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JD

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1838)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1684)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Michael C Hall makes it even greater!"
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    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favorite?

    Michael C Hall's adaptation of the narrator was outstanding, but Holly is a close second. He really makes you feel like you know them


    Any additional comments?

    Incredibly easy to listen straight through with no break

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Is Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emma Healey
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    In this darkly riveting debut novel - a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging - an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

    Amber says: "A contemporary mystery for non-mystery lovers."
    "The real mystery is figuring out how this is one"
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    I am a neuropsychologist who frequently works with individuals with Alzheimer's and I love mysteries. Naturally, I thought I would love this book, but I didn't for many reasons. To start with, I should note that I was only able to get through about 6 hours of it before giving up. I thought the author did do a great job of portraying someone with Alzheimer's --- and for that, I give her kudos. The rest, however, was not so good. I found the story really hard to follow and would listen to 40 minutes straight and have no idea what had happened that was important. I also found the narration to be difficult to endure, but it did match the character so I can only knock them so much for that. Overall, I wish I could've liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8100)
    Performance
    (7445)
    Story
    (7455)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Slow starter, but eventually couldn't turn it off"
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    I always love a good dual perspective audiobook mystery, especially a Stephen King. There was nothing supernatural in this book, which I also liked. That said, I never really got attached to the main character and found him kind of annoying, but it wasn't enough to detract from the gripping story. King's creation of the adversary more than made up for the kind of boring protagonist. Overall, I would highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3378)
    Performance
    (3005)
    Story
    (2999)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "took a chance, glad I did"
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    not my typical kind of book - I usually am into thrillers - but this book was intriguing so I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. The main character is very likable and really drives the book, though the other perspectives were also a great addition to the story. I wasn't crazy about the ending but it was not due to lack of plot twist or anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hope to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Scott Sower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (576)

    Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family - his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children - have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

    Sandra says: "Well worth the wait"
    "worth continuation of Cross My Heart"
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    This book was everything that I had hoped for after the cliffhanger ending from the last Cross book. It is your typical Alex Cross story, in a good way, and has plenty of plot twists and excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2134)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1893)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "dual perspective thriller with fantastic narration"
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    The story was great and made even better by January LaVoy's narration. A detective that is investigating her father's murder leads to many twists and turns that will leave you wanting to keep listening. I was pleased that Kat wasn't your cliche detective with some kind of addiction or self-loathing; she was an energetic and effective character and so were her adversaries. I wasn't crazy about the ending but it wasn't due to lack of suspense or plot twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17319)
    Performance
    (14430)
    Story
    (14426)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Good, but let's cool it with Gone Girl comparisons"
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    It was a compelling story with an unreliable narrator, told over multiple points of view at different time points. It was a little confusing to try to keep track of the different dates while listening, but easy enough to figure it out. I listened to it on my daily commute on the train and that made it fun to relate to. The narration was a little boring but I still finished it happily

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Hill says: "Lesser Plea"
    "Yawn. All character development with no plot"
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    Would you try another book from Robert K. Tanenbaum and/or Traber Burns?

    Probably not - there was too much focus on developing an uninteresting protagonist and not enough on the plot. This was ironic given that he dedicated the book to someone and thanked them for telling him to focus more on Carp (the protagonist). I guess it's what some people like, but wasn't nearly enough to keep me interested. I made it halfway thought before I gave up.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was ok, but he might as well have been reading the nutrition facts on a box of raisin bran.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

    Tim says: "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
    "Perfectly annoying narrator made it even better"
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    Who was the most memorable character of A Good Marriage and why?

    The POV of the wife was a great angle for the story and was enhanced by the, at first annoying but eventually perfect, narration.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (11636)
    Performance
    (9599)
    Story
    (9568)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave"
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    If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty funny memoir


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I enjoyed the book but found myself surprisingly annoyed by Amy Poehler's narration/opinions by the end. Was still good enough that I read it quickly though


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (388)

    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    Jill Johnston says: "One of the best Christie books"
    "A classic for a reason"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was pleasantly surprised by the unfolding of the story and quickly realized why this is one of the quintessential murder mysteries


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    10 guests. 1 remote island. 1 murderer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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