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  • Midwives

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.

    Patti says: "Why Abridged"
    "Great Story!"
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    Such an interesting story; I was hooked almost at once and only put it down because I had to go to sleep! I finished it first thing the next morning. I could see this as a movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1364)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "I regret this purchase"
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    I was curious about this book because of its notoriety; according to Wikipedia it’s the second biggest selling true crime book in publishing history, the first being “Helter Skelter” published in 1974 about the Manson Murders.

    I feel ambivalent about the merits of these kinds of books as they feel sort of exploitive to me, but I suppose that makes me a hypocrite because I am the first one to tune into Dateline Mystery or 48 Hours or the Discovery Investigation Channel!

    I think I understand what made the book so all the rage when it was published in 1966, as a society now-a-days we are sadly desensitized to this kind of thing (almost everything on TV feels like Murdertainment), whereas in the 60s we weren’t and so the case was more compelling. In today’s context, this true life murder doesn’t really stand out.

    What a horrible thing to say! That the murder is not good enough to be interesting… believe me I am not that callous, just impervious over time. I don’t know if it’s me or the writing style but I just found it boring. I know the point of writing it as a novel was to humanize the people but it didn’t do that for me at all - in fact, it bored me so much I just hurried up to get to the end! Frankly I should have just abandoned it.

    I also read that some parts of the story were embellished by Capote and some details were exaggerated to make the story more interesting! If that’s true then it’s another black mark for the book. Overall, I regret this purchase.

    Regarding the narration, I just don’t like Scott Brick. Objectively he’s good, (and quite prolific – 584 titles in Audible) but to me he seems overly dramatic. I’ve said about him before: I get sidetracked by HOW he’s saying things as opposed to WHAT he’s saying – it’s distracting and makes it hard to concentrate on the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1285)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Can we please stop..."
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    ... comparing every suspenseful thriller with a twist told in alternating points of views to “Gone Girl”???

    I understand that the idea is to inform people who liked one that they might like the other, but I think it does a disservice to the book because it can cause false expectations and potentially set the reader up for disappointment.

    The Good Girl stands up on its own - a great page turner that I easily devoured in a day... stay tuned for the movie, you know it’s coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1656)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Entertaining"
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    This is the book to read when you don’t know what you want to read next. Like deciding to listen to the radio instead of putting on a CD.

    It was part essay, part stand-up, part diary – mostly funny (I did laugh out loud at times), sometimes cringe worthy (the horse in the magazine- yuck!), and overall entertaining.

    My only complaint was the laugh track during one of the “live essays / speeches”. It was BEYOND irritating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3201)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2082)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Good Moody Thriller"
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    In general, this is the kind of police-drama I like. More mystery and less thriller.

    There is a solid story here, not just a collection of action scenes or an excuse to be gory, but at the same time that’s what made it just a little hard for me to follow. I know that seems ironic but there is a lot of emphasis on people’s thoughts and emotions and lots of describing and pondering and introspection… all extremely interesting but my mind started wandering off more than I wanted it to.

    When I snapped back to the story, it was always good – but slowly, slowly, like a lazy snail, my brain kept going off on its own tangent. I couldn’t help it.

    I remember next to nothing from Book 1 (In the Woods) and it doesn’t really seem to matter which is great if you want to start with Book 2.

    Book 3 (Faithful Place) just went on sale for 7$ so I snatched it up, but I don’t plan on digging in for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder, She Wrote: A Question of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Jessica is invited to join other crime writers at an interactive murder mystery weekend in a historic mansion turned resort. A theatrical troupe presents a play for the paying guests, but a young actor's death during the actual performance isn't part of the script. The local sheriff has never investigated a murder before and enlists Jessica's help and expertise. As she begins to put the pieces together in her folksy fashion, Jessica recognizes that this could well be her last performance.

    Pamela says: "If you loved the show..you will enjoy the book"
    "I miss Cabot Cove"
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    “Murder, She Wrote” was one of my favourite shows in the 80s (I know it ran until 1996, but I’ll always connect it with the 80s) and I’ve often wondered if this book series was any good. When I saw this audio book on sale for 3$ I thought it was a good time to try one.

