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  • Tracy Crosswhite, Book 5
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020

While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can't turn her back on this kind of injustice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite Series Is Awesome

  • By Charles Atkinson on 09-27-17

Like a warm blanket.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

These Tracy Crosswhite books are always so consistent. So well written, with well thought out story lines and plots. This one in particular was very well done. Great job, with excellent narration.

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Could not have enjoyed this book any more!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Man, what an original idea, and what an amazing book! I loved every minute of it. This book takes place over the course of about 50 years, and follows a very interesting, unique family. Just extraordinary writing, and unbelievably well written characters. I found myself being unable to put this book down! I finished all 30+ hours in under a week. I simply had to know what happened next. The narrator is one that I don't think I have heard before, and he is wonderful. Reminded me of Michael Beck, who reads a lot of Grisham novels. So, so good. I have listened to 400 books on this platform, and there are very few that I have listened to more than once. THIS book, will be listened to again. Probably soon.

  • Deadly Recall

  • Jessie Cole, Book 2
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

When you search for the missing, there's no telling what you'll find. PI Jessie Cole learned that painful truth firsthand when her sister disappeared. Now a new case will test Jessie and Ben once again. Owen Shepard, the public face of one of the country’s biggest health insurance companies, has become the target of a vengeful father. The man blames Shepard for his child’s death and plans to make the CEO know what it’s like to live with a broken heart—and watch others die. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good & fun exciting book...

  • By shelley on 03-28-18

More of the same from Ragan/Rudd

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

The team of Ragan and Rudd is a classic. Their styles just fit so well together. It feels like Kate Rudd understands exactly what the author was trying to say in every aspect of the books she reads, and it makes for a great experience. Jessie Cole is a great character, and is quickly becoming a favorite of mine among the T.R Ragan books. On to the next one!

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,420

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Good book, great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This was not the first Joe Hill book I read. I actually read Heart Shaped Box first, and I really enjoyed it. I purchased NOS4A2 first, but for some reason never got around to listening to it. NOS4A2 took me a little while to get into. I liked the Vic character right off the bat, but the story just seemed to stall a few times for me. After listening to Heart Shaped Box, I really wanted to LOVE this book as well, and it was hard going for a while. Luckily I stuck it out, and I am glad that I did. While it never reached the heights I was hoping for, this book ended up being one I really did enjoy. The payoff was worth the slow start.

Kate Mulgrew was born to read books. I can not overstate what an amazing job she did! She added so much to my enjoyment of this book, and gave a simply amazing performance. I look forward to hearing her read again!

  • The Innocent

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting!

  • By Amber on 05-10-05

Home run!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

For me, Harlan Coben books are hit or miss. The good thing, is that even when they miss they are still pretty darn good. The Innocent, however, is one of his big hits. This book was fascinating and gripping right from the start. I loved the characters, and the story line drew me in quickly and would not let go! This novel deals with someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the course of their life was forever changed because of it. There were some great plot twists, and some that really grabbed me! If you enjoy this genre of book, this really is a good one!

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,016

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Boy, was I surprised!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I had no idea what to expect form Joe Hill. This is the first of his books that I had read, and I just didn't know what I would find. Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I feel a kinship with his writing style, and I have devoured everything he has written. So, I was a little tentative about reading something written by his son. Would it simply be a case of a lesser talent riding on daddy's coattails? Or would there actually be some talent there. I am pleased to report that the talent is real, and this book is nothing short of amazing!

There are some traces of King's style here. How could there not be...he grew up with the man. But it is only traces, and Mr. Hill has a style all his own. Man, it is good, too. His ability to develop his characters and intertwine them into the plot is astounding. I was drawn into this book right from the get go. The idea behind this story is intriguing as well. Such a fascinating idea, and Hill plays it out beautifully. There were also some truly breathtaking moments of terror. One actual "gasp out loud" moment that I am still reeling about. If you like good horror writing, and don't mind a little bit of language (quite little), this book is a home run.

  • Super Con

  • Billy Cunningham, Book 3
  • By: James Swain
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Master grifter Billy Cunningham has built a lucrative career conning a long list of Las Vegas casinos. In fact, he's never walked into one he couldn't rip off. Now he's scheming a "super con" with a gang of high-profile cheats - a one-time-only scam that could rake in a cool multi-million-dollar payday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The artist behind the con...

  • By shelley on 12-07-17

Series gets better with each book!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Wow! This is a great series! The stories are all fairly similar, in that they deal with the same subject matter, and the same characters, for the most part, but MAN these are good books! In Super Con, Swain tells the story of Billy and his crew trying to pull off multiple major scams at the same time. The stories seem to be fairly believable, or at least believable in context to what the average layman (me) thinks could really happen in Las Vegas. The characters are amazing, and some of them even change their stripes a little in this one. Made it very interesting! Podehl is one of the best narrators on Audible, and fits this authors style perfectly. GREAT BOOK!

  • The Broker

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why all the bad reviews?

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-26-05

Excellent!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Loved this one! I think that John Grisham and Michael Beck are a match made in audible heaven. Every time they are paired up I know I am in for something special. The Joel Backman character is one if Girsham's best. Excellent! There wasn't a lot of time spent in a courtroom in this one, but the protagonist is an attorney, and uses his skill to help himself out of a horrible situation. The plot that he comes up with to try and clear his name was great, and kept me guessing the whole way. Very good, and I am sure that I will listen again!

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,665

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

Very, very good

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Excellent Grisham book... Once again. I love Grisham, and this book did not let me down. I didn't love the narrator. I love Michael Beck as a narrator for Grisham novels, and I think he should narrate every one of them. Overall, really good!

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,323

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Apocalyptic bliss!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

First of all, I need to address some of the other reviews I read about this book. There are a lot of comparisons out there to The Stand, by Stephen King. Swan Song is a fabulous book, with a great story line and characters. However, it is not in the same league as The Stand. In this reviewers opinion, The Stand is not only the best book in this genre, but one of the best modern novels of our time... period. That being said, and all things considered, this still really is a great book.

Not a unique idea here, but the execution is quite good. For me, a novel lives and dies with the quality and believability of it's characters. In that regard, this book shines. The major players here are quite good, and very well written. As the story went on, I grew more and more attached to the characters. I didn't always love where the author took the story, but I am ok with that when it takes me somewhere authentic and interesting. There was an overriding theme of basic good vs. evil, and the struggle to find balance in an apocalyptic scenario. Nothing new there, but this one was done very well.