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  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Way!

  • By Alexis on 03-21-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I really liked this book. The story may not seem very realistic but it was plausible. The unfolding of the mystery captivated me. I would recommend this one to my friends.

Narration was pretty good. I would look for other books by this narrator.

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the Year

  • By Sharon on 07-11-18

Good book

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I liked most of the book. Sometimes it felt dragging a bit. The story was ok, not great. Just any other police procedural story.
The narrator was pretty good. I listened to the book without losing interest from beginning to end, but I would not want to ghet another one of this kind.

  • The Thinnest Air

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Brittany Wilkerson, Emily Cauldwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 481

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears. Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot - purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the money

  • By Lisa Willett on 07-11-18

Pretty good book

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

It grabbed my attention from the beginning till the end. I was captivated and that's all it matters these days when it's been difficult to find a book to hold my attention. Both the narrators were perfect at their characters. The story was pretty good.

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,286

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

I did not get it

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I guess I am not smart enough to get this intelligent author. I really did not understand the point of the story or actually what happened in the house. Were they ghosts or real?

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,302

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Good book

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I have had this one on my wish list for a while and I just bought it on a sale. I was a little reluctant due to a few reviews but I really liked it. The narrator was good too. I will get her next book in the series.

  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twists and suspense!

  • By Wayne on 12-01-17

Not my kind of book

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Even though the narrator was great but she had very little to work with. The story was too weird for my taste. I am not getting any more in this series for sure.

  • People Who Knew Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Hooper
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loved passionately, she was building the life she always wanted. But when enormous stress threatened her marriage, Emily made some rash decisions. That's when she fell in love with someone else. That's when she got pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional and compelling

  • By RueRue on 04-05-17

Pretty good book

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I bought this book just for Xe Sans, I never read anything by this author. It turned out to be a good bet. Loved the book, loved the narration even more. The story was a bit different but good.

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  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,378

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Salander charm is over for me here

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Lisbeth Salander did not seem familiar here. The suspense was not quite great enough for it to be Salander material. I think the role ran its course already. I am not buying any more of this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Cold War

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Nina's getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kept waiting for it to come together.

  • By R Patrick on 01-24-16

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I tried to listen to this book twice and failed both times. The narration was so distorted, it sounded funny what was supposed to be scary. No one obviously edited this book. This should not have been released. The narration got on my nerve so badly that I could not go even half way to finish the story.

  • How It Happened

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

 Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Judge a book by it's cover!

  • By shelley on 05-16-18

Engaging story

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I could not put it down until the end. I finished it in 1.5 days. I am always looking for books that can hook me and keep me engaged and this is one of those books. Even though the story I thought the protagonist was not that smart and kept getting beaten by the bad guy, I could not stop listening.

The narrator was great.