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  • When We Were Animals

  • By: Joshua Gaylord
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El Attar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

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.

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a detective constable. When she’s called to the scene of a murder, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine is dead. Cat and her team suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland 18 years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book this year

  • By Jennifer Nelson on 08-16-18

Very, very good

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Plot that seemed to be veering off course for a while developed nicely. A very satisfying read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spectacular!

  • By Wilma on 06-14-18

Obvious plot "twists"

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The reviewers who called this gripping must have read another book. This one was not. You see "the surprises" a mile away. Plot and characters are ridiculous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Met You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman. In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Alicia on 09-30-18

Awful

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I have recently discovered this author. Most of her books, which I have read in quick succession, are great. This one was painful. Stilted dialogue. Stupid "plot." Lazy writing (there is one instance that goes something like this: "She was sure she saw that old look in his eyes, but she couldn't be sure." Seriously? Sure or not sure?). The characters are also quite unlikable in their sheer stupidity. They keep making idiotic decisions that seem inexplicable because they come out of nowhere. Had looked forward to this. Couldn't be more disappointed.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire 20 years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police arrive at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely Worth a Credit

  • By Snoodely on 07-15-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

The plot ends up being ridiculous so, even though it kept me interested enough to finish it, it was ultimately disappointing.

  • The Making of Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It's a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment

  • By cristina on 06-11-18

Great entertainment

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I have recently discovered this author and this is the third book I've listened to in a row. They're not great "mysteries" (my favorite genre) and probably too unbelievable to satisfy someone who is looking for great literary fiction...and YET, the stories are "unputdownable." The author somehow makes you care for these implausible characters and the twists and turns of their lives. She can count me as one of her newest fans.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • 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 11,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,553

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
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

An excellent little mystery. Well crafted characters. Riveting (even if, yes, admittedly unbelievable) plot. I couldn't stop listening and have already downloaded another novel by the same author (had never listened to her books before).

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,448

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This was a huge disappointment after "Behind Closed Doors." The main character is incredibly annoying (seeming to learn nothing from previous experiences...). Can she really be that naive? Then, towards the end, there are a couple of hours (at least it seemed like hours) that might not have been a tad annoying in paperback but made for an unbearable listening experience: a recount of texts from a phone where the narrator is forced to read the date and time of each text before reading the brief content of the message (eg. "November 3, 6:58 PM: Hello there. November 3, 5:59 PM: How are you? November 3, 5:60: What are you up to now?). This goes on. And on. And on. And on....And on. (After a while, you know exactly what the texts are about to say so it makes the whole experience even more annoying). Hard to describe....but hopefully you won't be driving when you get to this part (I was) so you are able to fast forward through most of it. The main "turn" in the plot is such a huge coincidence that it seems incredibly lazy on the author's part (I believe the main character even points out to how incredible this was). Will download B.A. Paris' next book when it comes out, based on "Behind Closed Doors." If this had been my first book by the author, it would probably have been the last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Kind of Cruelty

  • A Novel
  • By: Araminta Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hendrix, Eleanor Matsuura
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonely life - before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job; he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls. It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus. It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not put it down

  • By cristina on 05-29-18

Could not put it down

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This is the kind of book that has you praying for a longer car ride so you don't have to stop listening. Disturbing and chilling. The main character's "love" for Verity will make your skin crawl...Not for the faint hearted. And not perfect (I thought a few things towards the end could have been better)...but riveting, so I had to give it five stars. And I immediately downloaded the author's other book. The narrator is absolutely perfect for the part.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,883

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Flawless

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Meticulously crafted plot, where you discover clue by clue along with the protagonist. Great character development. Excellent narration. Five stars without doubt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful