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  • Normal People

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

 At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, compelling

  • By D. Bailey on 04-20-19

An entire life in a small book

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

Reviewed: 05-29-19

How rare to get a sharp, emotionally fineedged read from a book without all the bells and whistles. Deeply believable and satisfying. A pitch perfect slice of life ---- a glimpse into lives so new to this experienced reader. Fine writing, dialog so real it was almost alarming.

The performance was perfect too. Yipee!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,361

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense at its best!

  • By NBurkey on 02-10-19

Eye Roll here.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

Come on, readers, really? The narration was even cheesy, even with that accent ! So overwritten and underwhelming. So many cliches and central castings. Not one character to like or root for? Maybe the Turkish inmate who they allow to have a sharp edged broken pool cue in the near dudgeon mental hospital? The story is impossible! The characters unreal. THe situations so cheesy (the narrators wife, an actress, leaves her email open for her husband to find......but wait). The protaginist is a misunderstood artist, her dead husband a handsome fashion photographer..... pedophilia, insanity, murder, mental hospital, a female inmate who must be held down by 4 nurses, a Gothic house of horrors as the childhood home.

Vomit.

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Bluff

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055

At 27, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article - on the art of cheating at cards. In the process, Natalie is dazzled by a poker cheat's sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition - to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't say enough about this book!

  • By shelley on 04-05-18

Smart, entertaiing and compelliing as F!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

An original story, well paced and great character development without an ounce of fat! I wanted it to go on and on. Actual twists, actual mysteries and surprises. So well written, why is there no film coming..or is there?

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,272

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Wouldnt have bought it if I knew

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Story had its good points: like all the manipulation and mysteries, but it had many careless, useless details that show some lazy writing. The plot was good, even the parts that were mythical, but the final twist made me pissed off. C'mon. I wanted a thriller not a sci fi trip to outer space.


The readers had a wide range of tones, (good), but a matter of fact reading style (bad) as if she were reading a shopping list sometimes.

  • Our Kind of Cruelty

  • A Novel
  • By: Araminta Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hendrix, Eleanor Matsuura
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonely life - before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job; he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls. It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus. It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, but lackluster story

  • By Angel on 05-10-18

The cruelty is this awful book

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The performer did well with the most grueling, empty, repetitious, woman hating unbelievable dribble ever. Ruined the word EAGLE forever.