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  • Girl in Pieces

  • By: Kathleen Glasgow
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kathleen Glasgow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At 17 she's already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don't have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, Sobering, Fascinating

  • By Wendi on 05-31-17

Great story, writing and Narration!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was one of those aware of the story, or near ration in the rain all came together in a magical way.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings - it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sophomore Book from Shari Lapena

  • By Chris on 09-09-17

I'm not sure who wrote this book

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

I read another book from this author and really liked it. This book was very poorly written and boring and the narration did not help. I'm actually surprised I was able to finish it. It's really not worth a credit.

  • Burying Water

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,193

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding! Perfect love / mystery book!

  • By Rebecca on 11-07-14

Predictable - Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Would you try another book from K. A. Tucker and/or Josh Goodman and Elizabeth Louise ?

No

Would you listen to another book narrated by Josh Goodman and Elizabeth Louise ?

No - very flat narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Hmm, well, not so much - it was hard to get through.

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  • 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 128,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,528

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

Loved it - Could not put it down!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-15

This was the best book I've read in a long time. The narration was terrific and the plot was unique.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,380

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family Secrets Abound

  • By Jami on 10-30-14

Narrator is Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you try another book from Celeste Ng and/or Cassandra Campbell?

No

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

The narrator is boring; the story line could have been so much more - there was opportunity to add some exciting story-line, but it all fell flat. I kept waiting for the plot-twist or the a-ha moment, however, it never came.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cassandra Campbell’s performances?

No, I forgot that I could not get through another book she narrated - her voice is pretty and smooth - but her interpretation is boring.

  • The Sea of Tranquility

  • A Novel
  • By: Katja Millay
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Engaging

  • By Rita on 10-23-13

Did Not Realize this was for Young Adults

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends on the person; this is a book for is for young adults, which I did not realize. It was a good story with a very interesting premise. I liked beginning and the ending, however, often I was bored during the main story; the narration is pretty good, which made it easier to get through. That being said, towards the end there was finally some terrific dialogue that made me laugh, smile and even cry. Keep in mind, I am 50 years old, so for a teen or very young adult, this may be a terrific read.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, it would be a good movie.

  • The Son: A Novel

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Break From The Harry Hole Series Is a Hit

  • By Russell on 09-04-14

Nesbo's Competition is . . . Nesbo

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

What did you love best about The Son: A Novel?

LOVED IT - unique story line - super interesting. I love the Harry Hole series, but Nesbo's stand alone novels are unbeatable!

What three words best describe Gildart Jackson’s voice?

The narration was a bit stilted in parts - but great in other parts - that was the only part of the audio I did not love.

  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Marra
  • Narrated by: Colette Whitaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bleak, beautiful debut

  • By Ryan on 11-06-13

A beautiful haunting tale . . .

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

Reviewed: 03-01-14

What made the experience of listening to A Constellation of Vital Phenomena the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great.

What other book might you compare A Constellation of Vital Phenomena to and why?

Hmm, it was a very unique story. It is pretty hard to compare this to any other novel I have read . . .

What does Colette Whitaker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The lovely accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The beauty, horror and humanity of life.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,800

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

GRISHAM IS BACK!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

Unusual Suspenseful Clever

What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads a Grisham book like no other. Not to fast, not too slow and a very believable accent. I could listen to him for hours.

Any additional comments?

I love Grisham, but I started to feel like his story lines were getting a little flat - endings have been a little dull and anti-climatic in his later works. This one ROCKED - he killed it and I cried at the end - which I never recall doing before reading his books. LOVED IT.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,931

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Stephen King Does It Again!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

Unique & Thought Provoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dan - he is complex and let's face it - he's the kid from the Shining ;-)

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?


Dan

Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

Rose the Hat

Any additional comments?

A sequel for such a block-buster iconic hit such as the "Shining" was a big risk, but one I am glad Stephen King took! I really like this book and did not want it to end. I almost did not read it but I am so glad I did! Stephen King fans will not be disappointed
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