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  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,565

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Heart Wrenching!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

A solid story that looks at a child’s mental illness, and the effects it has on the family unit. I can not imagine all that parents go through when they have a daughter or son like Hannah. Was interesting to see how differently the parents handled the situation, with Alex being in complete denial of her illness, and Suzette being more aware of the lengths their child would go. This book was pretty hard to hear! Very sad!c

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,941

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Interesting Content, But Poor Delivery!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I didn’t like the narration on this one! Her performance was dry and left me feeling bored. At times, I even fell asleep while listening, and needed to rewind again and again. Just wish there was more to the delivery, because the information is important and seemed like solid research had been done.;(

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,363

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Amazing Narrator!!!👍🏼👍🏼

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I wanted to hear the audiobook, before seeing the movie, but didn’t expect the story to be so good! It was well performed, and extremely suspenseful, causing me to pull an all nighter. Be prepared for twists and turns galore! Only negative was the silly ending. Definitely plan to get other titles narrated by this same person; she’s incredibly natural, bringing each of her characters to life.3;

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,670
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,099
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,010

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

A Must Read!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

HhTough to listen to, since lots of physical and emotional abuse throughout the book, but definitely a story to hear! Amazing that Tara was able to rise above it all an better herself by getting a formal education. What a strong woman she is!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Somewhere out There

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Hatvany
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Rebekkah Ross, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

A young mother surrenders her daughters. A loving family quickly adopts one while the other spends her turbulent youth in foster care. What happens when the sisters reunite 35 years later to find the woman who abandoned them? Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book😄😄

  • By Sandie on 03-28-16

Highly Overrated!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Can somebody please tell me why this audiobook gets such rave reviews? What am I missing? 😕 I mean, the storyline is far from creative and gut wrenching, the characters are one dimensional, and the narration is pretty awful, including Kasandra Campbell’s performance of Jennifer. Also, the author goes into way too many descriptive details, boring the listener to tears! I expected so much more! 11 hours of my life wasted!!!😒

  • The Sun Does Shine

  • Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
  • By: Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson - foreword, Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,907
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,901

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with an incompetent defense attorney and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in despairing silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Man

  • By APD on 05-18-18

Amazing Man!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book is incredibly thought provoking! I was surprised by just how much one man was able to endure, without giving up and throwing in the towel. After hearing the story, I’m not sure how anyone could still support capital punishment. It’s inhumane and plain old cruel!!! Narration is great! Definitely buy this audiobook

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,975

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Dull and Gave Up

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Why in the world would I choose an audiobook based on Reese Witherspoon having it on her Hello Sunshine List??? Well, I did, and boy, am I sorry!!! It’s not like Ms. Witherspoon is an expert on good reads. She’s certainly not Oprah! 😉😒 anyway, I finally decided it was time to stop, and gave up at chapter 14, about 5 hours in. I am not sure what I was expecting, I just know that I was definitely expecting more, especially after hearing the sample excerpt. The author narrates the story, and actually did a wonderful job! It’s the story itself that needs help! I kept hoping for more. Don’t waste your time on this one!

  • The Forgotten Ones

  • A Novel
  • By: Steena Holmes
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 495

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

  • By Wendi on 05-04-18

Touching and Heartbreaking!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I seldom gush over a book, but it’s different this time!!! I love both the story and narration! It’s so well told, and pulls at your heart strings for sure. The story is complicated, with the focus on mental illness within a family, and how trying to protect and keep secrets can end up hurting everyone. As for the performances, each of them is terrific, but the male narrator really blew me away!!! He definitely sounded like an elderly man on his death bed, wanting to finally speak his truth before passing. I needed to grab for the Kleenex at least a few times.. Please make sure to listen. It will pleasantly surprise you!😊👍🏼👍🏼f

6 of 6 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 11,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,578

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

Compelling But Too Far Fetched!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Good twists, though poorly executed! Self reflections were way too flowery. Some unrealistic reactions for sure! Silly epilogue. Best part about audiobook was the narration, especially liked her performance of Noel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl from the Train

  • By: Irma Joubert
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

  • By john on 04-12-16

Surprise Ending

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Solid story, with good character development, but not sure how I feel about the epilogue. Wish I could explain more clearly, without spoiling it. Best to say that I have mixed emotions regarding the outcome of their relationship. Performance by Sarah Zimmerman was also worth mentioning! She brought all of the characters to life, though she isn’t my favorite narrator...,;?