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S.L.

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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2055)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    laall says: "Running out of material?"
    "Another Drop Off Ending"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. I am hooked on the Clifton Chronicles, so I had to listen. Overall, it was worth a listen, but I was disappointed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The last book left us at a cliff hanger and now this one does. In my opinion, a good series includes books that can stand alone and have merit, not require you to read the next to get the rest of the story. I would definitely change the ending. I also would have picked fewer characters and really did them justice rather than get so scattered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Rodin sculpture is opened up.


    Was Best Kept Secret worth the listening time?

    This question is redundant with the first.... If you are a Clifton Chronicles fan, you get more of the story. It just wasn't as good as the first, and if you were frustrated with how Book 2 ended, you will be super frustrated with the end of this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope we don't have to wait as long for Book 4, but I also hope Mr. Archer doesn't get sloppy with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Liv Constantine
    • Narrated By Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3666)
    Performance
    (3362)
    Story
    (3351)

    Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

    CMiles1985 says: "The house of lies!"
    "Just OK"
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    The plot before the “twist” went on too long and the twist was predictable. Wasn’t terrible, just ok.

    0 of 0 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
    (13433)
    Performance
    (12225)
    Story
    (12158)

    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"
    "Plodding Plot"
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    I was excited about this book based on all of the positive reviews. It took at least 8 chapters to get mildly interesting. Finally around chapter 50 (there are over 75 chapters), it gets good(-ish). Then towards the end it drags out again. Was disappointed overall - just ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Pact: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michelle Richmond
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (730)

    Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as the Pact. The goal of the Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact.

    Maria says: "This was an interesting book!"
    "Tedious with No Resolution"
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    I was looking for something a little different in the mystery/thriller category. This book had potential with a decent storyline, but failed to deliver. The story could have been told in half the time it takes, and in an attempt at plot twist, takes it in a ridiculous direction. The story was already veering to beyond believable, and then steered believability over the edge. The end is, well, open ended. It is completely unsatisfying with no resolution. Save your credit, or at least wait for a 2 for 1 sale. On another note, the narrator does a good job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Summit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harry Farthing
    • Narrated By Harry Farthing
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1735)

    In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

    Maggie McGee says: "This book/author has it ALL"
    "Great Story"
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    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a while. It's a little on the long side, requiring patience to get to the answers the story raises. But it's so worth the listen. The character development, details, imagination and creativity lead to a very satisfying experience. I was wary of the author reading the book, but he did great. I love how it ended and would highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Among the Dead Men

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (461)

    In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?

    Lynn says: "Lovesey Gets Better With Each New Book"
    "Slow Paced"
    Overall
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    This drug on and on. I listened because I didn't want to waste the credit. It finally got pretty good about 5 chapters until the end. But for as much character development as it had, the end didn't follow back with some of the characters it so painstakingly described earlier. So it was just an ok story. Narrator was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jessica Knoll
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5783)
    Performance
    (5088)
    Story
    (5103)

    Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.

    Candice says: "Strange, unnerving, confusing."
    "Just OK"
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    The pace was pretty slow and the story didn't flow well. I thought there would be more of a twist but it was predictable. Didn't hate it, but feel like it was a wasted full-price credit. Would have been worth it in a 2 for 1 sale.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3944)
    Performance
    (3484)
    Story
    (3476)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Requires More Attention than Typical Audiobooks"
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    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.


    If you could rename And the Mountains Echoed, what would you call it?

    That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9350)
    Performance
    (8394)
    Story
    (8402)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Tom says: "Beyond hopes, let alone expectations"
    "Tried a Little Too Hard"
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    What did you like best about The Storyteller? What did you like least?

    I normally like Jodi Picoult, and was excited to have another of her books to listen to, but this one was disappointing. It started out fairly interesting, and as always, Picoult has well developed characters. But as connections begin to be made, it just becomes too convenient and tiresome.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is an important subject, so you can tell Picoult took a lot of care in it, but I also don't think it was edited well - drags quite a bit for no great reason other than to continue to make you understand how horrible the war was for the Jewish people. I don't mean to sound callous by saying that, it is just that the point is very well made over, and over, and over.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like hearing the voices - brings it to life a bit more.


    Was The Storyteller worth the listening time?

    Overall, worth a listen, but really could have been abridged.


    Any additional comments?

    Would not recommend this over other Picoult books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10519)
    Performance
    (9164)
    Story
    (9168)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Great Until the End"
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Unsatisfying sweeping epic


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is a follow up to Follett's last book, Fall of Giants, and I was excited to keep following the characters through the end of WWI and through WWII. As always the story is engaging, the characters rich and narration excellent. Least interesting was that there was more sex in this book, which really didn't add anything, in my opinion. Not a prude or anything, I just felt like it sometimes kept the story dragging.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee is excellent and does well in this novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hard to pick just one, but I liked when the nurse of a Nazi hospital dares to put her life at risk to right a terrible wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book until the end, which was so abrupt it was ridiculous. I know the story will continue in his next book, but Fall of Giants ended much better than this one - it just drops off and leaves you unsatisfied after such a time commitment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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