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  • Unquiet

  • A Novel
  • By: Linn Ullmann
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

A heartbreaking and darkly funny depiction of the intricacies of family, Unquiet is an elegy of memory and loss, identity and art, growing up and growing old. Linn Ullmann nimbly blends memoir and fiction in her most inventive novel yet, weaving a luminous meditation on language, mourning, and the many narratives that make up a life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By Cherilyn Parsons on 02-03-19

Oh Please End!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

I hung in till the last, but it was a labor and not one of love. So very repetitious. Lacking in organization. A cool whisper of banal information. It was difficult to connect to the author. Difficult to connect to her family. Maybe it's just me, but I found this memoir a tedious listen. The performance however, was quite good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Daughter

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.” Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all - even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy me!!!

  • By Giavona on 01-04-19

Creepy Dreck

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

Reviewed: 04-30-19

The reviews coaxed me into spending my credit-a regrettable choice! Not only did I predict the "secret ending" early on, but I waded through the creepy relationship between the damsel in distress and her misogynistic G-man. Regarding the gay character, the author manages to apologize to the reader for his distasteful inclusion. Enough said. I'm off to recover my credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,524

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Phenomenal Performance, Dark Realism

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Though not an escape, this listen provided an intense emotional, "you are there" experience. I can't imagine a more on target performance nor a more riveting story. This one will stay with you for a long time.

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

Universally Human, Distinctly Female

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

A humanly beautiful riff on a universal story, from a distinctly female perspective. Patriarchy is unmasked, the complexities of love, sacrifice, fear and guilt laid bare. Raw human emotion and intellect tell the tale and reside unabashedly throughout the testament, perfectly performed by Meryl Streep. I felt as though I was there, experiencing the cruelty and pain of a Mother's staggering loss.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Essie

  • A Novel
  • By: Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond, Tara Sands, Erin Spencer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

Esther Ann Hicks - Essie - is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage - and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope for the future 💗

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Well written, fresh, timely and beautifully performed. So realistic that the story could be a feature in a national magazine, but the nature of fiction allows this disturbing story to be palatable enough to explore and to bring the listener a satisfying conclusion. Well done!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Every Single Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 533

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-18

Fresh and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

An excellent performance by Kate Orsini brings this complex thriller to life. Complex in its treatment of the characters and the winding of the tale. I love a plot with a subtle rational of the characters psychology, actions and motives. If you do as well, you too will enjoy "Every Single Secret. Can't say more without giving the away the secrets. I can however, tell you that for me, this delivers a fresh plot, is well written and exciting.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Alternate Side

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 473

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life - except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip This One

  • By BostonMommy on 04-18-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I was very much looking forward to this new addition of Anna Quindlen's wonderful work. But, I felt that the story was so understated that it dragged and amounted to a lackluster read. I found the characters flat, and detached ranging from obnoxious to simply unlikable. Their superficiality was a given, but the reinforcement of their non-troubles became the fabric of the entire novel. In my opinion, not very interesting except for Ms. Quindlen's masterful wordplay.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All Summer Long

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, SC, Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, and downsizing. Nick is ecstatic. Olivia is not. She can't let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought. Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling, and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivan's Island needs too much work.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Jennifer J. Robinson on 06-03-16

A Novel Sans a Story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

Other than ultra polite conversation between one couple and the ridiculous immaturity of others, this vapid audio book left me wondering how it ever found a publisher. Clearly not my cup of tea.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

  • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

My Hopes Fulfilled!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

I waited patiently for the release of this one, and it did not disappoint. The performances are excellent, the characters complex, and the story simply swept me away. Chock full of heart and human frailty.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Returned

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Mott
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 457

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You'd Want to Return It

  • By FanB14 on 09-15-13

I Wanted To Love It...

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

Reviewed: 08-29-13

I really did. The First free short story was inviting. The next two, good. The actual novel though written quite well, fizzled for me. The story bottomed out and left me flat. There were so many places to go, but the author chose to freeze time and not take the story to any daring places. I feel like I already know what was revealed. I feel as though most of us already know it very well, so no new light was shed. No revelations.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful