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  • Trust Me

  • By: Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Trust Me is the chilling stand-alone audiobook of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born to write. An accused killer insists she's innocent of a heinous murder. A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life. Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that will leave you breathless. Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Psychological Suspense...

  • By shelley on 08-30-18

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

I kept waiting for this book to go somewhere. It did not. Half the time you’ll find yourself wanting to slap the protagonist. She is that gullible! First and last book by this author for me.

  • Miracle Creek

  • A Novel
  • By: Angie Kim
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine - a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year (so far)

  • By Jeeves on 04-19-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

The character development. The plot. The twists. The pain. An excellent book. I can’t believe this is her debut novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Elliot Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she's sure there's been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird's nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It certainly did hold my attention until the very last second!

  • By chris rinyu on 08-26-18

Great Plot

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Subtle unexpected twists. Glad her second book is already scheduled for a June release. (The narrator really deserves three and a half stars. Had a bit of a problem distinguishing one male voice from another.)

  • Social Creature

  • A Novel
  • By: Tara Isabella Burton
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them.... They drink, and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers - to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste.... Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon. Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An uncomfortable listen

  • By Suzyn Smith Webb on 12-26-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

It builds and builds and builds. Excellent writing and perfect narrator. Can’t wait for this author’s next novel.

  • Sunburn

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 774

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Mystery

  • By Jim N on 02-25-18

Quite enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Great characters. Intricate plot. One of the author’s best, I think. Very good reader. Will look for other Lippman’s I haven’t read yet.

  • My Lovely Wife

  • By: Samantha Downing
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances with whom you keep meaning to get dinner. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator! Crazy story!

  • By EasyBreezySunflower on 03-28-19

Unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

It is not Gone Girl. Few books are. But it is riveting. A totally satisfying read that comes together perfectly. Can’t wait for Samantha Downing’s next novel. (An excellent performance by Mr Pittu.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secretary

  • A Novel
  • By: Renée Knight
  • Narrated by: Victoria Hamilton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

From her first day as personal assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, Christine Butcher understands what is expected of her. Absolute loyalty. Absolute discretion. For 20 years, Christine has been a most devoted servant, a silent witness to everything in Mina’s life. So quiet, you would hardly know she is there. Day after day, Christine has been there, invisible - watching, listening, absorbing all the secrets floating around her. Keeping them safe. Christine is trusted. But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price. And eventually, Christine will pay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not sure what to think

  • By lisa on 03-13-19

A bit of a slow start but very good

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

It starts slow but I believe on purpose. The author letting you glimpse the toxicity little by little. Then you can’t stop listening. Very good. Excellent narration.

  • 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 3,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219

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 2 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 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

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
  • Wow. Highly Recommended Mystery/Thriller

  • By Jenn on 10-16-18

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Strangers on a Train

  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 976

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.