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Joanna B. Pinneo

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  • The Child Finder

  • A Novel
  • By: Rene Denfeld
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now - if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder", Naomi is their last hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and Brutality, Haunting and Healing

  • By Marisa on 10-03-17

Bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This book is different. The story draws you in. I was not sure what to expect but tried due to the good reviews. I am glad I did. There is sadness but it is handled well. Alyssa has a good voice. It took me a bit to get used to the way she ends her sentences quickly but either I got used to it or it lessened a bit and it became the character. I do think as we got to know Naomi she softened a bit. One reviewer said it wasn't great literature, I was not looking for Nabakov. I wanted a story I could enjoy, well-written and characters I could care about. I got all of that in this book. It could indeed be a good series. Glad I found it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

Excellent debut novel

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Would you listen to I Let You Go again? Why?

Yes. I had sympathy for the main character and liked her. Later I understood why she was so anxious. I also like good British police procedurals.

Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber and Steven Crossley ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

A great first book. I love that it was written by a real police officer/inspector I believe. It did have some twists. Good escape. The detectives in the book are characters the author can develop with each book as other writers of similar genre have done in the past. Room to grow. I would read the next book.

  • S is for Silence

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fell Short

  • By Carrie on 02-14-06

One of my favorites in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-09

I really thought this was one of the best in the series, more developed.

  • Escape

  • By: Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Questions answered - candid and informative.

  • By Kim on 12-17-11

An Amazing Personal Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-08

Carolyn Jessup does an incredible job of telling this stunning and shocking story. She is so personal and present as she describes her life in the FLDS cult. I had been reading Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner Of Heaven and could not finish it because it was so upsetting though I will pick it up again after this. (He does the best research and is so through). Carolyn personalizes her story in a way that holds your attention and you hope for her future and the future of her children. I admire her so much. What can we do? A must read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdom of Lies

  • By: N. Lee Wood
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

When a woman turns up drowned on the grounds of a royal estate, Sergeant Keen Dunliffe of Leeds, West Yorkshire, is hoping it's just a case of a drunken skinny-dipping accident. But when the woman turns out to be a historian, whose specialty is eighteenth-century English royalty and politics, and who was attending a conference at a local university, it's too much of a public relations nightmare to take lightly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narrator.

  • By Susan on 04-08-08

Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-07

There are a number of characters and all the different "bad guys" can get confusing but overall this was a very enjoyable book. Keen Dunliffe, the disgraced Yorkshire copper, is a very appealing character. Flawed, but honorable by his own lights, he makes a good foil for the rather uptight American history professor. Narrator Ralph Cosham offers a superb range of accents and characterizations.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Deepest Water

  • By: Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Considered "one of the masters of psychological fiction in America" ( San Francisco Chronicle), Kate Wilhelm serves up a chilling puzzle that will keep listeners captivated until the very end.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious at best

  • By Joyce on 01-16-05

I liked it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-07

Unlike the other reviewers I enoyed the book and the narrator. I listen to a lot of books. A bit predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ricochet

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown is back with a spine-tingling story of murder and betrayal, and a homicide detective's struggle with his own rules of conduct. When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and kid-glove treatment are the key to staying in the judge's good graces and keeping his job.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 ½ stars. It was not fun.

  • By Jane on 01-14-13

Not what I thought

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-06

It is not Sandra Brown's fault that I thought I was buying a true detective story rather than a romance genre plot (with a detective in it). I am only 4 hours into the audio book and I hope to finish it just to see how the detective part turns out. I am not criticizing those who enjoy the romance genre but personally I don't care for all the heaving chests and swooning, the breathiness and palpitating hearts. To me it is simply distracting from what might be a decent detective novel. I bought the book bargaining for a good detective story which I read a lot of and enjoy. I also agree with the earlier reviewer in that it is hard to like or identify with the heroine. The best character so far is the lady detective. Oh well. Just move it to the Romance section.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful