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  • A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

  • A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal
  • By: Jen Waite
  • Narrated by: Jen Waite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 984

Before: Jen Waite has met the partner of her dreams. A handsome, loving man who becomes part of her family, evolving into her husband, her best friend, and the father of her infant daughter. After: A disturbing email sparks suspicion, leading to an investigation of who this man really is and what was really happening in their marriage. In alternating before and after chapters, Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment form the past five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There are people out there waiting for her...

  • By MaryPat on 08-29-17

Quite annoyed actually

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I am quite annoyed by this book. I purchased it because of the description which was promising a thriller and “what would you do if your entire life was a lie?”
Honestly I can’t believe this book
1) it would probably be helpful to not oversell this book. If this is the worst thing that has happened to the author well I have some news for her. She’s better buckle up because we will have to suffer through numerous other books
2) the author as a narrator but also as a character is just insufferable. She is whiny. She is panicky and just plain annoying. Honestly not to defend her husband but...
3) the author is quite one sided for someone who likes to go around calling people psychopaths. Just to mention I am a woman as well. When marriages get into a difficult patch you don’t go on google and start accusing your life partner of ridiculous mental illnesses.
4) it really really bothers me that this woman has the opportunity to throw her name and therefore her husband’s name out there and call him a psychopath. This is just not OK. He didn’t beat her up, he just cheated on her. I was expecting a book with a real depth to it and I was made co-conspirator in judging and throwing a man to the wolves.

  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,762

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By RMS on 07-27-18

Great summer read

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

The story is pretty good and kept me really entertained. I actually couldn’t figure out who did it until the end.
The only thing that kind of bothered me if that the writing itself was not great. It was mainly short sentences with noun adjective verb period. I very fast started actually picking up on it and it became a distraction from the actual story. So that was a bit annoying. But we’ll, I wasn’t expecting Shakespeare ahah.

Beside that great book

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,438

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Yikes on 06-24-17

A dragged out story with somehow a quick ending

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

The story is actually pretty good, with a great idea overhaul.
The characters are pretty interesting.
But it is way too long and dragged out. In the middle of the book I switched the reading to 1.5 because I was thinking "oh my god, I get it, you already told us that 6 times, get to the point already"
The actual twist is also pretty good, I had not seen it coming. But for as long as the book had been dragging on, the author decided to wrap the whole thing up in a little bow way too quickly for my liking. It left me wanting more.
So not bad but a bit of a miss from the writing point of view.

  • The Heart Goes Last

  • A Novel
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around - and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed, and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in...for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful and intriguing

  • By Stephanie on 10-01-15

A bit of a waste opportunity

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is my first book by Margaret Atwood and I have to say it is a huge disappointment.
The premise was really great but at no point did she develop the actual concept of her post apocalyptic/ collapse of the economy word. Instead she chose to deliver some sort of weirdo erotica/romantic comedy. I’m so confused.
The characters are unlikable at best - annoying, naive, stupid most times. Honestly I was rooting for her to kill them.
The final twist is not a twist, it feels more like she was tired herself of this sadly written world and those idiotic characters so she said “aaaand there - whatever - I don’t care anyway so sure why not “

Honestly I’m so confused because everyone is always saying about how awesome a writer Margaret Atwood is but this was just so subpar. Not only was it uninteresting it felt like she didn’t care herself about it... maybe not her best?

  • The One That Got Away

  • A Novel
  • By: Leigh Himes
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Abbey Lahey is a married, harried working mother of two, struggling to make ends meet in a blue-collar suburb of Philadelphia. When a tumble down a Nordstrom escalator lands her in an alternate reality, Abbey finds herself happily married to the one who got away - a dashing Philly blueblood she met briefly years earlier - and living a Cinderella life of privilege and luxury.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable but not awful.

  • By Taffy on 12-05-16

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I pretty much figured out right away were the story was going. I am not sure 10hrs were needed to get there...
The characters are not particularly interesting, the story is so so
Honestly not a book I will remember

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Soooo slow

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I bought this book many because of all the reviews, I must be missing something. This story was so slow and uninteresting I am not sure what was the point. I was waiting the entire time for something crazy to be revealed, the BIG SECRET! But no, there was nothing...

  • The Babysitter

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with Edge of Your Seat Suspense
  • By: Sheryl Browne
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it? As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces. But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How stupid were these parents!!!!!!!

  • By meg on 04-05-18

Great summer listen

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This book was perfect for a summer read, the story was great, the characters relatable
Tamsin Kennard is a great narrator.
I really enjoyed this book

  • In a Cottage in a Wood

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman, Helen Keeley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below. Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a Light On!

  • By David on 09-24-17

I guessed everything about half way through

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Strangely, even if in my daily life I am a big fan of swearing, I really didn’t like the fact that the main character swears like a sailor absolutely all throughout the book. It really bothered me.

Also I figured out the whole plot half way through.

  • Emma in the Night

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: 15-year-old Cass and 17-year-old Emma. Three years later Cass returns without her sister, Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Pamela (@SpazP) on 08-23-17

Very long and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Not the worst book ever but really convoluted and drawn out. Tried to be very psychological but fails to, just manages to be far fetched

  • Perfect Stranger

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ending lacking

  • By shantel on 05-13-17

Very long, drawn out

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The premise was very interesting but unfortunately this book is just an overly long unrealistic introspection by a very annoying character.
The plot is uninteresting. The main character really thing she is something else because she was “a journalist “ and by some magical twist she pretty much gets away with everything.
Also it repeats itself non stop, I kind of feel bad for the poor narrator who probably was thinking “seriously? We already said this 12 times!”

To sum up: no very good
Will no read this author again