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  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Bad That I Couldn’t Stop Listening

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 05-04-18

So Terrible.......

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I don't usually take time to write out a review but this book was so horribly bad that I almost feel a duty to warn others. I have over 175 titles in my audible library and this is one of the worst books I have ever listened to. How in the world are there so many 5 star reviews of this book??? The writing.......so, so terrible. The plot......I've seen LIfetime movies that are better...and I despise Lifetime movies.
Where to even begin!! I love a good courtroom drama, the courtroom chapters in this book were just unbearable to listen to. Are we really to believe that those questions/comments from the PA would ever be allowed in court. Noah is supposed to be a brilliant physician yet he is absolutely incomprehensibly terrible at testifying for himself.
If the courtroom parts aren't enough to make you cringe, let's talk about the dialog between Maggie and her best friend. These are supposed to be grown women I am assuming to be in their 40's. Just a few gems that Maggie and her friend say "SRY (actually spelled out loud... S.R.Y.) like text lingo but they use it in conversation?!? Also "OMG" Also spelled out?!? Are these grown women or 13 year olds!! Have you ever heard grown women talk like this?!? Another favorite "No, we aren't detectives....we are Moms on a Mission" UGH.......So so bad. Some of the worst I have listened to.
Are we also to believe that these 2 shallow flaky women solved this complicated criminal case in the span of one afternoon/evening in the middle of a snowstorm....HA!!
The plot itself is just absolutely ridiculously unbelievable. Not to mention that if I were Noah and my wife thought I was capable of sexual molestation and murder I would not have been inclined to live happily ever after with her.
Does this author think we are stupid or did she just get a little taste of success from past books and decide to quickly throw some crap together and call it a novel. Absolute and total garbage. I felt so insulted when it was over that I had to jump on here and warn others.

33 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Wow! What a great book!!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

If you love WW2 historical fiction this is a must read. Best book I have listened to in a long time. I could not stop listening. Superior writing, superior narration, perfection!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,801

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Another BRILLANT offering from Caroline Kepnes

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

I loved You so much that I was almost afraid to read this sequel. I was afraid it would disappoint after such a fantastic start. It does not disappoint!!
It takes a great writer to make you love and root for a serial killing sociopath....Caroline Kepnes does just that.
It is not for the faint of heart or those who shudder at the use of the F word or graphic sexual content but you will be missing some great writing if that keeps you from this brilliant author.
And.....Santino Fontana...WOW! This guy....perfection. I would buy a book simply because he is the narrator. He is flawless.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Black-Eyed Susans

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Julia Heaberlin
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse, Eric G. Dove, Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,642

As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving "Black-Eyed Susan," the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa's testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and compelling - Gillian Flynn readalike

  • By Donna on 08-27-15

So terrible. How are there 5 star reviews for this?

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

After reading this I think I should write a suspense novel. If this can be published and receive 5 star reviews then anyone can write.
I figured out who the killer was about 2 hours in. So stupidly predictable.
Oh and unless you are up for a 10 plus hour anti death penalty commercial you may want to save your credit.
It infuriates me when a novel is used as a political platform and not advertised as such. I want to know if that is what I'm buying.
Requesting my credit back for this one.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,523

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Kinda like a very average episode of Law and Order

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Very predictable. I figured it out way early on. After all the 5 star reviews I kept expecting a big plot twist but nope....it was exactly who I guessed it was.
Reads like an episode of some kind of police/legal drama. Unlikely college students crack a decades old homicide. Pretty disappointed with this one. After a string of great listens it was bound to happen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,328

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Haunting, sad, REAL and so, so BEAUTIFULLY written

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

I have listened to over 150 audiobooks have never been as deeply moved by a book as this one. What a rare talent in this author!
The way this author was able to describe the love and friendship present in this cast of characters was just incredible.
Yes, it is heart wrenching and so very sad but please don't let that stop you from reading it!
I think what will stick with me most after finishing this book is the knowledge that it is possible for a human to be so broken that no amount of love and friendship can fix them. As sad as this is, I believe it is true in some cases.
I will never be the same after listening to this beautiful book. My only problem is what to listen to next after such an incredible work of art.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where They Found Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,346

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, twist filled novel

  • By Chad G. on 04-18-15

INSULT to my intelligence and Value system. SO BAD

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

What disappointed you about Where They Found Her?

Where to start.....I might have been able to overlook the absolutely ridiculous story here but the discrimination toward middle class conservatives was just appalling. Literally every single character that was described as conservative or was in a 2 parent intact middle class family was made out to be a monster of some kind. Basically all the single parents, partying types, slutty moms who sleep around in full view of their kids (kids watching naked wild sex with strangers) , etc were made to be victims of the evil middle class conservative types with all their shortcomings being not their own bad choices but......can you guess??.... the fault of those who had wronged them at some point in their past. Those who wronged them being the conservative middle class women or men who were ALL...EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. portrayed as crazy, self-centered, evil, rich, demented people who would stop at nothing to get what they wanted.
The "crazy delusional man" who lived across the street from the crime scene was even given a line about how he was busy because he was "getting ready to watch Hannity" (Sean Hannity of Fox News fame....conservative Republican talk show host....).
Why in the world is it perfectly fine to discriminate about middle class conservative people this way. If the bad guys in the story were all the poor people who lived in the low income apartment complex in the story the author would be accused of being prejudiced and discriminatory. She even says as much when talking about the ridiculous "DNA sweep" that is suggested in the book and talks about how terrible it would be to imply that a certain group of people behave in a certain way based on their income level, etc.
This is EXACTLY what she is doing in reverse. I was ABSOLUTELY insulted by this book. I will be getting a refund from Audible and have listened to my last book by this nut.

What could Kimberly McCreight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

NOT make it a political statement against conservatives. NOT try to brainwash the reader into her bleeding heart way of thinking.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Absolutely NOT!! The narrator was horrible! Molly's voice was SO annoying. The little kid voices she attempted were nothing short of comical. One of the WORST narrators I have ever listened to in my 100+ audible books.

What character would you cut from Where They Found Her?

All the characters.

Any additional comments?

Even getting past the so very obvious bleeding heart liberal nonsense of this book....the story line was just ridiculous. Seriously....the connections between the huge collection of characters spanning 20 years was so very unbelievable. I love a good mystery with lots of twists and turns but this was just stupid. Not even the least bit believable. We are honestly to believe that this lawyer turned reporter uncovered ALL this unreported crime spanning 20 years in a couple of days time all by herself.....um...whatever. Pure. Utter. Nonsense.

Just wait till you read the main character, Molly's, "essay on infanticide/neonaticide" WOW! just about the most insulting thing I have ever read.

Also while on my rant....note to the author....do your research. I am an RN and a young girl being treated in the ER for hypothermia/exposure would NOT have a colostomy!! What the heck.
Save your credit!! I'm getting mine refunded.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,345

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Beautiful and compelling story.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Any additional comments?

Love the story and especially the underlying theme about the choices we make and their consequences. I could only give the narrator 3 stars though.....I found her performance lacking. The English accents seemed very forced.....like a little kid trying to talk in a fake accent. It was distracting from the story. Love this author though and will look for more of her work. A different narrator would be a great idea though...I have listened to lots of narrators with British accents that are beautiful, not this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,645

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ( Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK.

  • By jennifer on 09-06-15

Could not turn this one off!!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

Loved this book! Talented Suspenseful writing! Great characters, so many twists and turns! Kept me guessing right up to the end. If you love a good dark creepy thriller you won't be disappointed with this one! Hope this author has more coming!!

  • Thornwood House

  • By: Anna Romer
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars With a Caution

  • By Nancy F. on 08-08-15

A Real Treasure!!! Haunting and Beautiful story.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! One of the best I've listened to!

What did you like best about this story?

Brilliant and beautiful writing style. Fascinating story that I could not stop listening to or thinking about.

Which character – as performed by Eloise Oxer – was your favorite?

All of them!

Any additional comments?

I have 100 books in my Audible library that I have listened to over the past 3 years. This is one of my absolute favorites! Can't stop thinking about the characters. Such brilliant writing! This author is a TRUE ARTIST! My next credits will be used on anything by this author!!