    This book took place in 2006, but to me Jessica Fletcher exists only in the 80s; she shouldn’t know about futuristic things like the Internet, Google, DVDs, Cell Phones and Laptops!!! that ruins her mystique! But for fans of the books, I suppose keeping her current makes them feel like the TV series is living on.

    When watching the TV series I always preferred episodes that took place in Cabot Cove featuring Dr Hazlitt and Sheriffs Tupper and Metzger, so I was disappointed that this book wasn’t set there – but for 3$ I can’t complain.

    The plot of this book irritated me: someone REALLY DOES die in a murder mystery weekend. Ugh, it’s been done to death! (no pun intended) I vividly remember an episode of The Golden Girls exploiting that same theme.

    I also wished the narrator was Angela Lansbury, how can anyone else truly personify Jessica?? Still, this narrator was not bad and I did think she did sound a little like her in moments.

    Cute overall, but I don’t think I’ll be adding other instalments of the book series onto my wish list (this was book 25 in a series that is up it it’s 43rd instalment) but if I see another one on sale one day for 3$, I’ll bite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (323)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Perplexing"
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    Interesting story, it kept me wondering what would happen next, but I had a hard time understanding Eliza’s motives in allowing contact with Walter.

    I realize that had she not wanted any contact with him there would be no story, but I didn’t feel like author did a complete job in explaining Eliza’s willingness or reluctance. I remained perplexed rather than intrigued.

    That aside, it was a good distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Christine says: "Wonderful...but missing the author's note"
    "Interesting... but creepy!"
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    Alice was an interesting character so I felt compared to keep going, despite the fact that the story was very unsettling and made me feel uncomfortable.

    Not a very helpful review but overall I don’t know what to make of it! It was creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outwitting the Gestapo

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lucie Aubrac, Translated by Konrad Beiber, Betsy Wing
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    What was it like to be a citizen fighting the Nazis? Lucie Aubrac, of Catholic and peasant background, was teaching history in a Lyon school and had just married Raymond, a Jewish engineer, when World War II erupted and divided France. This is Lucie's harrowing account of her participation in the Resistance, when, though pregnant, she planned and took part in raids to free comrades - including her husband, under Nazi death sentence - from the prisons of the infamous "Butcher of Lyon," Klaus Barbie.

    Laurie says: "mixed review"
    "Impressive"
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    I enjoyed learning about this period in Lucie Aubrac’s life. Stories like this are always so captivating because they are true! Like the story of Nancy Wake, I am immensely impressed with these women’s determination and courage. Would I be the same in their shoes? I hope so.

    The audio qualify of this book was not great – it sounded tinny, the gaps between the chapters were sometime a beat too long making me wonder if the recording stopped, they even unsuccessfully tried to edit out the sound of a ringing phone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up the Line

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Being a Time Courier was one of the best jobs Judson Daniel Elliott III ever had. It was tricky, though, taking group after group of tourists back to the same historic event without meeting yoruself coming or going. Trickier still was avoiding the temptation to become intimately involved with the past and interfere with events to come. The deterrents for any such actions were frighteningly effective. So Judson Daniel Elliott played by the book. Then he met a lusty Greek in Byzantium who showed him how rules were made to be broken....

    Simone says: "Ugh, I need a shower!"
    "Ugh, I need a shower!"
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    I love Time Travel Stories. The more paradoxes the better; this book had tons and I loved it!

    What I didn’t love was all the sex. Perhaps if I was a 17 year old boy this book would have “done it for me” but as it is, it was just overthetop stupid.

    Ok so in the future we are sexually liberated... got it. But can we just take the author’s word for it and move on with the story? No! instead we must slog through all his fantasies. Ugh, it was so geared towards boys with pimples. (Also, there were a lot of objectionable sexual references to children which just disgusted me).

    It’s all so frustrating because it just took up space in what was otherwise a great fun time travel adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (860)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Wendi says: "Great story, kept me reading until late at night"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was pretty underwhelmed overall.

    The plot seemed like it would make for a good story, but I did not care much for the characters which makes any book hard to enjoy.

    I also found that it was all a little too easy – the coincidences a little too convenient and when the main character embarks on a quest for information she finds it in no time with barely any effort... too lucky.

    I used to love books by Diane Chamberlain, but this one proved to be a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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