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  • The Rule of One

  • The Rule of One Series, Book 1
  • By: Ashley Saunders, Leslie Saunders
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret - one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life. She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic premise, tired plot.

  • By Getshotzi on 11-25-18

Fantastic premise, tired plot.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

This book rips its premise from the headlines of the future. It's got climate change, overpopulation, immigration issues, ridgid social classes patriarchal dictatorships and strong female characters who have to navigate a brutal journey to revive a rebellion. I know they're planning on a sequel based on the cliffhanger ending, but I will probably stop after this one. Let me explain...

This is similar to What Happened to Monday because of the necessity to pull off the old "more than one person as the embodiment of only one person or the bad govt will kill us" and our mother is dead but our father is brilliant. Also, the nasty business of climate change has also increased the gap between the wealthy and the poor and climbing the ladder of social status isn't a reality for the majority. Also, everyone has a microchip so forget about lying about who you are. If you get away with it, you'll have to live like an animal since the government controls everything by constantly scanning microchips.

I wanted more from the characters. The evil doers in this book are just evil without any shades of gray and without any cool back story about why they are evil. Readers have to swallow it like they'd swallow saltiness crackers without milk or water. Shut up and suffer with your questions, readers...

The grandmother in this book reminded me of Sarah Conner in a Terminator sequel and the main characters have to shed their naivety and become the bad a$$es they've always been deep down. I wanted to love it, but at 75% through, I already knew how it would end. If you love YA distopia, this might be your bag, but for the rest of us who loved 1984 and the Handmaid's Tale, you might be sad that so much plot potential didn't provide a fresh execution. I would give this book a solid "meh" but there is no "meh" scale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 767

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. FINALLY. BRAVO. 👏🏽👌🏽

  • By Jenn on 10-13-18

Yesssss!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Thank you Sue Watson. You helped me clean the entire house today because I made a deal with myself that I would keep cleaning until I finished. I just put away the last bit of laundry, and sadly I wish I had more to clean, but the book ended and so did my motivation. This book was perfection.

  • Valentina

  • By: S.E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness. But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane.... That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend - or does she? As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and entertaining.

  • By Getshotzi on 09-03-18

Well written and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I thought the writing was outstanding. The plot is going to require a significant leap of faith, however... Not that I can't get there. If an author entertains me, I follow her off the bridge. An epilogue would've been a nice way to end the book because it just sort of ends right after the climax. I needed an after dinner mint.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life - wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing...

  • By ashley on 06-14-18

EXEMPLARY!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

This book is in the top five of the hundreds of books I've listened to on audible. There isn't a wasted word. I'm now a fan of Liz Nugent and I marvel at her ability to draw you in to her devastating imaginary world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,801

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

I think I missed the point...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The great: The narration was stellar. Not only did her passion show in the performance, but her pronunciation of foreign accents and languages were spot on. She made the book come alive!
The good: Although I still have many questions about the motivations behind what the characters did and how they felt about each other, I think the author wrote a compelling story about the painful relationship between a mother and daughter as they each vie for the affection of the husband/father who remains rather weak and easily swayed, but likeable enough.
The part that didn't work: This novel doesn't have a twist, and it's strong enough to not need one... The problem I had was that I didn't feel there was a conclusion worthy of the story. The book just sort of ended with many unanswered questions and I felt a little cheated.

  • Bad Mommy

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: the husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant- really good!

  • By Candice on 06-01-18

20/5 stars for awesomeness!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I've listened to hundreds of books on audible, and my standards to even write a review are pretty high, so when I say this book is FREAKING OUTSTANDING, you just need to believe me. This story is graphic and dark but not violent or gory. It's an original psychological horror steeped in plausibility. I loved this book. The performances were top notch and the character development was exceptional. ** A word of caution, however... Do not listen to this book and try to navigate unknown territory in your car. You might get so wrapped up in in, you wind up going an hour out of your way. It may have happened to a friend of mine...

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,248

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing From Stephen King

  • By Myles on 11-02-18

It's just so extra...

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I love Stephen King, but sometimes I feel like he doesn't know when to edit. He weaves a tale that makes you obsessed and then over explains it to the point where it's no longer scary. I realize this is an unpopular opinion, but it's my perception with a lot of his novels.

54 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

This book is PHENOMENAL!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This is the book I needed to read. Sam Hell is in all of us and we need to remember our compassion when we recognize him in others and in ourselves. Few books have made me cry. This one did, but it also made me want to call my parents and tell them, "Thank you for always loving me." The narrator is sheer perfection.

  • Neighborly

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellie Monago
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Kat and Doug felt like Aurora Village was the perfect community. Minutes from the city, affluent without pretension, low crime with a friendly vibe - it’s everything Kat never had, and that she’s determined to provide for her infant daughter. But everything changes overnight when Kat finds a scrawled note outside their front door. That wasn’t very neighborly of you. As increasingly sinister and frighteningly personal notes arrive, each one stabs deeper into the heart of Kat’s insecurities, paranoia, and most troubling, her past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird but not a good weird

  • By Getshotzi on 04-03-18

Weird but not a good weird

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This book is about a woman, her husband, and her baby relocating to a dream like suburban community with neighbors who have secrets. Although she doesn't know it, she has enemies from her past who also live there and will stop at nothing to see her leave. That's why I bought the book. Unfortunately, the neighbor's secrets are implausible and just plain stupid. I credit the narrator with making me listen, but I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. This is a solid NO from me. Wish I had the credit again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,576
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,513

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Up yours Pence!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I love John Oliver! Besides the GOP jab at Mike Pence and his bunny, this is a book I would read to my kids because it's actually very sweet. Great celebrity voices, too!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful