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  • The Making of Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

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.

7 of 8 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 4,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,311

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 5,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,039

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.

  • Our Kind of Cruelty

  • A Novel
  • By: Araminta Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hendrix, Eleanor Matsuura
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153

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 5,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,634

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.

  • The Flight Attendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Spice on 03-15-18

It kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Unfortunately (because I really enjoyed "The Guest Room"), that is about the best thing I can say: The Flight Attendant "kept my attention." In the end, the pieces came together quite haphazardly. The potential problems resolved (or did not resolve) out of nowhere. Some characters were left out of the ending altogether....Disappointing after her last novel, but I will read/Listen to her next one just to make sure. (Although not "Broadway," the voices were pretty good--even excellent-- except for the woman sitting next to meh who read Miranda's part: talk about strident! It felt like totally wrong casting.)

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Unraveling Oliver

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children's books; their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!

  • By felicia jones on 09-21-17

Disturbing...but I could not stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This is one of those books where the performances really add to the experience. There are several voices (unless Sam O'Mahony is the best actor I have ever listened to! :) ) but each and every one is superb. Excellent performances.

The story is disturbing because the main character is so incredibly cold. But the way the author lets you in on what happened and why to each of the characters is mesmerizing. I really couldn't wait to get back to it when I was forced to put it down.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently interesting and fast paced

  • By Aquakittie on 01-16-18

What a plot!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

It starts off like a pretty average mystery: two time lines, 1986 when the protagonist was 12, and his present day at 40 or so. But, oh, how the pieces come together! A flawless puzzle.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,834

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Silly plot (fortuitous earthquakes and coincidences; characters who appear so briefly you'll wonder why they were included at all; abandoned sub plots). Poor character development (passionate man turns into cold hearted father for no reason; class conscious man is conscious of class on and off; intelligent heroine behaves like an idiot). Amazed I finished it.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Traitor

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan de Shalit
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, the Israeli has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel's prime minister, and throughout his career, he's been forced to share everything with the Kremlin. Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many shortcuts

  • By cristina on 02-13-18

Too many shortcuts

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

The special intelligence team sets out to investigate...and boy are they lucky! First clues (which require giant leaps of faith) pay off. Disgruntled ex-spies talk (more than once).....The writing wasn't terrible, but the author was a tad lazy when explaining how the puzzle pieces came together.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful