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Somerville, MA, United States
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  • Before She Knew Him

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Hen and her husband, Lloyd, have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace. But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dark Psychological Thriller...

  • By shelley on 03-09-19

Very good

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Kept me hooked from beginning to end. Good, if a tad unbelievable, characters. Surprising twists.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies We Told

  • By: Camilla Way
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others.... Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him. As Clara digs into the past, she realizes no family is truly perfect and uncovers a link between Luke's long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke's life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 Stars

  • By Jamie L McHenry on 10-30-18

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Well, I wasted those hours. Absurd plot fueled by a bunch of one-dimensional characters making stupid choices. The narrator performing the part of the older woman does not help. She screeches the inane dialogue. I only gave this two stars because I actually finished it (reserve one star ratings for those I don’t). Save your credit.

  • Strangers on a Train

  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 959

In Patricia Highsmith's debut novel, we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world - where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good if you enjoy noir

  • By AudioAddict on 07-08-16

Suffers from time

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Incredible story...but probably much better in 1950-something. Telling, though, to see the homophonic tendencies of the author (so glad this could not have been told like this in 2019). I have a feeling the ending would have differed as well. Still, most of the tale was riveting. And the narrator, of course, was spectacular.

  • The Night Visitor

  • By: Lucy Atkins
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd, Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life of her dreams, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children, and a talented husband. Only one other person knows that Olivia's perfect life is in fact a desperate tangle of lies: Vivian Tester, the socially awkward, middle-aged housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary of a pioneering female surgeon on which Olivia's new biography is based.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By cristina on 03-02-19

Meh

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

It got interesting quite late and then let the momentum drop. Might consider another by this author if reviews rave about it.

  • The Woman Inside

  • A Novel
  • By: E. G. Scott
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Mark Deakins, full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match. But 20 years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story start to finish, a little tragic but not in a bad way

  • By Jenn on 01-26-19

It started off so well!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I thought this was going to be a great one. Pretty good writing. A plot full of twists... Couldn't wait to see how the story would resolve. And then...it did. With a bunch of ridiculous explanations that seemed more fit for Brilliance Audio than Penguin! SO disappointed.

  • The Hiding Place

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang - the betrayal, the suicide, the murder - and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe's sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault. Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horror with a touch of wisdom

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 02-09-19

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

The story only gets going towards the end, and then only briefly. Ultimately unsatisfying. Will look at reviews before reading the author’s next

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Suspect

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden, Fiona Hardingham, Nicholas Guy Smith, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

When two 18-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ending was a jaw dropper for me!

  • By Richard on 01-24-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

There is one coincidence in the plot that could have perhaps been handled better. Otherwise, this novel is great. Riveting. Amazing writing, character development, and plot (other than that coincidence). Can’t wait for her next one. (The performers did the story justice. All great.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Looker

  • By: Laura Sims
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 33

In this superb new psychological thriller, an unraveling woman becomes fixated on her neighbor - the beautiful, successful actress. Trapped in a rundown apartment and dead-end job, the unnamed narrator is unhappily childless and recently separated. She can’t help noticing with wry irony that the actress, meanwhile, has her face on the side of every bus, a gleaming brownstone, a handsome husband, and three beautiful children, including a baby. Though they live just a few doors apart, the two women are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Verna on 02-13-19

Was this going somewhere?

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

With so many novels out there about stalkers or about women whose life unravels, this one was a waste of time. The main character was unlikable, which would have been OK, but she was also boring (as was the story). The secondary characters are mere shadows (none come to life). Was skeptical about a novel that could be read in only five hours (seemed like ten). Was right. Would only consider another novel by this author if it gets raving reviews.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Transcription

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Wendy on 09-30-18

So disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I have absolutely loved every Kate Atkinson book, so I kept struggling through this one. Hoped against hope the characters would become real, the story more compelling. It felt like a short story that was stretched beyond its capabilities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When We Were Animals

  • By: Joshua Gaylord
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El Attar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she wouldn't have guessed she would become a kind suburban wife, a devoted mother. In fact she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown. When We Were Animals is Lumen's confessional: As a well-behaved and overachieving teenager, she fell beneath the sway of her community's darkest, strangest secret. For one year, beginning at puberty, every resident "breaches" during the full moon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you would expect

  • By cristina on 09-04-18

Not what you would expect

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This is not a novel about the supernatural (although there is an element of that...but if that's the main thing you're looking for, you might be disappointed). This is a novel about growing up and about belonging and about feeling like you don't quite conform, even as an adult. The writing is excellent. The insights into human nature are great. At one point, I felt the plot was too obvious, but I was wrong. Looking forward to the author's next novel. And looking into what the narrator has read as soon as I am done with this review. Her haunting (and yet normal sounding) voice delivered this story perfectly.