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  • The Visitors

  • By: Catherine Burns
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 295

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John, in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her 50s who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John's rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and turning a blind eye to the women's laundry in the hamper that isn't hers. For years she's buried the signs of John's devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind - until the day John is crippled by a heart attack.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • wasted potential

  • By lacey on 10-23-17

Wonderful, yet creepy insight into deranged minds!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I was taken in by Marion's imagination and her fantasies, and my heart actually went out to her - even when her dark side shows itself. Their mother was poison to these two siblings and it would be very interesting if the author could write another novel from John's perspective. Their father may have contributed to some of the deviance too but he's not mentioned much, so John's thought patterns would be interesting to tap into. (Hint hint Catherine Burns!) John's character truly did not believe he was doing anything wrong. I also liked the hint of the super-natural in this story when it mentioned psychics and the things revealed by them.
Another review said there was porn and unsettling things in this, but there isn't. Nothing is mentioned like that in any detail so if you're squeamish about that type of thing -don't worry! Overall an interesting but tragic story of how some people's minds can get so twisted and detached from reality.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lies She Told

  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,302

Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,.

  • By shelley on 09-23-17

Good storyline but didn't like ending

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This was a really good idea and made for a great storyline. But, I didn't care for the ending in either parallel story....there wasn't enough of a mystery or shocking twist for me, it was just ho-hum. Oh well....

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, fix the reading.

  • By SarahLee on 05-04-16

Not her best. Boring and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

What would have made Plain Truth better?

If it wasn't so painfully obvious in the first 2 hours of the book. Also, the love story bored me to tears.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

Yes, I normally love her work, this one was a dud.

Any additional comments?

I did love hearing the description of daily life on an Amish farm, but some of the behaviors of the characters were not typical of them. This book was mostly boring and obvious. I couldn't even finish it actually. A lot of aspects were introduced but then never mentioned again - a lot of things not explained. The Ellie love story was boring and cheesy. I just didn't care for this book :-(

  • Copycat

  • By: Alex Lake
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house. And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I highly recommend reading the physical book

  • By Mariam on 10-16-17

Great intense story with lots of surprises!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was trying to guess the villain and also trying to figure out why someone was doing this to Sarah. Also I loved how everything was accounted for and not left me hanging like other books do sometimes. All the clues are there - you just have to pay attention to the right ones!

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

I could feel Sarah's pain and confusion, and then later desperation! I was kinda disappointed in her husband Ben's reaction and treatment though - I would expect better from my own husband for sure!

Any additional comments?

Overall a great book - and the ending was great!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Friend Request

  • By: Laura Marshall
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria's sudden reappearance threatens it all and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone with whom she'd severed ties in order to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there's more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what's known to Maria - or whoever is pretending to be her - is known to all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Great Read!

  • By Elizabeth Whitaker on 11-10-17

What a tangled web...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Well, I almost gave up in the first few chapters....Louise is so self-loathing, and kept repeating the mantra..."after what I did"..for example "I don't deserve happiness, everyone should hate me, blah blah blah" Major drama queen stuff! BUT once you're past that, the plot takes off and it gets more interesting. I will admit I thought I had it figured out a couple times but I was fooled! Pretty intense story!

Any additional comments?

One thing I did find strange and somewhat confusing was when she talked about when they were 16 - some of the scenarios described sounded more like ten year olds, rather than teenagers. Stuff like slumber parties, and the lunchroom interactions just reminded me of grade-schoolers.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Sister

  • A Twisty, Dark Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Gripped
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

There are two sides to every secret. When her beloved father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover a secret life he has led with another family: another house, another woman, and a half sister, Valentina. Born in the same week, in the same hospital, they look so physically alike they could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there.... Josie is sweet and reserved, a counsellor with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Valentina is damaged and reckless, and she always gets what she wants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really really really good

  • By meg on 03-15-18

Very dramatic, a couple of intense twists!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Where does The Good Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this book, the characters had depth. The story moved along and kept me wanting to listen!

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

I loved her narration, however, I wish there had been more of a difference between Josie and Valentina. Sometimes it was difficult to tell which one was speaking.

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

I liked when Josie and Valentina first meet - I can imagine their shock and confusion!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Store

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

In a small Arizona town, a man counts his blessings: a loving wife, two teenage daughters, and a job that allows him to work at home. Then "The Store" announces plans to open a local outlet, which will surely finish off the small downtown shops. His concerns grow when "The Store's" builders ignore all the town's zoning laws during its construction. Then dead animals are found on "The Store's" grounds. Inside, customers are hounded by obnoxious sales people, and strange products appear on the shelves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bentley Little and David Stifel hit a home run.

  • By Remington Kane on 09-07-17

Intriguing, creepy story!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the concept of a store taking over a whole town, and the underlying creepiness associated with it.

Any additional comments?

There were some things I wish had been explained better, or rather there were questions/mysteries that never were elaborated on, and I was disappointed. This book could easily have had 20 more chapters and I would have loved it! Other than that, I wanted to keep listening, and the author kept me interested all throughout the book!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • See Me Not

  • By: Janelle Harris
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell, Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

How well do you really know your Facebook friends? My husband loves me. I love him. But, a secret is eating us alive. It's not the one I keep from him. It's not the one he couldn't keep from me. And, someone knows everything. A stranger. A stalker. An online nightmare. I've got mail.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No review here

  • By lemon_drop on 06-30-17

I should have listened to the reviews!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

What disappointed you about See Me Not?

It was just a stupid story - the "big reveal" was spelled out over and over in from of the main character's face so many times I was rolling my eyes. No one is that dense or stupid.

What could Janelle Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She did fine with the material she was given. I did enjoy the Irish accents.

Any additional comments?

Not a very good story. The whole twist is pretty much revealed several times before the "actual" reveal. So this confused me. Just overall stupid. I didn't even finish it.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,282

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

A wonderfully written book, insighful!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

What made the experience of listening to The Secrets She Keeps the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great, she did each character true to form. I could easily tell them apart.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secrets She Keeps?

I can't say a whole lot without giving away too much, I'll just say it was interesting to hear Agatha's plan and each move she made. It had me on the edge of my seat, almost rooting for her!

Any additional comments?

I loved this story! It took you inside the minds of both women and I felt deeply for both of them. Very well developed characters, and both were likeable in their own way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Boy

  • By: Maia Szalavitz, Brent W. Jeffs
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting male view of polygamy

  • By Karen on 09-17-13

A male perspective on the FLDS

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Boy?

When Brent was talking about his panic attacks and the horrible memories coming to the surface, I could almost feel his fear and dread - I cannot imagine!

Any additional comments?

I have read a few of the books from the former female members of the FLDS and how life was on a daily basis, so it was very interesting to hear a boy's view on it. I was impressed by how highly he thought of his father, and how he said he was taught to treat women with respect. This didn't seem to be the norm in other families, where women were treated as currency, or property. So, I think his father was probably not in agreement with how badly women were treated in other families and that is refreshing to say the least. I enjoyed hearing his story and the journey of healing he had to endure in adulthood.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful