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susan r schmitz

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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 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

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

So strange and twisted

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

This book was very well written. I found it so twisted and several times I wanted to stop listening ..but it was like a train wreck..pretty gruesome but you can’t look away!! I had to see how it ends!

  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

  • A Novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

Though Polly is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. She's especially happy to be celebrating the holiday this year with him and can't wait to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog on Christmas Eve. But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Gammy on 11-17-17

Great story..

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I loved the story and the characters. However I almost stopped listening due to the awful American accent the narrator had! I could barely stand to listen to these parts!!! If I didn’t love this series so much I would have returned the book!

  • When You Find Me

  • By: P. J. Vernon
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Visiting her family's South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband, Paul, is gone, and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she's relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found. Her life is unraveling. When a stranger named Annie calls claiming to know Paul's whereabouts, Gray reluctantly accepts her help. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By TiredinPittsburgh on 10-11-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I listened to the whole book in a day and a half! Can’t wait to see the next book from this author. Narration was excellent as well. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,596

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Too long

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I love the narrator Imogen Church!
The book not so much..it got so boring. The main character just goes on and on. Ok we get it..you have bad luck..nobody loves you..OMG! This story could have been a lot shorter.

  • The Summerhouse

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn 40. Celebrating at a summerhouse in Maine, Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott are taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of them expect the gift that awaits them at the summerhouse: the chance for each of them to turn their "what-might-have-beens" into reality....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a sweet novel

  • By A. Armas on 11-26-18

Loved this book!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This was a great book! I did not expect the twist in the middle. It was a delightful story! Great narration too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her six a.m. run to the strict 60 minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries. When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..

  • By Cap on 06-17-18

Too long and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

The constant overwrought dialogue to get to the point could have been a lot shorter. I also thought it was a bit hard to follow in parts. The ending was the best part of the whole book. Not worth all that whining from the main character though.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,033

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Good story..just way too long!!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I enjoyed the narrator and the premise, but it did go on way too long. I found myself getting really bored toward the end. Even the epilogue just went on and on!

  • Sex, Lies & Serious Money

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting his help. But everything is not as it seems when the client reveals the true nature - and value - of his recent turn of fortune. From luxury New York high-rises to the sprawling New Mexico desert, his client is pursued from all angles...and Stone quickly learns that easy money isn't always so easy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Stone Barrington series should end

  • By JR on 11-01-16

BORING

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

What would have made Sex, Lies & Serious Money better?

First let me say I love Tony Roberts narration!! I actually purchased a credit to listen to this book and it's a pointless boring book. Ok ok we get it ..everyone's rich ..dreams come true in an instant..money is no object..blah blah blah..but where's the story???

What could Stuart Woods have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Probably not written this one at all!

What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love his voice..he is just a great narrator. He brings the words to life.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment that I spent the extra money! I had to go on a long car trip and was looking forward to listening to a good book!! Got stuck driving with this clunker..and needless to say..one cannot change the selection while driving!

Any additional comments?

I used to love Stuart Woods books..good mix of fantasy wealth and mystery. Now it seems all about excess and privileged people and boring boring stories about one purchase after another and how Stone always knows everything ..I miss the good mysteries!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful