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  • Vanishing Girls

  • Detective Josie Quinn
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing 17-year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I’m not sure I can finish...

  • By Eric J Valenzuela on 02-26-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I enjoy books with strong depictions of place or culture, and while the storyline is relatively compelling, the characters are not very well fleshed out, and there is nothing else of interest in the setting of the series.

  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 448

Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

  • By Paul on 09-23-13

Lots of bluster signifying nothing

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Lots of generalizations and bloviating and very slow to get to facts. If you like enthusiastic monologs on beauty and genius, you might like it better than I. I couldn’t stand to listen any longer, and my car companions were complaining as well.
I also downloaded as usual and don’t know if a higher quality download would make the music sound better—it wasn’t good enough to be enjoyable.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,566

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Puzzles and deceit

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

If you read mysteries for the plot and logic puzzles and figuring out whodunnit, this may be for you. I’m more interested in interesting places and characters and cultures. This was too clever and intricate for me, especially since I miss details because of distractions while listening to the audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!

  • By Cindy on 10-11-13

Fun and joyful, , like bluegrass!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I love Molly Harper’s funny narrative voice in her romances that don’t feature the paranormal, and Amanda Ronconi is the perfect pairing to perform them!
The storyline isn’t perfectly compelling but that’s not what I read Harper’s books for. The characters are intriguing and fun, and the small town Kentucky location was different and interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, funny and fun

  • By Pamela on 06-08-16

Disappointed but trying next in series

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Mostly fun. Neither as silly and light-hearted as some cozies, nor dark. Miss Fortune is the least interesting character, but because the little old ladies are such fun, I’m going to to check further books in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark secrets

  • By bayley milton on 06-28-15

Dark and creepy

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The sociopath at the center of this story is very nasty. The writing is very effective. Just be warned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Puffin of Death

  • A Gunn Zoo Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Betty Webb
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

California zookeeper Theodora Bentley travels to Iceland to pick up an orphaned polar bear cub destined for the Gunn Zoo's newly installed Northern Climes exhibit. The trip is intended to be a combination of work and play. But on day two, while horseback riding near a picturesque seaside village, Teddy discovers a man lying atop a puffin burrow, shot through the head. The victim is identified as American bird watcher Simon Parr, winner of the largest Powerball payout in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silly Fun

  • By Catherine on 11-13-17

Silly Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Another over-the-top zoo mystery, this time in Iceland. Webb’s writing is often clunky as she fills in information from previous installments, and as she tries to give a tourist’s intro to Iceland. Not my favorite of the series, and not for sticklers for elegant prose, but in the same fun vein as Joan Hess’s mysteries.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

Molly Harper brings her signature "clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists" ( Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can - with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends, Marianne panicked and bolted....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as impressed with the story

  • By SuchetA on 11-07-17

Light and funny

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I love Molly Harper’s snarky sense of humor. While I have reservations about some aspects of the story line, and I would have preferred a longer book, this was a really fun read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder Bay

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs another narrator

  • By Patti on 03-27-13

Entertaining story, over-reaching director

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Story and performance were great, but just because you Can use some technical trick to make voices on phone calls sound different, doesn’t mean you Should. Picky, perhaps, as it only happens occasionally, but it was jarring, and then irritating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Royal Wulff Murders

  • By: Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana’s Madison River. Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes on the case and soon comes into the company of reclusive artist, Montana newcomer, and ex-PI Sean Stranahan. After teaming up to investigate, Martha and Sean soon uncover evidence that the murder has ties to one of the state’s biggest industries: fly fishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, Montana & Fly Fishing

  • By Sara on 07-25-16

Entertaining Fly Fishing Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I enjoyed the descriptions of fly fishing tremendously. The mystery was compelling and there were some interesting characters. What I didn't like was the handling of the obligatory romantic angle of the story. I felt that our hero's relationship with the women was too male fantasy, and too manipulated to suit a formula, to ring at all true.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful