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K. Lawson

Williamsburg, VA, US
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  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,622

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

LOVED IT!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

This book was so well written, paced, and narrated I'm hesitant to
begin a different author/narrator. I was reluctant to put it down while I was listening, but comforted knowing it was waiting for me on my phone ;). I highly recommend this one. Wow. What a GREAT story!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,943

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

You think you have it all figured out...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Book + narrator = PERFECTION. May be one of my favorite books ever. I enjoyed it much better than Gone Girl.
characters were all very troubled and ending was a BIG surprise! Loved it and highly recommend.

  • Domestic Affairs

  • By: Eileen Goudge
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Rosie and Abigail are like family, Ina Merriweather used to say. That is, until the day Ina abruptly cast out her housekeeper, Rosie, and her 15-year-old daughter, Abigail. Abigail felt deeply betrayed, especially by Ina's daughter, Lila, who was her closest friend. Only Lila's twin brother, Vaughn, with whom Abigail had been exploring the joys and heartaches of first love, showed any compassion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WAY too long

  • By K. Lawson on 07-26-09

WAY too long

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-09

This is just my HUMBLE opinion, but this book seriously needed a good editor. By part three, I was getting rather sick of the unbearably long scenes and ticked off that a lazy or incompetent editor was unwilling to move paragraphs/chapters around to make a tighter, more compelling story. At 15 hours, I longed for it to wrap up. Since I had put in the time to listen to parts one and two, I felt I needed to see it to the end. Hence, fast forward worked nicely. I don't think I missed anything critical for several hours of listening that way. And I managed to get to the rather predictable ending. Don't waste your credit even if you love Eileen Goudge.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Tight

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,221

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Maria on 06-25-08

Unbearable Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-08

I have been an Audible customer for quite a few years now - I have purchased and listened to well over a hundred books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors. But his publisher should have known better than to hire Scott Brick to narrate his book. I couldn't listen to more than an hour of this overly, intensely, continuously dramatic reading. It wore me out, ticked me off, and made me forget to listen to the story. I'll never download another Scott Brick narration. I'm sorry I wasted the credit on this one. Two stars because Coben is such a great writer. I'm off to buy the paperback.

23 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,094

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

At least SIX stars!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-08

Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower are sheer genius together. I can't imagine one without the other. Although the writing is truly extraordinary, Mr. Bower's narration makes The Potato Factory come to life for over 23 much-anticipated hours. Just the Dickensian settings and names of the characters alone are worth the read but there's SO much more. All of the listener's senses are piqued as the characters and story richly unfold. I'd actually find myself tightly closing my eyes to keep out the especially nasty parts only to realize that it's the magic of the narrator that has made them come so alive. PLEASE get this book. Enjoy each and every word. I've listened to dozens of Audible books (and read hundreds more) and this is without a doubt, the best of the best.

37 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Woman in Red

  • A Novel
  • By: Eileen Goudge
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Alice Kessler spent nine years in prison for the attempted murder of the drunk driver who killed her son. Now she has returned home to Gray's Island to reconnect with the son she left behind. Her boy, Jeremy, now a sullen teenager, is wrongly accused of rape, and mother and son are thrown together in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence. Alice is aided by Colin McGinty, a recovering alcoholic and 9/11 widower, also recently returned to the island in the aftermath of his grandfather's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Sassbot on 07-10-08

I didn't get it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-07

Until the last page I was prepared to give this book 4.5 stars. The narrator (excellent) got a few of the words wrong and her version of the name "Eleanor" was a bit different from what I have known. But those are like typos. No big deal. The BIG deal was the ending. I didn't get it at all. If any of you can clarify for me, please email me. HELP! What did I miss? Did I skip a chapter, or fall asleep for 5 minutes while the story was playing? Is there a sequel???

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Shopaholic & Baby

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn't be more overjoyed, especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery, to the latest, coolest pram, to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician. But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST LOVED IT!

  • By Juls on 03-03-07

Absolutely FAB!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-07

This is the BEST Shopaholic ever. Rosalyn Landor is the perfect narrator for this book, and should be on a very short list for narrating the (hopefully) NEXT in the series. If you love the Shopaholic books, this one is FAB! Get it today!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Closing Costs

  • By: Seth Margolis
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When Peggy Gimmel decides to sell the apartment she bought decades ago for a few thousand dollars, she's thrilled to discover that it's worth almost $2 million. But her sudden windfall triggers a cascade of unexpected events and plunges her into the dizzying orbit of Lucinda Wells, one of Manhattan's most successful and ruthless real-estate agents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, Not Great.

  • By A. Compton on 04-10-07

FABULOUS BOOK!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-06

"Closing Costs" is one of those books that you simply can't shut off. It's one of the best written, most perfectly narrated, cleverly plotted, funny, sad, uplifting, enlightening, PERFECT books I have ever read. If this extraordinary novel isn't snapped up by a movie studio, I'm going to build one and produce it myself ;-))). It's a slam dunk for a blockbuster. READ IT! You won't be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful