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  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,246

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Good-ish

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

After just finishing 'Beneath a Scarlet Sky', this story was just "meh" in comparison. It took a while to get into and was much smaller in scale when it came to action/thrills. Especially Charlie's story! I didn't particularly like her as a character and found her and her motives to be childish. With that said, Eve's story is what makes this book! I thoroughly enjoyed her story and learning more about WW1 and how women became a part of modern warfare/espionage on a larger scale than ever before. It does all tie together in the end, but it doesn't pick up until about 10 hours in.

Side note: Some of the descriptive writing annoyed me. Sentences like "The scream rose in her throat like a rusty metal blade".... like what? That's way too 'try-hard' and actually a terrible description of a scream. The book is riddled with this kind of language and I found myself thinking "Oh come on, it's not that bad", which is not what you want running across your mind as a story is building towards the climax!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,998

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Wow.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

That’s all I can really say! Believe all of the reviews, I’m so glad I did! “Alaskan homesteaders” isn’t usually a genre I would be interested in, but I LOVED the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and trusted the reviews.

This is an excellent epic story that beautifully intertwines complicated relationships, love, loss, action, adventure and difficult life choices. Alaskan imagery is just a bonus. You will smile, cry (at least once, maybe 4 times) and be left with a great, fulfilling ending. This will be a story that will stay with me for years to come.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,411

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

I’m not completely fine with how this ended

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Ok, I started with 4 stars on this review, but the more I try to describe how I feel about this book, the more frustrated I become. This book had such glowing reviews and I truly thought it would be an all time favorite of mine. It’s not, I’ll explain:

Eleanor is a complex character with complex relationships (or lack there of). You often wonder through the book if she struggles with some sort of social disorder, like autism, but it’s never fully explained and will leave you just wondering why she is the way she is.

All these extremely lovable and extremely awful characters are introduced throughout her fairly mundane life (although it’s a very well written mundane life) and I binged listened to see how it would all play out. We’ve got an abusive mother, a potential boyfriend, quirky coworkers, random strangers who become life long friends, a man she’s stalking, a drinking problem and an awful past she remembers nothing about.

Sounds like a lot going in one story, yes? I thought so too and couldn’t wait to see how it all played out.

Without spoiling the story, there were a lot of different elements to this story that could’ve played out, but didn’t. It leaves you feeling nice at the end, but also a little put off and unsatisfied a few minutes later.

So. I hope that helps someone out there who’s considering whether or not to use a precious audible credit. If anything I’ve said was a turn off for you, keep looking for a different book.

  • The Looming Tower

  • Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting... Sobering... Chilling...

  • By John on 09-06-08

Not usually a fan of non-fiction....

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

But this was a great book. It was interesting, sort of suspenseful (as much as non fiction can be), and filled so many gaps for my pre-911 knowledge.

ALSO, just saw they made it into a Hulu series, which I will definitely be watching.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,388
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,327

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Simply Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This is a breathtaking story and one of the top 5 I recommend to anyone willing to listen. I’m actually coming back to review this several years later because it has still has left an imprint on my soul.

  • The Thirst

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Normally, I love Jo Nesbo.

  • By B.J. on 10-22-17

Harry Hole- my long lost friend

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I HAD NO IDEA JO NESBØ RELEASED A NEW HARRY HOLE BOOK! Day made when I stumbled across this on audible. I’ve listened to the entire series and this one lived up to every last standard I had remembered. As I finished the book, I had a small tear in my eye because this is how Scandinavian noir/ detective thrillers should be written. It may be a tad formulaic, but it was a complex multifaceted story with fully developed characters that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last word.

The best part, he definitely leaves potential for another book at the ending. I will impatiently wait for that day.

Also, audible, if you can hear me, I have a serious bone to pick with you for this not being on the TOP of my recommendation list for an entire year.

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,868

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just finished... Sorry... Could listen to more.

  • By Ted on 12-14-17

One of the best books I’ve ever listened to!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I had never heard of this author or book before so I feel like I went a little rogue and took a leap, but this is one of the best stand alone books I’ve ever listened to on audible. I actually recommend this book to everyone starting audible.

It honestly has some looking for more bio-terror/ spy novels... which I feel like is a strange thing to look for and probably has me on some sort of list. Worthhhhh it

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,418

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Did extra laundry so I could keep listening- that good

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I. Couldn’t. Stop. Listening.

This book was so good! A little bit “gone girl”, a little bit “the couple next door”. Baby mama drama isn’t my normal choice, but this was definitely a suspenseful thriller.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,465

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

I don’t get the hype!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I know I’ve found a good book when I catch myself wanting to sneakily listen at work, in the shower and pretty much anytime I have down time... so I fly through good books. A Gentleman in Moscow was not that kind of book. It took about a month to finish this book. I even found myself pausing it to listen to podcasts, call family, do ANYTHING but listen to this drag on.

Without spoiling anything, let me summarize: he lives in a hotel. In Russia. On house arrest. Finds a daughter. Mild shenanigans ensue. Repeat.

I will say the narrator did a wonderful job! And Amor Towles writes in a beautiful, almost poetic way..... but the story is just meh.

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  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,927

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Good.... but long

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

The story was good, but a little too drawn out... which I rarely find myself saying with audio books but it was full of unnecessary details. However, the narrator was EXCELLENT and made this British legal drama come to life. I will definitely be looking for more of his work.