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  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,569

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Not only was the story basically uninteresting, I had to play it at 1.25 speed just to feel like I wasn't being tortured by the reader's pace. Lord Almighty.

  • The Last Tudor

  • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Tudor Book Yet by Phillippa Gregory

  • By L'abeille_alors on 09-23-17

She did it

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I have been reading these Phillips Gregory books for a long time. And she wore me out. The book is unnecessarily long. Every conversation devolves into pages if needless minutia. Like we KNOW in real life there would be more than 2 or 3 sentences but REALLY. We don’t need to wallow in them. Move the story forward please. Anyway. By the time they got to the dwarfs life story, I totally didn’t care and ended that torturous experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,201

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Keeps you interested

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I think this was a good 21st century thriller. Writing was not exceptional but was certainly interesting enough. The flipping back and forth between the 2 protagonists was way to follow. I liked it.

  • The Things We Wish Were True

  • A Novel
  • By: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • Narrated by: Taylor Ann Krahn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,530

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts - until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors' intertwined lives begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hate fake Southern accents

  • By David on 07-01-17

Trite story made worse by the reader

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Would you try another book from Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and/or Taylor Ann Krahn?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something interesting.

What didn’t you like about Taylor Ann Krahn’s performance?

First, this is North Carolina; not Mississippi. The reader's character accent is annoying at the least, and every male character sounds like he's trying to pick someone up while twirling his mustache.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really...except I want to know what these people are hiding. I'm expecting it to be as earth shattering as Bright hiding the fact she doesn't want another baby from her husband.

Any additional comments?

Better than nothing

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 15,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,900

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

Fail!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

The story was ridiculous (what I listened to) and the narrators seemed wrong for the characters.
I returned this book. I could not listen to it after the story seemed to go off the rails.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,248

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

I just kept wanting more

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

As much as I loved Gone Girl, I really think this one was better. Very well done. I loved it

  • All She Ever Wanted

  • By: Barbara Freethy
  • Narrated by: Lynn Sharrott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

From the best-selling author Barbara Freethy comes a story of sisterehood, secrets, and lies. Ten years ago, during a party gone out of control, beautiful Emily fell to her death, leaving her best friends and sorority sisters - Natalie, Laura, and Madison - devastated. Now, an unknown writer has written a novel that mirrors their story. But who is he, and how does he know the personal details of their lives?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • oh please

  • By YaYaNaNa on 07-22-05

What ?!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

Would you try another book from Barbara Freethy and/or Lynn Sharrott?

No

Any additional comments?

The drive from Charleston to Columbia is 2 hours long. This book kept me awake during the drive just by giving me fodder for snarky comments. A secretary? Who relays personal messages? And it's a mystery that someone who wasn't intimately connected to an event could possibly know details about it? I was sure this book had to be written by an old woman. The dialog, which is 75% of the book, is stilted and dated. And the plot, as much as I endured, is eye crossing, with no development of characters or scene. Dull. Boring. Inane.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful