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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,240

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Had to listen straight to the end

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

What did you love best about Behind Closed Doors?

This suspense novel was extraordinary as it was the very first book I literally could not stop listening to until the very end. Listened through the night and all the next day. Grabbed me from the start and although it couldn't be considered a literary masterpiece, the writer developed the characters and the story and plot line was so addicting that it was an unusual debut novel. I felt as though I really knew and understood the characters, despite some rather unbelievable story lines that rendered characters who acted and responded to the entire novel as it progressed in ways that the writer was able to convince me, as a reader/listener were not as far fetched as I might have felt. The writers ability to bring some very bizarre and difficult subject matter as portrayed by the characters as believable and convincing, despite the unusually dark and full of twists that seem to come out of nowhere. Yet this was one reads I could not stop listening. Had to find out what happened next etc until the ending which made it a most interesting listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind Closed Doors?

Last conversation about whether the color of Millie's room was red or not.

Have you listened to any of Georgia Maguire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I will certainly see what else she has narrated. Did a fantastic (a perfect creepy job in places) performance with the various characters she had to portray.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Didn't laugh or cry but gave me the creeps several times and had to put it on pause a few times briefly, although always returned to listening soon despite some questions I had to ask myself as I listened to this most unusual book.

Any additional comments?

Recommend it for anyone who enjoys suspense with an extra kick and some dark and disturbing subject matter that will stick with you long after you have finished it.

  • Mother, Stranger

  • By: Cris Beam
  • Narrated by: Cris Beam
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

Author Cris Beam left her mother's home at age 14, driven out by a suburban household of hidden chaos and mental illness. Her mother, a descendant of William Faulkner, told neighbors and family that her daughter had died. The two never saw each other again. Nearly twenty-five years later, after building her own family and happy home life, a lawyer called to say her mother was dead. In this story about the fragility of memory and the complexity of family, Beam decides to look back at her own dark history, and for the secret to her mother's madness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A complete waste of time

  • By L. Barrell on 07-02-16

A complete waste of time

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

What was most disappointing about Cris Beam’s story?

The author/narrator read with flat, rapid speech and the entire book was so lacking in any emotion or any real story to tell. A series of statements about her mother and the relationship that was sad but sounded like a "pity party". It was that impossible for me to listen more than a couple of minutes at a time and never I jumped forward through the chapters hoping for something to improve. No story. Very self indulgent, yet a sad ranting by a woman who obviously has had a rough time.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing and sorry for having bothered to purchase and listen to it at all. Don't recommend this book at all. Nothing worthwhile to warrant time and effort.

  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes

  • A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
  • By: Anderson Cooper
  • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a yearlong conversation unlike any they have ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow .... Inspiring

  • By donna spencer on 04-08-16

Haunting Life

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

What did you love best about The Rainbow Comes and Goes?

I was very much surprised and impressed at the picture of Gloria Vanderbilt that emerges in this book. A conversation with her son, Anderson Cooper, is honest, gritty and shows the relationship between mother and son. A lot is learned about both, and the strength and guts this woman has certainly painted a new picture for me. Gloria Vanderbilt has endured more pain and loss than I ever imagined, beginning with the loss of her mother as a result of a custody trial, dubbed the "Trial of the Century". She has endured and survived and come out on top. But her eyes have a haunting look that tells the story. There are so many unbelievable events covered in this book that it is hard to believe it is not fiction. This book, along with the documentary on HBO done by Liz Garbus about Gloria Vanderbilt complete the story of her life and her relationship with her son, Anderson Cooper. It's interesting and runs the emotional gamut but Gloria remains a woman with many regrets and this I find extremely sad. Recommend this book and the above referenced documentary now on HBO if you are interested in learning how the other half lives and the tragedy that results. Very interesting and a woman to be respected. She has endured and still remains optimistic at 92. Quite a story about a real lady in the truest sense of the word.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rainbow Comes and Goes?

The discussions about her last husband, Anderson Coopers father, who was the only real love of her life. And the discussion about Anderson's brother.

  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,134

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

A Real Hoot

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Ok audible: you got us! This was the perfect "gift" for those of us who insist that if one favorite narrator or another would read something from the phone book, etc we would be happy campers and our credits just might be used for any such recording, provided it is one of our faves!
Kudos and thanks. This recording is a perfect example of just what we wanted.and so, many thanks. It's hysterical and I love it. More, please!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didnt like the graphic sadism...

  • By DCG on 06-01-17

Unbelievably Suspenseful and Engsging

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

A book like none other in my library. Kept me spellbound for the entire time it took to listen to the entire production. Creepy doesn't begin to describe this book and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have the scariest and most unstoppable listen imaginable. WOW!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • FIRST THREE FREE CHAPTERS: Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game. While the show is on air, he calls people from the phonebook at random. If they pick up the phone with a certain slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is unceremoniously shot.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Slim on 03-09-16

Got to hear the entire production!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

After the first three chapters, I'm hooked. Going to download the entire book right now. Sounds good and left me wanting to hear it in its entirety.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Name Is Lucy Barton

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,888

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Because we all love imperfectly.

  • By Bonny on 01-15-16

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

I loved this book and the narration was done to perfection. It's a story about love and all that it means. Very emotional and deeply written with a truly engaging and easily to relate to. If you are human, you will recognize much of what Lucy Barton relates her story of life as her experience that is spot on. Highly recommend. This is not really a novel in the usual sense of the word but a telling if one woman and her journey to understanding of her self.

  • One Doctor

  • Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
  • By: Brendan Reilly
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251

An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physi­cian. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Brilliant

  • By Jan on 06-20-14

Too Much Politics

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

I was disappointed with this book as I had hoped to hear about the patients that one doctor encountered over many years as a practicing physician. The emotional as well as stories of individual people he treated with the challenges, triumphs and disappointments that this doctor experienced as doctor for several decades.
This was a well written book but the emphasis was on various issues facing the medical profession and little in depth descriptions of his personal experiences working with people from all walks of life.
Most reviewers liked this book. It has much information and discussion of many political and social issues that is part of the medical profession as a whole. It was just not what I wanted to read, although there was much information presented that made it seem educational and informative without the personal discussion by a doctor treating various people with many different situations which I am sure I would have found interesting. The lack of the humanity side and doctor - patient relationship in the story of his life as a doctor made it sound rather dry and at times boring. Wanted a more personal discussion of his work with the many patients encountered over the years and the unique story that was his to tell.
Don't get me wrong. It is well written and has much information and discussion of important issues. Just not enough of the "human touch" in general. Rather dry.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Voices of Joe: Caroline Meets Santino

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Enjoy this free interview between Caroline Kepnes and Santino Fontana, the author and narrator of You and Hidden Bodies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caroline Kepnes' new book Hidden Bodies...

  • By Wayne on 02-23-16

Great Interview

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Very nice conversation between author and narrator of Hidden Bodies and You. Both of these audiobooks are outstanding. Recommend this for anyone who has read or is thinking of reading either or both of these fantastic books.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,139

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

So Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

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

The voice of the protagonist is terribly dramatic and makes it difficult for me to listen to the story. It just prevented me from really listening to the book and the story unfold so I cannot say that the novel itself was all that bad. The narration spoiled it for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

Absolutely. She is one of my favorite suspense/thriller authors and I have many of her books. To be fair, because I found the narration so off putting, I did not really listen to the entire book as a whole. Perhaps I will read the print version as I found it impossible to get past the narrator's reading.

How could the performance have been better?

Another narrator who didn't sound so emotionally overdone to the point of almost sounding a bit on the farcical side. I don't mean to be too critical of Kristen Potter. I have other books she narrated and enjoyed very much. Just something about her characterization of the main characters. DD Warren sounded sarcastic and edgy without the nicer side that I equate as part of her personality in other books in the series.

What character would you cut from Find Her?

Not really sure if any characters need to be cut from the story.

Any additional comments?

Although I did not enjoy this book because of the narration, it seemed to drag on and on and I struggled to keep listening and thought it would never end. I was determined to finish this book as so many good reviews have been written and Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite writers. It was hard to pay attention to the story as I got caught up in the narration and the negative effect it had on me.
I want to read this book and judge it again as I may have ffailed to enjoy this book because of the narrator's reading. It just spoiled the story entirely.