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  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96

Lovers and business partners Niamh and Ruairidh are owners of a small Hebridean company, Ranish Tweed. Their fabrics have become internationally sought-after in the world of fashion. But the threads of their relationship are beginning to fray. As they prepare for an important showing at a Parisian fabric fair, Niamh accuses Ruairidh of having an affair with a Russian fashion designer they work with - a fight that ends with Ruairidh storming off. Moments later, Niamh watches in horror as the car containing her life partner explodes in a ball of flame. With Niamh a prime suspect in the murder, the Parisian police hound her....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another page turner.

  • By Cathy Parker on 09-18-18

Bizarre final twist

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I liked the main characters and descriptions of Harris & Lewis Islands and life there. I don’t really like multi-reader style audiobooks. And the final explanatory twist wasn’t really believable. Disappointed. I’ve liked his other books better.

  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Maine Knitter on 12-24-18

Not my favorite Joy Ellis

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

There was a last minute plot twist that essentially erased my main complaint about the story. I don’t want to give it away. So I can only say vaguely that I was uncomfortable with some of the elements of the story.

  • The Crying Season: An edge of your seat crime thriller

  • Detectives Kane and Alton, Book 4
  • By: D.K. Hood
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

It’s hiking season in Black Rock Falls, and the small town in Montana is flooded with visitors. But when a hiker finds a human skull on a deserted trail in the woods that surround the town, Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate. With no missing persons reported, Jenna has no leads. Then her team makes a shocking discovery - the body of another hiker, a young man, tied to a tree and riddled with bullets. Could the two murders be linked? As more bodies are found, Jenna and her deputy David Kane know that they must venture deep into the forest to find and face the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great one

  • By michelle lynn keel on 10-21-18

Creepy bad guy

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Bad guy is a sociopath and because many chapters are from his point of view, the book has some creepy nasty sections I’d rather not read. I like the detectives and community and problem solving parts of the book.

  • Beware the Past

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Joy Ellis knows how to build suspense!

  • By Wayne on 06-04-18

Not up to her usual standards

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I found the writing frequently awkward during the setup of the storyline — with obvious exposition of facts the reader needs to know but in such an unnatural way that it feels like the writer is struggling to get the story started.
I found the narrator’s female voices to sound rather weak or ditzy, which doesn’t fit cops.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,212

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was good on my end

  • By Anna on 11-29-18

She’s written brilliant books—this is not one

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

While I have adored many of her books, this is not one of them. The bizarre character that runs the retreat center is both repugnant and crazy. What I normally enjoy in Liane’s books is the quirky reality of her characters, and while there are some interesting strangers in this novel, the pivotal movement engineered by the above crazy lady is ridiculous. Sorry.

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  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story about Stories

  • By kurdis teed on 04-02-18

Great fun! Cross-cultural humor

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I enjoyed the unusual storyline and the erotic tales within the novel, but the best part was the perspective of a young woman negotiating the difficulties of having one foot firmly planted in contemporary Britain and the other in the Punjabi Sikh immigrant community.

  • The Mother Tongue

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 735

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More satire than history

  • By Barbara on 12-18-15

Out of date, some tedious spelling

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Some of the chapters have too much spelling of words to be pleasant to listen to. I prefer John McWhorter’s books on English. I had hoped for more charming stories of English vs. American usage, but there wasn’t enough, and I was already familiar with a lot of the points he made.

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,037
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,907

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Fascinating Escape from Idaho

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Tara Westover is an excellent writer, evoking the complex world she was brought up in, with a crazy, conspiracy-freak, abusive father in rural Idaho. Similar to Hillbilly Elegy in bringing to life a bizarre subculture within the USA, this time in conservative Mormon northwest, issues of a woman’s place in society are poignantly addressed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,944

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Fantastic comedy on modern parenthood

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I’m re-reading this prior to watching the TV dramatization, and just loving the affectionate humorous musing on the human condition as lived in suburbia of both Australia (the book) and America (me). The rivalries and self doubting of the various parents are very astutely described. There is an underlying murder mystery, but it’s just a tiny part of the storyline.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 528
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline, awful narrator

  • By D.Gettys on 12-24-18

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful