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  • I Found You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,181

In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters, good and bad, are well portrayed

  • By Jennifer on 08-14-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I don't know what the twists and turns are in this book. I pretty much new how it went once we had been introduced to the four main characters. Ahh well, they can't all be winners.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything You Want Me to Be

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mindy Mejia
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn, John Moraitis, Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she's found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small-town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story with One Terrible Narrator

  • By Molly on 01-05-17

Ok story - terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Like many others have mentioned- the narration on this was not great. I am from Minnesota/Twin Cities - so the butchered and bizarre accents and pronunciations made it difficult to stay in the story. As others have said - the narrator for Peter sounded much too old, and for some reason the narrator for Del sounded like he was doing a southern accent - I believe it was an attempt at sounding folksy. Bottom line - read this one instead of listening - especially if you are from Minnesota.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Falling

  • By: Jane Green
  • Narrated by: Jane Green
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But this wasn’t the life she wanted either. On the move again, Emma settles in Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrating was Awful

  • By Jerry on 08-25-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Would you try another book from Jane Green and/or Jane Green?

I do wish that Jane Green would stop narrating her own books.

Every time I read a Jane Green book I hope it is going to be in the style of her earlier work (Jemima J, Mr. Maybe). Those books were fun and had twists and turns that kept you engaged. At some point Ms. Green has moved into this sad and sappy style that is just so formulaic. Falling was another disappointment. I did like the decorating theme, I think I would have preferred to read a book about that.

The characters were flat. Green keeps telling us that there was this incredible chemistry between the main characters but I just didn't get it. In fact, I didn’t particularly care for either of them. Why was Emma so self-conscious and insecure - it was totally grating. Was Dominic really such a great dad? I mean he was pretty careless with Jesse at times. Many others have posted about the incredibly under-developed love story between Emma and Dominic, and how it was rushed and just didn’t make sense. I won’t go into that – I was 80% through the book and wondering if anything was going to happen. I thought for sure the twist was going to involve a kidnapping. I wasn’t ready for what did happen. And it seemed so unnecessary. The book is a love story – it says so on the title. I spent 80% of the book judging it based on the lame story between Emma and Dominic. But as I sit here thinking about it - Dominic was a minor character really. The love story was between Emma and Jesse.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Truly Madly Guilty by Lianne Moiarty.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Green’s performances?

No thanks.She isn't that good at male voices and her accents are awful. Also, you can hear when she makes adjustments in her voic over - it sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was a fast read.

  • Saving Grace

  • By: Jane Green
  • Narrated by: Jane Green
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Grace and Ted Chapman. Literary power couple. On the surface, they seem to have it all. Beneath, what no one sees, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. To the rescue comes Beth, a new assistant. Someone who will help handle Ted. Soon, though, it's clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By betsy on 01-13-15

A narrator of a lifetime movie

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

This is not Jemima J. What happened to those stories. They were fun and sassy. Her current books are like Danielle Steele novels.