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Stephanie Poninski

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  • Looker

  • By: Laura Sims
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 38

In this superb new psychological thriller, an unraveling woman becomes fixated on her neighbor - the beautiful, successful actress. Trapped in a rundown apartment and dead-end job, the unnamed narrator is unhappily childless and recently separated. She can’t help noticing with wry irony that the actress, meanwhile, has her face on the side of every bus, a gleaming brownstone, a handsome husband, and three beautiful children, including a baby. Though they live just a few doors apart, the two women are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Verna on 02-13-19

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I think this book had a ton of potential, especially with a troubled narrator; however, the story was flat and boring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Neighbor

  • By: Joseph Souza
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Todd Boyce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 18

When Leah and her husband, Clay, move from Seattle to Maine, she envisions a vibrant new neighbourhood packed with families - playmates for her twins, new friends she can confide in and bond with. But while Clay works long hours to establish his brewery, Leah is left alone each day in a nearly deserted housing development where the only other occupants are aloof and standoffish.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unrealistic and offensive

  • By Stephanie Poninski on 04-29-18

Unrealistic and offensive

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

I still have 7 hours left to go in this book and it is frankly awful. It uses vulgar and offensive language that keeps racial tensions thriving. None of the characters are relatable or likable. I love a good drama between feuding neighbors, but this book was a far cry from my expectations. Save your time and money and DO NOT listen!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Beautiful Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

From the acclaimed author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth Killing comes a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder - a sly and brilliant guessing game of a novel. Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother, Alice, to be sexy and beautiful in an "otherworldly" way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years. Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead, and the police think it's suicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LISTENERS BEWARE!

  • By shelley on 04-04-18

Lolita Gone Bad

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This is a far cry from the well-written and interesting, The Kind Worth Killing. The plot was implausible and predictable. I felt like I was listening to a Lifetime movie. None of the characters were likable and all were cliche. Save your time and money on this one.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Hairdresser

  • By: Natasha A. Salnikova
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

George Spenser loves his neighbor, Sara. They have been friends for years, but when Sara begins dating someone else, George doesn’t want to let her go. He doesn’t want her to be with anyone but him. He kills her and cuts her hair as a memento of his feelings for her. After that, George begins his quest to find another woman who looks like his first love. Now he’s a famous photographer and a killer they call Hairdresser.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Thriller with lost potential.

  • By cosmitron on 03-20-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

This book read like a really bad Lifetime movie script. This is the first book I’ve listened to that I could not bear to finish. Going into this book, I was excited, thinking it would be similar to Caroline Kepnes’s book, You. Far from it. I hate to write a negative review, especially since this is a really competitive industry; however, I owe it to my fellow listeners to stay away!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Poison

  • A Novel
  • By: Galt Niederhoffer
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113

Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat, and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the modern family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland - a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Thriller

  • By Jenn on 11-27-17

Too unrealistic

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I had high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis; however, the story fell way below expectations.

First- I was not a fan of the narrator. Her voice sounded way too cheerful for the setting of the story.

Second- the characters were underdeveloped, which made it difficult to form a connection with.

Finally- 90% of the storyline was completely unrealistic. Who goes into the ER ranting about poisoning? Why didn’t Cass just express her symptoms and let the doctors perform the appropriate tests without the pretext of her suspicions? Also- who gives their credit card number to a stranger and the keys to their house?

All around disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful