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  • Guest Bed

  • By: Luke P Narlee
  • Narrated by: Dan Delgado
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Ron’s day is off to a bad start. Blinded by frustration after another argument with his wife and heartbroken that his marriage may be over, he accidentally crashes his car on his way to work. Dazed, he takes the train the rest of the way, where he is quickly delighted by the presence of another rider, Courtney, whose smoldering smile makes him remember what it feels like to be wanted. What seems like a new friendship quickly turns into temptation, leaving Ron torn with internal conflict and guilt. But when his new friend starts to seem a little off, he begins to question her motives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall unrealistic story line

  • By JK907 on 09-20-18

Overall unrealistic story line

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Hmm....Let me start off by providing a theme/sentiment/mood of what kind of story this is because I had zero inclination of what I was in for based on the summary. As the book approached the middle and during midway, it seemed like it was going to be a warped version of the Adam Sandler movie, “Click” and the Nick Cage movie “The Family Man” combined. But that quickly dissipated and toward the end it then switched pace and reminded me of a really weird, confusing dark and extended version of an episode of the old tv show The Wonder Years. But I don’t mean this comparison based on the family or characters— I mean this because of the mood of the story as it came to and end — an odd kind of familial domestic drama. Additionally, it also seemed like the author wrote this book as an indirect (or direct) way to make a point or give a very, very particular message to his wife or to a specific female. This book started off in a way where I thought I knew exactly how it would turn out because of how obvious and blatant the story was unfolding. However, there was a twist that changed the game. Then it got interesting and the possibilities of what kind of book this was going to be were seemingly endless. I was intrigued by the prospect of it being twisted, or reality-bending even. Alas, as the end came closer and closer I realized we were back to square one. It was sooooo close to being a really wild and entertaining tale but it completely veered off that path. The one good thing is that it didn’t not end or unravel how I thought it would. This might be one of those books with mixed and conflicting reviews. Oh on a side note there were times where I laughed out load at the narration— like when the male narrator impersonated an old woman, child, or upset mother😂

  • The Watcher

  • By: Caroline Eriksson, Tara F. Chace - translator
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden, Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Escaping her broken marriage, successful author Elena settles into a hastily arranged sublet. Shattered, on the verge of coming unhinged, she’s unable to sleep, write, or even unpack. Then she discovers an innocent pastime to occupy her restless days and nights - watching her neighbors through the kitchen window. The Storms seem like the perfect family, but the more Elena sees and hears, the more she believes that there’s something terribly wrong in the house next door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was that it...?

  • By JK907 on 09-19-18

Was that it...?

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Hmm... this book fell short but it wasn't awful. It did have a barely ok “twist” that I only realized was coming as it unfolded — I’d usually pick up on this during a book but I was prevented from doing so by not being able to engage with the story. There was depth desperately missing from the characters and the whole plot in general. The narration was good and the format of the husband’s point of view was solid. But geez, overall I expected a little more complexity. This book was almost like one of those long, drawn-out dreams a friend tells you about over dinner and drinks, the kind that ends unsatisfactorily with random tidbits that the two of you try to decipher. Then you both laugh about how weak it was despite having all the elements necessary for a complete and substantial story: thrill, mystery, intrigue, relevant subject matter – but with a hollow execution. Then you and your friend continue hashing out the parts that were lacking and how and why it fell short. This is how the whole book was except I didn’t even have the pleasure of dining with a friend and a good drink. Instead, I’m left wondering why the author didn’t pull off a more comprehensive storyline with substance, or why it just didn't come together. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I wouldn’t discourage you from getting it you’re right about to hit the buy button — just so you could make your own assessments and understand my perspective.

  • Guilty Little Secrets

  • By: Rona Halsall
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Natalie sits in prison, vowing revenge on her husband, who put her there. He’s sold everything they owned, filed for divorce and taken their baby son, Harry, to live with his millionaire parents on the Isle of Man - a different jurisdiction from the UK, where Natalie has no rights. When Natalie is released three years later, she rushes to the Isle of Man in search of her son. But she needs to keep looking over her shoulder because, while in prison, she has been receiving death threats. Can she find him before her pursuer does?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No.

  • By JK907 on 09-04-18

No.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I had to force myself to finish this book because I didn't think it was possible for a character to be this excruciatingly ignorant, naive and weak. Although it is beyond unfair how anyone that should care about Natalie, doesn't, treats her poorly and turns on her, it is ultimately due to her gullible personality, lack of awareness, and what she allows to happen to her. It’s exasperatingly pathetic how little support she has.

I wasn't necessarily bored by the story, but it was too frustrating to be sufficiently entertaining. Very early on, I correctly guessed how the events were going to unfold as well as the ending. The story isn't about getting revenge, it’s about Natalie’s careless and deficient plans to find her son. Even before, during and after prison, everyone walks all over her and her personality doesn't change. The only useful thing Natalie learned in prison was how to physically fight.

All of Natalie's relationships are inadequately developed so it’s hard to appreciate the complexities of her actions and motivations. Significant details about her past that would've helped strengthened the plot –– that weren't prison flashbacks, were very scant, and a lot of detail included wasn’t useful. There is barely a single person on her side and even this old woman that seems like she should be, was disappointingly tough on Natalie.

And on a side note, it's particularly irritating to follow a story, when most quantities of anything (i.e. 5 cars, 10 more hours, 30-years-old) is limitedly described as "a couple" or "a few". For example, "a couple of years younger than him", "a few weeks until she gets out of jail", "he was gone for a couple days", "a few hours until the police arrive". It’s unproductive to tell a story with the majority of everything in estimation, you never get a definitive understanding of the time frame or how old people are etc.

Also, I don't know if it is the production quality or the narrator, but the last words of a substantial number of sentences fade, and you can't understand what was said.

  • The Wife Before Me

  • A Twisty, Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Laura Elliot
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found. Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together, they can help each other. Now, Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of. And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia. Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just leave it alone

  • By Elaine Edwards on 08-28-18

Unfortunately, it’s not a winner...

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

The story starts off like a typical domestic abuse situation but crucial character development is extremely lacking — I mean substantially. There wasn’t even any build up or much background provided and all the significant events happen so soon and then there’s nothing to look forward to aside from what’s already divulged in the summary. So all that happens between events are just filled with much sulking and actions with little to no reason behind it. Typically one of the best parts about domestic noir is seeing how things escalate or how the abuse is covered by either party, but it doesn’t happen. I had to start over many times to get in to it and ended up skipping around, and not missing much.

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  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spare me the constant blushes!

  • By C. A. Cameron on 08-28-18

Meh somewhat ok thriller, but the kind where everything unravels at the VERY end

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This was ok. I wouldn’t outright recommend it but I wouldn’t prevent someone from getting it if they were really considering it. I like mystery thrillers that unravel throughout the book with hints both subtle and obvious and sufficient time the end for revelations and for the audience to make connections from the other events that occurred throughout the book (“show not tell”). I was entertained enough by this book and there were definitely parts where I really thought I had the twist predicted and I was wrong (not totally but more so than correct) — but not in a super impressive way. Not seeing a twist coming isn’t always stronger than an “obvious” twist that is solidly supported with a web of backstory, clues, and good character development. One strong aspect of the book is the author’s ability to create a mood of anticipation — even whether or not it amounts to anything, I still thought the way these moods were written was decent. I like this narrator from many other books but in this story, her voice was a little too mature for the main character, like Mary Poppins playing a 20-something-year-old — proper, sure...but not quite right. It was, however, the just the right voice for the boyfriend’s mother.

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  • The Drama Teacher

  • By: Koren Zailckas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York. Her life is complicated by the usual tedium and stressors and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have. Gracie has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikable Characters, Annoying Narrator

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 08-21-18

Wow, exceeded my expectations and more

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I didn’t know anything about this author until I looked her up after I finished the book. I’m not really into memoirs and I saw she’s written at least two, but this novel really has nothing to do with the summaries I read about her previous books.
This book was really great, a unique spin on the story of a life-long fraudster and con-artist turned mother, who hustles to get the best for her kids. With a precocious childhood in Ireland and the ultimate con-artist for a father, Gracie does her best to do what’s needed for her family. The details of her growing up and the events that lead her to her present situation are very thorough and well-researched. I personally liked the integration and fairly accurate usage of computer technology and cryptocurrency like Bitcoin in the story to fuel important undertakings to get her where she needs to go. I really had no idea what kind of story it was going to be at all but I was drawn in very easily from the beginning. The balance of the main character’s past and how it made her the person she is today is excellently revealed and deliberate. The only discrepancies are the main character’s underestimation of her kids or her over confidence in them to be able to bypass a lot of inconsistency. But it all works out and the book is very entertaining, intriguing and unique and I do recommend it.

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  • I Know Where You Live

  • By: Pat Young
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe. At the airport, they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair. Soon, she becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is definitely hiding something. Then Penny’s toddler son is abducted. The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal, but, unknown to the police, Penny and Seth are determined to protect their identities. Are their true identities linked to the abduction? And who has been watching them?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable narration for a lame Nancy Drew story.

  • By JK907 on 08-03-18

Unbearable narration for a lame Nancy Drew story.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I’ve never rated a book this low before, but I felt very deceived about what kind of story it was going to be - but more than that, the narration was beyond awful, atrocious, unbearable and confusing.

Listen to the sample to get an idea of what I mean.

The main character— who also narrates the back story, uses an American, southern accent— BUT, it is evident she originally has a British accent AND, the two other main characters have a heavy Scottish accent and a man’s slight New York accent.

So, as she’s bouncing back and forth very ineffectively with all the accents in exaggerated cadences and pitches, it all muddles together unpleasantly and the result is the most irritating and unbearable blend of sounds. It was utterly confusing and annoying.

Regarding the story, I thought it would be a solid mystery-thriller. But no, it is not. It’s a bubble gum, Nancy Drew story that prematurely hints too much and too early as to how the story will unfold. It also reminds me of the Charlie’s Angels show/movie premise for some reason, making it even cornier.

I couldn’t finish the book after half-way to save my life, very disappointing, audibly awful and irritating. Not recommended - listen at your own discretion

  • Strangers on a Bridge

  • By: Louise Mangos
  • Narrated by: Isabella Inchbald
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 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

When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake. Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker, and his obsession with Alice grows stronger. In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this thriller

  • By Jennifer on 08-27-18

A chain of terrible decisions one after the other, again and again and again and again...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This book is essentially about Alice, a woman with a husband and 2 sons, making a series of frustratingly dumb decisions and choices. These decisions and choices either build on one another with serious consequences or are revealed abruptly and work against Alice.

The source of drama and suspense all stems from Alice’s poor and naive judgment. Also, the police in her town were rather dismissive and their lack of practical protocols hindered and/or prevented Alice from following through on any intelligent action she tried to take. I found this to be a very unsettling barrier— but not one that could stop me from taking action anyway.

The story kept my interest similar to way we can’t help but monitor/track the details in the news of an idiot burglar that robbed a bank and held hostages with a wooden gun and no mask— we know he’s made the worst possible decisions but we want to see what happens next and how the situation will unfold. That’s how I got through the book and why it wasn’t boring or uninteresting.

With that said, although I don’t regret using a credit on this book, I wouldn’t recommend it outright— but I also wouldn’t prevent anyone from reading/listening to it.

Lastly, the narrator’s Swiss-German, male accent more often than not sounded like a woman from India (I know these are on opposite ends of the accent spectrum but somehow she just does it).

  • Last Seen Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Claire Douglas
  • Narrated by: Katie Clarkson-Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

One woman is trapped in the death-grip of the past - and every one of its dark secrets - in this riveting novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing. She can run… As much as Libby Hall needs a vacation, she’s never considered taking one until she sees the note for a house swap. Suffering a miscarriage was a personal turning point. Saving a child from a burning school was a public one. Just as the emotional fallout of both incidents takes its toll, along comes her lifesavers - the Heywoods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressively unexpected throughout!

  • By JK907 on 06-29-18

Impressively unexpected throughout!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Wow. This was great, I didn’t see the twists coming whatsoever and it even took me a few minutes to work it all out because of how unexpected things were — and as I did, my jaw dropped and I was stunned and impressed. There’s a point early on where you wonder where the story is even going and a lot of disjointed events occur but everything falls into place as the twists come into play. Even after that point, it is not anticlimactic as one might expect and the story remains intriguing throughout. The way the events merged and details were revealed was brilliant, everything was relevant and came to fruition and unfolded convincingly— all the things that I thought were weak contributions to the storyline turned out to be significant. I’ve read/listened to all of this author’s books and although she does reuse similar storyline details, I’m a fan of hers and I think this is her best book so far. It is also one of the better mystery thrillers I’ve listened to in a very long time— highly recommended!

**Side note: the narrator was not good, her British accent comes and goes and at different intensities. She often trails off at the end of sentences so I don’t understand what she says. I don’t want to give the book a low rating because of her, and if I could rate the narrator separately, it would be ⭐️⭐️ two stars.

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  • Pendant

  • By: M L Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When her student disappeared from a field trip, Elaine lost her job, her reputation, her identity, and her confidence. Twelve years later, the girl's distinctive pendant necklace turns up in a current newspaper photo of another young girl.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story, Great Narration

  • By CuteAsADaisy on 08-03-18

Publisher Summary Now Edited

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This was my original review 2 days after it came out:

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S3 out of 5 stars
By JK907 on 06-20-18

“Entire story revealed in the publisher summary????
I really hate to rate a book I haven't read or listened to (Audible doesn't allow the writing of a review without providing a star rating beforehand) but I am confused because I purchased this book before reading the whole publisher's summary, but I just finished reading it since I was about to start the book...however, it seems as though the summary is a thorough spoiler for the entire book. If I am mistaken, I apologize and it is just my opinion that so much detail was revealed that I ultimately felt no need to listen to the book.”

Follow-Up 6/24/18:
I just checked back and the book summary is edited down so it no longer reveals all the details and ending like it did initially. It is unfortunately too late for me, but I’d like to see the future rating and perhaps I will have forgotten it by then and can read it listen to it.

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