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Royal Oak MI
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  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,681

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect summer listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-18

Weak

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Started ok then once it went into flashbacks it lost me. Got better but what an anti-climactic ending! I had to rewind to make sure my iPod didn’t stop. Thank goodness for the audible return policy.

  • According to a Source

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Stern
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Ella Warren loves her job working for celebrity news magazine The Life as an undercover reporter. Her evenings are spent using her alias to discreetly attend red carpet events, nightclubs, and Hollywood hotspots like the fabulous Chateau Marmont, where her eyes are always peeled for the next big celebrity story. When Ella's new Devil Wears Prada-type boss starts a not-so-friendly competition among the reporters to find an exclusive story or be fired, the stakes are higher than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Glitz and Gossip

  • By RueRue on 07-03-17

Pretentious and full of name dropping

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given that this is the story about Hollywood. Completely pretentious and full of brand name drops. And the way she refers to actors, for example, as “over sexualized popstar turned actor” over and over again gets old really fast. Also the narrator sounds like she has marbles in her mouth and sounds even worse when she’s trying to do a man’s voice. Bad story and awful narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Her Last Secret

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas's head was the image of her teenage daughter's face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out. They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children: teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter Mouse. But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene: the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Had To Think On This One..

  • By Wendi on 12-22-17

Zzzzzzz. Oh is it over?

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I’m puzzled by the positive reviews for this book. God bless if you liked it but I just found it so dull. I ended up listening to it all the way through just to see if I was missing something but nope it just went on and on and on and came to a very unsatisfying conclusion.

  • Between You and Me

  • A psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming
  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened.... Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does - no matter how much it hurts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Mind the Twist - read it because it's good.

  • By MarisaReads on 06-19-17

Lame

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

“Big twist”? Hardly. Considering the book was marketed as having a big twist, it wasn’t that hard to figure out. I’m no rocket scientist but given how the narration went, I figured out what this so-called big twist was within the first chapter. Take that out of it and it’s just another book about a bad marriage. Nothing special.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lie to Me

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Naughton, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family, and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp Psychological Thriller - 4 Amazing Narrators

  • By Erryn Barratt on 09-07-17

Gone Girl, much?

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Blatant rip off of gone girl. I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me the writer read gone girl and wrote this book immediately after. There are so many parallels it’s pathetic. Regardless, the book is OK for about the first 50 chapters and then it just gets boring, repetitive, and predictable. Save yourself. I wish I had.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371

You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings - it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sophomore Book from Shari Lapena

  • By Chris on 09-09-17

Dull. Predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Every mystery book writer seems to feel the need to come up with a twist (ooh!) to try to make their story unique. The problem is, now we expect the twist, and with this book it was so easy to figure out. It was almost like the writer used a “how to write a mystery book” template and plugged in the character names. The narrator did well with what she had, but overall the story was a huge waste of time.

  • Until I Met Her

  • By: Natalie Barelli
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Beatrice Johnson Greene, a bestselling crime writer, has an unusual favor to ask. When a chance encounter brings Emma Fern into her life, she thinks she's found just the person for the job. Soon Beatrice will wish they'd never met. For Emma, desperate to please, it's an offer she can't refuse. All she has to do is lend her name to Beatrice's next novel, her first in a new genre. But when the book becomes a huge triumph, Emma finds herself the toast of the literary world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to a sample..

  • By Suzanna on 10-22-17

Good story, hideous narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Interesting story but wow what an AWFUL narrator. Was this read by a human, or by a robot? Several interesting twists and I really enjoyed the story but dude, screen your narrators. She was beyond bad.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,757

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By TC on 07-03-17

Good 95% of the way through

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Good story about 95% of the way through. Then at the end it just got to be a little too much, like, let’s throw in everything that we can. It surprised me, yet at the same time just felt like it was trying to be a bit manipulative. Good narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Arrangement

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Dunn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic whose verbal ticks often sound like a broken record, and 17 chickens, at last count.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Teresa on 05-16-17

Decent story but annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Not a bad story, I found it fairly engrossing. However two big issues. Two of the characters are beyond obnoxious. I understand the child, Wyatt, is meant to show the strain and stress on Lucy and Owens marriage. But wow is that kid, & the voice used for the kid, annoying. Secondly, the friend, sunny bang… Could that voice be more stereotypically Asian? And someone needs to tell the editors or the producers to do their job better. At least six times during the book, the same line was repeated. Clearly the editors failed to remove one of the two takes of the same line. It became very annoying and took me out of the story because I kept wondering when it was going to happen next.

Outside of those two issues, I found it a pretty good story to listen to.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Marriage Lie

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

  • By Wendi on 09-07-17

Mostly engrossing but not a shocker

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

A good listen. A somewhat lightweight "suspenseful thriller". But I figured out who the culprit was and what was going on pretty early on. I'm not giving myself credit. I'm just saying it's easy to figure out. Mostly enjoyable nonetheless. Although when the narrator went into the other voices it was a bit annoying. Like, oh she's doing the male voice now.i guess that can't totally be avoided but still annoying. I love thrillers, and I will not listen to this book again, like gone girl which I can listen to time and again. Not bad but not great.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful