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  • Day of the Dead

  • Freida Klein Series, Book 8
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve - a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with - and sometimes against - the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven’t been disappointed yet!

  • By Kate on 07-29-18

Glad it's over.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I was a fan of this series but it just got so overwrought. I read this basically because I needed closure and, I have to admit, toward the end I just wanted it to be over. Frieda is a very tedious character. Beth Chalmers have another great performance.

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 06-28-18

Robotham is a treasure!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Robotham is a beautiful writer and I hate the wait in between his books. This was a really good entry in the O'Loughlin series, although I can always stand more Ruiz. And Sean Barrett is a perfect example of a narrator making a great book even better.

  • One-Way Tickets

  • A Case for Willows And Lane Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

When a local man, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, goes missing, his parents have good reason to be concerned. Emily Willows is a friend of the family and says that she knows just the person to find him - and, as Summer Lane soon points out, the fact that this also fits in with Emily's plan to set up her very own detective agency is surely just a fortuitous coincidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Female characters you can enjoy

  • By Amie Jolicoeur on 08-06-18

Short and unsatisfying.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I'm not holding out hope for this new series. The first installment was okay. This one was tedious and I was happy it was only 23 chapters. Meire was good as usual but couldn't save the book.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,615

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

Un-put-downable!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I am new to Lisa Jewell. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with this book. Beautifully paced and constructed. And Helen Duff's performance was superb. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

  • The Blood Road

  • Logan McRae, Book 11
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

What drives someone to murder? Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Logan McRae book

  • By Simon on 07-30-18

A tedious listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

As I was listening to this, I remembered why I stopped reading MacBride's books. They're very slow. It takes forever for the action to progress. And it's very serious subject matter interspersed with a lot of silliness. Too much "filler". The narrator was more than adequate given the material. My last MacBride.

  • Shut Your Eyes Tight

  • Dave Gurney, Book 2
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if, one day, there wasn’t?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent read

  • By Andi on 08-13-11

Another good one from Verdon.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I love this series and Scott Brick is amazing. I generally don't listen to American narrators because I just don't find them as good as the Brits when it comes to book narration. Brick is an exception to this. These stories lean toward the unbelievable and gory, but they're still entertaining and Gurney is such a fascinating character. The weakest link is always the wife, Madeline. She is unlikable and whiney and seems out of place as the wife of a famous police detective.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,802

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

So bad it's unintentionally funny.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I got about 7 hours into this and finally threw in the towel. It is a tedious and confusing read. I am so tired of the older controlling man/pliant younger woman scenario. I had just returned another book that I did not enjoy, so I forced myself to stick with this one. Finally, I just read the spoilers online and skipped to the last chapter. Truly, truly awful and poorly written. Heck, the narrator even sounded bored. For the life of me, I do not understand the great reviews this gets. I guess the people who love this have never read a really good psychological thriller because, people, this is not it.

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  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Harper is a gem!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Fell in love with Jane Harper after reading her first book with Aaron Falk. I'm so glad she brought him back because he's really a great protagonist. This is a fascinating character study which examines the often difficult relationships women have, both in the workplace and in their personal lives.

  • Dark Crimes

  • DCI Sophie Allen, Book 1
  • By: Michael Hambling
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

A young woman's body is discovered on a deserted footpath. It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim's mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories, involving violence and intimidation. There's an obvious suspect, but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for warped revenge?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Too Good to be True

  • By Andy C McNiece on 02-28-17

DCI Allen is too perfect to be believable.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

An unrealistic police procedural. Enjoyable but the heroine is too perfect. Perfect life, perfect husband, perfect children, and nothing ever goes wrong. In the end it was just kind of silly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,778

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Tour de force from Froggatt.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

What did you love best about Silent Child?

I could not put it down! Kept me guessing until the end.

What other book might you compare Silent Child to and why?

I can't remember having such a visceral reaction to a book before. Really great.

Which character – as performed by Joanne Froggatt – was your favorite?

Emma. But every character was great.

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

Yes! I cried throughout. I could feel Emma's trauma.