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  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,452

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. FINALLY. BRAVO. 👏🏽👌🏽

  • By Jenn on 10-13-18

I thought I knew...

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Really well developed storyline, characters, and plot. Nearing the end, I thought I’d had it all figured out, and was almost disappointed that the ending was going to be another rush to finish, leaving loose ends, and too many unanswered questions. And then there was another sweet twist, to wrap it all up, and pull it all together.
Excellent narration, and even several witty remarks that had me giggle.
I’ll be looking for more from Sue Watson, and Katie Villa.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Open Your Eyes

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Emma Fenney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at all costs. Given the choice, she'll always let her husband, Leon, a best-selling thriller author, fight their battles. She'd prefer to focus on the good things in life: precious days with her two young children, a steady and loving marriage, their mischievously playful cat Bonita, and her fulfilling job as a creative-writing teacher. In Jane's eyes, life is altogether sweeter than any individual bump in the road. But when Leon suffers a brutal attack, Jane has to finally face reality. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a book that held my interest

  • By PollyAnna2 on 10-13-18

Finally a book that held my interest

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I’m an avid reader and audible listener, and for the past several months, I haven’t been able stick with anything. No matter the genre, the author, or the narrator. Everything was just so bland/been there done that/or the same story that has already been written 10 times before...
This novel finally grabbed my interest, and held my interest right up to the very end.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mine

  • A Novel of Obsession
  • By: JL Butler
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

In this riveting tale of psychological suspense, a divorce lawyer risks her career, her sanity, and her life when she falls into an illicit, all-consuming affair with her client - who becomes the primary suspect in his estranged wife’s sudden disappearance. Young divorce lawyer Francine Day has methodically built her career doing everything right. She’s one big case away from securing her place among London’s legal elite. But when she meets her new client, Martin Joy, the natural caution that has protected Francine and fueled her rise melts away. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All in all pretty good.

  • By Stephanie H on 09-02-18

The climactic buildup, fizzled at the end

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I really enjoyed the book all the way through. Good character establishment, and what felt like would be useful, and good detail and insight to the ending. However, that wasn’t really the case. Sadly, the big mystery revealed was so anticlimactic, that I actually had to go back over it again, to make sure there wasn’t more somewhere, hidden in the text, that I had missed.
This is just my opinion, of course; but the “big reveal” was a bit more of a “big let down”.

  • The Perfect Friend

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

She’ll do anything for you.... My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered. My husband has left me. My children won’t speak to me. My friend Carrie is the only person I have. She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets. She’d never do anything to let me down. Would she? This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last minute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner!

  • By Leila Kirkconnell on 07-14-18

A little slow in parts

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Though the book moved along slowly in some areas, it was really good. The narration was great, and kept a good pace, keeping me interested.
I really enjoyed it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Let You In

  • By: Jenny Blackhurst
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ness
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Karen, Eleanor, and Bea have been best friends since childhood. They know everything about each other’s lives, or at least they think they do. Now in their thirties, though their lives are beginning to diverge: Eleanor is a young wife and mother who is struggling; Bea is happy being single - or so she lets people think; and Karen is a psychiatrist who, despite the secrets in her past, considers herself the anchor of the group. But when she takes on a new patient with issues she just can’t quite put her finger on, she begins to realize she may have put her dearest friends in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By PollyAnna2 on 04-19-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I love a good psychological thriller, and this did not disappoint! Kept me on my toes, and kept me guessing right up to the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, A Knockout Story

  • By lil' old me on 02-27-18

Really good, but far too long.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I really enjoyed the book overall; there were only a couple things that bothered me.
For starters, the narrator; she keeps a good, up tempo pace, moving the whole thing along, however, she does this strange inflection with her voice, to make (what I assume) is a strained or cracking noise, to provide emphasis on a point, or dialogue. The problem is, it ends up sounding a bit like a weird Christopher Walken impression.
The storyline itself, is good, it’s just far, far too long.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-18

Kerry Fisher is absolutely marvelous

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

After reading my first Kerry Fisher novel, I immediately looked for more. She has a way of writing that is completely relatable to the human spirit. This one is no different. A full range of emotions, internal conflict, and a wonderful understanding of the complexities, and dynamics of every family.
I’m sure I’ll be recommending this one to family and friends for years to come.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Where They Found Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,330

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, twist filled novel

  • By Chad G. on 04-18-15

I can’t take it anymore..

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I’ve been trying to get through this, so I don’t feel like a “quitter”; but with less than 3 hours to go, I can’t... I just can not keep going. The narration is decent, but there is SO much going on, with absolutely NO point to the plot (or at all), at least that I can tell. Any “suspenseful crumbs” that hint at something worth carrying on for, are just not suspenseful. They’re just enough to let you know, this may come up again later, but not enough to remotely stay engaged enough to care, if it comes up again or not.
I actually came back to the reviews to see if there was anything I was missing, that would maybe re-peak my interest, or motivate me to continue... but even the positive reviews all said exactly what I am, just with more excitement and positive adjectives than I can muster for this, wet blanket story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, funny, feminist

  • By Mark on 11-05-17

Absolutely Loved it!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Really fantastic writing! Witty, relatable and totally engaging.
The narration was stellar by all three characters as well.
Will definitely be looking forward to more from this author!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Bodies

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Robins
  • Narrated by: Camilla Arfwedson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems. Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the crap?

  • By friendlykitty on 03-21-18

Lived it!!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Maybe not so much “thriller” but absolutely psychological intensity.
I loved the flow of the story, and will definitely look for more of Jane Robbins work.
Worth the credit and worth the time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful