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  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate; she works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it...

  • By Claudia Gallegos on 07-12-18

Refund requested because....

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

A year in the life of a clinically depressed female that watches VHS movies and abuses sedatives. She basically "sleeps" her depression away. After her big long sleep, she is mysteriously cured of depression. The end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,584

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Kept waiting for it to get better

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

But it didn't. I hate knowing how a book will end. Very cliched. I've liked the narrator in other books, but in this one she uses a baby voice for the main character, an adult woman.
Disappointed, I wanted to love book.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

I love Kate Morton, BUT.......

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This was my least favorite of Kate Morton's novels. There were way too many story lines, characters, and jumping around from one time frame to another. It was difficult to keep the decade and all the people straight. It was almost a book of short stories. Fourteen hours of listening and the ending wasn't satisfying either. I recognized the narrator's voice at once. The voice belonged to the only actor in Downton Abbey that I could not tolerate due to her constant whining and"poor me"crying. I always fast forwarded through her scenes... I guess this is another reason I didn't care for the book as much as I would've liked. Meh..

  • The Summer That Melted Everything

  • By: Tiffany McDaniel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered 13-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home, where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, who assume he's a runaway from a nearby farm town. When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him, and tensions rise along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing!!! I'd give it 10 Stars if I could!!!

  • By Jennifer Masterson on 08-10-16

Can I have a refund?

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

This book is one continual tragedy after another. Suicides, suffering animals, racism, homophobia, murders, etc. There really wasn't much of a plot either. Be forewarned, or better yet, use your credit elsewhere.

  • Sinful Folk

  • By: Ned Hayes
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Sinful Folk is the story of a mother who carries a hidden secret and a terrible grief. In December of the year 1377, the village of Duns in northeast England suffered a great tragedy when five children died. The villagers demanded justice from the King. Sinful Folk is the story of these villagers who undertook a desperate mid-winter journey with their dead children all the way across England to the King's throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Peasants and Royals and Murders Most Foul...

  • By Kim Venatries on 01-22-14

Great historical novel

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This is one of my favorites. If you are a fan of Karen Maitland, you will probably like this book as much as I did. The characters were well developed, and the author really captures the time period. There's something in this book for every fan of historical fiction.

  • The Observations

  • By: Jane Harris
  • Narrated by: Jane Harris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

In this novel, set in Scotland in 1863, Bessy Buckley attempts to escape her past by taking a job as a maid in a big house outside of Edinburgh, where she works for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny & Extremely Well-Read

  • By Michael Allen on 05-20-07

Servants, Vicars, Madams, and Prostitution

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Servants, Scullery maids, Milkmaids, Vicars, Masters, Madams, and prostitution..... all combined to make a very interesting book. The narrator was very good and there were plenty of lol moments.

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine adventure tale

  • By Brother Adrian on 03-04-17

Not as good as his other books

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I enjoyed Giles Kristian's "Raven" series and thought this would be the same style. It wasn't. There wasn't enough character development. Nobody was likeable. It was basically a group of men calling each other names and fighting....not much of a plot. To be honest, I could only endure four hours of the audiobook. Maybe it gets better as the story goes along? I will probably never know.
If you want a good Viking series, I would recommend Octavia Randolph's "Ceridwen" series.

  • Magdalen Rising

  • The Beginning
  • By: Elizabeth Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Young Magdalen and Jesus, brimming with youthful charm and arrogance, find each other and fall in love, forging a bond that is stronger than death. Their pleasure is overshadowed by a brilliant but unbalanced druid who knows a perilous secret about Maeve's past. The prequel to The Passion of Mary Magdalen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story as Maeve meant you to hear it!

  • By Elizabeth Cunningham on 07-27-15

Narrator A+ Story D-

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Could not finish. I tried, and I really wanted to like the book. This doesn't fit into the historical fiction genre. The narrator was very good. If it weren't for her narration skills, I would not have made it through my 3 hour attempt to complete the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

Young Adult

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This book should be in the young adult category. It was 8 hours of "preaching honesty and kindness". The.Entire.Book.
If this is your thing, you will be satisfied. I am asking for a refund.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29,546

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Great Book, Superb Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Definitely worth a credit! This is one of the rare books that the author does a perfect narration. It wasn't surprising to learn that Ms. Steadman is an actress. I look forward to any future novels that she authors.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful