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  • True Crime Addict

  • How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
  • By: James Renner
  • Narrated by: James Renner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

When 11-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession led James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. In 2011 James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest. Surprising. Fascinating.

  • By River Holmes-miller on 05-27-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I read a lot of crime stories and wouldn't rate this higher than middling. There's a lot of authorial personal problems thrown in amidst some speculation about about what happened and who was involved, including if it were really a true crime. In short: an empty plate without the meat and potatoes.

  • American Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise

  • By jennifer on 06-24-14

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This was very interesting storytelling no matter how closely it adhered to facts regarding Laura and George. The parallels were nevertheless evident. I enjoyed this book very much.

  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Iris Lockhart is busy tending to the everyday business of her vintage clothing shop and her complicated love affairs when she receives a stunning phone call. Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never even knew existed, is being released from a psychiatric hospital where she has been locked away for over 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

  • By Jessica on 06-19-08

Good

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

It is a good story but like another reviewer commented, the two stories run on together and this causes confusion. There is no pause, shift in tone, or indication that the stories are being run together. Because of this, this version cannot be rated higher than four stars at best.

  • I Am, I Am, I Am

  • Seventeen Brushes with Death
  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daisy Donovan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter - for whom this book was written - from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her prose is beautiful!

  • By Judy on 03-25-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Superb storytelling, writing, and narration. A very thoughtful and satisfying read/listen. This type of excellence is why I love books.

  • A Land Remembered

  • By: Patrick D. Smith
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical tale

  • By Boysmom on 04-10-15

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This book held me captive at the outset and my oft-wandering mind stayed focused to the end. This was Guidall's best performance yet. He brought this story to life and I hung on every word. This straightforward story was one of my all time favorites. I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed it.

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage, not knowing that the papers she has signed will entitle them to do what they like with the children. And it is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them - without their family's consent or knowledge - are Rita and Rosie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, But So Worth The Journey!

  • By M. Ryder on 09-03-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This is a well-paced, engaging book greatly augmented by the excellent narration. I had a hard time turning it off because I wanted to keep listening!

  • You Think It, I'll Say It

  • Stories
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 498

Throughout the 10 stories in You Think It, I'll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we're all thinking - if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stories of people thinking and acting horribly towards each other

  • By Ali K on 06-02-18

Great Stories!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I really enjoyed these stories. I'm glad I stumbled across them. The author has a knack for writing engaging dialogue and capturing the quirks of female sentiments.

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  • Us Against the World

  • Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family
  • By: David Mann, Tamela Mann
  • Narrated by: David Mann, Tamela Mann, Justin Henry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 206

David and Tamela Mann have been married for 30 years, but the singers, actors, and entrepreneurs are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of their relationship. In their new audiobook, the couple will relate the story of their first encounters as teenagers, the importance of communication, and how they’ve been able to keep that spark burning through all these years.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Nia on 11-14-18

Yes, They Love Each Other!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

In places, the repetitive love sentiments are overly effusive but it's something you bend to accept because these two are so likeable. On the other hand, this is a fantastic marriage manual and the religious aspect, while integral to and prominent in their message, could be removed and there is still a great deal from which to learn and gain inspiration. The Manns' narration is so natural and enthusiastic that this recording sounds entirely impromptu and not at all like a book!

  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I am genuinely surprised this won Audio Book of the Year. The book and narration were "okay" but hardly on a level that elevated. I listen to hundreds of audio books a year, from all cultures and viewpoints, so it's not for lack of comparison that I say this.

Be prepared for a lot of victimization, resentment, bad choices, anger, and lack of self reflection. Frankly, the author is not that likable and imparts little wisdom or inspiration from his travails.

18 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Wishin' and Hopin'

  • A Christmas Story
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

It's 1964 and 10-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise

  • By Kathi on 11-16-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This was a sweet little story full of nostalgic references and a lovely tribute to Annette. The narration was excellent as well.