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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,340

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was good on my end

  • By Anna on 11-29-18

Fantastic Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I came across several reviews which were critical of the narration. IMHO it was the narration that made this audible story work. The attitude, the accents the emotion. Bravo!

  • The Stolen Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the best book I have ever listened to!!!

  • By Sandi Johnson on 11-26-17

Brilliant! Riveting! Original!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Impossible to stop reading. Best narration ever. The accents were sublime. This one makes my short list of best audio books ever....my top 5, for sure. You won't be disappointed. Bravo to all!

  • Crushing It!

  • How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll, Amy Schmittauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,990

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 85% fluff and 15% value.

  • By Michael Bowie on 04-09-18

Fluff with little content

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Disappointing. This book promoted the author and bored me with silly stories spoken in an annoying flip flop from 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. Lost me with the dentist and staff dressing up performing skits for video 5 hours a day. Perhaps there were some nuggets later on in this book, but I couldn't hang on to hear them. 4-Hour Work Week and Conversion Code contained way more solid content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 28,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,577

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

Absurd!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

First time ever I grimaced aloud while listening to an audiobook -- "Oh give me a break!" The narrator was fantastic, there's something about an English accent that made the book enjoyable..The author clearly has talent and I like her style, but the story was just so implausible.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,828

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Started Out Good ....

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This story grabbed me in the beginning -- confused me with too many alternating characters, places and time frames in the middle -- then lost me completely with an entirely unrealistic ending.

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

  • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

The narration was excellent, but this novel never really hit a crescendo after hours and hours of build-up. Could have been so much better.

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,328

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Lacks Depth

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Little substance to this novel full of shallow, unrealistic superficial dialogues. Predictable cliches and transparent ending. Narrator did a good job.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and completely underwhelming

  • By Chris on 10-10-17

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Beautifully written and narrated. Kept me reading. I think this book could have been stronger without all the in depth gun descriptions that were likely lost and over the top for the average reader. Also, there was a bit too much circular and repetitive dialog between the characters. which got annoying. Perhaps a tad more editing would have made this an epic tale. All in all this book got to me .I found myself wanting to throttle Julia into action. I look forward to more from this author.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Torch

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

"Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live by every day. She has fled a bad marriage and rebuilt a life with her children, Claire and Joshua, and their caring stepfather, Bruce. Their love for each other binds them as a family through the daily struggles of making ends meet. But when they received unexpected news that Teresa, only 38, is dying of cancer, their lives all begin to unravel and drift apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Listen to the Intro

  • By Heather Humble on 02-08-17

Authors Should NOT Narrate

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Couldn't make it through this book.The narration was monotonous. Every sentence felt like a bland staccato of downward lilts at each comma, with upward lilts at the end of each sentence. I found my head bobbing to the repetitive robotic rhythm. Also not a fan of the overly wordy writing style that seems to stock pile adjectives just for the sake of doing so. The Prologue was like Reader's Digest version of the book to come.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Play Blackjack

  • A Beginner to Expert Guide
  • By: Steven Hartman
  • Narrated by: Forris Day Jr
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

After pumping dollars into the slot machine and staring at a screen, you get up and notice the table games section of the casino. Brightly lit from can lights shining downward and the crisp green felt of the line of games, making you think of the cash in your wallet or purse. There is a row of blackjack tables.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beginner to EXPERT Guide? Not Even Close!

  • By Gail on 05-06-17

Beginner to EXPERT Guide? Not Even Close!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Zero content here. Don't need a "book" to tell you NOT to put a drink on the felt or hold cigarettes under the table to be polite. Please save your money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful