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  • You Think It, I'll Say It

  • Stories
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 553

Throughout the 10 stories in You Think It, I'll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we're all thinking - if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Potato Chips, You Can’t Read Just One

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-04-18

Ignore the bad reviews

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I’m not sure why this collection of novellas has garnered such appalling reviews! The only thing I can think of is the political nature of some of the stories.

If you like character dramas, you will love this! This book is visceral, the characters and all of their flaws are laid before the reader like a jumbled and unfinished puzzle. Each character has both good and bad traits.

This collection focuses on growth of people. From the woman who wants to ruin someone’s life to the bully in high school; from one night stands to committed, albeit unhappy marriages... this book underlies the darkness of human nature while also shedding light on each individual’s goodness.

I found these novellas easy to listen to but hard to digest. It’s a book I will think about for many years to come.

  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,116

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing!!

  • By ROBIN on 05-26-18

Buckle up!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

This book had a slow start, but the ending totally blew me away!

I won’t spoil a thing. But I will tell you: keep listening!The story gets off to a slow start. I thought I knew where it was going and, in a way, I did. But the ending was marvelous!

At home, I rate the books I read/listen to on a 10 out of 10 scale. Toward the end, I was thinking of rating it a 6, or 7. But by the time I finished, I gave it a 9.5!

So if you do pick this up, I urge you to be patient. It starts off slow, but there is such a great payoff that it makes it all worth it!

  • The Perfect Nanny

  • A Novel
  • By: Leila Slimani
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 33

When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not what I expected based on the hype

  • By Jenn on 03-22-19

Good premise, vastly disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I have never really read French fiction, so I don’t know, culturally, what they are generally like.

This book has some interesting moments. It has some scary insights into the Nanny’s mind.

But the abrupt ending keeps me from fully enjoying this book. Is it a thriller? Definitely not.

Even though this could be considered a character drama, the characters are woefully one-dimensional. The husband is annoying and the wife selfish. The Nanny is interesting, but nothing about anything is fully fleshed out. It feels like a novella from someone who has never written anything of value.

Some will most definitely enjoy it, but I did not.

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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 43,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,581

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

Tense and discordance at every turn. [Slight Spoilers]

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I’ll start out by saying that I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers. This book was at times easy to guess, but during those times when I didn’t know what would happen, the tension was so palpable that I literally (yes, literally) had heart palpitations.

I will probably never listen to this book again, because the atmosphere was so continually heavy with a discordant chaos. It was like I was at the movie theater, watching a horror movie, and the string instrument crescendo never ended! Every moment of this book, I felt it could go either way. I am glad it ended in triumph for our heroine.

Though some people will find the malignancy of a certain character hard to believe, who may find the whole premise hard to believe, I encourage fans of psychological thrillers to listen. Georgia Maguire was such a perfect narrator that I felt like I was the main character! I was in her head and, had I been faced with such a monster, I probably would have reacted the same way as she. I don’t really understand the reviews that are giving 1 star because her reactions were “unrealistic.” No one really knows what they would do in her place.

The story’s end, although extremely satisfying, was also very jarring and abrupt. I wish there had been just one more chapter, or an epilogue!

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,772
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,742

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • More BS making southerners seem inferior to “refined” Hollywood types

  • By Michael on 01-28-19

I found this novella genuine and heartfelt.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

What happens when two people from very different belief systems and backgrounds meet?

I felt a real connection between the two main characters. I felt a sense of sadness at both failing marriages, and Brock’s monologue about having “to write a book just to get my head around my marriage” intense and brutally honest.

This novella isn’t for everyone. If you are expecting a big finale in which all things are wrapped up, it’s not for you. Rather, it is a page out of someone’s life, wit neither a beginning nor an end.

Despite that, I found Atomic Marriage to be a breath of fresh air. It reminded me that people with different beliefs and backgrounds can get along peaceably. And that is something we all need reminding of.

  • Feed

  • By: M.T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

Titus' ability to read, write and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his "feed", a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, plain and simple

  • By Tom on 07-11-10

This was an excellent book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

First, I’d like to say that I can’t believe this book was written before the age of smartphones! M.T Anderson has the same kind of foresight as E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops.

Half Idiocracy, half end of times, this book is strange in its elegance and a startling gut punch. The commercials make it, because they are all oddly discordant and menacing. The snippets of news that our main character mostly ignores tells a dark story of its own.

This is one book that flourishes in audio format because, without Titus and the ads of his Feednet to help navigate us through his terrible world, I think we’d feel lost.

I’ve read 28 books so far in 2019 and, so far, this is my favorite by a long stretch. It’s important to read or listen, and to look at the big picture of American consumerism, capitalism, and our impact on the environment. This book should be taught in schools.

Overall, I highly, highly suggest you read it.

  • The Killer Collective

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry - a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.” Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All of Eisler's key characters together

  • By Wayne on 02-03-19

Great book, wonderful cast of characters

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Barry Eisler’s series is amazing! I am so happy we finally got to see Livia and Dox with John Rain and Delilah!

Normally, I am critical of authors reading their own material, but The Killer Collective and his other books wouldn’t be the same without his skillful narration.

  • The End of Temperance Dare

  • A Novel
  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists' retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor's dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a "waiting room for death". After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good one from Wendy.

  • By Thomas Schachtele on 07-21-17

This book was a waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

It was poorly constructed and even more poorly executed. If you’re into the supernatural, check it out. If not, then skip it. It’s forgettable.

  • Mirror Mirror

  • By: Nick Louth
  • Narrated by: Hozayz Gomá
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Voted the world's most beautiful woman, 23-year-old Mira Roskova is admired, envied and desired. With a world-famous footballer for a boyfriend, plus top modelling and endorsement deals, Mira's meteoric rise to fame comes with what her millions of Facebook and Instagram followers imagine to be a perfect life. But celebrity extracts its pound of flesh. Threatened and harassed online, stalked by besotted fans, beaten up by a man who claims to love her, Mira is assailed on all sides. Home isn't safe, friends can't be trusted, freedoms melt away. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mirror, Mirror was a good book with a poor narration choice

  • By Amanda Whipp on 12-29-18

Mirror, Mirror was a good book with a poor narration choice

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I really liked this book, but the narrator was rather mumbling at times. At others, he didn’t pause between sentences and paragraphs, making me have to pause to relisten to sections at times.

All-in-all, it was enjoyable. I found the story interesting and gripping. The villain of the story was charismatic, yet frightening.

I will definitely be checking out more Nick Louth books, provided that they aren’t narrated by the same person!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Washington Black

  • A Novel
  • By: Esi Edugyan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

George Washington Black, or "Wash", an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning - and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now what do I do?

  • By Mary L. Doyle on 10-04-18

A Stunning Book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This was an incredible journey, filled with the brutality of slavery and the ever present hope of freedom.

I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful