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  • Then She Found Me

  • By: Elinor Lipman
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

April Epner teaches high school Latin, wears flannel jumpers, and is used to having her evenings free. Bernice Graverman brandishes designer labels, favors toad-sized earrings, and hosts her own tacky TV talk show: Bernice G! But behind the glitz and glam, Bernice has followed the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption 36 years ago. Now that she's got her act together, she's aiming to be a mom like she always knew she could. And she's hurtling straight for April's quiet little life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Book

  • By CDN on 02-19-11

I hated the birth mother.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I'm not adopted. I don't even know any adopted people. I absolutely did not want April to welcome Bernice, her birth mom. I was completely on Team Adopted Parents. Bernice was selfish and self-centered. Yes, she waited until April's adoptive parents passed away to contact April but that wasn't altogether altruistic. (Can you tell I didn't like Bernice?)

Even with that very real dislike of one of the main characters, I loved this listen! Loved, loved, loved it!!! April was an incredible character. She was in her 30's and had the requisite amount of self-assurance. I liked the way she welcomed and was open to the burgeoning romance with the librarian. It was really sweet and worth dealing with the cringefest that was Bernice.

The narrator probably has more to blame for my dislike of Bernice. Barron performed that character to perfection! All of the characters in this book were unique and fully-formed, which in its own right, is a major achievement. The Bernice persona was next level.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,184

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Insanely good!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I just finished this book and I can't help but feel happy and sad and satiated and starving, all at the same time! Bravo to the author and the narrator! The combination of Jewell's words and Duff's delivery was insanely good. I felt for Ellie. I felt for her Mom, Laurel. There was an awful lot of crazy that went on in this story. The written word and the narration were so engrossing that I felt everything!!!

The ending...well, I saw it but I didn't. This story went back and forth between then (Ellie's disappearance) and the now (the family's life in the aftermath) and I couldn't breathe. I love when a book does that.

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  • Modified: Volumes 1-5 Box Set

  • By: Kat Stiles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gilmour
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

 Modified is a funny, sexy, geeky romp about the trouble of acquiring an unexpected and inherently evil superpower. Full of offbeat characters, profanity, and just enough deliciously wicked thoughts, you'll love this fun series. With the bundle edition, you get all five volumes in one! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy And Funny Sci-Fi

  • By Daniel Delgado on 03-15-19

Perfect match of narrator and author

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I knew right away that this book was a marriage made in heaven. The cadence of the written word and the psychology of the main character was expertly delivered by the narrator! There was a bit more sex in this series than I expected but it was a fun and inventive sci-fi and it was incredibly well-performed.

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  • Invisible Monsters

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 935

She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she is transformed from the beautiful center of attention to an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this!!

  • By Carol on 03-23-12

Oh. My. Gosh. That ending!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This book had so many that-did-not-just-happen moments with a bevy of "no ways!" that I just finished and I'm still feeling its reverberations.

I absolutely loved the non sequitur way the story unfolded. There wasn't a beginning, middle, or end and that made for an intoxicating story that I never stopped listening to once I started.

And that ending!!!! WIth a book that had a slew of surprises, I DID NOT see that ending coming. Kudos to the author!

The narrator was easily one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. Fields was exceptional. I couldn't believe so many voices came from one person.

This book was insane!

  • Sins of the Sons: A Gripping Hard-Boiled Mystery

  • PI Jack Marconi, Book 7
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Can you ever really bury the past? On a cold November evening back in 1982, real estate lawyer, Marty Finnegan, and socialite, Tracy Reynolds, were seen fighting outside the dining room of the Wolforts Roost Country Club. Unbeknownst to them, three drunken teenage boys who attend the same prep school were witnessing their bitter exchange under the cover of darkness. When the boys decide to head out on a joyride that includes holding up Finnegan at gunpoint, their lives take a turn for the worse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 03-22-19

Quick but good!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This is my second PI Jack Marconi listen and I continue to be very pleased.

Jack and Blood are on the hunt to solve a 35-year-old case. Jack is sporting a broken heart in the process (he never learns) and that adds a little special to the search.

I pretty much called the whodunnit but that last reveal came out of nowhere. Wowzers!

The narration was excellent. There was a good variety of characters that kept the story interesting and the narrator made each voice special and unique.

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Such a great listen!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I just finished this book and can't believe that HEA! It left me in tears. This was a special story with some special characters. Throw in some light comedy, especially that family dinner, and you have the ingredients for an incredibly good book.

Anna Fields is no joke. Her narration was exceptional. Several times I checked just to confirm this book was not a duo narration. Fields had great female characters, yes, but her male characters were sensational. I could not believe a woman pulled off such believable masculine persona's!!!

I loved everything about this story!!!

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Everything about this book was sensational!!!! The main character, Dan Delgado, was an everyman hero. I loved his moral compass!! His attempts to rescue a kidnapped little girl had him run afoul of Delta Force, armed-to-the-teeth Mormons and sister wives, aliens, the law, and "the grays", to name a few. It was such a great listen.

RC Bray and that can't-get-eough voice of his is the reason why I selected this book. Bray delivered but the story itself was awesome!! And that ending. I was in tears...

I don't know if there is a sequel but if any book needs a sequel, this one does!!

  • The Golden Girl and All

  • Hardman, Book 3
  • By: Ralph Dennis
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In The Golden Girl and All, Hardman is hired to find Peggy Holt, a drug dealer, stripper, and serial seductress who has kidnapped her six-year-old daughter from her ex-husband. Peggy has disappeared into an Atlanta underworld populated by the dirty cops, crooked lawyers, and violent mobsters that she's bedded and betrayed...and who keep coming back for more.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint!!!!

  • By Dee on 03-13-19

Does not disappoint!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I could not wait to begin this book. I downloaded it yesterday afternoon and by bedtime, the thrill ride was over and I was hungry for another turn.

Even with this book set in the early 70's, I found myself engrossed in Hardman and Hump's delirious adventures to track down a kidnapped girl. As per usual with this series, nothing is as it seems. From the enigmatic opening to the closing scene in Hardman's home, this listen was non-stop. I won't give anything away but come prepared.

Compton continues to be his intensely wonderful self in narrating this great series. Love it!!

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  • Misguided Allies

  • The Void Series, Book 2
  • By: Charissa Dufour
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Half-fae Sam Gollet is no stranger to solitary confinement - being a half-fae working as a vampire enforcer will do that to you. She is also accustomed to solving the crimes within the supernatural community inside the Illinois Mystical Reservation when the feds refuse to lift a finger. After being released from Solitary, she finds herself quickly embroiled in the mysterious deaths of leading members of the fae community. Despite having been ostracized by the fae community, Sam agrees to solve the murders at the risk of her own safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing heroine

  • By Mandy Buffington on 03-15-19

A half-Fae allied with vamps?! Oh my!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

It's hard to believe that this book would be better than the first one but it is all that and then some!!!! I love this series!!!!

Book one ended with Sam, the half-Fae and the main character, forced to work with the vampires, a sworn enemy of the Fae. Book two has that alliance in full swing with all of the icky that comes with it. Sam loses her friends, her family, and slivers of her soul in the process. This book was as compelling as it was intense. I felt for Sam as each person in her world showed their true selves. It was heartbreaking.

The narrator was exceptional. There were so many characters and different beings and their portrayals were extremely well-done. This listen is probably not considered an action thriller but in every sense of those words, that's how it felt. That is attributable to the insanely good narration.

I took a sneak peek and to my utter joy, see that there are a few more books on the horizon. I can't wait.

  • The Trouble with Liam

  • By: Joy Mutter
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Trouble with Liam is a powerful psychological thriller set in Ireland and Sheffield. It tells the story of the life of Liam O’Sullivan in all its twisted glory. It begins with tales of his challenging childhood in Dublin and follows him through the sometimes tragic events which change him into a misogynistic, controlling, ultimately lethal bully living in Sheffield. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By timj26 on 03-03-19

Dark but I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Liam was unloved, mistreated, and misunderstood. He became a less than stellar member of society. HIs life, from childhood to adulthood, was a very uncomfortable listen. In the beginning, your heart just aches for him. The story is told from Liam's point of view so his questions, his fears, and his desires are known right away. You feel for him and his mistreatment. Then Liam becomes an adult and being inside his head and knowing his desires is just scary.

My hat goes off to the narrator though!!! Norman was exceptional!! He takes you into a frightened young boys world and then into a frightening older man's world. Each one compelling and revealing and disturbing.

This was not an easy listen. It was very, very, very dark but well-written and incredibly well-narrated.