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  • Duped

  • Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married
  • By: Abby Ellin
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

From Abby Ellin's first date with the commander, she was caught up in a whirlwind. Within six months, he'd proposed and they'd moved in together. But soon, his exotic stories of international espionage began to unravel. Finally, it all became clear: He was lying about who he was. After leaving him and sharing her story, she was floored to find out that her experience was far from unique. People everywhere, many of them otherwise sharp-witted and self-aware, are being deceived by their loved ones every day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t love it. Wouldn’t recommend.

  • By Anonymous User on 02-21-19

Flaming Liberal Bias Taints what could have been a Decent Book

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I overlooked the first three or four times the author, a self-admitted idiot who was duped not once, but twice in a row, flagrantly insulted the President, snidely calling him a liar. She also takes a swipe at the First Lady. This theme was repeated so often throughout the book, I finally could take it no longer and gave up trying to take her seriously. Though she states there are no honest politicians, it apparently doesn’t occur to her that not everyone purchasing her book shares her world view. After all, a quick YouTube search yields side by side clips of many of former President Obama’s lies, flip-flops, and inconsistencies, both during his presidency and those he’s presently spouting. For the purposes of proving the authors assertions, Mr. Obama would provide plenty of worthy examples for this work. But no, there’s nary a mention of the former chief. Yet, there were so many Trump references I lost count.

If you’re a Trump-hating, liberal-loving listener who buys into the biased opinions of a “journalist” lacking the intelligence this one does, perhaps this will be right up your alley. However, if you’re looking for a thoughtful, balanced account of how we all “perform” to a point, never letting people completely see the real person inside, or a manual that offers sage advice for those looking to avoid being duped by a clever liar, you’d best look elsewhere. A woman who’s been seriously duped twice in a row and writes “non-fiction” with a flagrant bias, is more the type person I’m afraid of being duped by, than the ridiculous men who made a fool of her.

26 of 102 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,948

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Took Awhile to Appreciate It

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I started this book at least 5 times before finally sticking with it long enough to get interested. I couldn’t keep the characters straight in my mind for the longest time. Perhaps that’s because I’m always listening while doing other things, or perhaps because it’s not my usual fare, or perhaps the accent isn’t one I’m used to. I’d almost decided to return it, when it finally took hold. I ended up quite pleased I kept it. Others have described the story, so I’ll simply say that if you enjoy a bit of scandal, a little mystery, suburban drama, and a fitting ending, take a chance on this one. I ended up loving it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,023

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I’ve listened to so many bad books in a row, I was tempted to end my membership. I hate wasting so much money. Then I found this gem. Lovely narration of a story that was different from any I’ve read before. My taste generally runs to psychological thrillers, but the last one I read was so stupid I decided to try something different after reading good reviews. So glad I did! I’ve now purchased several others by this author, hoping they’re as good.

This is a story that makes you think. We all want do-overs for part of our lives. We all want to be romanced and loved and feel joy and excitement. What would we do if we could go back with the knowledge we have now? We all think we could improve our lives in one or may ways. Perhaps we could. Perhaps not. We will never know. But we can use what we’ve learned to decide our future, or we can continue living as we do.

This is a fun, entertaining listen that explores these ideas, yet you can never be exactly sure where it’s going and how it will end until the journey is over. I absolutely loved this book!

  • Rabbit

  • The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
  • By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
  • Narrated by: Patricia Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,859

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two. Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, narration was a bit rough...

  • By Lindsay on 12-05-17

Worth Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I was captivated by a story quite foreign to the life I’ve known. It held my attention all the way through, and I found myself cringing at all the bad choices made, but applauding the will to survive and help so many children along the way. There’s a lot of cursing throughout. I wasn’t aware of this comedian, and doubt her comedy would be to my taste. But I was cheering for her perseverance and growth as she strived to become self-sufficient and pursue a legal income. The narration was the weakest part. It was read as if by the slow reader in class you dread the teacher calling on. Not professional, and barely proficient. But I got used to it. I enjoyed it the book and listened to it in one day. Recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Last Dance

  • By: Eileen Goudge
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

On the eve of their 40th wedding anniversary, the Seagraves are among the most envied couples in their community, and still deeply in love - until the night Lydia Seagrave picks up a gun and shoots her husband. Confronting a tangle of family lies in the wake of this shocking tragedy are the three Seagrave sisters.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sit it out

  • By Laurie on 08-29-08

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This was an 11 hour listen with good narration. There are quite a few characters, and I wasn’t drawn in enough to remember who was who until close to the end. It held my attention enough to finish it, and I prefer longer audible books because I get more for my money. Some characters were at least reasonably likable, others not so much. The narration was the best part of the book as far as I’m concerned. It’s not likely I’ll ever think about this book again, nor remember it a month from now. I doubt I’ll read another novel by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting to Be Heard

  • A Memoir
  • By: Amanda Knox
  • Narrated by: Amanda Knox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!

  • By Brock on 05-03-13

Great to hear her side of an awful ordeal

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I followed the Amanda Knox story told by the media. The horrible, spoiled American girl who went abroad to study, spent her time drinking, having sexual liaisons with strangers (that part was true), and teaming up with friends to play sex games and brutally murder the roommate who didn’t approve of her antics.

Her sexual morals are definitely not those of mine, but the picture she paints of what happened is a far different one than that portrayed by the media. It is difficult not to believe her carefully constructed, seemingly honest account of her horrific ordeal as a young girl in a foreign country. She doesn’t hide the unbecoming aspects of her immature behavior. She doesn’t try to convince the reader she was a perfect angel. Rather, she very effectively lays out the ridiculously pathetic case against her, and the unbelievably inept politically motivated law enforcement officers who completely botched the investigation and pushed their unsubstantiated version of events onto the public in order to save face, when they knew exactly who the real killer was and had no viable evidence to support any involvement by others.

In telling her story, Amanda admits she often did and said inappropriate things, due to naïveté, immaturity, and fear. She candidly acknowledges her mistakes. The reader can feel her paralyzing fear once the reality of her situation finally sets in. I’d read other accounts of this from opposing viewpoints and followed it while it was happening. As with anyone telling their own story, it will be colored by their feelings, memories, and personal experience of the situation. I found myself questioning a few things, like her deep feelings for her roommate whom she hadn’t even known for six weeks. Some of what she writes stretches credulity. One is left wondering why any sane parents wouldn’t have dragged her out of that country as soon as the crime happened, while she was still free to leave, no matter what she wanted or how she thought she was “helping the police.”

Regardless of the possible weaknesses in the story, I progressed from skeptical listener to actively rooting for her release, feeling I was there with her, desperately wanting to retain hope, but having little reason to after all the injustices perpetrated by a corrupt legal system. I knew she was back in the US, but her narrative took me back in time with her.

If you’re familiar with this case, I highly recommend this book, narrated by Amanda herself. It is professionally produced and she does a great job reading it. If you aren’t familiar with her case, it’s still a fascinating read, but you might find it interesting to read some of the negative articles and such published while it was happening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Somewhere out There

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Hatvany
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Rebekkah Ross, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

A young mother surrenders her daughters. A loving family quickly adopts one while the other spends her turbulent youth in foster care. What happens when the sisters reunite 35 years later to find the woman who abandoned them? Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book😄😄

  • By Sandie on 03-28-16

Simperingly Awful!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I absolutely hated this book. It began with a premise that caught my attention and slowly drew me in, so I kept listening. I wish I hadn’t. By the last third of the book, the narration became so slow, simpering, and sappy, I was literally rolling my eyes and mocking the dialogue out loud. Fortunately, I was alone, so there are no witnesses.

The characters all seem more like cardboard figures than real people a reader might relate to. They’re basically one dimensional and never change or grow. Sure, the mother who gave away her babies eventually
bettered her circumstances, but she did stupid things at the beginning of the book, and stupid things at the end. She loved and cared for animals. Fantastic. Her one and only redeeming quality.

If you must read this ridiculous fiction, do yourself a favor and READ it. The audio version makes a bad book worse.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Mother

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917

Tessa Markham comes home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. Not anymore. She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully entertaining book

  • By susan on 01-17-18

Enjoyed It!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

After listening to numerous books that have proven to be a total waste of money, this was a very pleasant beach type read. Nothing terribly heavy (except subject matter of death) or gruesome. No political references (hallelujah!) or prolific cursing. Simply an enjoyable read with a very pleasing narrator whom I love listening to. Beginning draws you in immediately. My only complaint is it was too short. I didn’t want it to end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Closer Than You Know

  • A Novel
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Melanie grew up with the constant upheaval of foster care. Now that she's survived into adulthood - with a loving husband, a steady job, and a baby boy named Alex - she thought that turmoil was behind her. Until one Tuesday evening when she discovers Alex has been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It's a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls "the system".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotionally charged suspense mystery!

  • By Wayne on 03-08-18

Very Long Yawn of a Story

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Many many hours of a boring tale read by a narrator with a saccharine voice that put me to sleep. Preposterous things happen, out of the blue and totally out of character, to a woman who has never been in trouble in her life, and everyone is too stupid to figure it out. So many things in this book were totally ridiculous. I finished it, hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, Christina Cole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he's the subject of a true-crime documentary that's whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted. A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis's case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release. When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all. But how do you confront your husband when you don't want to know the truth? The winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, Amy Lloyd's The Innocent Wife is gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally binge worthy

  • By Christalpistol on 03-18-18

You’ll probably like it a lot or hate it

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I’ll start with the narration. I enjoyed the narrator for the main character. The narration for the voice of the guy annoyed me greatly, both the sound and the fake accent. It was just over-the-top country hick and not very believable.

I almost stopped this book and returned it within the first 20 minutes, thinking it just wasn’t for me because it focuses on a main character who develops an obsession with a guy in prison for murder, and I can’t relate to that type of person. Finding nothing else in my collection at the moment to listen to, I decided to try it again and see if I became interested. I did eventually, and continued to listen. Although I could not relate to and did not particularly like any of the characters, especially the main one whom I considered incredibly stupid, the story drew me in.

There is a fair amount of suspense, and though I was reasonably certain about each character’s guilt and innocence, (and it turns out I was correct), I would’ve rather seen the story go in a bit of a different direction. It gets gruesome at times and there is pretty common use of the F word, which I find unnecessary but extremely popular now.

This isn’t a feel good book and I regret listening to it, because it did nothing for me except make me feel a bit down. I did not particularly care for the ending either, though things were resolved for the most part. I did not see any growth whatsoever in any of the characters, especially the main female, who was short on maturity and brains, and made one bad decision after another throughout the book. I realize there are people out there just like her, but I don’t care to read about them.

I think the author did a fairly good job of creating suspense and not giving away the ending, and I think quite a few people will enjoy it. I gave it four stars because of that, but it wasn’t for me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful