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Helly

CA, USA

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  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (532)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Disappointed - didn't live up to the hype"
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    This book had been hailed as the next "Gone Girl". Well, it's not. It is about a husband a wife with a troubled relationship and uses the same format where each chapter is narrated by either the husband or wife. However, this book lacked the pace and grip of Gone Girl. I found the characters to be a bit pathetic and, while the story did keep me wondering and waiting for the big plot twist, it unfortunately ended with a whimper, not a bang.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2831)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2552)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Excellent"
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    This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I'm so happy to have found her. Set in Australia, The Husband's Secret weaves together the lives of three women and their families. Celia is a tupperware "queen" with a seemingly perfect marriage and life. Tess is a driven career woman who learns that her husband is in love with her best friend. Rachel is struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter. In a wonderful story full of wit and warmth the three women's lives come together, connected by a husband's terrible secret. I will be reading much more from Liane Moriarty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (305)

    It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

    Teddy says: "Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story"
    "Disappointed"
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    I've been searching for another Philippa Gregory novel that is as gripping and juicy as The Other Boleyn Girl. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. The setting is England, after the death of Henry VIII and the main character, Hannah, is a Spanish Jew who has fled to England with her father. She has the gift of "sight" and is brought to the royal court to be a royal fool, someone to amuse the court.

    As in many Gregory books, she weaves in historical facts about the life and times in Tudor England, mainly focusing on the deceit, betrayal, and torture to spice up the story. While it also had some romance, it lacked the passion of Boleyn Girl and that's why I only gave it three stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (653)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Beautiful narration"
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    A classic tale set in 17th century Persia, brought to life by a skilled narrator. Shohreh Aghdashloo's silken voice transports you back (on a magic carpet) to colorful bazaars filled with exotic rugs and fragrant spices. Five stars for her performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3855)
    Performance
    (3126)
    Story
    (3151)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Dark and gruesome ... but a brilliant ending"
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    Gillian Flynn is a talented author. Her stories are like a giant jigsaw puzzle that she slowly pieces together to ultimately reveal a horrifying picture. I won't reveal the ending of this novel but it was brilliant - completely surprised me. However, I almost didn't make it to the end because this is a very dark and disturbing story, on many levels. I could have taken a lot less gore. The book would have been just as powerful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3002)
    Performance
    (2775)
    Story
    (2777)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Not enough meat on the bones of this story"
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    I've been hoping to find another Stephen King novel that is as amazing as 11-22-63. Unfortunately, Joyland is not it. Joyland is about a college student, Devin, who spends his summer working at a seaside amusement park. A murder took place in the park many years earlier and the park is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of the murdered girl.

    The story had good bones with characters that started to get interesting and a mystery that started to get intriguing. However, there just wasn't enough meat on the bones of the plotline. The relationships between the characters did not evolve and the mystery was solved too quickly. I was left wondering and wanting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1200)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Very moving story - loved it."
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    Heft is one of those books that stick with you, long after the final page. It explores the lives of two people, Arthur, an obese, ex-professor and Kel, a 17-year old high-school student with a troubled mother. The writer delves deep into the thoughts and emotions of the characters as they struggle with relationships. The narration was superb. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17580)
    Performance
    (15631)
    Story
    (15583)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I would give it 6 stars if I could"
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    Loved this book and didn't want it to end. This was my first Stephen King novel and I was expecting horror and gore. Instead I got a fascinating story with thought-provoking concepts and characters with depth. Everyone I have recommended this to has thoroughly enjoyed the book and wished there were more like it. Give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (2651)
    Story
    (2654)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Sweet story."
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    This is a sweet, simple, and poignant story of a sad, retired man who had lost purpose in his life but rediscovers himself through his pilgimage across country to see a dying friend. The story has a slow pace, like the walker, but builds as Harold encounters interesting characters along the way. The narration by the great British actor, Jim Broadbent, is the perfect voice for the story and for Harold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10738)
    Performance
    (9745)
    Story
    (9765)

    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!!"
    "Interesting concept but a little weird"
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    This was a mystery/suspense/science-fiction story that started strong but got a little weird towards the end. The story centered around the mysterious Kavach building in Los Angeles, one with unbelievably low rent and many unexplainable oddities. It's tenants were a group of misfits who came together to uncover the secrets of the building and ultimately save the world. The performance was good and the characters were engaging but I'm not dying to read another of Cline's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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