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  • Trespassing

  • A Novel
  • By: Brandi Reeds
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Veronica Cavanaugh’s grasp on the world is slipping. Her latest round of fertility treatments not only failed but left her on edge and unbalanced. And her three-year-old daughter, Elizabella, has a new imaginary friend, who seems much more devilish than playful. So when Veronica’s husband fails to return home from a business trip, what’s left of her stability begins to crumble. Given her family’s history of mental illness, and Elizabella’s insistence that her daddy is dead, Veronica starts questioning herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing until the end!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

really bad

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

really bad story, writing and narration. The narrator tried too hard, making everything drama filled even when it shouldn't be. It took everything I had in me to finish this book.

My recommendation, don't waste your time.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,295

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Repeat

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

There really wasn't anything new in this book. Maybe more detail about the people around Trump but everything else was stuff we have already heard

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,207

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

A dogs tale

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Its an OK story, Not a 5 star story but OK. I learned a lot about military and police trained dogs.

  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far

  • By hrhjones on 01-30-17

average

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Overall the story was OK.I had a problem with the narrator. The story included several voices and at times with different emotions. The narrator didn't change.

If you're interested in the story, read it don't listen to it.

  • Never Let You Go

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,185

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with ending

  • By BonSue on 04-21-17

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I was a huge fan of Chevy Stevens after her first book Still Missing was released. She won't be called a one-book wonder but maybe she should have been. I have read 3 of her books released after Still Missing and they were not only bad, each one was worse the one before it.

Save you money and time - skip it

  • The Missing Girls

  • Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series, Book 3
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

When a girl's body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer. No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hired van can't be traced. But as the leads run dry, another body is uncovered. This time the killer's distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim's skeleton make Robyn suspect she's searching for a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists and Turns Keep You on the Edge

  • By T. McTier on 10-01-17

Long

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I did not like this book. It wasn’t because of the story but it was because of the story. It took forever for anything to happen. There is so much babbling that I would get lost in the conversation and forget where I was in the story.

The premise of the story is obvious from the beginning. It’s obvious that DI Robyn Carter is going to solve the case. It just takes way too long to get there

Recommendation: Skip it

  • A Dark Lure

  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narration but VERY Poor audio

  • By Cyndi Marie on 02-26-17

Slow and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I gave this story 2 stars. Don’t look at the lack of stars to mean that it isn’t a good read. I have only read a couple of books that I would give 4 or 5 stars. In fact, there are only 2 books that I have given 5 stars to. So, having 2 stars is good.

Overall this was a good story. But not for my typical reasons. First, the story starts very slowly. So slow that I was tempted to give up, but I didn’t. Second, the way the story is laid out you know what is going to happen before it happens. You know the ending way before the middle of the story.

What makes this a good story is all the in-between stuff. You know what is going to happen but not how. OK some of it is really corny and real fairy tale like but overall it’s a good story.

I recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,164

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Webs within webs, within a large web...

  • By JK907 on 05-03-17

Dumb, dumb, dumb

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

What disappointed you about The Memory Watcher?

Everything, the story, the narrator, everything

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure, I have a long list waiting

How did the narrator detract from the book?

she sounded like a goofy young girl - regardless of the situation

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Memory Watcher?

all of it

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74,079
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73,734

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Bravo

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

What did you like best about Born a Crime? What did you like least?

I liked the story. It was interesting to hear about life in South Africa. It was interesting to hear how his life was so similar to life for many in the US.

There really wasn't anything about it that I didn't like.

Would you recommend Born a Crime to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, I enjoyed it.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

I like the different voices

What else would you have wanted to know about Trevor Noah’s life?

Nothing at this point. This is part one - the early years. Now that he is a successful TV personality I will get to find out more about him in part 2.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and raw and honest

  • By S. Yates on 07-17-17

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Would you try another book from Roxane Gay and/or Roxane Gay?

Probably Not

What do you think your next listen will be?

Tevor Noah's book, Born a Crime

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It wasn't that the narrator did a poor job it is the entire book. Talk about self hate

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness and disappointment

Any additional comments?

I only listened to this book because it was recommended as "really good' I guess the person who recommended it has a different opinion of what is really good. It is surprising to me because the person who recommended this book has never been more than a size 2.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful