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Emily McDonald

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  • Hannah-Beast

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, the most unsettling Halloween costume of all is an urban legend they call Hannah-Beast. It’s a reminder of the past she can’t forget. Especially tonight when it’s come back, so close to home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story !

  • By Anissa B. on 09-28-18

Girls just wanna... be awful

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I went to high school with these bitches. It’s a true story, I promise. If you doubt me, just come on over. Let’s talk about it. I promise you won’t regret it

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,041

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up in the Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Kinda cornball, but fun

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Pretty cliche story, but I did enjoy the ending. Narrator was alright. Not too bad

  • The Darkest Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017

Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy 50th birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately: His ex-wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him; his current wife has fired the nanny; and he's finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress. Then something truly terrible happens: one of his three-year-old twins goes missing. No trace of her is ever found. The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Christina on 09-14-16

FANTASTIC novel about AWFUL people

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

For the life of me, I cannot fathom why some readers demand to have ‘likable’ characters, as though this somehow has anything to do with anything but themselves. I personally love dysfunctional, unlivable characters because it is so much more interesting. Excellent story and perfect narration

  • City of the Dead: Author's Preferred Edition

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In this sequel to The Rising, cities are overrun with legions of the undead, intent on destroying what's left of the living. Trapped inside a fortified skyscraper, a handful of survivors prepare to make their last stand against an unstoppable, merciless enemy. With every hour their chances diminish and their numbers dwindle, while the ranks of the dead continue to rise. Because sooner or later, everything dies. And then it comes back, ready to kill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Infinity

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-23-18

Excellent sequel to an excellent novel

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The ending gave me full body goosebumps. I wasn’t expecting it at all, though I guess I should have.

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

This family needs A LOT of therapy....

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I kept finding myself unable to sympathize with the mom. She was all over the place, and I couldn’t believe a mother would make many of the decisions she made, and behave toward her daughter that way. That said, this book was very compelling and I couldn’t stop until the end. There really are kids like this, and families having to cope with these issues. I just couldn’t believe the mom. Especially at the end. Awful parenting. Good book though

  • Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror with Meg: Origins

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists-Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Max on 05-19-17

This is gonna make such a great movie

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

This book was so well written. Perfect length, interesting characters who you care about. And the ending does not disappoint. I will be reading more in this series

  • The Pirate

  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

In 1860, a sloop drifted into New York Harbor. Not a soul on board - just blood from cabin to deck. Looted coins led to Bowery thug Albert Hicks, the ax slayer who turned his shipmates into chum. His crimes were absolutely fiendish. His execution was pure ballyhoo. It drew nearly ten thousand bloodthirsty sightseers to the city - including the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum. Refreshments were served as the most notorious and unrepentant mass murderer of the era made history as one of America’s first celebrity killers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of time

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-18

My FAVORITE narrator strikes again

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

The story is great, very interesting but the real treasure here is Steven Weber’s narration. He is my all time fave, and I’d listen to him read the dictionary

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,902

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I have no words for how fantastic this book was. Excellent story, excellent narration. I listened at 0.75 speed because I really wanted to follow the more technical parts of the story, and I am glad I did. Didn’t see that ending coming, either. Gave Me chills

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,873

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Twelve stars

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Whatever you think his book is about, you’re wrong. Don’t read reviews, don’t look it up, just read it. So so good

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  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

This was a really hard one

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I keep vascillating between disliking the narrator and feeling awful for not sympathizing with her enough. The subject matter is extremely difficult, human trafficking from the perspective of a victim who is becoming a perpetrator without really understanding her role. Very, very well written. I do agree that she was a bit whiny at times, but Jesus, what do you want? I cannot fathom what this girl went through, and at the same time I know that there are far too many young girls and boys around the world, at THIS VERY MOMENT, who are suffering the same fate and trying to navigate their new and terrifying lives without falling apart. This was a very courageous novel, and the whole time I kept remembering that though it may technically be fictional, it is acting the best case scenario (as terrible as that sounds) for so many trafficking victims. I’m glad I read it, but I cannot imagine that I will read it again. For me, great fiction gets me emotionally involved, and this did not disappoint. Well written, very well developed. The further I got, the less I cared about anything but this book. I was wondering whether or not to actively recommend it, and then I realized that every human being on this planet should read it. Best of luck