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  • Don't You Cry

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to "My Dearest" is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate, Quinn Collins, to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, original, and kept me guessing

  • By Kathleen on 06-01-16

The payout isn't until the very end

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Would you try another book from Mary Kubica and/or Kate Rudd and Kirby Heyborne ?

This is the second book of Mary Kubica's that I've read. I picked this up after enjoying The Good Girl for its twisted and surprising ending. Don't You Cry follows the same pattern of all the pieces falling together at the very end with a twisted, sickening plot, but wasn't as enjoyable as The Good Girl. I might try another one.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I really began to hate Quinn for her jumping to conclusions, overreacting and missing obvious steps. If you're roommate is suddenly missing, wouldn't you think to call her cell phone straight away? And I thought Alex was very hard to accept as an 18-year-old. He came off as very creepy and using language well above his age, I don't care how smart and grown-up he's supposed to be.

What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

Kate Rudd did a phenomenal job in her narration, I'd listen to her again. Kirby Keyborne was fine, but a horrible choice for this role. His overly dramatic, almost poet-like reading and older-sounding voice was incredibly unconvincing of his 18-year-old character. Maybe he was supposed to sound like a creeper, I don't know.

Do you think Don't You Cry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, everything is tied together nicely in the end.

Any additional comments?

I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it myself. Kirby Heyborne's narration really bothered me.

Overall, the story is good and has a great twist and everything you'd expect from the genre but I definitely got to a point where I just wanted it to be over; there were too many times when I felt irritated by a character's overreaction or lack of common sense.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,072

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Major let down

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

What a waste of a brilliantly twisted idea. There wasn't a moment of this story I enjoyed. The writing is lazy and cumbersome, so much telling and so little showing and feeling. The characters are incredibly under developed, and there are so many names of girls that are mentioned with such little effort of having them mean anything.

The plot summary of this book is the best part. Don't bother reading it. There are no compelling characters to hope for, no plot twists to shock you, no passages that will haunt you.

The highly rated narrators do nothing to help this book. The male voice sounds nice, but made it impossible to distinguish between the two male detectives and his inflections for the girl made her sound like an irritating snob.

Just awful.

23 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,764

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

Absolutely. I'd listen again just to try to catch more of the details and clues. And Robert Glenister is the perfect narrator for Cormoran Strike.

What did you like best about this story?

Compelling, smart characters, a thick plot and the amazing, succinct writing style I've grown to love and expect from J.K. Rowling -- I loved everything about this novel.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

Robert performs perfectly as Cormoran Strike.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loved it.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,351

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Enthralling & disgusting examination of character

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Train to be better than the print version?

I don't think I would have connected with the book as well if it weren't for the audio narration of Rachel. A rather pathetic and miserable human being on the page, the narrator for Rachel excels at making the character real. The voice of Jess/Megan frequently reminded me of Kiera Knitely and she does a superb job of voicing her foreign therapist. And the voice of Anna just helps to hate her even more. All in all, an all-start cast.

What other book might you compare The Girl on the Train to and why?

I've seen this book often coupled with Gone Girl but the only real similarities are the general "murder-mystery" themes and the fact that, by the end of the book, you hate everyone in the book.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Rachel excelled as a character, a complete and believable f*ck-up. I loved that my feelings towards her changed numerous time throughout the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As a fair warning, I have to say that this book can be very depressing, simply because of the perspective from which most of the story is being told. It's a very good read and the ending nearly surprised me, but it is sad because the characters are so sad and unlikable.

Any additional comments?

Paula Hawkins succeeds in profound character study, finding the the dark and ugly parts of humans and flawlessly bringing them to life through believable characters.

  • The Fire Sermon

  • By: Francesca Haig
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,547

Four hundred years in the future the Earth has turned primitive, following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha - physically perfect in every way - and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot make it!!!

  • By C. Venable on 07-05-15

Fascinating concept, decent read

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Would you recommend The Fire Sermon to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, for those who like science fiction and post-apocolyptic settings it's a unique take on the future.

What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although I didn't believe Lauren Fortgang was really a good fit for the main character and voice of this novel, she is an excellent reader and manages the male personas very well.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,835

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

A teenage dream, a bit dull for adults

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The writing improves as the series progresses. The writing is a little less than clumsy. The descriptions were so unhelpful that I was actually eager to see the movie adaptation so that I could formulate a stronger image in my brain. However, the premise of the story is interesting and although the characters are as cliche as the likes of Edward and Bella in the Twilight Saga, you can't help but to like them.

Would you recommend Divergent to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this for teens interested in scifi/fantasy. For teens, it's a great book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It took me a few chapters to get used to Emma Galvin's performance and I still wasn't in love with her tone by the end.

Could you see Divergent being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It is a movie series.

Any additional comments?

If you liked Twilight, odds are you'll enjoy this.

  • Following Atticus

  • Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship
  • By: Tom Ryan
  • Narrated by: Tom Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story of Personal Transformation

  • By Douglas C. Bates on 06-17-12

This will inspire you just to go outside

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

Would you listen to Following Atticus again? Why?

Perhaps, in a few years. But I saw on the author's Facebook Page that he is working on a second book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is about Atticus and you of course fall in love with Atticus, but the character I most enjoyed was Tom. It was, after all, his thoughts and insights that he confesses.

Have you listened to any of Tom Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes -- Driving on a freeway to work I nearly went blurry-eyed with tears at one particular moment. My mother, who read it first, assured me that it would be ok.

Any additional comments?

Beautiful story. It's really special that the author is also the narrator. I would encourage anyone listening to it to seek out the Facebook Page or other photos (apparently photos accompany the book but since I listened to it, I didn't know that until afterwards).

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,930

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

Hooked.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

Would you listen to The Silkworm again? Why?

By the end of the novel, every plot twist, suspicion and question is tied neatly into an intricate bow. I would listen again just to fool myself into believing that I 'knew it all along.'

What did you like best about this story?

If this series ever became a movie, I would insist Robert Glenister be the voice-over for whichever burly man cast as Cormoran Strike. He embodies the character so well and still manages to voice the female parts beautifully. And that's something else to note about the story-- The characters are so finely developed and real and I love that Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling) often inserts a very strong, intelligent woman as a leading role.

The novel is captivating from start to finish. Couldn't turn it off.

Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard Robert Glenister before but was pleased to find he continued reading the series and might seek out more books with his narration.

Any additional comments?

A must-read for mystery-lovers and fans of J.K. Rowling.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,234

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Enjoyable story from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 08-08-14

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

Outstanding plot, real characters, great pacing. The story is written from the perspectives of husband and wife and the audio recording is likewise divided between his voice and hers.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely!

What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

Believable voices for the characters