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  • No, Daddy, Don't

  • By: Irene Pence
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Dallas antiques dealer Mary Jean Pearle had a bitter history with her ex-husband, John David Battaglia, a former Marine and successful accountant. But even after the abuse she endured from him, she never thought he would go after their daughters, Faith and Liberty. That is, until she listened helplessly over the phone as Faith made a heartrending plea for her life - which was followed by gunshots. In this updated account of Battaglia's unthinkable crime, Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and a mother's worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By deb on 08-15-18

Justice provided too late...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This one really got to me. I listen to lots of true crime novels and hearing how a mother had to endure that type of psychological damage , listening to her children plead for their lives, is just downright barbaric! I am not religious by any means, but I wholeheartedly believe there is a SPECIAL place is the deepest depths of hell for people like John Battaglia.
I followed up on google after reading this, and without giving away spoilers, justice was finally served TOO LATE.
he should have been put in a cage after his first marriage. Our "justice" system failed these little girls. I think I will be taking a true crime break after this one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many 'hard to listen to' moments

  • By jksullycats on 12-27-16

I still don't know how to feel....

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

So, i finished this a couple days ago and I wanted to take a break before I wrote this review. STILL, I'm unsure of how to feel. I hate to say I enjoyed this so much because of the underlining child pedophilia. I liked the characters very much; however, its gross to me to think that since Wavy was 8 years old, this man has been "in love" with her. I loved the story, but in no way want to praise the relationship that Wavy and Kellen had. I had conflicting feelings toward the end: on one hand I was rooting for the couple to be together; yet, I completely understood why her Aunt would react the way she did. In fact, I can see myself doing that if this were my niece!

I guess everyone will have their own experience with this story. I rated it 4 Stars because it kept me very engaged the entire time.

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,974

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mild spoilers

  • By Jess B on 02-15-18

If you are a fan of horror ...

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I didn't know how I felt about this book at first; however, the story held me captive from the start. There were some parts I got a little queezy, but I loved it. It made it seem that much more raw. I only wish the narration was a little better. I imagine it could have been read in a more creepy / thrilling manner.

Def suggest this book if you are a fan of horror and suspense!

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,302

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

I haven't even finished.. BUT

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I felt i had to write a review... this book is amazing just for the performance alone!!! Absolutely NO buyers remorse here!

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,016

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

I haven't even finished.. BUT

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I felt i had to write a review... this book is amazing just for the performance alone!!! Absolutely NO buyers remorse here!

  • A Live Coal in the Sea

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When her teenage granddaughter comes to her with a troubling question, Camilla Dickinson must confront the painful history she’s long kept hidden. Forced to relive her past, she relates a complex saga involving her beautiful, adulterous mother, her troubled son, and the difficult choices that have affected three generations of her family. As she goes through the difficult process of revealing her secrets, Camilla also lets go of the burden of lies she’s told. A testament to the power of acceptance and forgiveness, A Live Coal in the Sea is ultimately an exploration of the lengths to which people will go for love—and the things they’ll do to protect family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great... predicable, pompous narration

  • By vtb on 01-24-18

Not great... predicable, pompous narration

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

The story was OK at best.... the narration made me even cringe at times, so pompous and unrealistic. The "bombshell" at the end of the book was easy to guess shortly into the book. I would not recommend this book at all to anyone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,350

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

Wow!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This is by far my favorite book I've listened to thus far!!! The narration was SO WELL DONE and the plot was perfect! I highly recommend this to any reader!

  • Hold Tight

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,234

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Maria on 06-25-08

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

This story was very compelling! Kept my interest from the start to the very end. All the twist and turns through the many stories were very interesting! I highly recommend this book to anyone!

As far as the narration, it was great for the most part. I was just confused on the use of an old southern accent for the black characters? I am from Northeastern part of U.S. and NO ONE talks like that, especially in the Bronx.

Overall, this was a great listen!

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744

In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watched the Movie First, Then listened to the Book

  • By Russell on 02-04-14

Incredible Story...

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Where does Twelve Years a Slave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best audiobook I've listened to, but that doesn't mean this isn't an incredible story

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The ONLY thing I did not like about this audiobook was the narration. I love Louis Gossett, Jr.; however, this narration was very mundane and dry. Many times I caught myself wandering off in space and just going distant.

  • Maude

  • By: Donna Mabry
  • Narrated by: Shana Gagnon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

In 1906 I was barely over 14 years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She said, "You've always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now you're going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tough women with a tough life, yet very enlightening.

  • By JH on 04-17-16

It would have been better if I read the book....

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

What did you like best about Maude? What did you like least?

The story is amazing. If I didn't get sucked in right away, I probably would have traded this in . But the story is fantastic and captivating. Full of heartbreak, struggle, love, kindness, and humor. But, I would have had a better experience if I read this or if the narrator was different.

What didn’t you like about Shana Gagnon’s performance?

It seemed rush and had NO emotion at all. This book is full of different emotions and struggle, and it wasn't articulated at all through this narration.

Any additional comments?

Regardless of the poor narrator, the book is amazing. Such a terrific story