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RueRue

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686
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HELPFUL VOTES
1991

  • This House Is Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (175)

    When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin's walls.

    Dorothy says: "Well Read - Not Very Scary, Had Promise"
    "Suspenseful and Atmospheric"
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    Beautifully written, Victorian gothic/ghost story. I was a little let down with the ending, but it was unsettling, and maybe that's the desired result ? No question, though, that John Boyne is a fabulous writer !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Next Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sally Hepworth
    • Narrated By Barrie Kreinik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided, and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. 

    Tabitha Coker says: "Another great one!"
    "Neighborhood drama"
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    This reminded me of a Liane Moriarty novel, although without her subtle humor. The story centers on a suburban Melbourne neighborhood, where everyone seems to know each other superficially. Over the course of the book secrets and dysfunctions are revealed. It was actually quite entertaining. The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (321)

    A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but while the victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

    Pamela says: "The Stranger"
    "Character over police procedural"
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    I liked the focus on character in this story. The resolution of the killings took second place to the multiple characters surrounding the victims. The identify of the perpetrator(s) was pretty obvious from about the half-way point, so there wasn't much suspense. Very good narration by Simon Vance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal History of Rachel DuPree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Weisgarber
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Praised by Alice Walker and many other best-selling writers, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is an award-winning debut novel with incredible heart about life on the prairie as it's rarely been seen. Reminiscent of The Color Purple as well as the frontier novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Willa Cather, it opens a window on the little-known history of African American homesteaders and gives voice to an extraordinary heroine who embodies the spirit that built America.

    I. Lewis says: "I love this book."
    "Good historical drama"
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    Very good historical book about a black family working to eck out a living in the brutal Dakota Badlands. The author is good at making Rachel and Isaac DuPree into multi-faceted characters (though Isaac isn't particularly sympathetic, and Rachel is often too weak willed). The plotting is rather slow-paced, but the drama of daily living in a harsh, unforgiving environment drives the narrative. (I recommend having a bottle of water at the ready while listening to the descriptions of drought; you will need it )

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets She Keeps: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (13560)
    Performance
    (12338)
    Story
    (12272)

    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.

    Taryn says: "MUST LISTEN!!"
    "Suspenseful "
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    Very suspenseful, but ultimately frustrating. The characters were meant to be sympathetic, but weren't, and the ending was unrealistic and too simplistic - sort of an "all is forgiven" when it wouldn't be that easy. Good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tangerine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Christine Mangan
    • Narrated By Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

    Yevgeniya N. Stradling says: "Ohhh so dreadful "
    "A female Mr. Ripley"
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    Although I thought the first half of the book was rather sluggish, it really picked up and finished with a wonderfully twisted finale. Yes, I suspected that it would have a dark ending, but I liked it much more than I expected from the negative reviews. I thought the narrators were both quite good, especially Barrie Kreinik (Alice). This definetely has a Talented Mr. Ripley vibe, and a great sense of atmosphere. Tangier is a character as much as a place in this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows Over Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Isabel Wolff
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jenni Clark is a ghostwriter. She loves to immerse herself in other people's stories--it's a respite from her own life and from a relationship that appears to be nearing its end. Jenni's latest assignment takes her to a coastal hamlet in England, where she has agreed to pen the memoir of an elderly farm owner named Klara. Jenni assumes the project will be easy: a quiet, ordinary tale of a life well lived. But Klara's story is far from quiet.

    RueRue says: "Entertaining historical fiction"
    "Entertaining historical fiction"
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    I enjoyed this quite a lot; it is well written, and seemed to be well researched (for the sequences in Indonesia during WWII). Both narrators were good and added to the emotional impact of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not That I Could Tell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Strawser
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (211)

    When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It's a rare kid-free night, and they're giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal. By Monday morning, one of them is gone. Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance.

    Calvin Davis says: "Pleasant - yet thrilly - companion to jogging"
    "A big disappointment"
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    This story started off so well, with an interesting set-up. Unfortunately the author wasn't as interested in the mystery of "what hppened to Kristen" as she was in discussing the angst and melodrama of the neighbors lives. I disliked almost everyone (except Randi and Rhonda); I even disliked the missing woman and had no sympathy for her. The story took the totally predictable way out to reach a conclusion. I was impressed with the narrator, Erin Bennett. She did a good job with this lame material.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Paul Rhys
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    A spellbinding novel that will resonate with readers of Mark Haddon, Louise Erdrich, and John Irving, Perfect tells the story of a young boy who is thrown into the murky, difficult realities of the adult world with far-reaching consequences.

    Amanda says: "Touching and Fragile - Once Untangled."
    "Odd"
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    This is an odd story. The characters are all damaged people, and the author only give hints at the back history leading to the dysfunction. There is one character who suffers from mental illness, and this discribed in sympathetic and heartbreaking detail. The story is compelling, but it's also difficult. There were moments where it was like watching an accident take place, knowing that damage is inevitable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1209)

    Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

    says: "By far the best book I have listened to..."
    "A stunning performance"
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    I have to start off by praising the narration by Stephen Hogan. It is a magnificent reading, truely, it was like listening to a play. He made this book and its characters into real individuals. The story is wonderful, heartbreaking and humorous, a difficult trick to balance, but the author and the narrator get it right. This is a long book, but it's never slow and only begins to lose narrative momentum in the final third. One of the best I've listened to this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Baker's Secret: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen P. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1797)

    Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

    Re B. says: "What would you do to survive?"
    "Another look at WWII"
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    This is another story of WWII, and I appreciated that the author chose to tell his war story through the lives of the people of a small French town occupied by the Nazis. It serves to humanize the helplessness and dispair of being subjegated by an enemy who seems to have no humanity. There is some lovely prose, but it sometimes gets in the way of the narrative, making this a slow story. As always, Cassandra Campbell's narration is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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