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  • The Perfect Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Aimee Molloy
  • Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,348

They call themselves the May Mothers - a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By J.C. on 05-15-18

Fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Writing needs improvement. The end was too much like Scooby-Doo. The narrator was AMAZING.

  • The Last Thing She Ever Did

  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037

The community along Oregon's Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a beautiful young son, Charlie. Then Charlie vanishes without a trace, and all that seemed safe is shattered by a tragedy that is incomprehensible—except to Liz. It took one fleeting moment for her to change the lives of everyone she loves—a heartrending accident that can't be undone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I just couldn't get into it....

  • By Michelle on 01-09-18

Oh good grief

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I hated it. Long, drawn out ridiculous book with no meat. Not a psychological thriller - predictable. Don’t know how garbage like this ends up in my recommendation list.

  • Little Liar

  • By: Clare Boyd
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbor would do: She calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe. Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma's picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services. As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she's been keeping. When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't put it down

  • By Tracy Stack on 02-27-18

Not a psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This book is categorized wrong. I like psychological thrillers and this book is definitely not. The child is missing for less than 5 minutes of the story. It’s really a story about troubled mother/daughter relationships and meddling neighbors. Most of the characters weren’t easy to like, even Rosie threw ridiculous tantrums for a ten year old child. She was easier to overlook than the adults. The narrator was outstanding! She made a bad book tolerable. Kudos to talented narrators!!

  • Most Wanted

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,758

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start, but...

  • By Moses on 04-15-16

Ridiculous plot

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

The potential is wasted with silliness and romantic drama 🙄. The protagonist is a weak, needy, warrior which doesn’t add up to a normal person. Her husband Marcus is pragmatic, and she thinks he’s selfish. Of course she’s right and he’s wrong, so he needs to change. Blah blah blah. The narrator ruined most of the narrative by being too slow and monotonous. This story is RIDICULOUS!!

  • The Surrogate

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Alex Tregear
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you'd kill for it? Be careful what you wish for.... Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat's childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. But Kat and Lisa's history hides dark secrets. And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thought it would be predictable, but it was just weird.

  • By Casey Leonard on 11-02-17

Terrible characters

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

The characters were deplorable people. Narrator was good, but the story was crazy far-fetched. Couldn’t recommend.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,645

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Narration ruins it

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

S-L-O-W start, then 1/2 way the story really begins. The narrator is AWFUL! I think she’s sleep narrating. She speaks so slowly, I was nearly bored to a refund. I couldn’t recommend this, and I’ll avoid the narrator for future purchases. The book need another edit because it could’ve been half the length without losing anything important.

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,003

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Too many narrators. Silly storyline. Enjoyed Stillhouse Lake, but this fell very short. Actually awful.

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  • And Then She Was Gone

  • By: Christopher Greyson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Stacy Shaw has her whole life ahead of her. New job, new house, and now a baby on the way - everything she's ever hoped for is finally coming true. But on a warm summer night on the way home from work, she vanishes. The police race to find her, but the clues don't add up. Conflicting facts emerge as her story twists and turns, sending the trail spiraling in all directions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fills in the earlier part of Jack Stratton's life

  • By Wayne on 05-16-17

Zero Stars

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Perfect character... ugh! High school kid knows EVERYTHING! Hated this and narration sucks. Computer like voice. Just awful!!

  • 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 16,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,313

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

Pulled but predictable

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

This book pulled me in and I finished it quickly, but it was very predictable. I never wondered what would happen, I knew. Still it held my attention, so 4 stars to the writer and 5 stars for the narrator.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered

  • By: Gabrielle Lord
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

PI Gemma Lincoln and Sergeant Angie McDonald are on the case - tracking down a cold-blooded killer and piecing together evidence that hints that the murdered may have been the cop. Gabrielle Lord draws on all her skills to weave a story that is bloody and unpredictable, yet at the same time personal, warm and very thoughtful. She stands alone as a writer who can bring together a brutal, complex crime plot with a very modern relationship story and make both threads thrilling and compelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caroline Lee is the best narrator

  • By momgiraffe on 05-03-17

Caroline Lee is the best narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Shattered kept my interest, but there are a lot of side stories. It could use another edit to cut some of that and get to the point. Overall, it's good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful