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  • Still Missing

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,678

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A singular voice; a horrendous story.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-21-12

Kept me listening

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-10

I was a little disappointed in the beginning of this story. I felt like this book was a little contrived with a more-than-typical villain. However, it was interesting to hear how the experience affected the main character's life after she escaped. I loved the wrap-up of the crime. Thought it was perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Confession

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I confess, I loved it!

  • By Suzn F on 11-01-10

Do you think John Grisham might be liberal?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-10

This book is not a story. This book is about John Grisham's political agenda which is literally shoved down your throat. I don't know if I'll be able to read him again.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Max

  • By: Antoinette van Heugten
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Max Parkman - autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive - is perfect in his mother's eyes. Until he's accused of murder. Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max's behavior has been getting worse - using drugs and lashing out. But she can't accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous. Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • How Far Would You Go to Save Your Son?

  • By Holly Helscher on 09-17-12

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-10

I think I was hoping for a story like House Rules from Jodi Picoult. However, this book is just silly. The author decided to write about a boy with high functioning autism (which is not Asperger's) although she calls them the same thing. One of the boy's diagnoses is Receptive and Expressive Language disorder, not a criteria for Asperger's and when you listen to the boys' conversations, there is no expressive or receptive language disorder. I have to wonder if Ms. van Heugten decided that Autism was the current flavor of the month and if she put it in her book, she'd sell more copies.

Ms. van Heugten then leads Max's mother on a ridiculous chase (even though she is on house arrest with an ankle bracelet, she fools the police into coming over and putting a new one on a prosthetic which can easily be removed - and they don't even notice!!) breaking her restraining order, bond, and every law imaginable in order to save her son. It's so silly and unbelievable, it's not very enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mini Shopaholic

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie. Her favorite word is “MINE!”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm So Embarrassed!

  • By James Gordon on 10-05-10

Fun!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

If you liked the other "shopaholic" books, you will probably like this one. Actually, I liked it better than some of the others in the series. It's silly fun. Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fragile

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows’s insular embrace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 20% story - 80% clutter

  • By Simone on 11-04-16

Fragile is fuzzy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-10

I have to admit I had an upper respiratory infection for most of the time I listened to this so maybe that is why I had such a hard time with this book. The book deals with a murder from the past and a murder in the present. Unfortunately for me, the characters in the past were so similar to the characters in the present, I could not keep up with whether we were in the past or present. The murders were also very similar which made it more difficult for me to figure out if it was past or present.

Usually, I love this kind of book but for me, this just wasn't it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

Not my kind of book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-10

All the reviewers loved this book so much I decided to give it a try but it was just wasn't up my alley. Not into international drug dealers, etc.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fly Away Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Judith Light
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jayne Greeley on 07-25-10

Enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-10

First, I'll say that I did enjoy the book. Some books i kind of strap on and listen as if I'm logging minutes to finish. But I did enjoy this story, especially the character of Sylvie's mother, which Judith Light hit dead on. That being said, I must admit my disappointment that this is basically a story of "women's issues" which is a category of movie and book that I avoid at all cost. When I think of Jennifer Weiner, I think of quirky characters without such predictable stories. But alas, Fly Away Home is just an enjoyable story of three very predictable, stereotypical women who "find themselves" (another thing I hate about women).

One other thing, the oldest daughter's son Milo is apparently the first 3 year-old in grade school or at least that is how Judith Light portrayed him. Listening to her narration of his voice was very sad.

3 stars is just about right!

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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 772

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plain good!

  • By Susan on 08-05-10

Plain good!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-10

As usual, Jodi Picoult's books are always interesting and keep me listening. In fact, I probably would have given it another star or two if it wasn't for the narrators. It was hard to tell between the two but one sounded like a man. The voice of Katy was absolutely ridiculous. She sounded like she was 2, not 18. I'd compare the narration to dragging chalk on a chalkboard. It was really bad!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Backseat Saints

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this audio!

  • By J. E. JONES on 09-10-10

Very enjoyable.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-10

I enjoyed this book as I have all of Joshilyn Jackson's. I enjoyed listening to her narration. I felt like the book wandered at times but I still would recommend it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,058

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

One of the best!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-10

I could kick myself for waiting so long to listen to this. This is one of the best audible books I've listened to. Great book! Can't wait for the movie.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful