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  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,395

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Worst narrator I’ve ever heard

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I couldn’t stand to listen to this for 10 minutes. The story seems great, so I’m going to have to read it the old-fashioned way unless they re-cast this narrator. The reading was hurried, poorly annunciated, and extremely difficult to follow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,403

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Worth the 30 hours....but the love story - meh

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

I started out being so excited by this book. I'm not usually a sci fi/ time travel fan, but I'm a sucker for good fiction, especially historical fiction, and I had to try this one out. I found myself easily entrenched in the story and was surprised that 10 hours went by after the first part. This is one of those books that you have to tell people about while you're reading it. The most interesting part for me was that the main story was one of the least interesting parts for me once it finally happened, and the build-up made me feel like I was right there along with the main character. The ending could have been a little more fulfilling after 30 hours - but not a dealbreaker - but the love story became so boring for me that I started to fast forward through those parts.

  • Cross Justice

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865

When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best one yet!!

  • By Ginger on 11-24-15

Let's pretend this one never happened

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

I'm a longtime reader/listener of the Cross series and this one was the worst I can think of in recent memory. First of all, the new narrator for Alex Cross was a terrible match; it constantly sounded as if it was playing at 1.5 speed. As for the story, the antagonist was weakly written into this one and I found myself confused about which characters were which throughout the entire book, which is rare for a Patterson and especially for an Alex Cross book. Most of the story sounded like old stories from a distant cousin, in a bad way. I was going to rate this as 3 stars, because I at least endured it until the end, but I became so bored at the end that I fast forwarded through the second to last chapter to what I thought was the last chapter and heard the actual end of the book before a preview of Private: Paris came on. This one was a big miss and I really really hope they get the regular narrator back next time.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,739

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

So so so disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I was one of the ones who was initially annoyed by all the criticism of Watchman. I thought it was unfounded and that there was no way it could live up to Mockingbird, so I went into the book with the mindset of just hoping for a good read. With that in mind, I was only able to punish myself enough to make it ¾ through the book. I think there was a reason that this book was never published and it clearly represents Harper Lee's earlier work. She seems to reach to over-use vocabulary that doesn't naturally fit and the story was just not gripping at all. Much of the book is musings of a now-older Scout who comes back home and the plot is far too focused on minutia of her daily life. I really, really wanted to like this book despite all the criticism, but I just couldn't. Nevertheless, I thought Reese Witherspoon did a really nice job narrating

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  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,011

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

WAY better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I thought this book was going to be a modern take on "strangers on a train." It was that, but much more! The story was interesting and fast-moving all the way through and it was the first book in a while that I was excited to finish. The narration was good and I especially liked the narrator who performed Lily's voice (I think Karen White?). I enjoyed the alternating perspective of the story as well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,255

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

Surprisingly catchy and makes you think

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

I was really surprised that I liked this book so much. I found myself thinking a lot about it even when I wasn't reading it (which is kind of coincidental given the plot) and it moved at a nice pace. The fine detail was there - even down to the seemingly odd title of "you" that eventually makes sense completely as you see the style of writing. I will definitely read Kepnes' next one!

  • The Murderer's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320

Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches - perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her towering intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But as an adult, Grace's accomplished professional life vies with a covert, high-risk dark side, played out harrowingly. And when Grace's two worlds shockingly converge, her past returns with a vengeance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not bother...

  • By Kiki Fitz on 08-25-15

Good enough to finish, but not to be excited about

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

This book was captivating at the start - Kellerman presented an interesting character that had a lot of potential, but eventually fell flat. It seemed like he was trying too hard to make the main character into a sociopath, but it just didn't meld well with the rest of the story. As a psychologist myself, I found some aspects of her practice to be expectedly overdone, but others to be surprisingly accurate. Overall, the character development was there but the plot development was not.

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Julia Whelan was the only reason I finished

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

My second try at a Tammy Hoag - for one reason or another I just can't get into them. I thought the plot of this one had promise and with Julia Whelan doing the narration, I thought it worth the try. I did end up finishing the book, but it was a struggle. This was the kind of book that I was looking forward to when it will end and not how.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

In this darkly riveting debut novel - a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging - an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to see what she does next!

  • By Bonny on 01-14-15

The real mystery is figuring out how this is one

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I am a neuropsychologist who frequently works with individuals with Alzheimer's and I love mysteries. Naturally, I thought I would love this book, but I didn't for many reasons. To start with, I should note that I was only able to get through about 6 hours of it before giving up. I thought the author did do a great job of portraying someone with Alzheimer's --- and for that, I give her kudos. The rest, however, was not so good. I found the story really hard to follow and would listen to 40 minutes straight and have no idea what had happened that was important. I also found the narration to be difficult to endure, but it did match the character so I can only knock them so much for that. Overall, I wish I could've liked it.

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  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,181

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

Slow starter, but eventually couldn't turn it off

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I always love a good dual perspective audiobook mystery, especially a Stephen King. There was nothing supernatural in this book, which I also liked. That said, I never really got attached to the main character and found him kind of annoying, but it wasn't enough to detract from the gripping story. King's creation of the adversary more than made up for the kind of boring protagonist. Overall, I would highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful