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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 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

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

Layer upon Layer..

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Excellent! Haven't listened to an audiobook this engrossing in a while. Will keep you guessing. Highly Recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many 'hard to listen to' moments

  • By jksullycats on 12-27-16

Pathetic attempt to romanticize Child Sexual Abuse

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The core of the story is disturbing on many levels. The subject matter itself would keep me from reading it.

What was most disappointing about Bryn Greenwood’s story?

The fact that there is blatant sexual abuse of a child that the author tries to make seem acceptable and like a love story. Uh, sorry...it's NEVER acceptable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jorjeana Marie?

Sure.

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

Disgust.

Any additional comments?

Hey, I'm no prude, by any means, actually very open and liberal minded. But this book stepped FAR over the line to try to romanticize the sexual abuse of a child. Not okay. Ever.

21 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Sing You Home

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic music quality please...or don't do it.

  • By Springfield Sis on 03-18-11

Good Read...except the music!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

Would you listen to Sing You Home again? Why?

No, I don't usually listen to a book more than once.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sing You Home?

When the main character, Zoe, sings a song at the top of her voice, which is filled with her teenage client's added expletives. Good belly laugh!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Hm, I'll have to go with three...Zoe, Vanessa and Lucy.

Any additional comments?

Why, why, did Ms. Picoult feel the need to add music tracks to this audio book?!! The songs are horrible and distracting. I started fast forwarding through all of them, which helped a lot.

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  • Handle with Care

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be still my heart

  • By Puppyluver on 01-16-10

Breakable

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

What made the experience of listening to Handle with Care the most enjoyable?

Picoult's wonderful, detailed writing, her amazing storytelling abilities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Handle with Care?

There were quite a few, can't narrow it down to one. Some of my favorite parts were when Amelia, the older daughter, narrates her scenes.

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

She has a great voice for narration...does a good job.

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

Almost...a lot of emotional intensity to digest, so taking breaks worked for me.

Any additional comments?

I'm impressed with how Picoult can have very unlikeable characters in her books, yet she makes you care about what happens to them. Charlotte's character (the mother), could be very frustrating in my opinion. But Picoult made me care about her...what a talent.

Wish the ending had been different. Thought it was overkill to end it the way she did.

  • Unseen

  • Will Trent, Book 7
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505

Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will Trent is back!

  • By Jackie on 07-08-13

Almost...

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not sure about this one...certainly would recommend the previous books in the series, they were much better.

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

Not as smoothly written as her previous novels. Her Will Trent books usually keep me on the edge of my seat, never a dull moment. I found my attention wandering at times, which has never happened before while listening to this series. It felt a bit disjointed and too much time spent on characters' romantic musings and struggles. Couldn't sink my teeth into it, as much as I wanted to.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not one in particular.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Less misunderstandings and emotional drama.

Any additional comments?

Hope Ms. Slaughter gets back into fighting form in her next Will Trent book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,798

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

YAWN...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-13

Was really hoping to like this book. Maybe I was spoiled by reading The Da Vinci Code before any of his other books. Even though it wasn't a great literary tome, the Code was fast paced, with good twists and turns and an interesting core tale.

This book is so predictable that I guessed every single plot angle and mystery before they were revealed by the author. Some of the content was nearly laughable and I rolled my eyes throughout a lot of it. The narrator was okay. Found myself thinking of other things while the book was read. Couldn't even finish the book (though I'm sure I guessed the end anyway).

9 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Aviator's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322

For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Megalomaniac's Wife

  • By Audrey on 01-19-13

The Megalomaniac's Wife

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

Found this fascinating. While the story is told from Anne's point of view, it's also an adroit study of Charles Lindbergh ("Lucky Lindy), his effect on our nation and the world, while he struggled with his own private demons, ever increasing fame and decreasing privacy. Socially awkward, happiest when flying or with tinkering with machines, he's a man with a dark side, his own rules of right and wrong, no matter the cost. The protagonist, Anne, (the daughter of an ambassador, kind and highly intelligent, a graduate of Smith College), meets Lindbergh soon after his famous solo transatlantic flight and is powerfully drawn to him, a true hero in her mind and heart.

He was the most famous man in the world for many years and the author well illustrates the pros and cons he and Anne dealt with because of that. Like the very most famous people today, they couldn't leave their home without the paparazzi all over them. Wherever they went, every aspect of their life was dissected and the daily fodder for each and every newspaper and magazine. They craved privacy and found their truest escape in the sky, flying all over the world together. Anne became an accomplished aviatrix in her own right and was her husband's "crew." Enjoyed learning about all they did during that time.

At first I disliked how much Anne put herself down, i.e., questioning how she, of all people, was the one Lindbergh chose to marry. However, as the book moved along, her insecurities helped me to understand why she would do anything and everything Charles asked (demanded, really), even when it went against her own beliefs/feelings and best instincts (for example, Lindbergh's open antisemitism).

Anne's strength and her own convictions grow over the years, through the trials and tribulations she endures (most horrifically, the kidnapping...and the awful aftermath...of their first son, Charles, Jr., only 20 mos. old) throughout their long marriage, as she raises their surviving 5 children, mostly on her own...often not knowing where her husband is in the world. It's incredibly gratifying when Anne begins to blossom and comes into her own as a successful author ("Gift from the Sea") and independent woman, no longer cowered by her husband's authority or craving his approval. I felt like cheering.

If you like historical fiction...or even if you don't...this is a great "read."

Narrator: At first I didn't like the narrator, as I wanted a younger, softer voice to listen to...once I realized the story is is being told from the perspective of an elderly Anne, I fell into the rhythm of her voice and ended up liking her very much. That's saying a lot, because narration is one of my pet peeves. I've bought hundreds of audio books and have learned that poor narration can kill a good story faster than anything else.

66 of 67 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,292

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Stephen hits another home run

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

Very interesting and thought provoking. Once again, Stephen King's characters are what makes him one of the best storytellers out there. Not on the same level of greatness as the The Stand, or some of his other beauties, but still well worth the listen.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Gap

  • A Novel of the Opening of the World
  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Count Hamnet Thyssen is a minor noble of the drowsy old Raumsdalian Empire. Its capital city, Nidaros, began as a mammoth hunters camp at the edge of the great Glacier. But that was centuries ago, and as everyone knows, its the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. Trasamund, a clan chief of the mammoth-herding Bizogots, the next tribe north, has come to town with strange news. A narrow gap has opened in what they'd always thought was an endless and impregnable wall of ice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Juvenile

  • By Richard on 07-02-07

Childish

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

Bought this because it was the first in the series and had seen "Breath of God" (2nd or 3rd book in the series) hyped all over the place, so thought I would give it a try. It seems as though it's written for tweens, couldn't even get through Part 1.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,650
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,412

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Wha???

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

The only good thing about this confusing stream of consciousness was the voice of Shadow. Probably because he sounds just like Vin Diesel.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful