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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,246

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Liked it - - or at least like most of it

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

The tension the author creates is powerful, the delivery, a bit less so. The ground work for this really clever novel falls apart towards the end, and it's a shame because the beginning and middle are so smart. The narrator is quite good and conveys that level of hysteria in a truly appropriate way. It's just not done in a sustainable way and gets to be too much at the end. I am going to cut this author a break, and hope that the good bones of this book means her next ones will be fully fleshed out. Looking forward to the next book.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,771

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Surprised that I enjoyed this so much

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This was simply an outstanding book! I'm shocked at how riveting and ultimately encouraging this was. It is very obvious that Comey is the kind of person we really want and need to hold the reigns of power and purpose at this high a level in the government. He comes across as someone who thinks through problems, isn't driven (at least exclusively) by ego and who admits his flaws and works to correct them. After listening to this book I'm even more concerned (and I didn't think I could be more concerned) about the state of politics in the US. Please read this book and then GET THIS MAN BACK IN THE GOVERNMENT.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,259

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books

  • By Michael on 01-02-14

Just no.....

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Just not good. Sad and filled with so much meandering it’s impossible to follow the whole story. The requisite evil characters the weird twists and religious overtones that simply make a long uninteresting novel. A waste of a really good narrator.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Finding happy is not for wimps!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This adorable book takes the approach of pretend science to explore how to find happy. With Paula, we find that her particular brand of quirky makes for an alternating funny, serious, sad, silly, interesting, funny again path that helps me to appreciate that a simple life is never without its complexity. Much of the charm and most of the funny comes via the delivery of the author. And I do have to say, listening to this book gave me many heps of happy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,526

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fucking. Amazing.

  • By Sunny James on 11-03-17

She IS fierce and fearless

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I would crawl across a bed of nails to share a bottle (or two) of wine with this woman. This is a raw yet refined memoir that not just told stories but taught lessons. Just an excellent adult book on growing up as a woman of color, growing up as a survivor, growing up as a famous person, and crawling your way to happy with all the compromises and mistakes that it takes to get there. Cheers, Gabrielle Union!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,369

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best APOCALYPTIC book yet!!!!

  • By Mitchell on 12-08-17

Just another in the series of apocalypse novels...

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I am not sure this rated a 3-three book run. So much of this first book could have been written with half the words and no loss of impact. This just seems like two ideas: end of the world and magical beings, shoved together to try to make something different. I'm kind of used to her doing that (I'm an In Death listener) but not a fan. This narrator, however, is brilliant and I might have not finished save for her fine story telling ability. Not sure I'm going to pick up the second novel or not....

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,158

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...

  • By The2ndhorseman on 12-24-17

All great humor has a streak of sadness

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

She is so funny - - and not just when she's telling a joke. She's just funny in the way she talks, in how she thinks, and the way she looks at everything. And like all truly great comedy, lying in the background is sadness, depression, and grit that allows these rare people to move forward even as their different view of life is being ridiculed and they are being abused.
I just loved this book with its devastating honesty and complete truth all wrapped up in a personality and humor that feels like a cool drink of water in the dessert. This book does make you work for it, though. At times I actually turned it off so I could just scratch my head at some of the strange choices that she's made. But trust me, I turned it on again quickly to find out how those choices made this bold, strong and beautiful woman what she is today. So nice to watch as this shining star rises. We got you, girl!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-17

Makes my heart happy

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

I have yet to figure out why these stories touch me so. There are now a TON of Precious, Grace, and Mr. JLB Matekoni stories (you have to be following the series to get this reference) and each one feels like a private conversation you're having with a friend. Charming is the first word that comes to mind, but that doesn't convey the feeling of being in the company of friends and relatives I get as I listen to these. I heard a news report mention Botswana and it felt like they were talking about my hometown. Not that's how a long-running series should make you feel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

A great story even if you're not an addict

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

This insightful book from the very funny yet serious Russell Brand helps to solidify my opinion that comedy comes from pain, that pain can be worse than death, and that helping someone else through something is the best cure for your own illness. Russell as recovery coach is both helpful and funny - - a pretty difficult balancing act. This does not replace doing a program, but explains a lot about the mind space you'll need to do just that. I defy anyone listening to this to NOT learn something about yourself. Good on you, mate.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 764

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of a narcissist complaining

  • By Nomad 2009 on 09-22-17

Good narration - - "meh" plot

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

You know those books that make you think at any moment they're going to take off and make you care about the characters? Yes, me too. This is not that. The only good part (and why I even gave it three stars) is that it did stimulate me enough to listen to the whole thing I think because it's a good narrator. I just wish that by the time I was done I actually had a feeling, good or bad, about anybody I just wasted hours listening about.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful