LISTENER

Jennifer

Santa Cruz, US, Canada
  • 84
  • reviews
  • 52
  • helpful votes
  • 90
  • ratings
  • I Found You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters, good and bad, are well portrayed

  • By Jennifer on 08-14-18

Characters, good and bad, are well portrayed

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

For some reason, I think this started out slowly, but I can't remember why. I was so taken by this book that I listened to it and backed up the parts that were delivered to me as I slept. I do not enjoy telling plots or in any way destroying your pleasure. Just listen and expect it to gather you up at about the 3rd chapter. You won't be able to stop listening.

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,802

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

Great to hear Nora Roberts again

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Realistic, but lots of crafting to push it perhaps a bit too far. Still, the story is powerful. I wouldn't mind reading others with these characters. The narration is solid, and nothing about the story is disappointing.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,090

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

So taken in my this novel!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Absolutely a book that you can't review! Doing so will give it away. Extremely Cleaver.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Music

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable

  • By Ella on 03-14-10

speaking of a story within a story...

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

This is a collection of stories, but you don't notice that immediately. All are told through by the same person (who is certainly not Pat Conroy)This is not autobiographical as it is incredibly personal. It starts in Italy, but does not stay there. He returns to his home to continue the stories. Eventually, you learn how they all lead to this moment. I've listened to Prince of Tides (a different autobiographical-like tale that proves none of these are actually Pat Conroy) and I can't rate it higher or lower than this one. They are all fully deserving of their part of your life.Give your self a life changing experience and download this book.

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

This is as good as a mystery can be

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

It reached beyond mysteries to remind me of true dedication to a cause and the undeniable risk thereof. I loved every Three Pines person even more in this book, and I will always be there should Louise Penny have any more of these in her. She is essentially a perfect novelist. I admire her commitment and her ability to write this through the loss of her husband. What a tribute this is to his passing and her continuance. I hate reviewing books, because there is always something that I might say that will blow the book for others. I'm not going there. Read this one!

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,164

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

Thank You for this book, narration, magic

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

There are books that one can rank, give stars to, recognize for specific achievements. This book is far beyond that. It is an experience like none other. Listening to this book didn't just transport me for 20 some hours, rather it taught me, improved me, allowed me to understand things I hadn't before. There's no rating system for this experience. Just get this book. It is a marvel.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,929

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Worth your time!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

This book is unusual. its tone is peculiar -- at least it seems that way to me. I'm absolutely going to look up how many other books, if any Noah Hawley wrote. I'll be listening to them as well. I liked how it ended -- not so much the who-did-it being answered, but more the way that it is all revealed. I hate rating books like this one. I think there are flaws, but the raw material of a great writer is absolutely here.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,796

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Beginnings and Endings Woven together

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

This is masterfully done.portraying the life of an abused human being. I hate to dangle any hints, though the book is so much bigger than any hints I could dangle. This life is an extreme life, as it is completely black until suddenly the individual is free and able to function for the first time. He makes life-long friends and is adopted as an adult. There are so many facets and points of view. You have to take it all in and you will never be sorry. if I had only a handful of books I could read in my life time (and I am already 65) this would be one of them.
.

  • Burnout

  • Jessie Black Legal Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Larry A. Winters
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Jessie Black's successful prosecution of a serial murderer and rapist put her on the path to stardom at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Public defender Jack Ackerman represented the opposition, and his spectacular public breakdown after the trial put him in a mental institution and gave Frank Ramsey a second chance at freedom. When Ramsey petitions the court for a new trial with a claim that Ackerman was ineffective, Black must step up to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT Court Room/Legal Thriller

  • By shelley on 07-05-17

I kept replaying pieces of this because...

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I felt that it was worth it. Something about the narrator, her timing, her sleep-inducing voice caused me to replay this over and over again until I finally caught the critical chapters that I had missed. I have to put lots of the guilt for repeatedly falling asleep onto me. I use these books to fall asleep as I am seriously afflicted with pain and this is the best choice of drug.

The book isn't perfect, but there's hope for him to improve. There were numerous bumpy near-but-not-quite-successful twists and turns. I'm hoping he can improve the story telling just a tad and become the potentially solid writer that I believe he can be.

I also liked that he has a woman narrator. I have almost never heard of a male writer using a woman narrator. There is absolutely no problem with choosing that, but few do

I think the issue with the timing is partially my fault and partially that the books' switches to different people were somehow not clear enough. I would have added a sub-title to each chapter that indicates the person who is the focus of the reader's attention.

  • Reasonable Fear

  • Joe Dillard, Book 4
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

Dillard has become the district attorney in Northeast Tennessee. He becomes heavily involved in the investigation with Sheriff Leon Bates and soon realizes that he is up against an enemy that he has never before encountered - someone so rich and so powerful that the course of justice could be altered by money and political influence. But when bodies start showing up in his driveway and his family is threatened with termination, Dillard must ask himself a previously unthinkable question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.... An Entertaining Legal Thriller

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-24-17

I didn't like this quite enough

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

I'm surprised, because I thought I would love this book, given my vaguely positive impression of his earlier works, and because of what other reviewers said. I thought it was so incredibly improbable. that it was hard to swallow. I also felt like Tim Cambell had to be re-listened to many times, due to the strong similarity in his voice between the different points of view that he was assuming. I'm not complaining and I'll probably listen to more of these books, but I'm hoping for a kick ass female narration for a change, as the male voices are starting to bore me. I will be back, though.