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  • The Gate Keeper

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Todd does it again!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Another enjoyable Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just as I’ve enjoyed the previous 19 books. They are consistently well written with just enough of a mystery to keep the reader guessing. I’m always sad to finish the books, knowing I must wait another year for the next one.
This book—and the previous books—proves that there can be excellent books without excessive profanity and with no sex scenes. Thank you to the Todds for this.
Finally, I’d like to express my appreciation for Simon Prebble and his always excellent narration. He’s a master.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,820

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUST LISTEN!!

  • By Taryn on 11-08-17

Worth persevering

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I was unhappy with some of the language and sexual descriptions in the first portion of the book, nearly turning it back to Audible. I decided to give it a little more time. I am happy I did, because there was almost none of the offensive content following the initial barrage. As the plot unfolded, the book became—figuratively, since I was LISTTNING to it—a page turner

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,855

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Very worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Very captivating throughout. Very well written; very well narrated. So very sad that it was based on events that actually happened. I highly recommend this book.

  • 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

Enjoyed the story but not the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Overall I enjoyed the book, although I felt the narrator did not convey the spirit of the book. Her interpretation made the characters seem more harsh and unsympathetic than the author intended, in my opinion.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,368

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

The indomitable human spirit prevails

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Although this got off to a slow start for me, it gradually became an endearing and worthwhile read. Interspersed with gems of practical wisdom, it is, ultimately, a tale of perseverance, self-actualization and love. It entertains, it touches, and it satisfies. I highly recommend it. The reader is exceptionally good as well.

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,434

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

So worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Although I found the early chapters a little tedious, once the stories became more closely intertwined, I could hardly stop listening. I have read many, many accounts, both true and fictional, concerning almost every aspect of World War ll, and I was a little reluctant to begin another; however, as the storylines developed, I realized that here was a fresh take on the oft-told and now familiar experiences of those affected directly by this war. It is well worth listening and definitely becomes engrossing. I would encourage anyone to listen, to be entertained, and to learn. And the readers are excellent!

At the conclusion, the author gives information about the book. We learn that it is largely based on real people and their experiences. If you read the book, do not skip this.

  • Salt to the Sea

  • By: Ruta Sepetys
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Historical YA Fiction

  • By FanB14 on 02-19-16

A great read

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I express appreciation to the author for bringing this tragic event in a tragic war to my attention and, indeed, to the attention of all who read or listen to her excellent tale. I have read much about WWII, but never before had I heard of this evacuation. I love reading, and when I can be entertained and also gain knowledge of historical facts, the reading is doubly appreciated.

Each of the readers was excellent. I felt they portrayed the characters well and must have pleased the author.

When I have finished this review I plan to send a note of thanks to the friend who recommended this book to me. It has been very much worthwhile, and I would recommend the book to anyone who appreciates an entertaining, historically accurate novel.

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,943

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very powerful--definitely will be listening again!

  • By Sondra S. Mangan on 10-20-14

Good read!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Very interesting and informative, as well as gently suspenseful. Although I had to suspend belief in parts, the story and the plot twists kept me entertained. Definitely have a greater appreciation for elephants now.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,023

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Entertaining and informative

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

This book has a unique format. It seemed a little confusing at the very first, but I ended up liking it. Very well written, with exceptional characterizations. It felt as though these were real people and that their problems were real and believable.
The book touches on many emotions, including laughter, satire, sadness, outrage, disappointment, relief, and affection. Hated to reach the end.
I've read several other Liane Moriarity books and have enjoyed each one, but this is my favorite.

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,150

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Wonderful storyteller

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

This was my third Jojo Moyes book and my favorite so far. I was captivated by the characters and the story and had a difficult time turning it off when I had to take care of daily obligations. Hated to have it end. A most enjoyable listen, with really excellent readers.