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  • Always Watching

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turner, or a Great Listen!

  • By andrea on 07-02-13

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

What disappointed you about Always Watching?

The story moved very slowly, it was filled with unnecessary details and clumsy sentences, which made the story "plod". It felt like a very dry police report--not a narrative at all.

What was most disappointing about Chevy Stevens’s story?

The lack of character development--the main character was not a good psychiatrist and missed very obvious clues about her patient.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator sounded bored and mispronounced words (not an accent issue, actual mispronunciations).

Any additional comments?

I couldn't finish this book and stopped with 4 hours remaining. I didn't care what happened or had happened and couldn't stop mentally editing painful scenes and sentences.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,624

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just finished... Sorry... Could listen to more.

  • By Ted on 12-14-17

This was fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Any additional comments?

I was initially worried because of the warnings about the first nine hours. While this was all set-up, it was still extremely interesting and necessary. It sets up not only the characters and their motivations, it gives plenty of information and history. Loved this story and will be looking for other books by the author and read by Christopher Ragland.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,583

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Loved this story!!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

Would you listen to The Kind Worth Killing again? Why?

I would consider reading this, however the reason it is so great is the twists and turns. I would not listen to it again, the narration was distracting at times.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There are four narrators for this book. This is actually a great idea when the story is told this way. The narrator for Lily was the only one I liked. The others seemed way older than their characters and the narrator for Miranda made it very difficult to listen to those sections. The story, however, does manage to surpasses this issue.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. The story was great and unfolded at just the right pace. I loved the twists and character development. The narration was distracting, as others have mentioned. There were times when it was difficult to concentrate on the story.