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  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,642

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Great book! Updated narrator review

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I purchased and read The Ex the book before this and gave the narrator, Xe Sands, a one star negative review. The Wife is much better and I really enjoyed it. I know it’s good when I continue listening out of my car at home! For some reason narrator was excellent in The Wife making the whole story much better!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ex

  • A Novel
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,691

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ex: cellent

  • By Lady S. on 04-29-17

Annoying Narrator. (EDIT of narrator below)

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I enjoyed this story and it kept my interest. It was good enough to tolerate the annoying narrator on 1.25 speed. Something about her repetitive intonation I can't quite pin point. Like trying to sound nonchalant but coming across very detached. It wasn't over dramatic which is the kiss of death for me in regards to narration so I tolerated it for the story line. Unfortunately, I purchased "The Wife" which has the same narrator so I will see how that goes.

EDIT: I finished "The Wife" as mentioned above and Xe Sands was great narrating it. I thought the story "The Wife" was even better than "The Ex". I felt the need to edit the above negative review of the narrator as she was really good in the newest book. I do not know why there was such a difference to me. The 'annoying intonation' was only occasional so it was not annoying lol.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

Annoying Narrator. Decent Story.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Unfortunately, I had a hard time appreciating the story due to the narrator. She has a very annoying cadence to her reading. It is monotonous. The main character is suppose to have a Boston accent but it is only applied once in a while out of the blue. It was disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her six a.m. run to the strict 60 minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries. When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..

  • By Cap on 06-17-18

Boring and repetitive until the last chapters

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Good story. Great narration. But the first 3/4 were very long and just a typical story of a married woman having an affair. I fast fwd a lot of it without missing a thing. But the last 1/4 was really good. I only figured some of it out earlier like others had reviewed so that helped to make it more interesting at the end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260

He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern masterpiece

  • By AmeliaD on 06-08-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I love most of Dean Koontz's books. His writing, subjects and great use of humor in a matter of fact manner. At first, I thought this was going to be a basic re-write of the Frankenstein story but oh no! It is so much more! Loved it! Christopher Lane, the narrator, is the perfect compliment to Koontz's storytelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Take

  • By: Christopher Reich
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Riske is a freelance industrial spy who, despite his job title, lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He has avoided big, messy jobs - until now. A gangster by the name of Tino Coluzzi - once a compatriot of Riske - has orchestrated the greatest street heist in the history of Paris: a visiting Saudi prince had his pockets lightened of millions in cash, and something else. Hidden within a stolen briefcase is a secret letter that could upend the balance of power in the Western world. The Russians have already killed in an attempt to get it back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine McGuffin Adventure

  • By Ted on 05-10-18

Good book

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Well written. Interesting. A little slow for me but that’s a personal taste. Narrator was perfect.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,421

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Narrator made the story. Good book.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Good book. Definitely worth a credit. That being said it was slow at times. So it’s not a great book. The narrator MacLeod Andrews was great though! He made the story.

  • The Girl in 6E

  • By: A.R. Torre
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,276

I haven't touched another person in three years.That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare to Be Flabbergasted

  • By Lulu on 10-16-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I love this whole series! One the edge of my seat. The narrator Jorjeana Marie is beyond great. She brings characters to life with perfection.

  • Fixed in Fear

  • Justice Series, Book 5
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant cannot reconcile the memories of his vibrant, headstrong young daughter with the cold, deadly woman she has become. The head of one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, Allie Grant seized power by wrenching it away from her lover, a notorious Russian gangster. Only two other people know the truth about Allie: the vigilante known as The Fixer, and Mort's best friend, Larry, who's undergoing a crisis of his own. Someone close to Larry has been slain in a mass murder at a sweat lodge deep in the woods....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has the Fixer met her match?

  • By shelley on 01-25-18

Boring. Barely tolerable narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I have tolerated the narrator in this series because I like the premise of the story. I have listened to every installment. Book 5 is so BORING that the narrator is now unbearable. The author spends way too much time replaying the history of the characters and previous books and not enough time on the new story. I have skipped chapters just to get through it. I also purchased the final book so I hope it improves or I may need to do some returning. Ugh I will completely avoid Christina Delaine.

  • The Killing Lessons

  • A Novel
  • By: Saul Black
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

In their isolated country house, a mother and her two children prepare to wait out a blinding snowstorm. Two violent predators walk through the door. Nothing will ever be the same. When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • After several Ho-Hum books, it's back to twisted, broken criminals tormenting their human prey with high octane gore.

  • By Kathleen on 10-17-15

So Good

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

So Good. Just so good. Nothing more needs to be said. In all areas. Narrator and author. Fantastic book.