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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,711
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,676

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Didn’t feel anything...

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I’m definitely a fan of Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee. I have read all of Liane’s books and have listened to many narrated by Caroline. I don’t know why this one fell so short. I think the characters were meant to be somewhat annoying and vapid so in that sense maybe Caroline did a great job, but I just can’t listen to a full book of vapid characters with annoying narration. I also did not feel any sort of connection with the characters or the story as a whole. It just fell flat. I don’t know if it was the writing or narration but generally when I listen to a good book I feel many different emotions and with this one I literally felt nothing and eventually just could not listen anymore. With this team of author and narrator I definitely had higher expectations.

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

  • By D. Fields on 12-01-18

Better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I was hesitant to purchase this book bc of the negative written reviews but I’m a fan of Eleanor Tomlinson (from the show Poldark) so I gave it a shot anyways. I was surprised to find I actually liked the book, more than I expected to. The premise might be slightly unbelievable because when we see someone once and feel a connection it’s usually just a physical attraction and a level of lust, but I think the point of this book is that the characters both feel more, call it love at first sight if you will. That’s what makes their connection and journey special. It’s not a run of the mill situation. I think the writing and narration are both well done (Eleanor was excellent, Charlie was good albeit slightly bland). Was it life changing? No, but it’s definitely better than other books I’ve listened to and subsequently returned. And I won’t be returning this one. If you’re a fan of love stories and rom coms with some substance I think you’ll enjoy this one.

  • The Proposal

  • By: Jasmine Guillory
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 517

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise - or happen in front of 45,000 people. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part - they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Diane D on 11-12-18

Just not interesting...

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

The premise caught my attention but I couldn’t get through more than a couple chapters for a couple reasons. First, the narrator is just a bit flat with her delivery.. I couldn’t sense any emotion in her voice.. secondly, and the writing was just empty. It made me feel NOTHING. I’m all for a good romance and a light read, but it can still be done in a way that provokes some modicum of emotions and interest. Alas, this novel does neither. Oh well, moving on.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,326

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Based off of the reviews, my expectations were actually quite low, but I ended up enjoying both plays very much. Having studied theater myself, I found the writing and performance to be quite exceptional. I wasn’t familiar with Cale before, but now I’m definitely a fan. He manages to tell a full story in a relatively short amount of time without it feeling rushed or lacking. Intriguing characters with a lot of depth, again, in a short period of time. That impressed me.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,054

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

The sound is terrible

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I was so excited about this because of the wonderful actors involved, but I couldn’t get past the drastic changes in volume and the horrible background noises. Too bad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Present over Perfect

  • Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
  • By: Shauna Niequist
  • Narrated by: Shauna Niequist
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,975

In this book, New York Times best-selling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. In Shauna's warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours, too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A long, curious blog post

  • By Fromatoz on 02-13-17

More Religious, Less Spiritual

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

As someone who has been meditating and practicing mindfulness for quite some time now, I was hopeful this book would be a great addition to my learning. I didn’t really find that, however. As some others have also said, I didn’t find it that relatable and much more religious than spiritual. I believe in a higher power, and I know others who do also and use the term God to describe it, but this book uses very strong HE, HIM, MAN to describe God which doesn’t resonate with me. I completely respect the author’s beliefs, I just prefer a more open interpretation that isn’t so limiting and masculine. I did hear a few things that resonated with me, but they were so few and far between that I just did not feel inspired to finish the book. I have enjoyed Brene Brown’s work in the past, and she wrote the foreword, so that is what led me to try this one out. But alas it wasn’t for me.

  • Working with Difficult Emotions

  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

As a child, did you ever sit under a favorite tree, immersed in the wonder of a single, precious leaf? As our days grow more complex, teaches Pema Chödrön, these vibrant and wholehearted moments may begin to elude even seasoned meditators. But it doesn't have to be that way. Buddhism’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness lead us on a journey back to the unabashed presence and delight of the “Child Mind” that lies within all of us.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm very disappointed

  • By Julie C. on 04-16-17

Wonderful teacher.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

If you read the description it’s stated that this is a meditation practice and an excerpt from a longer talk. It’s a short introduction and I think sometimes those of us who meditate regularly need reminders like these to bring us back to the basics. Also great for beginners.

  • Evergreen Falls

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

A long-forgotten secret, a scandalous attraction and a place where two women's lives are changed forever. 1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor. When a snowstorm moves in, the hotel is cut off and they are all trapped. No-one could have predicted what would unfold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but could’ve been better

  • By Nina C. on 04-14-18

Entertaining but could’ve been better

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I’m a fan of Kimberley freeman and have thoroughly enjoyed several of her books. This one was still entertaining but there was a bit of depth lacking from the characters. I also think the narrator was a bit off with her delivery with some of the characters. Made them sound more superficial than I think they were meant to be. Overall I enjoyed it enough that I wanted to finish the story but it definitely left me a bit dissatisfied

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Meditations for Emotional Healing

  • Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty
  • By: Tara Brach
  • Narrated by: Tara Brach
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Despite our best intentions, we often have trouble dealing effectively with strong emotions. What if you had a conscious, skillful way to respond in times of anger, fear, jealousy, shame, and other powerful emotions? Meditations for Emotional Healing gives us a collection of insights and practices for bringing compassion, clarity, and understanding to our emotional lives-instead of expressing or repressing them in unhealthy ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helps with Pain of Fibro

  • By Kathryn on 05-08-11

Helpful lessons

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I love Tara and her way of teaching, her soothing voice and method of delivery. My only critique is that I wish the meditations were longer. But her teachings are wonderful and this series has some helpful, albeit rather brief, insights and techniques for dealing with trauma and challenging feelings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,125

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

Impressed

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Beautifully written, poetic yet relatable, albeit far from the traditional love story. But that’s what makes it such a gem. Armie narrates the story so wonderfully, a clear indication of his acting abilities. My only critique is that he doesn’t differentiate enough between Oliver’s voice and Elio’s so a few conversations are a little confusing. But not enough to spoil the story. Overall a very fascinating piece of literature.