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  • Believe Me

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. Then the game changes. When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT MORE! :)

  • By Ryan on 07-26-18

What happened at the end???

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Good psycho thriller, but I feel the author ran out of steam at the end and actually didn’t finish the story. Some loose ends that I was left wondering if I’d missed some chapters. It’s ok, if you don’t need closure 😀

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than 2, not quite as good as 1

  • By Dr. Mary Young on 02-02-18

Every bit as good as the others

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

If u liked the others, u’ll love this. Following the story of Clark and her life and well performed. Definitely recommend.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing, and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God - they believe that if they find him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: Fantastic book but missing key section of last chapter

  • By HL on 07-21-18

Too many names to remember

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I read the whole thing, and couldn’t tell what happened in the end. There were too many names and house numbers to try to connect that I lost track. Tip - pay attention to house numbers and dates. Not sure I’d recommend

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  • Sweetshop of Dreams

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian's sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Rosie's life is...comfortable. And even though she might like to pursue a more rewarding career, and Gerard doesn't seem to have any plans to propose, Rosie's not complaining. Things could be worse. Right? Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton's sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. When her great-niece Rosie arrives to help her with the shop, Lilian struggles with the idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story weaver

  • By april l taylor on 04-13-18

Easy going read

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This is a relaxing read. Easy plot to follow, a bit predictable but worth a listen. Nostalgic memories of sweets and being a kid.

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schadenfreude to the max

  • By JK907 on 01-15-18

Great read

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

My first book by this author and really enjoyed the storyline and characters. Suspense builds, with some ups and downs for the main character along the way. Excellent narration.

  • The Stolen Girls

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. "Help me," she said to Lottie. "Please help me." One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another chilling novel

  • By Bexdvm on 07-25-17

Good detective series, but....

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Good but a bit of the same thing from one book to the next. Some clever plot lines, but the underlying “tension” gets a bit boring. Worth a listen and well narrated.

  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,650

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read with Excellent Characters

  • By David on 01-22-18

Ok murder mystery, but Not so great Scottish accent

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

First book by author and thought the story was well put together and an easy listen. But the narrator does annoying Scottish accents - her regular voice is fine, but the character voices are bad, so much so I nearly gave up on the book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Music Shop

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Steven Hartley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another thing of beauty from Rachel Joyce

  • By Emily - Audible on 01-11-18

Brought back memories

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Loved this unusual setting - a record shop. Brought me back to the days in the 80s when this type of shop was a destination. Story moves along nicely, good characters and easy storyline. Narrator did a brilliant job and sounded really enthusiastic about music, hope to hear more by him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Duplicity

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,454

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silence of the Calves

  • By 6catz on 01-24-17

A bit far fetched but well done

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

I listened to this cause I love simon Vance but really enjoyed how the storyline was put together and unfolded. The premise is a bit far fetched but don’t want to be a spoiler so if u just go with it, it’s a great psych thriller.

  • As Good As It Gets?

  • By: Fiona Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

A warm, funny read for fans of Outnumbered and the novels of Fern Britton, Fiona writes about life as it really is. "Midlife crisis? WHAT midlife crisis?!" Charlotte Bristow is worried about her husband, Will. With her 16-year-old daughter, Rosie, newly signed to a top modelling agency and Will recently out of a job, things are changing in their household.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow at the end

  • By RED49 on 04-21-18

An easy read

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Storyline is a bit predictable but the characters are good and it moves along at a good pace, is well written and humorous.