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  • Footsteps in the Dark

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle, and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday. But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumours are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Story!

  • By Becky Price on 01-28-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Not the normal Georgette Heyer. She needs to stick with the Victorian books. Those are a sure thing. Not much of a mystery, marginal characters, and less than capable reader.

  • Ramsey's Gold

  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,806

When a forgotten journal materializes decades after Drake Ramsey's father vanished in the Amazon jungle, Drake decides to follow in his footsteps and search for the legendary treasure of the Inca empire hidden in the lost Inca city of Paititi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super fun listen

  • By NO ONE on 09-14-16

Ridiculous book; worse reader

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

I knew when choosing this book that it would be a fanciful jungle quest and no reality would be present. But it was ridiculous and written so poorly, I couldn't even credit the silliness of the whole premise. Truly horrible book. The reader couldn't ruin it because it was so bad, but reader was awful. Don't waste time or money on this one.

  • Most Wanted

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • When did Scottoline become Picoult?

  • By Erin S on 04-15-16

Dumbest protagonist ever

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

The concept seemed interesting - serial killer sperm donor. But after that, the whole book is one unlikely, contrived, ridiculous event after another. I have almost 1,500 books and some I can't stand to finish. I finished this one, but may never tell anyone else that I did. 🙄. Truly a poorly written, unbelievable sappy book. Don't waste your credit.

  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT.

  • By Patricia on 08-28-11

Boring, Boring and more Boring

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

I would recommend not wasting your time with this one. I couldn't finish it. The first 3 hours went on and on without a visible plot. Not Kate Atkinson's normal good work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dust to Dust

  • A Novel
  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,011

Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic? Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Tami - TERRIFIC!

  • By midnitemilkyway on 02-27-15

Don't bother with this one

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

This must be the first book by Tami Hoag that I've listened to. I thought she was supposed to be good. The text is banal, generic, "canned" cop speak. The plot is based on stereotypical gay men and the narrow minded cops that work with them. She doesn't use vocabulary that describes what she wants to say. Literally, every other sentence is, "like a.....". Do people actually say,"let's blow this joint"??? I don't like the reader either. An east coast, tough guy wanna be. NOTHING like a midwest accent. I listen to a lot of marginal books to pass the time as I work on daily jobs or working out. I couldn't get past the first 6 chapters. Save yourself the time.

41 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Silence

  • By: Heather Gudenkauf
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A jewel

  • By Sara W on 07-17-10

Jodi Picoult has nothing to worry about!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

One of the reasons I got this book was a previous reviewer compared this author to Jodi Picoult. SO not true. The idea behind the story line is ok and I found myself completing the book even though is was awful (long drive, no other book). I'm not sure if it was the poor readers or poor writing or both. Maudlin, banal, trite memories are how you are to get background information and they are so shmaltsy that I wanted to fast forward through most of them. There are multiple readers - Petra is good, and Ben isn't bad, but the rest are awful! I'm glad this was only a daily deal and that I didn't waste a credit on it. Don't bother with this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last Call

  • By: Tim Powers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of American Gods will like this one

  • By Cliff on 02-07-14

A weird book!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. So many reviewers were crazy about this author and I hadn't "read" one of his before. I found the book because I love the narrator and was searching for more books that he read. I like weird. I can read fantasy, magic, and sci-fi, but for some reason this didn't work for me. There is a lot of action going on and you mustn't let your mind wander for a minute! There is so much information in there that is delivered so fast that I couldn't keep up and then, eventually, gave up. I found myself confused for the whole first section.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Tao of Pooh

  • By: Benjamin Hoff
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 01-09-14

Something A.A. Milne would never have expected!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

I feel quite certain that A.A. Milne would be surprised to see Pooh as an inspiration for
Taoist teachings, but it was brilliant. Having grown up loving Pooh, and all things A.A. Milne, I had the prior knowledge and appreciation for Pooh and his view of the world. I knew/know very little about Taoism, but he was perfect for this introduction. I now see all these characters differently and they have allowed me to gain a basic initiation to Taoist fundamentals. I have listened to it twice already. I think I will need to buy the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Infatuations

  • By: Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple’s home she meets - and falls in love with - another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Skip this one!

  • By stl1111 on 08-19-13

Skip this one!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-13

This book had positive publicist reviews and still sounds very interesting. I am a patient listener and more than willing to give a book lots of time to develop. But I couldn't listen to this narrator more than 4 hours. She sounds distraught and overly emotional at all times - even when not appropriate to the story. She's awful! I was driving and eventually listened to my young grandson's music rather than tolerate her another minute! This book may be one that is worth reading but don't bother listening.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gentle mystery

  • By Sydney on 08-26-07

This series is marvelous!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-13

Any additional comments?

I've listened to all of the books in this series and am listening to them all again with my husband when we drive together. He loves them, too. Ms. Penny has created thoughtful, interesting characters that you come to know better and better as the series develops. They are all murder mysteries, but the murders are the least important parts of the books. The murders may bring the characters together, but the books are about so much more!
At first, I couldn't imagine a series that is primarily set in a small rural town that has murder after murder happening within it. But Ms. Penny has skillfully intertwined the stories and characters with other places and situations, and that isn't a problem. The narrator is perfect for these books. His voice, and his French, create a believable rendering of the stories. I love Inspector Gamache. He is a gentle, intelligent, character who isn't flawed and world-weary like Harry Hole, or Harry Bosch, or Dave Robicheaux. These books are not terrifying, gruesome, edge-of-your-seat page turners, but in many ways far more compelling. They seem real and deal with emotions and situations that "everyday" sorts of people can relate to. I love these books and recommend you read all of them and do them in order so you can grow with the characters and the pieces of them that are revealed in each book. You won't be sorry!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful