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  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,784

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Anna the Lush

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This was an interesting read/listen. I felt like things started a bit slow but it didn't take long for things to get real. I was no fan of Anna if I'm being honest. She was laughable with how sloppy she was at times and her constant drinking. I felt like if you looked up the definition of lush, you would see a pic of Anna. While she annoyed me at times, I still felt protective of her. There were way too many crappy people that made appearances in her life throughout this read.

While I was able to figure some things out rather quickly, I was eager to find out the exact details. I had one moment of "what if" that I dismissed that I guess I shouldn't have.

I thought the narrator was spot on. Loved the voices she did and the ease of being able to distinguish who was who.

Overall a rather good read/listen that will leave you guessing and second guessing.


  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,727

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some fire, a little ice

  • By Elese Newman on 06-03-18

Little Fires Everywhere

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

**Possible spoiler at the end**

This started out a little slower than I would have liked. Being inside of everyone's head was different for me but I didn't mind it, took away a lot of the guessing. Izzy and Mia for sure interested me the most out of everyone. They weren't just generic characters, they had stories behind them that I wanted to read/hear more about. Things started picking up in a good way once we got Mia's background. I was fully entertained and wanted to know more about her, past and present.

The Richardson kids were an interesting bunch. Their mother was an annoying piece of work for sure. She reminded me of someone who loves to be in everyone else's business even though their home isn't being taken care of.

This is one of those books that I felt needed an epilogue. I wouldn't be upset if Ng decided to write a book two that follows Izzy at least because there was way too much left up in the air.

Overall a really good listen/read.

  • Fight or Flight

  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Angelica Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was - until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Macaroni!

  • By Bette on 12-10-18

Fight or Flight

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I chose to do the audio of this because I knew it would take me forever to get to it otherwise. I think I made a good decision too because the way the narrator did her accents was very pleasing and added a bit more to this story.

I enjoyed the story of Ava and Caleb. While there were a couple of unfortunate moments, I thought this was a rather light and oftentimes fun read. Caleb reminded me of Braden (ODS) a bit with his temper. Loved Ava though, she owned her sh*t well.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    3,501 ratings
    Overall 4.8
  • Born a Crime

  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,252

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't wrap my head around!

  • By erobbins33 on 12-29-16

Born A Crime

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

I may catch a couple of clips when posted online from The Daily Show but outside of that I don't know much about Trevor Noah. The stories Trevor told from his childhood were both funny and at times sad.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born a Crime?

I loved the stories involving Trevor's Mom. She is a gem.

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

The way he tells a story is really good. His accent made everything better as well.

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

Just him growing up in South Africa as a mixed child and getting an in depth look at how things were here for him.

  • Tell Me Three Things

  • By: Julie Buxbaum
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least that's what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she's thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By irishred507 on 03-27-17

Tell Me Three Things

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

What other book might you compare Tell Me Three Things to and why?

Almost like an Eleanor & Park or Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I'd say those two because of the whole not really fitting in and secretive friendships.

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

I liked what Jorjeana Marie brought to this story. Her performance was great, she brought an added emotion that comes with a really good narrator.

  • Breaking Her

  • Love Is War, Book 2
  • By: R.K. Lilley
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

He had done it again. Ravaged me. Burned me. Broken me. Given me air, only to leave me gasping, writhing. But then something changed. Something that terrified and excited me both. Something that utterly destroyed me. Something that made me whole again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Ndulgent Bloggrs on 12-15-16

Breaking Her

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

If you could sum up Breaking Her in three words, what would they be?

My three words would be Crazy, Sad and Redemption.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Her?

The moment that led to all of the heartbreak was so crazy, sad and unfortunate.

What does Jason Clarke and Sarah Naughton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked the emotion that Sarah brought. Jason was good, a little subdued but still good.

Any additional comments?

After the back and forth of book 1 I wasn't expecting so much outside drama. That changed things a lot.

  • The Problem with Forever

  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone - spending her senior year at a public high school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Was Ok

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-16

Mallory and Rider

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Would you listen to The Problem with Forever again? Why?

Yes, I enjoyed the narrator and their story.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Mallory and her will.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a lot of moments where situations made me sad especially for Mallory.

Any additional comments?

While I thought this was a slow read (listen) I still found it quite enjoyable. I started to wonder if my guessing some of the situations made this predictable but the fact that I was still able to enjoy it all made me not care so much. I liked Rider and I loved Mallory. Her (both of theirs actually) history sucked but I liked the way she was able to fight through things. Of course I'm curious about Ansley and Hector so it will be great to get their story next hopefully.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bare Bones

  • I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book
  • By: Bobby Bones
  • Narrated by: Bobby Bones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,286

Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out - a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By lroche on 05-20-16

Long Time Listener

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Bare Bones to be better than the print version?

Since I haven't read the print version I can't say. Fans of Bobby would enjoy the audio version though because he makes it like an extended show honestly the way he adds his personality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bare Bones?

There is a part that made me laugh and cringe at the same time.."nosebleed"

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

Like I mentioned before, Bobby brings his personality to the story. The free reign made things even better to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Filthy Morning After

  • Wild Seasons
  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

This audio exclusive short tells of events from Sweet Filthy Boy from a new perspective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but oh so sweet

  • By Katherine on 10-30-14

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

While I didn't really need this, it was appreciated. Totally loved the performance and Jason Carpenters accent for Ansel.

  • Scoring Wilder

  • By: R.S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing 19-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper. A face that makes girls weep - check. Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) - check. Enough confidence to shift the earth's gravitational pull - double check. Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Soccer Is Really That Important To You?

  • By URSULA G on 02-21-17

Scoring Wilder

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

What did you love best about Scoring Wilder?

I honestly loved everything about Scoring Wilder. This was an hilarious listen with very likable characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scoring Wilder?

The most memorable more for me were Kinsley and Becca's friendship, those two were a total trip.

What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

I thought Jessica did an amazing job. She totally nailed this for me and did it more justice that I could by just reading it.