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  • The Book of Essie

  • A Novel
  • By: Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond, Tara Sands, Erin Spencer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

Esther Ann Hicks - Essie - is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage - and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope for the future 💗

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-18

The Truth About Kids as Reality TV Stars

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

We see it time and time and again. Giant families have twenty-plus kids and live a life 'of god' while they breed others to continue to procreate. The families look wholesome and happy. However, we know that there are dirty little secrets in every family.

The Book of Essie focuses on a young girl in one of the 'Fire and Brimstone' strict religious television shows. She seems to be an angel, but she's pregnant and looking for a decent boy to marry. That is, a decent boy who's gay so that she doesn't have to be controlled by another religious whack job, and she can get money and independence.

The story is interesting, and it's also sad. Growing up in from of American it it's own type of hell for these kids, and they are puppets to their parents and ratings.

This was an interesting read and I would recommend it.

-Wendi

  • Spare Room

  • By: Dreda Say Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Home is where the nightmare is. The number one international best seller everyone can't stop talking about. Beautiful double room to let to single person. Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent premise and story, ending just dumb..

  • By Wendi on 06-09-19

Decent premise and story, ending just dumb..

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

Spare Room has potential I started to get excited while reading the story of a young girl who agrees to rent out an odd couple's spare room for six months. The circumstances were weird, the couple were secretive, and when, on the second day into the lease, they started asking their new tenant to get out, I knew there was more to the story than just eccentric landlords. The problem is, 'the more' is what I ended up not caring about. Our main character is a whining bore, and I just didn't care about her, or her friends and family. It's hard to care what the 'twists' are when you are ambivalent about the characters.

Meh, read it if you want- but I wouldn't pay a full credit for it, nor would I keep it on my wish list. Might be ok if you get it on sale,or a two-for-one.

-Wendi

  • A Mother’s Secret

  • By: T J Stimson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

With three children under 10, Maddie is struggling. On the outside, she’s a happy young mother, running a charity as well as a household. But inside, she’s exhausted. She knows she’s lucky to have to have a support network around her. Not just her loving husband but her family and friends, too. But is Maddie putting her trust in the right people? Because when tragedy strikes, she is certain someone has hurt her child - and everyone is a suspect, including Maddie herself....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting but not for the faint of heart

  • By Miriam Sabir on 06-11-19

Good Story But Ending Was Obvious

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

Reviewed: 05-30-19

A Mother's Secret is a complex story with several rich characters. It's not a 'light listen' as you really have to pay attention. The author, like most psychological thriller novels, points the reader into the wrong places when it comes to the question of 'Who did it?'

The unfortunate part about this book is the author tries way too hard to point the reader, when the solution is obvious. I figured it out in the first quarter of the book, and I was hoping I was wrong- but alas, I was not. Stimson sort of patronizes the reader, and it's annoying.

Overall, I would recommend the book as a 2 for 1 or on sale, but I wouldn't spend a credit on it.

-Wendi

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Until You're Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

You're alone. You're vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost. Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two small step-sons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby’s arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Having trouble..

  • By karen on 01-27-15

I Had To Quit- Narration Is Awful

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

Reviewed: 05-29-19

Until You're Mine has a great premise and I really like the idea of the story. The problem is, the narration is horrible. The voice is the same for all of the characters, and I can't distinguish between them- and there are a LOT of different characters. I'd really like to finish the book, but I simply can't tolerate the narrator. I think I restarted this 10-11 times and I had to keep going back and re-listening to the chapters.

Too bad, it has a lot of potential.

-Wendi

  • Don’t Tell Teacher

  • By: Suzy K Quinn
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

For Lizzie Riley, switching her six-year-old son, Tom, to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post divorce. With its excellent reputation and delightful red-brick building, Lizzie knows it'll be a safe space away from home. But there's something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds, and inside there are bars across the classroom windows....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wasn’t expecting that!!!

  • By Princess Proton on 04-03-19

Great Story.. SHOCKING Ending, Perfect Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

Don't Tell Teacher is very well done. I love Imogen Church- she's one of my favourite narrators.

A single mom, Lizzy, divorces her allegedly abusive ex husband and enrolls her child, Tom, in a private school. The private school is a little off. The children seem robotic, and everything is too 'perfect.' When Tom comes home extremely tired with odd bruises, bumps and marks on his body, Lizzy begins to panic. Things get worse when Kate, a social worker, starts to investigate and Lizzy feels the finger is being pointed at her.

This audio book kept me hooked. I listened to all of it in a 24 hour period (I have a very long drive to and from work!). I have to say, I was extremely surprised at the ending- it was one I absolutely didn't see coming. As much as I listen to psychological thrillers, this is highly unusual!

Highly recommend!

5 Stars

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Supermarket

  • By: Bobby Hall
  • Narrated by: Bobby Hall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585

Flynn is stuck - depressed, recently dumped, and living at his mom’s house. The supermarket was supposed to change all that. An ordinary job and a steady check. Work isn’t work when it’s saving you from yourself. But things aren’t quite as they seem in these aisles. Arriving to work one day to a crime scene, Flynn’s world collapses as the secrets of his tortured mind are revealed. And Flynn doesn’t want to go looking for answers at the supermarket. Because something there seems to be looking for him.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great performance!

  • By monique on 04-05-19

Supermarket is NOT even a MILDLY good book..

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

With all of the reviews I've read and the 4.7 star rating, I thought I was in for something excellent with 'Supermarket' by rapper 'Logic' (Bobby Hall). Yeah... Not so much.

While the narration is good (way to go Bobby), the story is absolutely pointless. It reminded me of a creative writing assignment done by a Freshman in high school. The story is pointless, the characters are lame, and there is no point.

It's clear to me that people who are hailing this as 'The Best Book Ever' or 'Excellent' are people who don't read much, if at all. This book is being read by Logic's fans who are pumping it up because of their loyalty.

I guess the one good thing is, at least Bobby Hall is getting people to read.. and if they think that this is a great book, I really do hope they read some others. Because, this book is boring, juvenile, pointless, gutless, and absolute trash.

-Wendi

  • The Mystery of Alice

  • By: Lee Bacon
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,125

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: A chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: A nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. And a mysterious organization - the Leopold Foundation - that’s watching her every move. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Enjoyable

  • By Cheryl on 05-05-19

Some cool enhancements in sound, but this is YA

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Mystery Alice is told in the voice of a 13 year old girl who receives a special scholarship to attend a private Middle School in Manhattan. The girl must make it through a variety of strange tests, and when she passes she's elated for her new journey. She and her new roommate get in with the same organization and things appear on the up-and-up. When her roommate starts hanging around the popular kids, and then goes missing, it's up to our heroine to solve the mystery.

Things are not as they appear.. almost ever.

There were some cool sound effects with this book. They used the sound of the rain in the back, the sounds of the places the characters were in, and a couple of times I thought the sounds were coming from my own home. The story however, is very juvenile and although I didn't see the ending coming, it's definitely a YA listen.

I appreciate the Audible-Only books, and more importantly the free ones. Young teens may enjoy this book.

-Wendi

  • My Lovely Wife

  • By: Samantha Downing
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances with whom you keep meaning to get dinner. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator! Crazy story!

  • By EasyBreezySunflower on 03-28-19

Now For Something Entirely Twisted In Darkness..

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Whoa.. Samantha Downing has a very sick and twisted mind. I'd really love to have a few drinks with her and ask her a few questions. How does she come up with the sociopath characters in 'My Lovely Wife?'

A seemingly happy couple with two beautiful children live in an upscale suburb. They do their best to 'keep up with the Jones' and everything seems completely normal on the outside. When a serial killer resurfaces, parents and children start to panic, and the young daughter from this family is no different.

The thing she doesn't know is that the serial killers are much, much closer than she'll ever know.

How do the minds of sociopaths work? Read this book and see.. and be prepared to be blown away at least once a chapter while sitting on the end of your seat during the whole book.

Sounds like the author may make a sequel- would love to read it!

5 Big Stars

-Wendi

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Verity

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson, Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of best-selling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost a 5 Star book, but sadly not

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-19

Disappointed After All Of The Hype

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Verity is a very simple love story with a psychological thriller twist. It's a fast, easy read. It's predictable and it's a little bit different, but it's not nearly the book to knock anyone's socks off. If you enjoy romance with a twist or darkness, you may enjoy it. I didn't think it was 'all that.' And, at first I was irritated about the long wait for it on Audible.. But I wasn't really missing anything.

Just meh.

-Wendi

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,431

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Can Be Ugly

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-17

I am Speechless... This is a big change..

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

I am perplexed as to why I didn't listen to All The Ugly and Wonderful Things sooner. It was sitting in my library for over a year, and I guess I kept thinking I'd get back to it.

The bottom line.. This is a very controversial book, written eloquently- but it's dangerous. It crosses a very taboo line. It's like Harold and Maude for the new generation. While one may shudder and feel queasy by a relationship between a young girl and an older man, in order to appreciate this book we have to let our preconceived notions go, and simply enjoy the story. All of it. All of the truly ugly, and beautiful things.

I felt myself gasping for air crying in parts, and mildly disgusted in others. However, one thing is for sure- as a listener I could not stop even if I wanted to. And this to me, constitutes a 5 star novel.

Amazing- but not for the faint at heart.

5 big starts

-Wendi

1 of 1 people found this review helpful