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  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,822

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Moriarty

  • By cristina on 08-05-14

Good book, bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

The book was great - original story and quirky, interesting characters. I couldn't stop listening. Once I got used to the narration. Had I not been in the car with a long commute ahead of me when I started listening, I probably would've returned the book after the first 5 minutes. Fortunately I quickly got hooked on the story and learned to tolerate the narration. The narrator tended to emphasize the wrong words making it sound weird and unprofessional. Every sentence and situation was read the same way, so the humor was lost, different types of emotional situations all sounded the same, and it all sounded like someone who had never heard conversational English before. She was slightly better when reading dialogue, and she did a decent job of male voices and making the characters distinguishable, but her weird manner of reading the non-dialogue portions really detracted from the book. Also, the narrator spoke with a British accent, rather than Australian. I enjoy British narrators, but I will avoid this one. If you are particular about narration you would do well to stick to the print version of this book.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Don't let the mystical horse fool you, this isn't fantasy or sci fi. And though there are puzzles to solve, I wouldn't classify it as a full-blown mystery either. But if you don't go in expecting a typical book from a specific genre and can live with a good, original, fiction story with some mystery and a dash of something magical, this is an amazing listen. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is one of the best.

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,721

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

Pointlessly creepy

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

This was definitely a creepy book, but there seemed to be no point to it. No good explanation of why things were the way they were, just a mishmash of concepts and imagery that ranged from creepy to plain cringe-worthy.

  • Dark Waters

  • Elemental, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, has no interest in getting involved with the paranormal community. Unfortunately for him, the paranormal community does have an interest in him, or at least in his secret. Devon is exceptional in solving cases using his uncanny intuition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a GREAT Listen!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-15

Bad narration

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

The narrator did a fantastic job with voicing the secondary characters but sounded like a caricature of the stereotypical voice-over in an action movie trailer when narrating the story or voicing the main character. Way too dramatic. I wish his narration was as great as his voices, but as it is I couldn't get past it and returned the book without finishing it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Dead

  • A Scarlett Bernard Novel, 2
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett's secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city's unearthly underworld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly background story to advance overall series

  • By Sarah M on 04-17-14

Not for adults

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

I am too old to enjoy teen angst, so I really can't stand that same lack of maturity in someone who is supposed to be an adult, albeit a young one. "Ooooh, I'm just so DAMAGED!" "Ooooh, a crazy woman became obsessed with me and killed my parents before I even knew she existed so my parents' deaths were ALL MY FAULT!!" "Ooooh, a crazy vampire is obsessed with me and is threatening my friends, therefore my friends are at risk ALL BECAUSE OF ME!!!" Get over yourself, Scarlett. The only saving grace is that occasionally -- though not nearly enough -- one of her friends will call her out on her BS. But then that makes it seem like the author knows how immature and self-absorbed the main character is and carries on with it anyway. The story was able to carry me through the first book and make me want to see what happened next, but I'm not sure I will even be able to finish the second one. Perhaps Scarlett will mature in a later book, but I'll never know.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sprinkled: A Humorous Cozy Mystery!

  • Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Gina LaManna
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159

Lacey Luzzi's roller coaster of a life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She just never expected the lows to be so...sparkly. After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently deceased mother's stripper boots, Lacey realizes she is not cut out for life on stage. She sets out on a yearlong investigation to find her true family, never expecting she'll find it with a capital F.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew The Mob could be so much fun?!

  • By Jan on 07-01-15

Silly

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Entertaining if you can suspend a lot of disbelief and get past the fact that the main character is a 29-year-old woman who has the sex drive, maturity level, and hygiene habits of a teenaged boy. Three stars because I didn't hate it, though I'm not sure why.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No One Lives Twice

  • By: Julie Moffett
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

"I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella. Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love It!

  • By Roxanna on 11-12-10

Bad narrator but decent book

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I am pretty picky about narrators and almost didn't get this one because of the reviews. I'm glad I got the book anyway because it was a fairly fun read, and the narration wasn't bad enough that I returned the book without even finishing it (which I have done a few times). This narrator wasn't even bad enough that I plan to go for the print version of any book she narrates that I'm interested in, which I do for some narrators. That being said, I should mention that my biggest pet peeves are over-acting and weird voices, like when someone reads in a voice that is too breathy or childish or whatever. This narrator spoke in a normal voice. Though she often sounded like she was reading a cue card (which I guess she sort of was) instead of sounding like a friend telling a story, her acting wasn't over the top, just not oscar-winning. I can live with that, along with a few mispronunciations I noticed.

HOWEVER, if bad accents are a particular annoyance to you, DO NOT get this book - it will make you want to jump off a bridge. There were many characters of various nationalities in this book, so there were many accents to perform. I wouldn't expect any narrator to get them all perfect, but this one sounds like her only exposure to non-American-accented English was from old Dracula movies.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Double Dip

  • A Davis Way Crime Caper
  • By: Gretchen Archer
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last. Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal. She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery

  • By Kira on 03-05-14

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Couldn't finish the book. Davis sounded ok, but other characters voices were awful, didn't really fit the characters and sounded like bad acting.

  • The Accidental Werewolf

  • Accidentally Friends, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016

When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy. Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he's a werewolf, she is now, too. Thinking Keegan Flaherty is clearly insane, Marty refuses to believe a word until a kidnapping makes her realize there's more at stake than just her highlights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Cassidy's humor!

  • By mississippi on 07-18-14

Just bad

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

It was an interesting idea with potential to make a light, funny story, but the execution was just bad. The male love interest mostly treated the main character like a child, but then she did spend a lot of time acting like one. Several words were wrong ("a millennia"), don't know if misspoken or miswritten, but it seems that editing was lacking somewhere. And if you have delicate ears do not get this book. I'm fine with a bit of swearing in a book if it is part of a well-developed character's personality, or even if it just adds humor, but there was a lot of gratuitous swearing in this book that added nothing. I am also not bothered by sex scenes in books, but again, this was over the top. Such scenes were few, and I can't decide if they were made more or less tolerable by the narrator reading them in a tone she also could use to describe a tranquil bit of scenery, but if you don't enjoy hearing about slick, swollen, throbbing body parts ad nauseam, you may want to skip this one. The only positive thing I can say is that the plot was interesting enough to keep me listening until I was far enough into the story to want to see it through to the bitter end, even if I did spend the last several minutes just wanting it to be over.

  • Heirs of Grace

  • By: Tim Pratt
  • Narrated by: Leslie Hull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina. Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his 20s and they hit it off right away - and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk...and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected

  • By Kay D. Peddie on 07-21-16

decent listen

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Decent fantasy story, narrator has a few minor issues like making any male with a southern accent sound like he's 65 years old but overall wasn't bad. At least she narrates like a normal person talks and doesn't feel the need to precisely enunciate every single letter of every word like some do. It isn't great literature, but it's an interesting story that moves at a good pace, and that's all I was looking for. My biggest pet peeve is that the main character always referred to her love interest as a "boy," as in "the boy I like" or "the boy I kissed," even though they were both fully adult twenty-something college graduates instead of sixth graders. It just sounded childish. Maybe it was supposed to be her feminist answer to women her age being called "girls" by men; maybe it was some linguistic fad from recent years that I missed (I'm forty-something, not twenty-something). Either way, it was annoying, but not enough to ruin the book.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful