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  • Never Look Away

  • Written by: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible sound quality!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-08-17

Horrible sound quality!

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-17

I’ll be returning this!
I can’t stand listening to it.
Can’t get through the first chapter due to the tinny sound of the narration. It sounds like the narrator recorded it on speaker phone.
Too bad. I’ve like other Linwood Barclays books.

  • The Good Neighbor

  • The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
  • Written by: Maxwell King
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, The Good Neighbor tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-05-29

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-29

As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, I was interested in learning more about Fred Rogers and his significant contribution to the field. I knew he was a genuine and kind man, and I knew he studied with some influential theorists, but I didn’t expect to be so impressed with other aspects of him, like his views on inclusion (especially given he was a Minister), and that he stuck so firmly to his ideals and principles (eg. on advertising to children).
He is a true leader, albeit a shy, reluctant one, and an exceptional human!
This is a must-read/must-listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Tap on the Window

  • Written by: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Mark Zeisler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

International best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers pulse-pounding suspense that puts him among the masters of the genre. A Tap on the Window finds private investigator Cal Weaver making an ill-advised decision to pick up a young female hitchhiker who reminds him of his dead son. But something is off about the girl, and Cal is soon drawn into a host of nightmarish secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery.

  • By Jan on 2019-06-22

Excellent narration!

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-29

I really enjoyed this book, and especially loved the narration! His inflection and pace was perfect, and the hint of old school detective vibe was just right ; not overdone.
I look forward to searching more Linwood Barclay books and narrations by Mark Zeisler!

  • Web of Fear

  • Glenmore Park Mystery Series, Book 3
  • Written by: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Detective Hannah Shor gets a case in the worst way possible - a friend calls her for help. Her 12-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, and Hannah joins forces with the FBI to bring her home safely. When the kidnappers post an image of their captive on Instagram, the situation spins out of control. Now, the whole world is watching. Rumors spread like wildfire, and online vigilantes add fuel to the raging flames. As Hannah digs deeper, she unravels dark secrets from the family's past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good until . . .

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-05-23

Really good until . . .

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-23

I’ve enjoyed this series, and would have rated higher on story, but Mr. Omer lost me in the rescue at the end. If he was writing in the hopes of an action movie deal . . . good luck with that.
Stick to what would be rationale and believable. . . because what he wrote should have had Hannah fired.

  • Shortest Way Home

  • One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
  • Written by: Pete Buttigieg
  • Narrated by: Pete Buttigieg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Once described by The Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", Pete Buttigieg, the 36-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city", and transformed it into a shining model of urban reinvention. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen from a great leader

  • By Brian Farquharson on 2019-08-22

Inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-25

I usually don't like autobiographies because I end up no longer liking the author. Most I find sound full of themselves, and turn me off. But not with this book! Pete Buttigieg is so humble and self-deprecating, and spends very little time on his incredible accomplishments (Harvard, Oxford, his ability to speak many languages, etc.), and instead devotes more time to the campaigns he lost.
I also found that a guy with his credentials and accomplishments could so easily talk down to people, but he absolutely doesn't!
This book was a real pleasure to listen to, and I hope with every fiber that Americans don't pass up an opportunity to elect such an intelligent, tactful, classy #46! If you don't, on behalf of Canadians, we want Pete!

  • Malice

  • Written by: Jennifer Jaynes
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Dr. Daniel Winters has a beachfront home in Malibu, a career as a respected pediatrician, and a gorgeous new wife, Mia. For a man whose past was rife with mental illness, addiction, and thoughts of suicide, it seems too good to be true. Then Daniel learns that a fellow pediatrician and his family were found slaughtered in their home. It’s just the first chip in the facade of Daniel’s perfect life. Little by little, everything starts to fall away. At work, his career becomes at risk when he’s asked to remain silent about a dangerous new drug. At home, Mia has gone from an affectionate newlywed to a mysterious woman carefully hiding secrets.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Anti-vaxxer’s dream

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-03-04

Anti-vaxxer’s dream

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

I can’t even describe how much I disliked this book.
It is based solely on the premise that 99% of doctors are bought and paid for the “big pharma” and have absolutely no scruples or ethics.
Additionally, just as unbelievable is the lining up up the vaccine story EXACTLY with the story of the doc’s new wife and her secret.
Absolutely stupid book.
I’m so bothered by this on behalf of good family doctors and pedestrians everywhere.

  • The Silent Patient

  • Written by: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you thinking.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-02-19

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-21

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book (audio or paper) as much as this one! I LOVE a book that keeps me guessing, and just when I thought I'd figured this one out, there was a little twist . . . then another. Great character development! Really enjoyable!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Inside

  • Written by: Alix Ohlin
  • Narrated by: Tandy Cronyn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

A critically acclaimed, award-winning author, Alix Ohlin pens a masterpiece of emotional complexity with Inside. In this literary tour de force, a therapist named Grace attempts to help a man recover from his failed suicide attempt. Meanwhile, Grace’s teen patient Annie runs away from home to reinvent herself in New York, and Grace’s ex-husband leaves the comfort of a successful relationship to attempt to help native peoples in the bleak Arctic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-11-20

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-20

If there was a thread linking these characters, it wasn’t apparent. I found this to be a disjointed telling of a few lives with the only link being a shared therapist.

  • Memory Man

  • Written by: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance was terrible and distracting.

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-03

Love the narration

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-17

I could listen to Ron McLarty read the phone book. So it’s a bonus he’s reading a good story!

  • The Hypnotist

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

A gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Joona Linna of the National Crime Police. There's only one surviving witness - the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. The only problem is he's lapsed into a catatonic state. Desperate for information, Linna enlists trauma expert Dr. Erik Maria Bark, hoping to hypnotize the boy and uncover the secrets locked in his memory. But, scarred by past experiences, Bark has sworn never to use hypnosis again. When the doctor breaks his promise, he triggers a terrifying chain of events that will put all their lives in jeopardy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pokemon? Seriously?

  • By Cindy on 2019-03-10

Won’t bother with another by this author

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-01

It was just waaaaaay too long and didn’t need to be.
Also, I didn’t find the story line with Josef and with the hypnotized former patients ever came together. This all occurred over a couple of days, and just wasn’t believable that these unrelated events could occur on the same day in someone’s otherwise normal life. IF it was supposed to be because he started hypnotizing again, that makes less sense since Benjamin had developed a relationship with Lydia.
And did I mention it was waaaaaaasy too long? Painfully long.