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  • People Like Us

  • By: Dana Mele
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Kay Donovan has skeletons in her closet, but who doesn't? The past is the past, and now Kay's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous, pedigreed friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left a memento, a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate each of Kay's friends, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of the murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Ruthi on 03-01-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The killer was predictable. No crazy twist until the end, but by that time it’s too late to be anything more than an ok mystery

  • My Lady Jane

  • By: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

At 16, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren't for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical Alternate History

  • By JGillespieSt on 06-17-16

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story was so funny and cute. I loved the reimagining and all the characters were likeable, even the villains. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good laugh

  • The Grownup

  • A Story by the Author of Gone Girl
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Grownup

  • By Beth C. Hunt on 09-14-16

Way too short for the price

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, finished it on my commute to work

Any additional comments?

I wish the story was longer. I didn't like the cliffhanger.

  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all - popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she is or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, Sam realizes that it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear that she and Cassie were more like best enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Erica on 02-14-15

May contain spoilers

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Any additional comments?

This was my first J.L. Armentrout book, and I have to say that I am hooked. I really liked this book.

Sammy comes back home after having gone missing for 4 days. Sammy has no memories of what happened to her or whether her best frenemy is dead. She slowly starts to remember the truth about her not so perfect life, and the truth may be too much for Sammy to bear.

What I liked: I thought the book was well written. I really liked the main character and that does not happen too often for me, maybe only twice before (Emily from Since you've been gone and Scout from to kill a mockingbird). All the supporting characters were great. I especially liked Carson, he was so dreamy lol. I also like her twin brother Scott and his gf Julie, they were both very sweet to Sammy considering how mean she was to everyone. I liked that the accident gave Sammy a second chance at life (literally and figuratively), she regained some of that innocence she had lost the day she met Cassie. I loved the romance in the book. It wasn't cheesy or out of the blue. I actually felt how much Carson loved Sammy <3

What I didn't like: Sammy's parents. They were both strange. Not very affectionate with each other or their kids. They cared more about what society thought of them than their own daughter. Im glad Sammy's mother had a change of heart at the end of the book, she stopped drinking, and let go of some of that social hierarchy bs that hindered her soul.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pluto

  • A Wonder Story
  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Christopher was Auggie's best friend from the time they were babies until his family moved away; he was there through all of Auggie's surgeries and heartbreaks, through bad times and good--like Star Wars marathons and dreams of traveling to Pluto together. Alternating between childhood flashbacks and the present day, an especially bad day for Christopher, Pluto is the story of two boys grown apart learning that good friendships are worth a little extra effort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonder Story

  • By Susan Esplin on 11-04-16

Good story but not as good as the Julian chapter

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

I can't wait to see Charlotte perspective and see more of Auggie. His kindness pulls at my heart strings

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Allegiant

  • Divergent Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,179

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down!

  • By Judy on 11-05-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

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

Change the ending.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was mad

Any additional comments?

I'm giving this book a 3.5.

I don't even know where to start. It wasn't the Epic conclusion I was hoping for.

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Cynthia Shepp on 09-04-16

The endings are always rushed

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Any additional comments?

I'm giving it a 4.5. The ending seemed rushed. I've noticed that all of Rainbow Rowell's books end abruptly, leaving you wanting another chapter or maybe even another book. I wish this book would have ended differently. However her writing style is beautiful and I fall in love with all her characters.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,452

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Slow story development

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

ROBIN!

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

Yes, the silkworm. It was the same, since it was the same character. Sometimes the accent was hard for me to follow

Any additional comments?

While I loved going along with Strike as he uncovered clues to solve Lula Landry's death, some of the books pacing was too slow for my liking. Strike interviewed all of Lula's circle of friends and I don't know if it was just me missing something but I could never get my head around some of the interviews. To be honest they seemed pointless; we never got enough information from each interview to make an educated guess on who the killer was. It wasn't until the end, when Strike explained it that we finally got the whole story. The book was missing something. I love J.K. Rowling and I wanted to love this book so much. However, as I was reading it I could not help but compare it to the pretty little liars series when I was hoping/wanting/expecting a masterpiece like Sherlock Holmes. I gave the book a 4, because I feel like the series has potential. I'm currently reading the silkworm. So far the book is taking a similar turn. I hope it's not a let down :(

  • Ashes to Ashes

  • Burn for Burn, Book 3
  • By: Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby, Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

They only meant to right the wrongs. It was about getting even. Burn for burn. But the fire they lit kept raging. Reeve ended up hurt, then Rennie ended up dead. Everything will turn to ash if they don’t stop what they started. But now that Mary knows the truth about what happened to her, will she want to? Secrets drew Lillia, Kat, and Mary together. The truth might tear them apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite in the trilogy

  • By Vanesa on 12-10-14

Not my favorite in the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Would you listen to Ashes to Ashes again? Why?

No. This is not my favorite book of the trilogy. The last few chapters saved this book for me. Overall I really like the series. I finished all three books in a few days.

What I Liked and Disliked: I did not love the ending of the book, but understand it had to end that way for it to be realistic. Still something in me wanted Lillia and Reeve to work things out. He truly loved her, and was a changed man because of her. He made mistakes, like most young people make. I thought Mary trying to teach him a lesson was too extreme. I did like that Alex (the "nice guy" for once finished first) got the girl in the end. Him and Lillia were meant to be after all, that was evident from the beginning.

Kat, is still my favorite character. Im glad her and Pat got out of Jar Island. Glad she went to NY and her life seemed to improve. I teared up when Shepp was killed and her father passed away. I was happy to see that Lillia, Alex and Reeve remained loyal friends to her.

I HATED Mary in this book. She was meek throughout the series which was meh and in this book she "finally found her voice". I thought this book really showed how immature she was. She was still that vulnerably 13 year old girl, who blamed everyone else for her mistakes. Yes, Reeve was in the wrong for teasing her, but Mary killed herself on a whim, she wasn't intending to do that when she went home. So I feel like the anger she felt for Reeve was unfounded. Im glad in the end she realized that she was the one who chose to end her life, and only she was responsible for the pain she caused. I thought Mary being a ghost was a good surprise. Even though ghost Mary was the most annoying character in history.

Any additional comments?

I want more from this series, I would love a book that followed Kat and Pat in NY and Lillia and Alex in college. I would love to see Reeve continue to grow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • By: Jenny Han
  • Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Jennifer on 07-17-15

This book is cute. A perfect, quick and easy read

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of To All the Boys I've Loved Before?

WHAT I LIKED: I really liked Lara Jean's family. Lara Jean's kid sister is great. Kitty is witty and wise beyond her years (she should have been the main character :)) she is the voice of reason (while Margo is away). She notices that Peter really likes Lara Jean, and makes Lara Jean realize that she should consider giving him a second chance.

The characters weren't extremely mean. Peter is the most popular kid in school. He has a ton of friends and every girl wants to date him. When Genevieve breaks up with him, he starts dating invisible Lara Jean. None of his friends treat her badly not even Genevieve or her friends. While I'm glad there wasn't any drama, especially after reading the burn for burn trilogy, the lack of cattiness made the book unrealistic. People are dramatic and immature in HS especially when an ex goes out with someone else shortly after the break up.

Any additional comments?

WHAT I DISLIKED: Lara Jean was immature. She never allowed Josh or Peter to talk or explain things. She never really questioned Peter about his secret meetings w Genevieve. She never talked to him about the rumor that He supposedly started. She took Genevieve's word for it, when it was painfully obvious that Genevieve started the rumor. Peter didn't fight for her. He let her go. He didn't defend her to his friends or stand up to Genevieve. I'm guessing the next book will show us more of Peter. I feel there's a secret that he and Genevieve share, maybe the reason for their break up and the reason he can't let go (I'm guessing he's a virgin or something that Genevieve can hold over him). Maybe in the next book, Lara Jean will allow Peter to explain himself and maybe even give her that expensive necklace she wanted (when her dad wanted to get it for her for Christmas it was mysteriously gone). I'm hoping both of them just cut the crap and can be honest about heir feelings.

Also Lara Jean reminded me a lot of Lillia from the burn for burn series. I wish the MC was more unique.

While I liked Josh as much as Lara Jean's family did, I thought it was stupid that he allowed a letter that was written years ago to affect the way he felt not only about her but about his ex girlfriend (Lara jean's older sister). He loved Margot, was heartbroken when she broke up w him, cried when she left for Scotland. But then at the drop of a hat he felt differently. He didn't fight to work things out. He just let her go and started pinning over Lara Jean. No one in this book cared enough to try!