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  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration elevates the material

  • By RueRue on 03-13-18

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Finally! A wonderful story and narrator! Just the right amount of suspense and the kind of book I didn’t want to put down. Those kind of books are hard to find these days. The writing and plot are beautifully drawn. I couldn’t figure out who was responsible for the missing girl and couldn’t predict the twists that came. I thought the loose ends could never be resolved but the end was so satisfying. The beautifully spoken narrator made listening so enjoyable. I loved this story. Even those who pride themselves on figuring out the “whodunit” may find themselves stumped.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71,451

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Underwhelmed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I’ve had this book on my bookshelf “for awhile and I just couldn’t get into it so I bought the audiobook. There were no new ideas or concepts, just some really good points repackaged. I enjoyed the reminders but I didn’t as hoping for more. I kept thing- “Finally- he’s getting to it.” But, sadly he never did. I know I need to give less f- -ks- we all do. But he never really says how to do that- just gentle reminders to keep health boundaries and remember we will all die some day. Pretty general- no light bulb moments. I shouldn’t give a f- -k...

  • Dark in Death

  • In Death, Book 46
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just a bit too BORING for me.

  • By Elisabeth on 02-02-18

Just SO BORING

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

How many times can JD Robb regurgitate the same old plot and hoodwink us into buying it? For me, it finally happened. I struggled for a month trying to get into this book. It’s just SO BORING!! So many blah, blah, blah details of books someone wrote that a murder is using to commit murders. We have to listen to Eve reading and recount these books and my eyes would glaze over. I couldn’t tell if it was happening now or part of the book she was reading. After 10 chapters I threw the towel in. And why I’m at it- I hate the gratuitous sex scenes that go on ad nauseum. I guess I’m done with this series.

  • My One and Only

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story/Great Listen

  • By Donna Thomas on 02-11-16

Not great...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-17

So the main character was unbelievable and unlikable and given the extremely weak “plot”, it made for a tedious and boring journey to a foregone conclusion. Worse, I was SO aware of the author’s manipulation, making the main character, who was supposedly highly intelligent, make choices NO ONE would make. I can’t believe this has s 4.5 overall rating.

  • Down the Darkest Road

  • Oak Knoll, Book 3
  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-eighties, seemed as idyllic as any . . . until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called profiling" to put an end to the trauma. Now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this best-selling series.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Worth It

  • By caitlyn on 10-07-12

So disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The first two books in the Oak Knoll series were a solid 5 stars. I had such high expectations for the third. The narrator is still wonderful but she didn’t have much to work with. It was long and tedious- the majority of the story was the angst of the main character and her never ending thoughts we had to hear with no relief and little action to make or move a plot forward. Vince was basically absent and Anne barely there... BIG MISTAKE! Vince and Anne were superb characters in the first two and the author really missed the mark. They should have been the team solving a new mystery! I would have gobbled it up and bought every new book about them. Tony Menendez - my least favorite character in the first two books was given the lead by the author and he was a real let down. He lets his anger get in the way and he was useless chasing his tail. He added nothing to the story except as a respite from the main character. I wish the author would realize what a gold mine she has in Vince and Anne.

  • Secrets to the Grave

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I do love Tami Hoag as an Author

  • By AAnderson on 04-10-11

Great Series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

A well written series with well developed characters and decent plots. Be sure to read the first book in the series (which was also terrific) as this book is full of spoilers if you read it first.

  • When All the Girls Have Gone

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 553

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. Beautiful, brilliant - and reckless - Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames - literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic story

  • By Kat in Hawaii on 12-07-16

Promising plot, terrible execution

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The publishers summary made this story sound suspenseful and interesting. But the actual story is so full of holes, implausible behaviors, unrealistic dialogue and 2 dimensional characters whose emotions and reactions almost make it unreadable. And you can tell the author is setting up to do a series with these same stick figures. Sigh. The author makes unexplainable leaps in what characters know, and makes their actions strain the limits of suspending reality in order to buy into what’s happening. She tells you right off who the bad guy is taking away any suspense that might be had. The characters predictable yet disjointed movements and lack of credible emotions had me saying “Oh, come ON!” frequently. Not a good book.

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully full of secrets!

  • By Kathryn on 09-05-17

Same old story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I guess it's getting a little tired now- same formula, nothing new or exciting. Eve's seemingly innocent questioning of common similes feels contrived. The author's dragging out the story of Eve's rape as a child in every story like a souvenir, along with graphic sex scenes in the present, is more than distasteful. If I count up all the times Ive fast forwarded these parts I'd have a whole new book. This storyline had numerous red herrings and by the time the author got to the second victim I had no idea who that was and the I had to go back to even remember the perpetrator. I just didn't care. Basically, meh 😐- just not worth the 10+ hours. The only mystery worth investigating is "who's the candy thief?"

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  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,561

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Excellent Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Well developed characters enhanced by a wonderful narrator. The writing is superb. Even if the plot hadn't been great (which it was) I could have listened to this narrator read Jane Harper's well written fiction all day and all night.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,223

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! Robert Petkoff is remarkable!

  • By C. Vincent on 06-05-16

Just okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Let me start by saying I skipped from chapter 18 to 33 because of the extraneous "plot" and scummy characters I couldn't stand listening to. Apparently I didn't miss a thing because the last 4 chapters fit seamlessly bringing the story to its conclusion without needing to read the other 15. Editing would have helped. The storylines of some of the others were irrelevant and added nothing to the story. Worst of all the last chapter didn't last long enough for the obnoxious scummy character to get his. Total letdown