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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderfully narrated

  • By A. Thompson on 02-28-13

My attempt to hear the classics

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

If I had actually read it, I am embarrassed to say, I likely would have found myself scanning much of it. It is beautifully written and of course was definitely worth my time - but my mind wandered at much of her lengthy prose (and poetry). I would have to go back and re-listen to much of it.

I am also not a 5 star fan of the reader because of the harshness of some of her voices (male). She was an excellent reader but sometimes so dramatic it was off-putting to me.

For me to even dare not give five stars to this is almost sacrilege I know, but unfortunately I am living in such a different time. I loved it - but think it could have been a few less hours long! Gasp! Sorry!

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,319

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

I want more by these Authors!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I was riveted to this book. I read the reviews but did not find it confusing at all. Intriguing, yes! Would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,031

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Awesome Book!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I loved this book! All of the characters as well as all of the narrators. Now on to the movie!

  • The Lady by His Side

  • The Devil’s Brood Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal. Where is he to find the right lady to be his marchioness? Then Drake Varisey, eldest son of the Duke of Wolverstone, asks for Sebastian's aid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E-D

  • By Mischasmom on 03-21-17

Tiring verbiage!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I actually liked the performance better than the book. I thought he was quite good myself considering what he was working with. This is my second of Stephanie Laurens and I felt the same way about the first. The long, long, long drawn out love scenes were so boring I could barely stand them. I am just not going to listen to any more of her books whoever her narrator might be. She has a great story and I love the mystery - but she has a 9 hour book stretched to 12 hours! This is a book to read so you can scan the verbiage and get to some action.

  • True Believer

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate young New Yorker. He's also an expert on debunking the supernatural. When he receives a letter from Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights appearing in a cemetery, he can't resist driving down to investigate. Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the town's library. Disappointed by past relationships, she is sure of one thing: her future is in Boone Creek, close to all the people she loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read

  • By Jennifer on 05-26-05

Just not up to Nicolas Sparks talent

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I listened to all of it, but was never really into it. Just not really what I usually love about Nicolas Sparks. It was sweet - but really had little substance and a very shallow storyline. Sorry Nicolas - you missed it with this one.

  • Countess So Shameless

  • A Scandal in London Novel, Book 1
  • By: Liana LeFey
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

Lady Mélisande Compton, Countess of Wilmington in her own right, has never forgotten Lord Alessandro Orsini, the Italian rogue she met during her visit to Versailles. When the celebrated rake resurfaces in London, Mélisande seizes the opportunity and shamelessly proposes an affair for the Season with no strings attached. Five years ago, Alessandro met his perfect match in Mélisande. Though the fiercely independent lady has sworn off marriage, it doesn’t stop him from vowing to make her his wife. While seducing her body, Alessandro wages tender warfare on her heart’s defenses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Romp

  • By Lia on 12-06-12

So sorry - just couldn't keep going!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I could not find a reason to keep reading - such a waste of time. Lascivious heroin, hero, and narrator. It was just so off putting that I couldn't get past the first chapters.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,993

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

I didn't want this to end!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I loved this so much that I saw the HBO Movie! It would have been a good movie too - but of course HBO had to add their own unnecessary explicit sex and made it embarrassing and uncomfortable if you are watching with a friend. Big Little Lies did not need to be enhanced with smut.

I loved the narrator and think she is one of the reasons I loved the book so much. Now I want to find more of the combination of Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee. Oh, and did I say I loved it???

  • A Duke in the Night

  • By: Kelly Bowen
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

The first novel in a new historical romance series from Kelly Bowen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled with this book. Good Narration

  • By Tracy T on 03-29-18

Narrator needs to work on her male voices

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I really enjoyed the story (and like this author). I had a hard time getting past the narrator's male voices (including August's). Mr. Stilton's voice was just a horrible nasal tone. It was hard to get past that. She is a great narrator and her female voices are excellent of course, but she needs some lessons on male voices. Please.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Davenport House

  • Davenport House, Book 1
  • By: Marie Silk
  • Narrated by: Allyson Voller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Mary Davenport is a 22-year-old idealist who worries that the world in the Progressive Era is leaving her behind. She lives isolated in the Pennsylvania countryside with her affluent and secretive family. When her father dies suddenly, Mary becomes pained with grief and increasingly suspicious of those around her. A humble servant girl has the chance of a lifetime to become a lady's companion. Costly dresses, exquisite rooms, and fine dinners are pleasant distractions from what is really happening in the house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant period drama/mystery

  • By Margaret on 08-23-17

Said that!!! Over and over and over and...

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Really only could take less than five chapters. The narrator has to be very inexperienced and will likely improve, but I won't be willing to even try her again. She needs more coaching!

  • Dark Fancy

  • By: Sabrina York
  • Narrated by: Lottie Lush
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she's ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks - begs - James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dusk not dark...

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 04-20-17

Could be summed up with one paragraph!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Start all over and write a book leaving out 90% of the sex! I kept thinking a story would begin, but there never really was any substance from beginning to end. It was short but still a waste of time.

What was most disappointing about Sabrina York’s story?

Everything

Did Lottie Lush do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I suppose since there were only three characters that could be counted.

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

Yes. It was short.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful