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  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,502

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I knew...

  • By PollyAnna2 on 10-18-18

Really maddening book

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I usually agree with the majority of reviews on audible, but reading this book was a miserable experience. It's tiresome, rambling, manic. The narrator is a victim, but her character veers between two personalities in an unrealistic way. I love sick thrillers, but this isn't a thriller really. There's no mystery here. This is horrible abuse and it's apparent throughout.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to Fall in Love, Actually

  • By: Catherine Bennetto
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Emma has a job in television which is distinctly less glamourous and exciting than it sounds. She's managed to claw her way up the ranks from Tea Maker and Rubbish Collector to Second Assistant Director (heavy on the assistant. Even heavier on the second.). So when she finds she's accidentally very pregnant and at the same time accidentally very sacked (well, less accidentally: she did tell her boss to stick his job up his bum), she knows things are going to have to change.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but lots of fat shaming

  • By Caroline on 09-02-18

Entertaining but lots of fat shaming

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Really an enjoyable book but filled with so many cruel fat jokes I could barely listen. This isn't just that whole cliched chick lit humorous fear of eating carbs thing. This is full on hatred and disdain on the part of the main character for another character, Martha. It's not in anyway a social critique either (Emma never really learns); it takes what was already frankly lowbrow (though enjoyable) and makes it even more so. It's in terrible taste and shame on the author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Duet

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gosh that was a great story!

  • By Anonymous User on 06-10-09

That was a bit much

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I think the author got a little carried away with plot here. Too many coincidences. Too many plot lines. Still an enjoyable listen, though.

  • Ember Island

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

A compelling tale of two women separated by a century who discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house. In 1891, Tilly Kirkland is reeling with shock and guilt after her tempestuous marriage ends in horrific circumstances. Fleeing to the farthest place she knows, Tilly takes a job on Ember Island in Moreton Bay, Australia, where she becomes the governess to the prison superintendent's precocious young daughter, Nell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read

  • By Jan Clewett on 04-20-18

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Is it just me or is Tilly an absolute moron? Her level of stupidity seems unbelievable to me, but it drives the plot, which then makes the plot feel ridiculous.

  • Now That You Mention It

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 million stars!

  • By jodiod on 12-28-17

Xe Sands' voice...

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Xe Sands' voice is so annoying. I loved this book and the last two by this author but Xe Sands bizarre cadence is really working on ruining these for me.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Party

  • A Novel
  • By: Robyn Harding
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 579

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet 16 birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Interesting characters and my favorite narrator.

  • By Nikole on 06-18-17

UGH What did I just read?

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

What was most disappointing about Robyn Harding’s story?

Jeez, what a convoluted downer that was. Everyone was awful, nothing was interesting, and the experience of taking it all in was miserable.

Any additional comments?

Avoid.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Rose

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Anjana Srinivasan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story with a Superb Performance!

  • By Catherine on 02-26-14

Horrible American accents

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

What did you love best about The Midnight Rose?

The story is excellent.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anjana Srinivasan?

I have no idea but the way she did an American accent was absolutely maddening. Americans do say "t." It doesn't disappear completely from words. We wouldn't say AN-dnee for Antony ffs. The rest of the narration was ok. Some of the British accent was sorta messed up, especially the housekeeper, but it wasn't nearly as grating as Rebecca's accent. It almost ruined the book for me.

  • Bad Little Girl

  • By: Frances Vick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY, GILLIAN FLYNN & GIRL ON THE TRAIN have

  • By Abby on 04-22-17

Boring book with a good ending

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

Any additional comments?

The beginning of this book dragged on and on. The child is just infuriating but not as infuriating as Claire, who is about as weak a character as it gets. It starts to get interesting about two hours before the book ends.

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,680

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Spare yourself. The ending is so absolutely ridiculous. I feel completely ripped off. The rest of the story isn't great either.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Precious Thing

  • By: Colette McBeth
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will. Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever. They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST of my 2015 list !!

  • By ROBIN on 09-04-15

A mess

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

What a ridiculous mess of a book. Very hard to finish. Convoluted, boring, poorly planned. Not much happens. Mostly we're in the head of the narrator, who goes on and on with nothing interesting at all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful