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Meg

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  • The Secrets She Keeps: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (13409)
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    (12204)
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    (12137)

    Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

    Marie says: "Secrets - but Nothing New here"
    "Engaging"
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    This book was much better than expected. It's not great, but it's entertaining enough That I was motivated to finish it and discover the resolution.
    The story is well developed and the characters are definitely complex enough to be engaging and interesting for the reader. I'm not crazy about the story as it felt very melodramatic a la Lifetime movie, but it was still entertaining and I think worth the credit. The narration was excellent.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Moon: Angela Constantine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
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    (204)
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    (202)

    When Angela was young, before she came to realize she had a rare ability, she was a rather ordinary girl. At least, that was what everyone said. But Angela is anything but ordinary. The daughter of a meth addict, she is convinced she was born a freak. Haunted by an abusive childhood, she was forced to become a woman far too soon. And in the process, she became more.

    Michelle says: "Intense and heart-pounding!"
    "Absolute Garbage"
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    I haven’t read a Terry Goodkind book in many years. A few hours into this book and I am remembering exactly why.
    I’m no prude, and I’m definitely not the type to clutch my pearls, but this book is a dumpster full of flaming trash. Repeated scenes of graphic rape, degradation, and torture are so grotesquely overused and shoved down the reader’s throat, that the book is a complete bore. It’s full of contrived scenes that, in my opinion, do nothing to develop the characters, propel the story, or communicate any meaningful theme. The narration is decent, but nothing can save this material.
    I have wasted five hours of my life on this book. I have decided to call it quits and return it. Save yourself the credit and your time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalk Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C. J. Tudor
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (1094)
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    (1091)

    In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

    Aquakittie says: "Sufficiently interesting and fast paced "
    "It doesn’t quite work"
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    I can see how this book might appeal to certain readers. It’s engaging, mysterious, and there is an abundance of creepy vibes. Therein lies the problem. There is a ton of atmosphere, but very little character development. As a reader, I find that incredibly boring. Additionally, the resolution of the story just seemed really dumb to me. Something disturbing is revealed in the last few minutes that had me rolling my eyes in frustration. It was completely unnecessary and just felt like something added on to hit the reader over the head with the “creepy vibe”.
    Overall It’s entertaining, but don’t expect much more than that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Is What Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk. Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero - if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.

    Meg says: "Well written, but disappointing"
    "Well written, but disappointing"
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    I’m a huge Mick Herron fan. I’ve read all the books and enjoyed them immensely. However, this one fell pretty flat. His character development is wonderful, as always, but I found some of the themes banal and tedious.
    If you’re a fan I think it’s worth a listen just because his writing is extraordinarily clever and thorough. But this book is definitely not in the same league as his other work.
    The narration is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paradox Bound: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9198)
    Performance
    (8707)
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    (8687)

    Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

    Angela Spencer-mukes says: "I tried SO hard, I really did!"
    "Convoluted and a bit tedious"
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    First off, I have to say that I've read most everything by Peter Clines and I typically really enjoy his books. He's creative, funny, and engaging.
    This book is just okay. I don't think it's as well done as some of his other works. It feels a bit clunky and it never quite captured my attention in the way I had hoped it would. By the last couple of hours I was just waiting for it to be over.
    As always, Ray Porter does a great job with the narration.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fellside

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
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    (1931)
    Story
    (1926)

    Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

    Marci says: "Almost Great"
    "Much better than expected"
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    Despite the so-so reviews of this book, I bought it based on how much I enjoyed The Girl With All The Gifts. It was way better than I expected. It's not great, but I enjoyed it very much.
    The writing style is excellent. The pace is spot-on, and the narration is stellar. Overall I enjoyed this book very much.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Speculation: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Erika Swyler
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1890)
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    (1885)

    Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

    withherownwings says: "traveling carnival, tarot, love, fate, secrets"
    "Original"
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    I'm giving this book 5 stars mostly based on its originality. It's not the best story I've ever heard, nor the best characters, but it's completely different from anything I've read in a very long time.
    It's rich, complex, and just plain intriguing. It's the kind of book I'll be mulling over for the next few days. If you enjoy originality and a dose of magic, check it out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alice Network: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11330)
    Performance
    (10503)
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    (10451)

    In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

    Joseph says: "Jane Austin meets Jason Bourne"
    "Excellent story"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story, the richness of the characters, and the excellent writing and performance by the narrator.
    There are some tough moments (violence) but it was not gratuitous and was a part of understanding one of the main characters.
    I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it based on originality, character development, and intricate writing and pacing.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts: The Hell Divers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4816)
    Performance
    (4532)
    Story
    (4513)

    Ten years ago Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

    T J Runkles says: "Even better than the first"
    "Better than the first"
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    I read and enjoyed the first book in this series and I was happy to see this sequel. I'm a big fan of the post apocalyptic stories and this one doesn't disappoint. It's not the greatest book I've ever read, but it's definitely entertaining and action packed. I strongly recommend reading the first book before this one so you'll really understand what's going on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Lies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Emily Carpenter
    • Narrated By Kate Orsini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1168)

    Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

    Meg says: "Wow. That was pretty bad."
    "Wow. That was pretty bad."
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    Where to begin... This story is incredibly weak and contrived. When you start with a lame story and then add lame, unlikeable, and stupid characters who are constatly doing stupid things it's hard to enjoy the book. It's supposed to be a mystery, but I felt like I was repeatedly being clubbed over the head with ridiculous "hints" that a 3 year old could have picked up on. I suppose some readers might enjoy this book. If you just want to be mindlessly entertained, you might be ok with this story. I just need more in my books. If I want mindless entertainment I will watch TV. Proceed with caution.

    180 of 187 people found this review helpful

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