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Valerie Morby

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  • Sisterhood Everlasting

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Jena on 07-07-11

Terrible music

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

What's with the cheesy music playing over the ending? Just terrible. Took me completely out of the story.

  • Sad Cypress

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity, and the means to administer the fatal poison. Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor audio detracts from otherwise good narration

  • By Kathi on 01-01-17

Not My Favorite Christie

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Suchet?

Hugh Fraser, who narrates many other Poirot novels, would have been preferable. Suchet occasionally spoke so softly that I couldn't hear the narration, or he was so caught up in performing the speaking voice of a dying woman that I could not discern what he was saying. Absolutely inject a degree of acting into your narration, but when the performance gets in the way of actually understanding what you are saying, it should be done away with.

Any additional comments?

Poirot did not show up in this novel until approximately two hours in! I would have preferred a shorter introduction to the mystery, and then let him discover some of those additional details in his investigation.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,942

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Slow, predictable, not with the time.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

I'm afraid this book has been way, way overhyped. If you enjoy long, drawn-out novels centered on alcoholism and infidelity, you'll love this book. The ending was predictable, and without a satisfying payoff. I could have done without it altogether. I'd recommend anything by Agatha Christie instead!