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  • 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 5,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938

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

50 Shades of Gray Meets Gone Girl

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

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Like a car crash you can't turn away from, I was entertained by this novel but sort of felt a little dirty afterwards. I often wonder how authors come up with this stuff, these demented and unlikable characters who are perverse and yet somehow incomplete so the whole thing feels really shallow, like a soap opera. A cheap thrill at best, but the memory of this book had to be chased with something more profound and well written.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,223

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Like Alaska itself: gut wrenchingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

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This could be the first Audiobook that kept me up at night because i couldn't stop listening. It was one of the most compelling and beautifully written books I've come across in years. What a stunning portrait of the Alaskan bush in the late 70s and early 80s. Like the setting, the story and its characters are gorgeous, unpredictable, dangerous, and heartbreakingly beautiful. There were times when it almost felt like too much to take, but i think that was intentional, a reflection of Alaskan winters that are ultimately warmed by the midnight sun. Can't wait to read more from this author and Julia Whalen was sensational as always.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Gorgeous book, beautiful performance!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

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It's rare to get the trifecta of a great story, beautiful writing and a narrator who nails it, but that was the case with this book. A touching story about finding out your child is transgender, it's timely, but universal in terms of every mother's love for her child. Also rare in literature is a loving and functional family, but in this story it's the glue that holds everyone together in facing the challenges of the external world, which is exactly how it should be. The writing was superior but what really made this audio book was the narrator. One of the best books I've listened to so far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Young Jane Young

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late-night talk show punchline; she is slut shamed and considered a blight on politics in general. How does one go on after this?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DNF not for me

  • By em g on 01-15-18

Poignant in a today's deluge of sexual misconduct

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

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It always blows my mind when novels that were likely written a while ago are so prophetic. A story about an intern who sleeps with a married congressman could not be more relevant in today's deluge of sexual misconduct cases, and how it destroys the lives of women while their predator's careers remain relatively untarnished. Aviva/Jane is a wonderful sympathetic character and love the way the author so brilliantly captured Jewish culture in South Florida and the complicated mother/daughter dynamic that exists within that. A story that was over a little too soon ... I could have used a little more time with these characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crimes Against a Book Club

  • By: Kathy Cooperman
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash - fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son's expensive therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Beverly P. on 11-21-17

A sugary, fun read but nothing profound

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

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I have to say the plot twist in this book was original and a lot of fun. The rich women of La Jolla really are an easy target, and this is a fun, easy novel. An easy, entertaining listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,222

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie's life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle - from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she's trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner by Sophie Kinsella!

  • By Robyn on 02-15-17

Bridget Jones meets Little House on the Prairie

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

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Fun, light, entertaining but somehow familiar. A good listen if you don't want to have to think too much with a few laughs mixed in.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Standard Deviation

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Heiny
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221

When Graham Cavanaugh divorced his first wife, it was to marry his girlfriend, Audra, a woman as irrepressible as she is spontaneous and fun. But, Graham learns, life with Audra can also be exhausting, constantly interrupted by chatty phone calls, picky-eater houseguests, and invitations to weddings of people he's never met. Audra firmly believes that through the sheer force of her personality, she can overcome the most socially challenging interactions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Is Normal Anyway??

  • By Sara on 09-04-17

I'm not sure I got the point.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

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This story was subtle at best and at worst, seemingly pointless. While I did make it through the book, I found the characters a bit unbelievable, especially an older man who is caught between two wives and somewhat of a player. Meanwhile, the women in the book are depicted as fools--one a stupid chatterbox and the other an ice queen. And the names of the characters are outlandish to the point of it being annoying. What saves this book is the autistic son and ultimately, origami. Maybe that was the point?

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,991
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,934

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Endearing for such a tough topic, amazing narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

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I don't know how a book about racism and gun violence and police brutality could be so heart-warming and endearing, but this was a wonderful story with a super lovable main character. Also one of the best narrative performances of any audiobook I've ever heard--a real performance with masterful voices that make the story come to life. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and with all the recent headlines about police shootings, this also feels relevant and enlightening. A wonderful listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Animators

  • A Novel
  • By: Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, brash and unapologetic, always the life of the party. Best friends and artistic partners since the first week of college, where they bonded over their working-class roots and obvious talent, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. Working, drinking, laughing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rough beginning but Stick With It

  • By SydSavvy on 04-24-17

Refreshingly original!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

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A highly original and inventive love story with many unexpected twists and turns. It is a story about art, and artists, and the challenges of living with a talent that is as much a gift as it is a curse. It also delves into the complexities of relationships with family, partners, lovers and friends and how we can never really escape from our true selves. Great narration also -- you never tire of Alex McKenna's delightfully raspy voice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bright Side

  • By: Kim Holden
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne, Lidia Dornet
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443

Kate Sedgwick's life has been anything but typical. She's endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there's a reason her best friend, Gus, calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She's also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad

  • By Kristin on 04-06-15

Painfully Bitersweet

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

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You can't help but fall in love with Bright Side and so, of course, she will inevitably break your heart. Love that the story takes place in Minnesota and the main characters are from San Diego--a refreshing break from the usual down-and-out-in-the-city tableau. A fresh and touching book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful