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  • Sick Girl

  • By: Rachel Hargrove
  • Narrated by: Avery Reid
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Twenty-five-year-old scrappy Aubrey is fed up with Tom, a married neurologist with two children. When he's not shoving their relationship on the back burner, he's canceling their dates. With a frightening health diagnosis looming over her shoulder, Aubrey concocts a desperate plan to have Tom forever. Kill the wife. Take her place. Befriending Tom's successful, kind wife comes easily to Aubrey. However, the closer they become, the more doubts Aubrey has about following through. Then, a shocking discovery changes everything....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my typical genre but I loved it!

  • By Scott Stephens on 03-31-18

Many Missed opportunities...

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I enjoyed this story...kind of?? Decent plot and character development...kind of...

After listening and somewhat enjoying the story, overall, I felt as though the author missed so many opportunities to make this a really first rate thriller. It's odd...she set up a great outline and then just...mmmhhhhehhhh... I can't really go into detail, without giving away the plot.

The story is worth a credit. You won't be disappointed, just not as "thriller-ed" as you could have been.

  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 500

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration for Lucy is completely ridiculous

  • By Jones on 04-03-18

Lesbian Stalker "Thiller?"...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Not that there's anything wrong with Lesbian Stalker Thrillers or lesbians, however, as a hetero woman, it just wasn't doing it for me:) I just thought I would mention the subject matter for those who may feel the same.

As for the story, itself... I seriously could have gotten into the lesbian stalker angle, however this just was not a well written novel...it just fell very flat. No thrill at all. You just kept listening...hoping it would all come together, but it never did. Characters were introduced and just faded away...not even "red herring" worthy.

The Lucy and Alice characters and their relationship were never fully developed, so you really don't care at all for them or their story, which is so important in this type of psychological "thriller". To top it off, the ending was a major dissappointment.

The outline of this story had promise, but it just did not deliver. I will be requestinfg a refund of a credit.

  • Secret Lives Super Boxset

  • By: Roger Hayden, Alexandira Clarke, James Hunt
  • Narrated by: Ramona Master, Tia Rider Sorensen, Michaela Drew
  • Length: 42 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Victoria Owens's life takes a sudden turn after she receives an unexpected chain letter about her upcoming high school reunion. She's quick to dismiss the letter and focus instead on her busy day, amidst a preoccupied husband and eleven year-old-daughter. But the letter is only the beginning of a series of anonymous gifts, each more bizarre than the next, which shed light on a past long forgotten.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Soooooooo Cliche. Elementary Writing.

  • By Rose on 11-01-17

Soooooooo Cliche. Elementary Writing.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Reads as though written by a JR High student. Elementary, at best, writing style. Cliche characters. Dialog is banaI and uninspired. I can barely write this review, as I have lost IQ points from listening to this. No kidding.

I only made it through The Secret Letter, so don't know if the rest of the set is any good.

The poor narration, by Ramona Master, only made this worse. She sounded like a cross between Fargo and a Valley Girl. Very whiny tone.

I truly dislike writing such a negative review, but I dislike more wasting a credit.

This wasn't even a good beach or cleaning-the-house read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,008

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • May have to quit this one.

  • By Lady J on 02-16-18

Capitalizing on Current Climate of Victimhood...

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I'll sum up the story for you in less than 24 hours.

• All White men are uncivilized, misogynistic, ignorant, imbeciles.
• Police are racist, undiciplined murderers.
• Guns are bad.
• Women are hapless victims, living life under the heels of men.
• You can't trust snakes.

That's the story. The Kings capitalizing on the current social hysteria.

Could have been a good story, if not for the preaching and guilt trips.

Marin Ireland's narration was spot on and wonderful.




20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When You Disappeared by Ohn Marris

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-29-17

Why? Totally Useless Story

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I wanted to like this book, however it just fell flat... I seriously didn't care for any of the characters or the plot, for that matter. No purpose to the story. I came away with nothing.
Wasted credit for sure. Narration was good enough.

  • My Husband's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,937

For fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door comes an addictive psychological thriller that's already an international sensation. When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpectedly thoughtful and complex saga

  • By Candice on 02-10-17

Ugh! What a Drab, Convoluted Story

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This could have been a good book, however it just was so blah..........................
You don't care at all about any of the characters, as they are all just miserable people...all of them...ok, wait, maybe one guy...but, i'm sure, if the book dragged out any longer, the author would have found a way to make him miserable, too...

The storyline starts out boring, but you get a hint it might pick up, so you invest a bit more time, then it becomes convoluted And boring, then just goes completely wonky at the end...as if Columbo meets the gal from Murder She Wrote, who happens to marry Mr. Watson (From Holmes), and they all meet up for lunch to write the ending to this story...blind folded...

I think a reviwer used a Russian Nesting Doll as metaphor for how this story played out...they nailed it. I'd add that it would be a very large Russian Nesting Doll with about 27 doll layers.

The narrator is just OK. Not really her fault, just miss cast. She sounds too old for the parts and a bit lifeless.

Overall, I can't reccomend spending a credit on this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Telomere Effect

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
  • By: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Have you wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected so much more

  • By Innate on 01-28-17

Just Not Enough Hard Information

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I was looking forward to reading this book, as I have heard great things regarding telomere reseach. Unfortunately, as other reviewers have noted, this book is very low on actual hard facts. It reads like an infomercial for a Telomere product...stating that shortening telomeres are the cause of this or that, but not really getting into what you can do about it.
They do say get more exercise, eat well, and reduce stress. Uh, OK...now what?
Telomeres and the aging process is a facinating topic, however not much here in this book.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of a Rapist

  • By: Evan S. Connell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Karst
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

The 1960s: news of riots, war, unheard-of behavior, and rampant crime crowds the papers and the airwaves. Spurned by his wife at home and by superiors at work, Earl Summerfield hunkers down in his cramped San Francisco apartment and keeps a diary that is a scratched record of a world going to pieces. The words he overhears, the words he wants to say, swim in his head, turning into fantasies of ambition, love, and retribution. He is sorry for himself. He is angry at everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Man Show... Exceptional Narration...

  • By Rose on 09-01-16

One Man Show... Exceptional Narration...

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

No one has yet to write a review for this story on Audible, so thought I would help out.

This, for me, is a difficult book to review, so I will leave that to someone else, below, who did so brilliantly, in my opinion (see below review from Amazon).

What I haven't seen reviewed is the narration. Andrew Karst did an amazing job with this difficult read. As this was a one man show, all you had to listen to was "Earl Summerfield". Andrew Karst became Earl... Perfect voice for the character and handled the varied emotions spot on. I look forward to hearing more of his work, as it looks as though this may be his first?? If so, I hope he contributes more.

Here is the brilliant review, By Steven Reynoldson, copied from Amazon:

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

Earl Summerfield, 26, feckless junior clerk at the State Unemployment Bureau, miserably married to the loveless Bianca, 33, keeps a diary for one year. It becomes a record of marital hatred, the paranoia and pathetic rivalries of office life, and, increasingly, a record of violent crime - the rapes, robberies, senseless murders and gas chamber executions reported in the daily news.

Earl's apparent disgust and dismay at the crime wave alternates with violent sexual fantasies of his own. Fleeing Bianca and his apartment some nights, he begins sneaking into other people's houses. When he becomes fixated with the local beauty queen, Mara St Johns, it's only a matter of time before Earl's fantasies become reality. Or do they?...

I imagine many readers flee from this novel - even from the title - assuming it's some kind of exploitative or voyeuristic pornography. Far from it. It is relentlessly voyeuristic, but the object of that gaze is Earl's mind. This is a tremendously engaging novel of psychological realism, and what gives it that vivid quality is that Earl is as inconsistent as any real person. He loves himself, he's filled with self-loathing. He deserves to be promoted, he's an idiot for dreaming of it. One day he despises work, the next he can't wait to go in. One night he revels in personal insights and dreams of self-transformation, making life-changing decisions which are instantly reversed or forgotten by the next.

He's a man unravelling; caught in the trap of middle-class existence which fuels his dreams without giving him any real hope of achieving them; caught, too, between desire and the Puritan legacy for which the circuit breaker is a violent rejection and punishment of sex.

What's most compelling about Earl's diary is that the more deranged, anti-social and evangelical he becomes, the more consistent are his writing and behaviour. In the end, he lives up to his rhetoric.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Webcam

  • A Novel of Terror
  • By: Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Bob Walkenhorst
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

Someone is stalking webcam models. He lurks in the untouchable recesses of the black web. He's watching you. Right now. When watching is no longer enough, he comes calling. He's the last thing you'll ever see before the blood gets in your eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody's Watching Me

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-13-16

The Narration Made an Average Story Worse.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Huh? What's wrong with the narration, you say?

If you listened to the sample, you'd say, "He reads with passion.Scene sounds exciting. What's the problem with the narration?". Well, the problem is he reads the entire book this way...WAY over the top....The entire book...all 8 and one half hours...

Kinda like listening to loud heavy metal for 8 1/2 hours, when a truly excellent horror/thriller should read like a symphony... soft violins, then, Bam!...timpani rolll into frenetic strings/horns...then gentle woodwinds, etc... Toooooooo much intensity.

If that wasn't bad enough, much of the story dialog is "spoken" through text message or chat room typing, so the narrator chose to speak in stilted, "typed" speach, rather than conversational tone...sounding more like Stephen Hawking, robotic speach.

Between the intensity and the bad phrasing, I could barely get through this story. The story, itself, was only average. You don't really care about the characters, whom were all very cliché.

If Audible chose a better narrator, this would still only bump this up to a 3 star read, for me.

This was the only book I've read by this author, so maybe I'm missing something (character development in other books?). This book does not work well as a stand alone, if that's the case. There are better thrillers out there for your credit/money.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,903

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Genius Protaganist is an Idiot

  • By RBerrymanilow on 10-06-16

Brilliant Story In Any Reality!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I purchased this based solely off other's reviews and, yes, this is a solid 5 star read. One of the best I have read in many years. The plot summary is spot on and I don't want to give any more away, so all I have to say is you will not be disappointed with this book.... in any of your realities!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful