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  • Before She Knew Him

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290

Hen and her husband, Lloyd, have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace. But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dark Psychological Thriller...

  • By shelley on 03-09-19

Not twisty - predictable

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I’ll be in the minority, but, oh well. I’ve seen this plot twist before. I didn’t find it particularly surprising and found the novel itself rather boring. Performances were good. I’m tired of books with a main character no one believes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Her Every Fear

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,534

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. But soon after her arrival at Corbin's grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the Narrator Elevates the Story

  • By Bette on 01-27-17

Ridiculous characters, poor writing.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I bought this title based on an Audible review of a reviewer I like - boo, hiss. I'm giving up after 2 hours. The narrator is fine (other than why does the main character - who is British - think with an American accent?), but her narration can't save a terrible book. The characters are poorly written and do some implausible things - example: the main character is anxiety-ridden and afraid of most everything, yet she finds a key and decides to see if it fits the door to the apartment of a recently murdered woman - and then enters the apartment?? Done with this drivel.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,962

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Highly over rated.

  • By Corey Mackenson on 09-07-18

Whiny, overwrought narration - implausible story

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Where to start? 2017 Audible Thriller of the Year - puhleaze! I kept waiting for something to happen and it finally did - but not until the last 45 minutes or so. Is this person the kidnapper, or this person, maybe this... That's where our main first person character (for 99% of the book) takes us. And while taking the listener there she rants, whines, pities herself and blah, blah, blah. Part of her whining may have been due to the narrator inflecting her voice that way, so perhaps she wouldn't have been so unlikable if the lines were read without the melodrama (kind of like Scott Brick). The actual story when it finally all comes out is SO dumb. The reason for Aiden's muteness (just stop!), the circumstances surrounding his kidnapping and the kidnapper and the characters involved in everything - ugh. I didn't hate the book in the initial chapters, but as the story dragged on and I had to listen to the grating, whining (as well as her swallowing or whatever the narrator was doing) voice of the reader I grew to hate it. And the tiny little town our protagonist lives in? It's like Salem's Lot or something, there are so many baddies who inhabit it. That's about it. I figured I'd love it based on the stellar reviews, but it wasn't to be.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

There aren't enough superlatives...

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Magical, spellbinding, enchanting, entrancing, nostalgic, touching, poignant, moving, wistful, glorious, delightful, mysterious, fantastical, joyful... I revelled in the story; it is a thing of wonder. It captures the era of the 60's and life through a boy's eyes. I read the book years ago and remembered almost none of it; I only recalled that I loved it. The 20 hours of the story flies by and the majority is the daily observations and happenings in small town America. The mystery in the novel is a subplot, and while I liked that too, the real joy is the author's amazing ability to transport you to Zephyr, Alabama 1964-1965 and meet its eccentric, colorful characters.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sunburn

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Mystery

  • By Jim N on 02-25-18

Blew Me Away!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I love Laura Lippman; I have read/listened to, every book she's written and this may be her best. Where to start? The novel is written from multiple characters' viewpoints and it is done... I don't know where to go with this review without it sounded cliched. It is a stunning book. There are twists and turns and Lippman manages to keep the reader off-balance throughout this entrancing, intricately woven story. Polly (the main character) is fascinating, riveting, and a victim? victimizer? Domestic violence, murder, machinations and love are all tightly woven into this tour de force. Oh, and lest I forget, the narrator couldn't have been better. She consummately inhabited all the characters, but she IS Polly.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Crime Writer

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery with Protagonist's LOL Remarks

  • By J. A. Black on 11-12-11

Scott Brick is Awful!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I know many listeners just love him, but to me he sounds like Captain Kirk as played by William Shatner. Ugh! Everything is said as if the character is either in fear for his life or begging someone not to kill him. Overwrought melodrama and thusly I am returning this book after 46 minutes of his emoting. Gave 3 for the rest of the novel since I have no idea how it is.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Righteous read with phenomenal narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Wow, loved this 2nd book in the IQ series. Not sure how much of my enjoyment I can attribute to Sullivan Jones reading it, but he is one heckuva narrator. The characters all had distinct voices, their accents/inflections are all spot-on. Sullivan is definitely in my top 3 readers. This story hit the sweet spots for me: character-driven, but not lacking in action and it has engaging dual plot lines. Ide delves into all the major character's stories and does so without interrupting the flow of the novel. Like the first book in the series, Righteous could also be made into a great movie and I can envision Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) as IQ.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Deja Vu can be a bad thing!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I'm 4 hrs 8 min. into the book and am throwing in the towel. It isn't often I do this, but it is stultifying book, so I'm stopping. I thought the premise sounded great and the first replay was decent, but once he started his 2nd, the story hit a wall. I soldiered through that until his 3rd replay and I'm done. At this point of the book, in years of living, he is 93 and still as much of a self-indulgent, non-reflective jerk as he was the first replay. No introspection, no seeking enlightenment, nothing. I also have plot quibbles - he isn't able to prevent the death of a famous person by removing the original killer, but is able to prevent a friend's suicide? Why one and not the other? There is no sense of time/place even though the book covers the 60's, 70's and 80's over and over again. The story jumps from decade to decade and the reader is made aware of this by various historical events but never gets the vibe of the era. I didn't care about Jeff or anyone else in the book. Paper-thin characters, including Jeff Writing/dialogue was nothing special either. Narrator came across as a cocky, unsympathetic jerk like Jeff, so maybe he was decent as Jeff, but generally speaking he seemed adequate. Glad I got it for only a few bucks on the big Daily Deal sale or I would have returned it. Semi-spoilers - so his first replay he makes the equivalent of $95 million in 2018 dollars when he is 18, but it isn't enough? He has to buy stocks, invest in the Apple start-up, etc. - oh, please. Okay, I'm done.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,804

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Another Phenomenal Listen By Tana French

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I put Tana French and Laura Lippman in my list of top authors. I really am stymied as to how Tana is able to write such realistic dialogue and characters. I've read/listened to 4 of her books and each time I wonder how the story will be sustained since her novels are quite lengthy. Each time I have found myself riveted to the story. I didn't feel it hinged on suspension of disbelief even remotely. The past and present are intertwined deliciously, and the family's impeccable house concealing many secrets is one uber creepy part of the novel - this is a horror story, a police procedural, and drama wrapped into one satisfying stunning book. The narrator is fantastic, but as other reviewers have mentioned he did have a problem with Dina's voice, but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Boring, pedestrian, not well-written or a thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I'm 4 1/2 hours in and am throwing in the towel and returning it. None of the characters are engaging, the writing/dialogue isn't original or elevated in any sense. I don't care what happens to anyone in the novel and it certainly isn't a thriller. I realize the author wants the characters' motivations understood so she provides a lot of exposition - too much - it's boring. I know Dana has a brain injury and I tried to cut her lots of breaks for her actions - but she's annoying. The narrator is adequate, but her male voices are very grating and her voicing of them perhaps makes them seem irritating when they really aren't.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful