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Lea Murphy

Kansas City, MO | Member Since 2013

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  • Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita Mahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

    Lynn Diener says: "Kept me guessing and kept pulling at my heart."
    "intriguing, mysterious, literary"
    Overall

    This just might be the best book I've ever downloaded.

    A sister dies and her sister works endlessly to find out why. The twists and turns are perfectly placed and perfectly timed. I fell in love with the characters, especially the mother. Their pain, their sorrow, their remembrances brought me to tears more than once, but it isn't just a downer...I laughed out loud a few times and might have even cheered once or twice! The story kept me completely engaged; I was on the edge of my seat by book's end.

    The narration was fantastic. Fantastic.

    I learned of this book through a review in the New York Times and was so glad to find it on audible.

    2 of 2 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
    (23197)
    Performance
    (19289)
    Story
    (19273)

    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""
    "Hook, line and sinker"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hooked from the first sentence and couldn't stop listening until it was resolved. The pace, the narration and the story were all very good and appropriate. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dept. of Speculation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jenny Offill
    • Narrated By Jenny Offill
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    "The Wife" once exchanged love letters with her husband, coyly postmarked the Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes -the arrival of a child and, later, a lover - the Wife puzzles over the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and romantic love.

    W. Spradlin says: "Offill. Truly awful."
    "Modest, clean and powerful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A straight line through the heart and the gut of a marriage. Nothing more in it than needs to be. And in its simplicity it packs a punch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joel Dicker
    • Narrated By Pierce Cravens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    August 30, 1975: The day 15-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher's deadline looms.

    Omie says: "AN INCREDIBLY STUPID BOOK"
    "Pass on this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine who would enjoy this book. It was too long, too unbelievable and too, too, too tedious.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was tedious and droning as well as irritating.


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

    Had this book been MUCH shorter with better, more believable, interesting narration this book could have been great. A hatchet should have been used to edit this book. It was way, way, way, way, way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had my credit and my time back on this one. I kept hoping it would end. I didn't even care HOW it ended, I just wanted it to be over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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