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  • 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 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

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

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I was excited about beginning this book based on the hype. There are definitely some things to like about it, including the striking descriptions of the difficulties faced by immigrants and parents of handicapped kids. But there are also some things that made it something less than the "thrilling debut" promised by the publishers. The storyline seemed to proceed at a slow pace and struck me as being a little contrived. Except for Elizabeth's lawyer, I found all of the characters unlikeable. Perhaps the narration by Jennifer Lim contributed to my feelings of annoyance with each of them.. Overall, I'd rate the book slightly above average.

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  • The Waiting Room

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,176

Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica’s ear: You’re a bad mother. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. Can it? After all, the break-in at her house happened. The disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety — especially when Veronica comes home to a silent nursery and a missing baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthusiastic 5 well earned stars! Highly recommended.

  • By Tammy Mitchell on 09-24-18

Boring and silly

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This would-be thriller combines a ridiculous storyline, flat characters, and a very wordy writing style. On the positive side, the narration is pretty good. Absolutely not recommended.

  • 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 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

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

Minority opinion

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

This book has a ridiculous storyline that goes on for much too long. Maybe it's meant to be black comedy rather than psychological suspense. Not a page-turner.

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  • Tear Me Apart

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky, Rebekkah Ross, Jacques Roy, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT; Kept Me Guessing & In Suspense!

  • By DM Salazar on 12-25-18

Not a page-turner

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I knew that I was in trouble after only a few hours of listening--the storyline was boring and slow-paced, and the people involved were flat caricatures. Rather than just abandoning the book, I decided to crank up the speed. Unfortunately, there was no payoff to finishing the tale--only hours of listening to a silly, contrived plot. Psychological suspense is my favorite genre; however, without characters resembling real people, there's no possibility for psychological analysis.

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,395

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

Not a page turner

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

The main problem with this book was that the convoluted storyline just wasn't interesting. I had to crank up the speed during the final hours in order to finish it. The book itself was way too long, wordy and repetitive.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Fast-paced and very witty

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

What an unexpected discovery! It's black humor at its finest. Highly recommended--but maybe not-so-much for those with very conservative Christian values.

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  • A Curve in the Road

  • By: Julianne MacLean
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713

Abbie MacIntyre is living the dream in the picturesque Nova Scotia town she calls home. She is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist, and has a model teenage son who is only months away from going off to college. But then one fateful night, everything changes. When a drunk driver hits her car, Abbie is rushed to the hospital. She survives, but the accident forces secrets out into the open and plagues Abbie with nightmares so vivid that she starts to question her grip on reality. Her perfect life begins to crack, and those cracks threaten to shatter her world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very meh

  • By Auda on 11-05-18

Impressive beginning fizzles a little

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

This psychological romance opens with a total bang and held me captive till about 2 hours before the conclusion. At this point, the main character, Abby, seems to become whiny and the writing gets repetitious. I live in a liberal-leaning American city, and Abby's values struck me as very traditional. What began as psychological realism gets a fairy tale ending. Overall rating: 3.5 stars rounded up

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  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,615

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but poor choice of narrator

  • By Melody on 10-17-18

Point made repetitively

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

This book carries an important message, so I'm hesitant to give it a negative review. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of the author's wordy, repetitive writing style. And I really wish she had been less didactic and preachy. Overall rating: 2.5 stars rounded up.

  • Good Luck with That

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Lori Gardner, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards and learning to accept love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey full of emotion

  • By Meg on 08-18-18

Too precious for me!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I am admittedly not a fan of the Lifetime channel. While this romance novel did successfully convey the difficulties of living in a world that covets slimness if you are heavy, much of the plot and the dialogue did not ring true. I found it very repetitious and formulaic. On the plus side, Xe Sands was somewhat more restrained than usual. Overall rating: 2.5 stars rounded up.

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  • Copycat

  • By: Alex Lake
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house. And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was awesome! Why all the mediocre reviews?

  • By dtamayob on 09-19-18

Well-written nonsense

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I have read and (mostly) enjoyed other books by Alex Lake, but not this one. The storyline far exceeded my credibility limit and didn't involve me. Even the narration seemed off, with American characters sometimes speaking with British accents and sometimes with odd American intonatitons. On the positive side, I'm a fan of Alex Lake's crisp, flowing writing style. But I'd recommend that potential listeners select a different book by this author before using a credit on this one.