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Annie Wilhite

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  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,885

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

OK story, poor acting and production

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

The story is fairly good-- there are some annoying plot holes and slow, repetitive sections, but the climax is quite suspenseful and thrilling, which made up for a lot of it. I enjoyed the repeated theme of women in the stories knowing more than they appear to. However, the voice acting and production quality is horrendous. The male actor rushes over his words, turning periods into commas and making run-ons of whole paragraphs. The female actor sounds lovely in her normal Rachel narrator voice but literally everyone else she voices sounds like they have a head cold. Super nasally, super raspy... the voice of Katrina is so quiet you have to turn the sound up and down whenever she has dialogue with another character. The timing of the sound mixing is awful. During Rachel's story, characters take far too long to begin their dialogue-- a full 1.5 to 2 seconds too long sometimes-- throwing the flow off completely. It's almost as if the narrator recorded all the voices at a different time and they were layered in but with too much time in between. Then there was too little time at the ends of chapters. Rachel would finish a significant-sounding, dramatic sentence on her chapter and then you'd immediately hear the next narrator say "Jim!" with no time between like there usually is. Very awkward overall. I wish I had read this book on paper instead of in audio format.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,476

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Needs more fleshing out

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

This book is like a combo of 50 Shades with Liane Moriarty. It was definitely an addicting read and nicely told in vignette style, but lacked any subtlety whatsoever. Within the first few paragraphs you knew essentially what the conflict was and although some twists were added, this felt like a first draft. Jack's character, who was essentially a copy of Christian from 50 Shades, needed way more motivation and development. This book is fewer than 9 hours long-- most fiction books on Audible run 13-18 hours. Needed more in order to make the characters and situation more believable. The narrator did a great job!

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  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,746

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Too many cliches and plot holes

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

I finished this book through sheer willpower. The author had very lazy writing, repeating phrases like "our prefab home in ogallala" and "as only a preteen girl can do" until I wanted to throw my phone across the room.

Willow was also very poorly written, with either too much or too little knowledge for a girl shut away from the world at age 8. She doesn't know what Matthew means when he says "This is our stop"????? She was 8 and in school, presumably riding a bus or at least aware of them, when she went to Joseph's. She knows what a freakin bus stop is!

And discontinuity abounds, like how Willow thinks Matthew left home when she was "14, maybe 15," yet she's 16 in the book. If an event took place fewer than 2 years ago you shouldn't need to cast about for the context as if it's a long lost memory.

The performances were okay, but the hushed tones of both female narrators really grated on me.

So glad this book is finished. I won't buy another Mary Kubica book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Luckiest Girl Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,775

Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unnerving, confusing.

  • By Candice on 12-06-15

Let down by the third act

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

5 stars for performance. The narration is PHENOMENAL and I will be looking for more books read by this actor!

2 stars for story. I was so into this story during the first 2/3rds that I could barely stop listening. It was engrossing and disturbing. However, the ending fell completely flat and boring with everything tied up nicely in a bow like a rom-com.

**Spoilers follow** Ani is supposed to be this mysterious, disturbed soul and constantly mentions that she puts on a front to everyone she knows, never tells the truth, and essentially her whole life is a lie. This (not to mention all the industry comparisons to Gone Girl) leads you to believe she is not a reliable narrator and we will get a mind-blowing twist or reveal.

Nothing of the sort happens! She is exactly what she appears to be and all the story lines (with the exception, unbelievably, or Andrew Larson) are neatly resolved. Even so, we're left hanging going, "Huh?! That's it?" because of all the ominous, dark setup. It's like if a horror movie villain acts creepy the whole movie but never actually kills anyone. All the jump scares but no monster.

It was very disappointing. I listened to this book in less than 2 days because it was so good but by the end I was sad I took the time.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Flight of the Silvers

  • By: Daniel Price
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

A thrilling genre-bending saga about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from their own. Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister' s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First scifi hit for me in a while

  • By Dee on 02-08-15

Worst. Book. Ever!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Maybe it's just the SciFi genre, but I could not be more disappointed that I wasted 21 hours of my life listening to this book. From the book's omniscient narrator (not the audiobook narrator) who changes POV 3x per paragraph to the 1,000,000 characters to the lapses of the book's own logic to the fact that there IS NO RESOLUTION WHATSOEVER IN THIS BOOK (I definitely won't be reading the series to find out, either), I hated nearly every minute of it. Too bad that I was too far into it to quit by the time I realized how awful it was. Take my advice: DON'T waste your credit on this book!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: Theodore Bikel
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum return for another adventure "400 miles north of everywhere" in the twelfth episode of the extraordinarily popular Cat Who... series. Back in Pickax, Jim Qwilleran's plans to resume a quiet, normal life are disrupted by a series of annoyances, culminating in the discovery of a dead body in his orchard. When Qwill's friend Dennis Hough becomes the chief suspect, he embarks on a crusade to clear Hough's name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • abridged

  • By Res Cogitans on 06-08-07

Narrator was not a good choice

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Inconsistent narration-- doing one Scottish voice for the tailor Scotty but not one for Chief Brody. The narrator's accented voice was inappropriate for the story and very distracting. However his voice is beautiful to listen to in general and I will look up other books narrated by him. Great story by Lilian Jackson Braun of course!

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,559

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

Awful book, great narration

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Who couldn't love Meryl Streep's wonderful expressiveness? But, the subject matter was dreadful. I'm no moralistic prude, but according to Nora Ephron, all men are either cheating bastards or sissy cuckolds. The best parts of the novel were the long asides the narrator told about her life, and the recipes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful