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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Who broke Caroline Lee??

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Sounds Like Nicole Kidman After Smoking A Blunt

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Wow... First of all, I have cherished Liane's books over the years and I eagerly anticipated that this one would be 'the hit of the fall.' I was actually 'saving it.' I tested positive for Influenza B this past week and was miserable and I thought 'Oh, Liane's new book will cheer me up.' Oh.. my.. God..

I tried listening to this several times but the narrator literally sounds like Nicole Kidman after smoking some serious chronic medicinal marijuana. WOW.. I thought the woman who narrated 'The Nightingale' was bad, but this is THE WORST performance I have ever heard.

Maybe the story is great (It really didn't catch my interest to be honest), but that might have been because I was listening to that voice.. Oy...

I want my credit back. And, I have a raging headache which I am not sure is a symptom of flu or a side effect of this audio book.

Holy nutcracker, this sucks.

-Wendi

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Sister

  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,618

From behind the wheel of her car, Tess Kincaid glimpses a woman walking down a Madison, Wisconsin, street. They've never met, but Tess sees the same features every time she looks in the mirror. Tess introduces herself and discovers that she and her doppelganger, Mimi, have more than appearance in common. They even share the same birthday. Mimi - confident and outgoing where Tess is understated and shy - is convinced they're twins, separated shortly after birth. When a body is discovered in a local marsh, Tess is entangled in a search for the truth....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like anything T E Woods has written B4!!!

  • By shelley on 03-01-18

Held My Attention... But... It's Been Done Before

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

T. E. Woods has created a fairly entertaining novel with some twists, turns, and interesting characters. A woman meets another woman seemingly coincidentally, which is nothing unusual. The unusual part is, the women could be her identical twin. It seems her sister-ish figure starts to stalk our heroine and shows up at her apartment and at her job unwarranted. The book gets to be a bit creepy, but then the author gives way too many hints to give away the ending.

I would recommend this novel to those who like a light, easy read with a little twist. I'ts not a bind bender, but it's not terrible.

3 stars all around.

#TagsGiving #Sweepstakes #Audible #EasyReadWIthATwist

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,239

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Phenomenal, Beautiful, Life Changing

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I heard about "Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts on a Facebook book club. I'd never heard of it before. I love reading novels that take place in other countries. I find them fascinating, especially when characters become immersed in another culture and learn from it. Although 'Shantarum' is extremely long (43 hour listening time),and it's based on a real story of an Australian prisoner escaping jail and fleeing to India, this novel is probably one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

Gregory David Roberts takes us through the India he saw and fell in love with, despite the dangers, the poverty, the customs, and what may seem like violence to some. He immersed himself in the beauty of the people and became a cog in the wheel of life, helping many locals with healing among other things. He introduces us to the guts of India, and each experience he has brings with it a beautiful valuable lesson which are 'journal worthy' as they tug at your heart and make you think about not only how lucky we are as westerners, but how even when things are horrible, there is beauty in humanity.

I adore this book and I will be purchasing it for several people this holiday season. I will never forget this book, and I am ever grateful for reading it.

#Tagsgiving #Sweeptstakes #Travel #Discover #LifeChangingStory

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh somewhat ok thriller, but the kind where everything unravels at the VERY end

  • By JK907 on 08-22-18

Reese Witherspoon pick: 1st Novel by Sandie Jones

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones is Reese Witherspoon's newest book club pick for the month of November, 2018. It is in the 'Psychological Thriller narrated by a British woman' genre, which I am most often a sucker for.

This is Sadie Jones' debut novel. It deals with an all too-familiar scenario. Woman falls in love with man. Man introduces woman to mother. Mother hates woman and makes her life miserable.

The story was told in a way that kept my interest and made me want to listen to the whole book as soon as possible, devouring it at night, mornings, lunches and drives to work. There are a couple of glaring concerns in the book which beg answers the reader never receives, and perhaps the ending is a bit too tidy. However, for a first time author, I give Ms. Jones credit. This is a very strong novel which will be enjoyed by the many who are exposed to it, thanks to Reese Witherspoon. I will be on the lookout for Ms. Jones next book.

-Wendi

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Breath

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Sean Cameron Michael, Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, number-one New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals - transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best work

  • By Michael D. Isom on 10-21-18

He's Back! Typical Sparks Book- Yay!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

After reading 'Two by Two' I was almost angry at Sparks. I love his usual way of making me fall in love with his characters even though I know something drastically horrible will happen to one of them. I love crying through his torn love stories. I love reminiscing about his characters and getting lost in the daydream of real, true love.

His last book, Two by Two, was garbage. I was shocked at the good reviews. I couldn't believe he even wrote it.

However, Every Breath has all of the wonderful characteristics of a typical Sparks book, including love, frustration, addictive characters, and this one actually has some scenery changes as he writes about various parts of Africa. I have visited the places he wrote about, so it was entrancing for me.

If you're a Sparks fan, fear not. He's back, and just as good as always. 4 sold stars all the way through- Keep writing, kind sir!

-Wendi

  • The Collector

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration

  • By Sharon on 06-04-13

Holy Creepy

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

We've read stories before about men who abduct women and then keep them prisoners in their home. However, not often do you come across a book that is narrated back and forth by the victim and the kidnapper. '

Both characters are equally creepy- her for her odd thoughts and obsession with an old boyfriend, him for being in love with a woman who doesn't love him back- and for keeping her held hostage while he treats her like a queen.

This book is so well narrated and absolutely terrifying. I hung on each word.. as if I were there..

Super October read- was recommended by someone at Audible and I am so glad for the suggestion.

5 stars!

-Wendi

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Mind... BLOWN.. WOW!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

;Baby Teeth' tells the story of Hannah, a seven year old girl, and her parents. Suzette is her mother, who didn't have the best mother figure in her life. Her father is a Swedish environmentalist and he works most of the time while Suzette, an artist, has to home school Hannah. Suzette doesn't want to home school her daughter, but she is forced to because no other school will have her daughter as a student.

Hannah doesn't speak. Unless she is speaking through a witch who apparently lives inside her. And the witch was French, and is very dead. Hannah schemes up ways to make her mother look abusive, and to turn her father against her mother. One terrifying and unthinkable act after another eventually gets her father to realize that his daughter has a real problem, that may not be able to be fixed.

Baby Teeth kept me listening for two solid days and nights. I even put my earphones in at work when on a conference call! I listened every second I could, and I was very anxious to see what would happen next. It's obvious that there will be a sequel to the book- and I for one, will be pre-ordering the next title with high hopes.

Baby Teeth is the perfect October read. It's perfectly narrated, and sounds wonderfully paced on speed 1. I loved this book!

5 big stars! Brava!

-Wendi

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-05-18

This Book is Trash..

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I love Picoult. It's been sooo long since she has written a book. I expected better from her last book- it was just ok. I LOVED many of her novels, especially Nineteen Minutes and The Tenth Circle. I am asking for my credit back.

If you want to listen to a nonsensical book with an all-over-the-place time frame with a deep seeded political agenda- then this is for you! But, my guess is- this won't be a book that Picoult fans remember fondly.

Come on Jodi- write like you used to, from your heart. This book is garbage.

-Wendi

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,439

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Prolific, Beautiful, but Very Slow Start

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

If you decide to listen to 'Where the Crawdads Sing' you will have to prepare yourself for something that likely won't make a whole lot of sense for the first quarter of the book. The story is about a young girl who lives with her abusive father in the marshes of North Carolina, and her extremely poor childhood. It skips between decades until the 50s catch up to the current day in the 70s, where the body of a murdered man is found.

The book is depressing, but it has beautiful prose and allows us to see the ugliness in some people, and the tremendous love and goodness of others. It reminds me of a typical 'Oprah' book- a long tale of sorrow and sadness with drawn out beauty and raw emotion. It's worth the listen, if you're into that sort of thing.

The narrator was pretty bad when doing the main characters voice- sounded like she was imitating what a puppy's voice would sound like.. but other than that- worth the credit.

4 stars


-Wendi

  • The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child. CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make: tell the truth, and destroy her family, or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More! More! More!

  • By Simone on 11-22-13

Ms Chamberlain Is A Literary Genius

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I discovered Diane Chamberlain about five years ago and I have tried to read all of her books since my first discovery. Her stories are rich and true, and I have never read or listened to a book of hers that I didn't thoroughly enjoy.

CeeCee Wilkes is magnificent and I held on to every word of the story, listening on my lunch breaks, on the rides to and from work, and whenever I had the chance.

A young girl gets seduced by an older gentleman and ends up involved in a crime that she never would have been involved in otherwise. We are told the story of how she had to go underground after she committed the crime and live a new life, with a new name, hundreds of miles away. A beautiful woman, mother and wife emerges with a terrible secret that haunts her and makes her every breath one of fear that she will be discovered.

This book is full of love, excitement, and beautiful characters. It's nearly impossible to put down. The narration is as brilliant as the story. I highly recommend The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes- what a great listen!

-Wendi