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  • The Lies We Told

  • By: Camilla Way
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others.... Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him. As Clara digs into the past, she realizes no family is truly perfect and uncovers a link between Luke's long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke's life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 Stars

  • By Jamie L McHenry on 10-30-18

you just have to overlook some things

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

i'm still listening....and the story is interesting....i'll finish it. BUT.....the narrator of the character, Beth, sounds waaaaaay too old to be the mother of Hannah , let alone give birth to a baby. you have to just get over it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tiny Beautiful Things

  • Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond (intro)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wise, wonderful, and beautifully written

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

What the heck was that??

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Just horrible. Makes me angry that I wasted a credit. The narration was absolutely painful.

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,849

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Death by metaphor

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The author tried way too hard to be clever.... it just became very annoying. Couldn’t finish it.

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,985

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

BEST NARRATION EVER!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

What did you love best about The Good Daughter?

the narrator.....it was a good story made better

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

not really....wasn't that kind of story

What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

everything....she didn't just read the book....she performed it. i will be looking for books that she is narrating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes...don't want to be a spoiler.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Light

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she's noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city's most dangerous and forsaken precincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking... And disturbing...

  • By shelley on 09-30-16

Interesting story ruined.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

Entertaining story but the narration was painful! Both male and female....way over the top.

  • The Lightkeepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Geni
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and Strange

  • By Sara on 10-20-16

Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Hard to describe this.book. Way more than anyone ever needs to know about seagulls and sharks and see lions and seals. Way more! Yet there was a kind of interesting, albeit predictable story, at the center of all the biology. The characters are kind of weak. And the narrator mumbled The ends of her sentences. Parts of it were creepy. But I finished it… And I don't know why.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tucker's Way

  • The Tucker Series, Book 1
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best novel I have read in a long time; anxious to listen to sequels!!!!

  • By Amy A. Dye on 07-17-15

PARTICIPLES GALORE!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Tucker's Way to be better than the print version?

yes.....the narration was excellent

What did you like best about this story?

the humanity

Which scene was your favorite?

not finished yet and my favorite scene would be a spoiler

If you could rename Tucker's Way, what would you call it?

PARTICIPLES GALORE

Any additional comments?

i do not usually review the books after or durIng reading them. but this one i must because....the story was good....the narration was spot on...but the overuse of the participle by the writer was just staggering! "listening to this book, i was so annoyed by the constant use of the participle". at least none were dangling.

  • The Shadow and the Star – Victorian Hearts, Book 2

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

In defense of her honor, innocent Leda Etoile has burned all her bridges and taken refuge in her tiny attic room in a shabby boarding house in London. But her last safe haven is invaded when she wakes to find a man hidden in the dark - a man with golden hair and the face of a fallen angel, who moves in the night like a shadow. Will he be her savior, or her ruin? Samuel Gerard draws her inexorably into the richest circles of aristocratic England. But even as Leda falls in love with a man she can never have, she must keep his secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story - Wished it was longer!! ;-)

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 11-29-13

NOT AGAIN!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who enjoyed FLOWERS FROM THE STORM.

Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Kinsale again?

no. I purchased this book, not realizing that it was the same author of FLOWERS FROM THE STORM. and about 2 hours through, I can tell it's going to be the same never-ending sex between a naïve, pure little maiden and the big misunderstood man.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes...FLOWERS FROM THE STORM. good reader. plays the sexy guy well.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Shadow and the Star?

I have not even gotten to the long drawn-out sex sessions....but I would cut most of that out and leave some of it to the imagination. it gets boring.

Any additional comments?

both books, I believe, have good story lines....if only, and I hate to keep harping on this...there was not the 2 hours bedroom sessions. enough already!
I'm returning this book and paying closer attention to the author when I choose a book.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

PHILOSOPHY AND COMEDY UNITED!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Elegance of the Hedgehog to be better than the print version?

yes. i read the book years ago, but the characters really came to life in the audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Elegance of the Hedgehog?

mozart's requiem played when she flushed the toilet. it was a wonderful moment!

Which scene was your favorite?

the touching ending.

If you could take any character from Elegance of the Hedgehog out to dinner, who would it be and why?

renee of course.

Any additional comments?

the narration was superb!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading for humans

  • By L. Gutman on 08-14-13

I WANT TO ADOPT LEONARD PEACOCK!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-13

Would you listen to Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock again? Why?

i don't re-listen to any books, as a rule. but i might do just that at some point.
it was just captivating.

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

he MADE the listen! one of the best narrations i've heard.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely!

Any additional comments?

i didn't want it to end.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful