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Alexandra Daum

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78,672

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. 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

Beautiful Descriptions, Good Story

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

The highlight of this book is the beautiful description of the setting. More than any book I've read recently, the author does an excellent job of truly making you feel like you are present in the unique surroundings in which the book is set. The story is also good (not great), but it's a captivating read overall and an excellent opportunity to dive into a unique world.

  • The Cactus

  • By: Sarah Haywood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805

For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other more intimate benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable story, AMAZING Narration.

  • By Monica Flock on 06-29-18

Trite, juvenile, one-dimensional and BORING

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I cannot believe this got any editor's approval let alone made it to the Reese book list. So little of interest happened that I kept checking my progress in the book shocked that I could be so far along with nothing to show for it. It's hard to understand why anyone would even write a novel about such a boring, pedestrian premise. An older woman who is very set in her ways gets pregnant. Perhaps if the main character were particularly compelling or nuanced or thoughtful it would justify such a simple, silly premise being turned into a full novel, but the character is so unrealistic that it is laughable. She is one-dimensional, unsympathetic and when she does show some warm-hearted attributes they are so sudden and unbelievable that it seems like a romantic comedy that ran out of budget so they have to film the romantic half of the film in 1 scene instead of in 10.

Please do not waste your time or Audible credits. This isn't even enjoyable for those looking for a beach read or similar. It simply should never have been written.

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

Will blow your mind

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

Completely awesome novel that shifts the way you think about absolutely everything around you. The plot can be a bit outrageous at times so you need to stick with it, but ultimately world the author creates is worth living in for a little while as a very useful reflection on our own.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,476

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house of lies!

  • By CMiles1985 on 11-21-17

Silly and vapid

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

This is nothing more than a trashy beach read and not even a good one at that. Ridiculous, over-simplified characters and silly plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,853

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

One of the most boring books of my life

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

I understand I'm in the minority, but I cannot begin to understand the fuss over this book and it's successors. Absolutely nothing of interest happens for the entire duration. It's a very ordinary tale of very ordinary people told in a very ordinary way. This story and these characters do not merit a novel let alone one that has received as much praise as it has.

  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,898
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,890

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)

  • By Very disappointed on 07-27-17

Slow story with uninspiring characters

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

This was a one-dimensional entirely plot-driven book, but a frustrating one at that as the plot unfolded slowly and turned out to be very straightforward and lacking in nuance. If you have a long drive and want a page turner and can listen on 2.0x it's not the worst, but I wouldn't waste very much time on it.