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  • The Liar's Wife

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill, and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon. But Ella has never been married. In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socializing, quietly harboring a terrible secret from her past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Leave Already!

  • By Rinnie on 12-04-18

Not Worth Bothering With!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

What happened at the end??? 😕🙄 The overall story was OK, but the twist near the last chapter was just plain dumb!!! It made no sense, and it really felt like the author didn’t know where to go with it. As for the book as a whole, it did drag on, like others have said, and “Ella Bella” also got on my nerves after awhile. Narration was average at best, and male voices all sounded the same. Definitely asking for my credit back, but still was a big waste of time!

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

  • A Novel
  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

Told through the eyes of Tish, a 19-year-old girl in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin's story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions - affection, despair, and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite Narration

  • By Laurel Futures on 06-08-18

Hard To Finish, But Did

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

The story drags on, and was really difficult to get through! I found it extremely confusing, especially with how it ended so abruptly. Sadly, I did not like the narrator’s performance, as I always have with all her other audiobooks.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794

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

Better As Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

The narrator is superb!!! She does an incredible job performing each of the characters, bringing every single one to life. Her portrayal of Maryann was amazingly realistic. If not for it being an audiobook, I don’t think I’d enjoy this story as much.. It’s all about the wonderful acting! The story is good, just not great!!! R

  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973

Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story!

  • By LL on 05-24-18

Beautifully Performed!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

As a 55-year-old, Jewish female who just moved to Boston a few months ago, I wanted to give this audiobook a listen, and see if I could relate to parts of Addie’s life through the stories she shared.. Well, so many times while listening, I truly felt as if it was me and my family and friends she was referencing. I laughed and cried, and kept thinking to myself, “oh my goodness! Anita Diamond is describing my family and our interactions to a tee”! I also appreciated the Yiddish words and phrases included for humor. As for Linda’s narration as the 85-year-old woman reminiscing to her granddaughter Ava, she was so authentic. A real natural in how she told her life’s story. Of course, this is not the sort of book that will keep you in suspense. It’s not a mystery. It’s simply the inner thoughts and experiences of one woman’s journey through life, starting in the early 1900’s.

  • The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story, didn't like narration

  • By Stephen Silluzio on 12-20-18

Beautifully Written and Performed!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This is a story that you’ll long remember.. It’s a book that pulls at your heart strings, and won’t let go! It’s about love and friendship, hidden secrets, the difference between cultures, and the strength and resilience of the main characters. 😊👍🏼👍🏼

  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,132

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing!!

  • By ROBIN on 05-26-18

Well Written and Performed

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This story certainly kept me guessing, trying to figure out who was telling the truth, and who was hiding the most.. Frankly, each of the main characters had secrets to protect.i didn’t really like the epilogue though. However, Rachel Atkins does an amazing job of bringing all of the characters to life. Her voices were clear and believable, making it easy to distinguish who was speaking at any given moment. I listened to this audiobook while staying at a Vermont farmhouse we rented during the Christmas holidays, and it was time well spent for sure!!! Give it a try.😊👍🏼

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I hater to give negative reviews - BUT...

  • By Ashley Mainen on 11-10-18

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Story never really went anywhere! I kept thinking that something suspenseful would happen, but no such luck! It kind of reminded me of a Lifetime Movie. The best part was the narration, and when it was finally over. Don’t waste your time with this audiobook!

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  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,837
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,804

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

  • By R. Squyres on 11-16-18

Well Presented

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

3This audiobook really kept me glued, wanting to hear all the details from both those who worked the case, as well as from the victims and their families. The information was clear, and easily understood.. Not textbook sounding. Thank goodness the perpetrator was eventually caught, so that everyone involved could get the closure they needed! Definitely worth the listen!!! G

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,710

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ABSURD story!

  • By Debra on 06-28-18

What Happened?

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Did I miss something? Why is this book getting so many good reviews? Other than liking the narration, the story was boring, and never really went anywhere! The ending was especially disappointing. Definitely not suspenseful!!! Even the characters were flat, and hard to relate to. Wish I had given up sooner, and moved on to another book. Don’t waste your time! There are plenty of gripping reads to choose from. E c f

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089

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....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Creepy

  • By Mina00 on 08-09-18

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