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Stephanie E. O'Neill

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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,173

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

An Engaging Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

A little predictable, but this engaging mystery was enjoyable nonetheless. The narrator is great and the story flowed smoothly. Definitely worth a listen on a long commute.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life Will Be the Death of Me

  • ...And You Too!
  • By: Chelsea Handler
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,462

This funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery features a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chelsea Handler's Best Book

  • By Raja on 04-12-19

The Most Honest & Raw Look at Chelsea Handler

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

I didn’t know too much about Chelsea Handler other than the headlines (grain of salt!), but I appreciated her story, in her words. It was a bit unnerving how much we have in common, but I’m sure I’m not the only one. While there are some laugh-out-loud moments, this is not a comedy piece by any stretch. It is a very brave and honest look into who she is and how she got to where she is today through therapy. Thank you, Chelsea, for sharing your story. It has inspired me to think about doing the work you have - baby steps!

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,305

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Enjoyable Listen, Decent Story

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

There’s something about a narrator with an accent that makes the listening more enjoyable. It took me a couple tries to get into it, but I enjoyed the ride. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it feels like the author was trying too hard for twists and turns - more telling than showing. In any case, it held my interest and I wasn’t disappointed with the ending, so I consider that a win.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,810

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Beautifully Written, Suspenseful Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

This is one of the best mysteries/suspense thrillers I have listened to in a long time. I greatly appreciated the author’s well-crafted prose. His metaphors are so original and non-generic, they really jumped out at me, partly because they were so expertly done and partly because you don’t normally hear that level of writing in this sort of book. The narrator was great and didn’t distract from the story, which sometimes happens in audio books. The subject matter may be too disturbing for some people, but it’s not too graphic. I highly recommend a listen for any mystery/suspense lovers.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,372

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

A Powerful & Heartbreaking Love Story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I normally pick lighter fare, but appreciated the honest, heartbreaking reality of this book. These stories are not fiction - they happen all the time, and that’s tough to take. It is beautifully written and well narrated. Although the subject matter is depressing (at least for me), it does end nicely with hope for the future of these characters, which I greatly appreciated.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,486

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

An Engaging Mystery with a Good Payoff

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I’m a tough critic, but I enjoyed this book. It held my interest and made me want to see how it ended. The narration was good (so much better with multiple readers) with the exception of the detective’s voice changing halfway way through the book; that was odd. I am a stickler for a good, satisfying ending and this does not disappoint.

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Mixed Emotions

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I wanted to love this book, but it’s a bit mediocre. The story is fine and kept me occupied on my 35-mile commute, but it’s not enough to give it a 4 compared to other books I’ve reviewed. The main narration is okay, but the characters are horrendous - almost laughable. And while I appreciate the non-graphic love scenes, the alternative descriptions are over the top and pretty funny, although that was clearly not the intention. This isn’t one I’d recommend putting on the top of your wish list.

  • The Neighbor

  • A Detective D. D. Warren Novel
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609

It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to "Say Goodbye" first

  • By KSK on 08-09-09

A Lot of Sub-plots that will Keep You Guessing

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I enjoyed this book. Not every mystery delivers, but this one did. It was hard to guess where it was going, because you’re only part right no matter what you think. The twists and turns are endless. Definitely worth a listen.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,666

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

Jury’s Still Out

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Hmm, not sure if I’m the right audience for this, if the author is full of it or if I’m in denial, but trying to keep an open mind and perhaps try some of these suggestions. Time will tell. I do think the advice here can help some people, probably a lot younger and with less life experience than I have.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,140

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

Meh, A Bit Vanilla

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

The story was fine, but nothing to write home about - it held my attention on a long commute but didn’t really go anywhere. The narrator was good, which helped.