or Jan Maxwell?

mmmmmm, not sure - perhaps a bit formulaic and predictable.

If you’ve listened to books by Mary Higgins Clark before, how does this one compare?

perhaps it's me, but this read was definitely below par - reminded me a bit of a penny dreadful from the past.

What aspect of Jan Maxwell’s performance would you have changed?

the narrator was Ok

Did The Melody Lingers On inspire you to do anything?

yes, quickly find worthy book to read

Any additional comments?

These words come to mind: banal, trite, hackneyed, commonplace, clichéd, predictable, stereotyped, platitudinous, inane, fatuous, vapid, jejune, weak, feeble, tired, stale, overworked, overused, well worn; If you enjoy well constructed and well written books, this is not for you...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go to Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: S. J. Watson
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,840

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story - well-told

  • By Arlene on 01-30-12

Brilliant but harrowing story

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

unconventional thriller suspense of the highest order; so well written. Deep search into the damaged mind of a woman trying to find herself in our disparate world.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

would she reach the end of her search without being more damaged?

Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Top class performer..

If you could rename Before I Go to Sleep, what would you call it?

I think this title is apt

Any additional comments?

thought provoking and a hell of a read; get it!

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,801

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Listener's *Meh* is Another's Listener's *Wow*

  • By Mel on 01-01-15

One of his best.....

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

What did you love best about Revival?

for all those critics who did not enjoy this book, and would have preferred a penny dreadful horror story, then the mature Stephen King is not for you, he is for people who enjoy the layering of stories and themes and good writing and character creation. He is one of the best story tellers ever, weaving a tale you would be happy for to go on forever.Being of a similar age to King, I thoroughly enjoyed the authenticity of the eras written about in the book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The writing and the storytelling itself kept me 'turning pages' well into the early hours of the morning. What sheer enjoyment this book provided me.

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

David Morse was great; an excellent story-teller - nothing over the top here - just perfect for this book. He has an everyday voice, but with a tone and inflection that captured every nuance in the story beautifully.

If you could rename Revival, what would you call it?

Electricity

Any additional comments?

If your a mature follower of King and enjoy his storytelling more than the plot itself, then this book is definitely for you.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,420

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated for the first 90% and then lost me

  • By Heidi on 06-01-16

NOT A BAD THRILLER

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, I think so. It was one of those borderline books that I'm not too sure about. Did I love it or hate it ? At times I felt both emotions. It was really over the top and very far fetched, but the entertainment value was definitely there and finally, as far as I was concerned, this won out in the end.

Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not bad, he was very good with male voices, but not so much with the female ones; he made them all sound a bit daffy, but, then, I guess, they all sort of were.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the twists and turns and didn't see the final denouement coming. It arrived out of the blue, as if it came to the writer at the last minute and he decided to change the ending. There were no clues in the book up until then that this coup de grâce was likely to occur, and personally I felt it didn't fit.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,832

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

Excellent Literary Suspense Crosses Genres

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

What a rewarding book this was. It was even better than Mr Marwood's 1st book, Wicked Girls, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. The first couple of chapters gave no inkling as to how this book would develop. The story is multilayered and existential in it's nature and characterisations. While you may think the story is about a gruesome murderer, it's not, rather it is about what makes us human, and what drives us to be the people we are.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Alex Marwood brought his characters to life through his brilliant writing. They became 3 dimensional, each with their own very well defined personality.

Which scene was your favorite?

The landlord dying in the sewage scene was my all time favourite. As revolting as it was it had hilarious aspects to it and I laughed out loud.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Landlords, it pays to keep your investment in good repair."

Any additional comments?

Rates as one of the best books I've read this year. Absolutely recommended for those who enjoy something more than just a straight forward mystery/suspense.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful