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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12082)
    Performance
    (10974)
    Story
    (11001)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "definitely sci-fi"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book at the beginning it was a nice mystery that kept unfolding... then all of a sudden it was like the book switched genres. Suddenly there were weird alien things and other dimensions. I guess that's great for people who love that kind of book but I'm more of a fan of the mystery/"something weird is happening so lets figure it out" type of book. I will however acknowledge that this is a personal preference and other reviews do say this is a sci-fi book. I personally wish the book resolved itself differently but it was true to its genre and I can't fault the author for that. Some things in the story also didn't make a lot of sense as far as the character reactions to things that were happening. But also I don't have a lot of frame of reference as to how people should react in a sci-fi setting.

    On another note, Ray Porter was FANTASTIC. His voices were perfect and switched seamlessly. I will definitely find other books narrated by him if they are available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1206)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Jacqueline says: "A M A Z I N G"
    "Kept me entertained but did not wrap up neatly"
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    This book was very interesting but also very disturbing. The whole story drew me in and I was never quite sure what was about to happen... then I realized that probably the author doesn't know what was going to happen... then it got back on track... kind of. If you want a book that gives you a definitive ending with all the answers, this is not the book for you. This book is scary in the way that makes you question the human mind and wonder how people can think this stuff up. The concept of the story is really really good but
    I think a lot of fluff was added to try to make you scared, if you are uncomfortable with any black magic themes I would not listen to this book. I feel like it got lost a little bit toward then end when the author realized that there was no good way to end the mystery without it becoming lame. Instead he opts to just confuse you more and hope that the mystery keeps you intrigued. It kept me intrigued but I didn't think too hard about it and just enjoyed the story without questioning the things that didn't wrap up neatly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Baer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created 17 different versions of herself. One by one, Karen's "alters" began showing themselves: men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their "stepping out" confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime.

    Casey says: "Couldn't help myself"
    "Very interesting listen"
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    Would you listen to Switching Time again? Why?

    I probably will listen to this book again. I think that there is a lot that could be missed in the first listen that I will probably try to catch next time around.


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was amazing. He switch voices seamlessly and really made each of the personalities really come to life. You can really tell a difference and feel the emotions of each one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story was very moving. It is a very sad story and does speak a lot about child abuse and sexual abuse in a very extreme manner. If you don't have the stomach for that kind of thing then do not listen to this book. If you are interested in psychology or the coping mechanisms of people who deal with extreme abuse then this is a very good book for you. I felt so sad for Karen throughout the whole story and honestly can't bear to think too hard about the fact that this is supposed to be a true story. It is just too sad that this kind of thing happens in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    It is amazing to me the pain that some people can live through. I just want to emphasize again that this book is not for those who have a weak stomach but it is very encouraging to hear about someone who lived and moved past such a hard life. This book was so interesting to me that I could not stop listening. I think I finished it in 3 days which is pretty good for a 15 hour book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20831)
    Performance
    (18675)
    Story
    (18742)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Disturbingly good"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me interested and guessing the whole time. I really didn't feel like I knew for sure what was going to happen even up to the last chapter! One thing to consider is that the psyche of the two characters in the book is very disturbing so if you are squeamish or easily bothered (not by blood and gore but by the darkness inside a person's mind) then this is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3539)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3223)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Wonderful and Sad"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop listening to this story. It was so heartbreaking and lovely. I would have listened to the whole thing in one sitting if I could have and I found myself driving the long way just to keep listening. The story seems fairly predictable, although not to a point where you know 100% what is going to happen and the ending stays just out of reach the whole time. This is a true love story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (580)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Really good historical story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, I knew the name of Charles Lindbergh before listening to the book but the details revealed were so interesting it prompted me to research him a little more. Of course the author addresses the fact that no one really knows what the feelings of Ann Lindbergh truly were but the book completely draws you into what might have been her feelings in her world. I really loved the story and the story made me love Ann Lindbergh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (285)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "First Time Dean Koontz reader"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice just kind of grated on my nerves. He kind of growled out words when there was emphasis and it didn't set well with me. Might have just been me though, definitely listen to the sample and judge for yourself


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a nice thought. The story sounded so interesting, and it was, but I did not love the execution of the idea. This is my first book by Dean Koontz, and I thought because he is so popular I would probably love it, but the style really annoys me. He over discribes EVERYTHING. This is a personal pet peeve of mine so others might not be so annoyed with it. If you love Dean Koontz, you might love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1071)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Very good book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Very consistent with Kate Morton's other books. If you like those then you will like this one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2829)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Classic Kate Morton"
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    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    Very similar to other Kate Morton books, The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton and also similar to The Thirteenth Tail by Diane Setterfield. I say they are similar because they are all a story within a story- someone in the present telling a story of something that happened in the past and it all comes together in the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is very melodic. She captures a persons age and gender without having to change her voice too much to accommodate the different person, but just enough that you know it is different.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked any of Kate Morton's previous work, you will not be disappointed with this book. The end left me with a couple of questions but I think if I re listened to it I would probably work those out, she doesn't give you all of the answers but I think they are there in between the lines and I like that about her style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flip This Zombie: Living with the Dead, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    The zombie apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs. There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers . . . Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead; he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients, and this time Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

    Grace says: "A wonderful follow-up! (no spoilers)"
    "Great fun listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    This series is a great listen if you just want something fun and pretty light to listen to on a trip. There is really not a lot of depth to the story, but it is an interesting concept. Really nothing new as far as how the zombie process works, just not as scary as much as entertaining. Don't read this if you want something very deep and thought provoking, but it is a nice lighthearted listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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