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  • The Lost Girls of Paris

  • A Novel
  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs - each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing page turner

  • By Sarah E Chavez on 02-12-19

Narration was so terrible I could barely finish

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I don't often get so disappointed by the performances of the narrators for Audible books, but I have to say this time the performances made it almost impossible for me to finish the book. The performer who read the part of Grace had this peculiar and completely offputting cadence to her voice. Strangely, all of the performers seemed fine when they were 'acting' the parts of the different characters in the book. It was when they each read their parts as narrator that their deliveries grated on me. It made it almost impossible for me to enjoy the book.

As for the actual storyline--I felt it to be a less complex and less gripping version of the same events that are the central focus of other novels. I guess you can tell that I was very disappointed with this selection.

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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,327

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

Delectable Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

A real 'page turner'- didn't figure out the plot ahead of time, which is a real treat given how many predictable mystery novels are written. All of the performances were moody and eerie-- as they should be in this genre. Very enjoyable.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,863

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Incredible Book

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

A friend suggested I read this book so I ordered it. After an hour or two I was ready to stop-- the main character was very unlikable and the entire story strange and unappealing. I am so glad I decided to continue. By the end of the book I hated to let it go. It made me laugh and cry. Don't give up if it doesn't grab you at first-- the beauty is how slowly and unwittingly you learn to love Uve, the main character-- in spite of yourself and of him.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,404

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Even though I enjoyed the first book in the series, I should have known that I was really done with the story after nearly 20 hours of listening to it. I bought the second book and couldn't get more than an hour into it when I HAD to stop-- neither the story nor the voice of the narrator could hold my attention. It made me fall asleep.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,500

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Love the mystery; dislike the main character

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Train the most enjoyable?

The relationships between the characters was well done-- very intricate web of connections.

Would you be willing to try another book from Paula Hawkins? Why or why not?

Don't know. I had a difficult time feeling anything for the lead character-- she did not draw me in. The writing got a little tedious to me.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to this narrators' other performances but did like their voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book did not make me laugh or cry, but it was a fun page turner.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Great detective police yarn

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

The plot was very intriguing and thought out. Well developed characters. I had a hard time putting it down-- kept listening way into the night when I should have gone to bed.

What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to mind-- similar pacing and twists and turns keeping the reader interested and guessing what was coming up

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was okay, but I thought his pace was a little slow, especially when he was using Danish words. It took a long time to get used to this slower cadence.

Any additional comments?

I am happy I got to know the main character in this first book of the series. I look forward to reading the next one.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,112

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2.5

  • By Kd on 05-16-12

Really??

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

Reviewed: 08-23-12

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

Other than better writing, some sort of plot, and a narrator with more inflection I am not sure what could have made Fifty Shades of Grey any better. I found nothing in the telling to be erotic and nothing in the plot to make me want to read any further. I even tried to skip the boring parts and get to the 'good' parts-- but there weren't any. Perhaps a reader who has never experimented AT ALL sexually could be titillated; I just found the sex trite and boring.

What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Since I seem to be in the tiny minority of women who don't find this book utterly fascinating, I probably shouldn't ask Ms. James to change anything. She has gotten very rich having written the trilogy just as she did. To really enjoy the book, the plot would have to be a much more integral part of the story, and the sexual scenes more realistic.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I was disappointed with the monotone of the narrator's voice. She did not change her inflection for each character. In that regard it was more like listening to a friend read the book to you rather than a produced performance.

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

I have to say, I just don't get it. I understand that there is never a book that everyone will love, but the fact that so many women do love this book has me baffled. Read Lady Chatterly's Lover. Now there's a sexy, erotic book.

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