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  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life - wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing...

  • By ashley on 06-14-18

Creepy!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This is the story of Laurence and his mother Lydia. The narration was pretty engaging with the exception of the narrator who portrayed Karen. She was read so morosely that I found it a bit distracting and annoying. I found the rest of the book as a riveting character study of a true narcissistic sociopath with a disturbing and not completely satisfying ending.

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,890

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

It was OK.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I found this story redundant. I know that is not a way to describe a story, but that’s how I felt about it. It went on and on, but didn’t really go anywhere. I felt that it was predictable and I would actually doze off at times. Upon awakening I found that I hadn’t really missed a thing. It wasn’t bad, but just OK.

  • Unraveling Oliver

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children's books; their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!

  • By felicia jones on 09-21-17

Very good.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

A tragic story, wonderfully written and told. The telling of different points of view by different readers is such a rich touch. The various characters weave their story of Oliver through individual recollections and interactions throughout his and their lives. I felt this book was a treasure in a field of literary mediocrity currently being released. I will definitely read other books by Liz Nugent.

  • Believe Me

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. Then the game changes. When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never want to hear the name "Baudelaire" again.

  • By MarisaReads on 09-25-18

A tedious movie script with tedious narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I am so happy this book is finally over! I was taken in by all of the positive reviews, but I should have read ALL of the reviews. Zero character development and laborious, dawn-out narration with a completely implausible, ridiculous storyline with too many holes in it. While there are some mind games going on here, I just didn’t care and wanted to quit this book, but I had used a purchased credit for it! I had never heard of Charles Baudelaire or his book “Les Fleurs du mai” before this, and if I ever hear those two names spoken of again, I will scream...like I wanted to do after about the 500,000th time they were mentioned in this story. I couldn’t find one character with any redeeming qualities. In fact, the protagonist in this is a self absorbed, struggling British actress, prone to fantasies and without a green card, living in New York, and I was hoping at the end she would be deported! If you are obsessed... and I mean OBSESSED, with Baudelaire and acting, this is your book. If not, you might want to keep looking. It would however, probably make for a good movie. Perhaps that’s what the author is hoping for.

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  • The Practice of Deceit

  • By: Elizabeth Benedict
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year winner, National Book Award finalist, and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Benedict explores the sometimes disturbing psychology of relationships. Successful psychotherapist Eric Lavender is a confirmed bachelor until he meets alluring Colleen O'Brien Golden - a sexy divorce attorney with an elaborately concealed and fiercely guarded past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! I have to take breaks...

  • By S. Johnston on 03-04-09

Good until about 3/4 of the way through.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

This held my interest well until about 3/4 through where it seemed the writing went downhill. An intelligent, self confident protagonist turned into a clueless wimp. I found the last chapter’s monologue sappy and much too long winded. I did like the narration, however and would probably have walked away at the 3/4 point if not for that.

  • Rules of Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788

The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-31-11

Not Sure I Like the Protagonist, but not a bad story.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Lucas Davenport is a detective. He’s not above planting evidence to get the criminal. In fact, he’ll do whatever it takes. The story and plot weren’t bad... In fact, better than most I have been listening to as of late. My problem with this book is with how Lucas Davenport treats the women in his life. He seems to have no real regard for them one way or another. I am not a “me too”-er, women’s libber, or anything like that. He is simply not a good guy. I suppose this is deliberate by the author as part of the detective’s whole psyche. I am not sure how I feel about that aspect of the character. I may or may not continue with the series because of it.

  • I Feel Bad About My Neck

  • And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 806

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't make me get out of the car...

  • By Kestrel on 10-09-06

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I loved this. Nora Ephron is a master of making fun of the every day. This book is extremely insightful while being entertaining with things every woman of a certain age can completely relate to. She is also very serious and sage at the ending where she talks about death. I couldn’t help myself from being sad while listening and thinking that only a handful of years after this book, she would be gone.

  • Dead on Arrival

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Richtel
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

An airplane lands at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. Onboard, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: Everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. A lethal new kind of virus may have surfaced, threatening our survival, and now Martin - one of the most sought after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide - is at the center of the investigation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Was this actually written by an adult?

  • By Debra on 08-04-18

Was this actually written by an adult?

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I can’t decide what it is about this book... the fact I found the story ridiculous and the dialogue completely inane considering the circumstances, or that the narrator sounds like he is reading a Dr Seus book. Sadly, Jonathan Yen’s reading and narration of this book makes me think that I am listening to “Horton Hears a Who”. And even more interesting is that I have no children and have never read or listened to “Horton Hears a Who”... It just keeps going through my head. If I did however, I imagine this is exactly what it would sound like. I actually fell asleep for an hour while listening with my earbuds in and the story had not moved forward at all. I have never written a book and I don’t pretend I have the talent to ever do so, but I feel this book lacked the basics. I actually PURCHASED this for over $19.00! I should have listened to the other reviewers. I doubt if I will finish this. Maybe another narrator would have made it more interesting?

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,072

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

What’s not to like...?

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Who else but Nora Ephron can take an unhappy and very unfortunate life circumstance and turn it into a charming, witty and engrossing story? I remember seeing this movie years back starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, so who better than Meryl Streep to read it? I had never read the book before and had not been liking any of the audiobooks I have been listening to lately, so decided to listen to one I figured would not disappoint. I was not wrong! I am not Jewish so some of the terminology, food and words were lost on me, but that was just a pittance compared to the heart and soul of this story which seems quite timeless in it’s telling. We sadly lost a huge talent when we lost Nora Ephron.

  • The Friend

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben. She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit - someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good psychological suspense

  • By Candice on 03-25-18

Just awful.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I don’t understand all of the glowing reviews for this book. There is no thrill, no intrigue, no mystery...nothing. It is slow and very predictable without much of a story. I couldn’t relate to Sarah’s anguish over her inability to have another child which perhaps colored my dislike of the story. I did not feel the narrator did a good job with the different voices at all. If you are consumed and obsessed with children and your life is completely meaningless without everything in the world being about them and otherwise life is not worth living, you might like this book. Otherwise, keep looking.

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