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  • Bonfire

  • A Novel
  • By: Krysten Ritter
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 707

It has been 10 years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now, working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career and a modern apartment. But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens' biggest scandal from more than a decade ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Mystery

  • By Levi on 11-16-17

Strong start but...eh

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I started reading this on paper and switched to audio bc I was hooked. But it went so wrong I almost didn't finish. I can suspend some disbelief but really? A 28 year old lawyer who goes home and gets so drunk--more than once--with old classmates she loathed (who are part of investigation) that she can't even remember the night before? this was just so weak overall. The plot "twist" was SO farfetched too. disappointed! The narrator was the saving grace, she was perfect.

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,915

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By TC on 07-03-17

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Narrator was outstanding, plot got a little "cuckoo" but still good! If you liked "behind closed doors" this is a good one to try.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,588

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Started off strong...but then went downhill

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I loved her first book, but this one was not nearly as good. The main character is so whiny and unlikeable, I couldn't even root for her. Narrator was great though!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Identicals

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,802

Harper Frost is laid back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's run-down house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking. Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No longer a fan... and Huskies definitely do shed!

  • By ROBIN on 06-19-17

First and last Elin Hildebrand for me

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Ugh, I thought such a popular author must have potential for a summer listen. This is like listening to a Lifetime movie, I couldn't even finish it. SO predictable and such unbelievable prose. Will skip in the future!

Narrator was very good though!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,327

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Super disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Steven Weber is an OUTSTANDING narrator, he did the best he could with this lame material.

I adore Harlan Coben but this book felt so "phoned in." Nap was a poor imitation of Myron with none of Myron's endearing posse. The characters were so undeveloped and plot was so thin and SO unbelievable. It seems like something Coben would actually mock in his own prose. As in "come on now...are we really supposed to believe that?" So bummed, I was really looking forward to this one! Bring Myron back please!!

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • One Perfect Lie

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,574

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie. Susan Sematov is proud of her son, Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good - or evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Narrator I've heard

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 04-26-17

I think I am finally done with this author once and for all

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

I tried to give her a few chances, because she is popular...and now I'm done. The stories are so weak, and if she uses the word "stricken" and "forehead buckled" one more time I might actually scream. The narrator was excellent but the story and characters were beyond one dimensional.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leave Me

  • By: Gayle Forman
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 945

For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention - meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who's so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn't even realize she's had a heart attack. Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I used to love this author.

  • By Allison Wakefield on 03-01-17

Great narrator, weak story

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

I love this author's young adult books. But she doesn't translate as well into adult fiction. The story was weak and the main character so unsympathetic. Characters were contrived. Narrator was outstanding.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Advocate's Daughter

  • A Thriller
  • By: Anthony Franze
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

A Washington, DC, lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss, and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country. Among Washington, DC, power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Weak story, so far fetched

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

The narrator saves this book. He was amazing. I am not the type to pick apart a plot of a mystery, but this one had so many ridiculous coincidences and completely unbelievable plot lines. It was terrible. Not a single character rings even remotely true.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,983

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

First time with this author and narrator! Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

This narrator is outstanding. The story was great, reminded me of John Grisham back in the old days (the firm, etc)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful