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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13173)
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    (11961)
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    (11990)

    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.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "YES 5 Stars all around- A WINNER!!!!!"
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    I am thrilled to rate this book with 5 stars. What this book has.....
    terrific character development, I got to know and cared about each and every character; story/plot, I just couldn't put this book down (what is the audio equivalent of a page turner?); intrigue and suspense, the tenants of the building have a mystery to solve that is a matter of life and death;
    romance that is hip and cool and relevant, with plenty of references to current culture;
    and equal to the wonderfulness of the book overall is the expert narration, I am thinking that Mr. Porter is perhaps one of the best narrators ever, he did everything right, accents, pace, tone, and inflection.
    I wholeheartedly recommend this book, oh I agree ......happy dance!!!!

    66 of 78 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cynthia Bond
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

    Beth Anne says: "disturbing yet beautiful"
    "Heart-wrenching Haunting Beautifully Written Novel"
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    This story of Ruby, a woman then a small girl in Liberty, Texas grabs you by the heart. Now days after finishing the book, it still won't let go. Ms Bond delivers a book that is shocking, heartbreaking, cruel and kind. This book it is hard and soft. This story is not for everyone but it spoke to me. It is reminiscent of author Toni Morrison's work but more linear and some may think more accessible. I also commend Ms. Bond for her narration. Initially I was at odds with the narrator; I wanted the narrator to have an accent that sounded southern. But as the book progressed Ms. Bond's commitment to this story became part of the magic and it all came together perfectly.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 20th Century Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

    Kasey says: "Wonderful and recommended"
    "It was okay"
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    I expected more from Joe Hill. This is an earlier collection so I'll have to give him a pass. A few of the stories were engaging but the non-endings became trite and overused. Oh well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3281)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (2995)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Where do we go after death?"
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    This book is about family, love, first love, music, human weakness, illness, loss, grief, religion, faith healing, hucksters, personal growth and power and control. King serves it up in a book that develops methodically holding the reader/listeners interest throughout. The narrator brings the prose along with a hint of an accent when needed. I liked this book a lot. Not the crazy every moment scary books King sometimes writes but a solid good creepy one. A slow simmer to the burn at the end.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
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    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2628)
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    (2632)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Ups and Downs"
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    This book was a mix. I appreciated Grisham's exploration of the beauty of the Appalachians and the rural folk who live there. I also thought the authors passion for the preservation of that environment as it is being ruined by coal mining, was a positive and of course important focus of the book.
    Now to the story.... sadly the main character was unlikable and somewhat poorly developed. She came off as a whiny and complaining yet naive and somewhat immature irritating young woman. Although there was some redemption for her in the end, I just couldn't buy it. The other minor characters were more interesting and made for the good in the story.
    What happened with this book? Why didn't it rise to the level of the last novel and so many of Grisham's others? Although not a complete loss, not so good either.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28749)
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    (25387)
    Story
    (25459)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "TOXIC LOVE?"
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    Amy and Nick fall in and out of love. Then Amy is gone and here comes the famous twists and turns that make this book (now movie) so compelling. Overall yes it is a book that is different and will hold your interest.
    However the surprise ending just didn't do it for me. It seemed completely unnecessary and instead of making the book all it's cracked up to be, it detracted. So both worthwhile and a wee bit disappointing all at once.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (458)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    Jacqueline says: "Chilling, Suspenseful, Well Done!"
    "Yes Yes Finally a Good Book!"
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    After listening to too many so -so books that were not even worth reviewing, finally I've come across a book that I loved. This book held my interest throughout. The mystery was engaging and kept me thinking and the characters were well rounded. Yes this is a goodie, a real good mystery that will surprise you right to the end; and I didn't want it to end.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7251)
    Performance
    (6362)
    Story
    (6362)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Very Worthwhile and Entertaining Read"
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    In this book the characters are well rounded, I got to know each of them well.
    This is a story of community, gossip, friendship, parenting, and marriage.
    It is also a poignant and realistic portrayal of domestic violence. Ms. Moriarty gives us insight into one couple's relationship. On all outside appearances these two seem to have it all. They have plenty of money, a beautiful perfect home, darling children.. but wait something is wrong and that something is upsetting more than just the one family. The secrets and violence leak out into other relationships and it all makes for a engaging read/listen
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    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (1547)
    Story
    (1550)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Just Loved this Book!"
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    What a sweet funny and bittersweet story! Ms. Moyes does it again, she gives us an engaging lovely story with heart. I laughed, teared up and just didn't want to put it down. The author hits it right in the mark, the feelings and challenges of a single parent with "special and different" kids This book is not fine literature but a damn good listen. The narrator did a fine job; I really liked everything about this book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4139)
    Performance
    (3717)
    Story
    (3743)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Yea, Not so Much"
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    This book was pretty boring throughout. Nothing like the series as many other reviewers have pointed out. Piper's self centered style is dry and matter of fact. I found it hard to make it all the way to the end of this book; I kept loosing focus. Not so good.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (752)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Russell says: "A Break From The Harry Hole Series Is a Hit"
    "Quite a Good Story of Revenge and Salvation"
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    This book began very slow for me, not until about half way through did things pick up and a really good plot emerge. I am very glad I hung in there, worth the wait. The characters (even some of the "bad guys") were portrayed with depth and even compassion when appropriate. With all this killing and revenge a love story develops which was kind of sweet in the middle of all the violence. The listener becomes very attached to the main character Sonny. We cheer him on as he revenges his father's death, just killing and killing away. Yea this is a pretty good book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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