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  • The Marriage Lie

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

  • By Wendi on 09-07-17

Poor writing, okay story, stereotypes galore

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

The writing is cheesy and full of cringe-worthy cliches, but the plot will keep you interested enough to finish the book. Too bad the ending is so unsatisfying and nonsensical.

The author’s rampant use of stereotypes is off-putting...and at times even concerning (I won’t say more to avoid spoilers). She draws on race, gender, gay, and class stereotypes to advance the story or add “humor.” At first, I wondered if the main character’s observations were intentionally designed to frame her as a prejudiced person, but the author’s choices seemed to indicate that these observations were perhaps more reflective of the author’s own negative views on people who are different from her.

The narrator’s performance for the female lead is believable. Her delivery of male characters, however, is unintentionally funny — most of the male characters soundn like Keanu in Bill a Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

  • Most of All You

  • A Love Story
  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Matthew Holland, Charlotte North
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken. Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there's an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only one word, Beautiful

  • By Connee Edstrom on 10-24-17

Predictable, insta-love, & flat female character

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Story: Fans of Archer's Voice and Grayson's Vow may be disappointed with this one. The story is predictable, dull, and corny. There's the insta-love component and the whole book just felt forced. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy cheesy/fluffy stories (that's why I picked this up!), but the dialogue was just cringe-worthy. I didn't find myself rooting for the couple or looking forward to a HEA. Also, there was lots of "telling" and not much "showing." I just wanted to get this book over and done with.

Characters: The hero's character is compelling and well-developed, but the heroine is one-dimensional and rather devoid of personality. I appreciate characters who are closed off because of their complicated pasts, but there wasn't much to Chrystal/Eloise. Her inner dialogue didn't reveal much about who she was. I also kept asking myself how there was love when the characters hadn't had any meaningful exchanges.

Narration: Charlotte North did an excellent job with both female and male voices. I think Matthew Holland wasn't the right choice for this specific story...or genre. His voice for Gabriel was okay, but the rest of his characters sounded like caricatures.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Fractured

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954

After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-28-13

Terrific thriller / appalling narration

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

For those of you who love Karin Slaughter, you will not be disappointed. I recommend picking up the actual book instead.

Phil Gigante's narration was at times laughable. The women all have the same voice -- the whiny high pitched one that is often jokingly used to imitate women. Also, anybody who is described as "Asian" or "Hispanic" (or who has a non-Caucasian name) is automatically given a thick stereotypical accent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Victim

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 715

Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief's 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn't believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth. But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows--and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • poor narration

  • By Kathleen on 04-19-09

It's true -- the narration is absolutely terrible

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I saw that the narration came up as a negative in the other reviews and I wondered...how bad could it be? Oh, I was actually stunned at how terrible it was. The narrator reads the book like an it's an episode of Scooby Doo. And the long pauses between almost each sentences drove me crazy. At first, I kept checking my phone to make sure I hadn't paused the book by accident. How on earth did this audiobook get published?

I am a HUGE Lisa Gardner fan and have been working my way through her books, and I really wanted to experience how Rainie and Quincy first met. I stayed for the story but it was painful. I'm so glad this narrator doesn't read any of her other books.

  • The One Real Thing

  • The Hart's Boardwalk Series
  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson, Angelica Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

While Dr. Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women's correctional facility where she works, she's always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison's library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town's charm - and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice to hear from Samantha Young again

  • By Misty on 09-07-16

Cringe worthy

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

The dialogue, the plot, the cliches...

I'm kind of a sucker for new adult and romance novels but this was painful. One-dimensional characters that seemed to come from the imagination of someone in middle school...and zero chemistry between the lead characters. I found myself wondering if the narrators were cringing as they read the book.

  • The Silent Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: A. S. A. Harrison
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,814

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok...Not Great

  • By Lulu on 08-09-13

Engaging story / bad narration

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Would you try another book from A. S. A. Harrison and/or Karen White and Donald Corren ?

I think Donald did a decent job narrating, but I was really surprised at Karen White's terrible narration. I've listened to a couple of other books narrated by her and she did not use the robotic voice she uses in this book. She uses a monotone out of breath voice and she pauses after almost every word. It's pretty unbearable, but the story kept me engaged enough to try and ignore the narration.

Any additional comments?

I feel bad for authors who end up with bad narrators. A bad narrator can really ruin an audiobook, no matter how good the book.

  • Everything You Want Me to Be

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mindy Mejia
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn, John Moraitis, Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she's found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small-town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story with One Terrible Narrator

  • By Molly on 01-05-17

Enjoyable listen in spite of distracting narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Compelling and additive read with interesting and complex characters.

Unfortunately, I have to agree with the others reviewers about the narrators. Caitlin Thornburn did a good job (mispronounced words and all), but the male narrators almost ruined the book with their distracting and cringeworthy performances. One used an odd accent and sounded "robotic," while the other was unintentionally comical and rather cheesy. The book was good enough to put up with the narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heart-Shaped Hack

  • Kate and Ian, Book 1
  • By: Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Narrated by: Kristin Condon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

When Kate Watts opens a food pantry in Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian in the act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book of the year!!!!!

  • By jodiod on 04-19-16

Great story, but glitchy recording

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Any additional comments?

I agree with the other reviewers about the story...so cute, romantic, and original. The narrator did a great job, but the recording was off.The sound would alternate between professionally to a speakerphone-like quality within the same sentence.

  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,493

Twenty-two and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing in a low-level job at “the best restaurant in New York City”. Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships - and love - set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

Narrator's voice

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

The narrator's voice made an otherwise good story difficult to listen to. The vocal fry is pretty unbearable.

  • No One Knows

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,113

The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage - they were happy, weren't they? - screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy bad plot

  • By clifford on 04-07-16

Was the ending written by someone else?

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

What would have made No One Knows better?

Comparing this book to Gone Girl or Girl on a Train does a great disservice to those books. The "twist" at the end pays zero attention to anything you read up until that point. In fact, it almost feels as if the author could't finish the last couple of chapters so some random person wrote an ending without bothering to read chapters 1-69. What makes a twist enjoyable is being able to think back to the story line and seeing how the plot came together...as opposed to feeling like the entire book was essentially irrelevant to the ending.

Has No One Knows turned you off from other books in this genre?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful