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  • The Wrong Sister

  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,920

From behind the wheel of her car, Tess Kincaid glimpses a woman walking down a Madison, Wisconsin, street. They've never met, but Tess sees the same features every time she looks in the mirror. Tess introduces herself and discovers that she and her doppelganger, Mimi, have more than appearance in common. They even share the same birthday. Mimi - confident and outgoing where Tess is understated and shy - is convinced they're twins, separated shortly after birth. When a body is discovered in a local marsh, Tess is entangled in a search for the truth....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like anything T E Woods has written B4!!!

  • By shelley on 03-01-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Ok book. But you see the plot twist a mile away. Very predictable. Decent narration.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,117

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Best Listen This Year

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Read this. Listen to it. Beautifully written, beautifully read. You will not regret the time you spend in this world - this meticulously crafted and beautifully sad, yet redemptive world. The detail the author provides is captivating. So much so that you’re truly in the environment of the characters. You’re breathing their air and feeling the things they feel. Completely believable. It’s a study on character development and prose. Read this book!!! Go!

  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly delightful book!

  • By T.K. on 06-21-08

A Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Well written. Well narrated. Witty humor and brilliant descriptions of the locale, flora, and mostly fauna. Captures your imagination and places you in the very places the writer describes. Expertly narrated - the perfect voice and cadence for this book. All around enjoyable.

  • 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 21,689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,886

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
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Formula fiction. Decent writing. No exciting twists or turns. Long dialogue at end explains EVERYTHING. But it’s almost all guessable.

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stained Glass Window

  • By Dr. Louie on 12-14-16

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

A very entertaining listen. Opens the listener’s ears and mind to the wonderment and joyful outlook of the author. Very uplifting. But not in a self-help kind of way. Definitely recommend. Oh and his accent... delicious!

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,182

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By DogLover on 09-08-14

Unbelievable plot. Thesaurus driven prose.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

The plot is ridiculous - but you probably won’t realize that until half way through. The book is full of thesaurus-sourced words and the dialogue is unnatural sounding for the characters. But it’s well-read. The performance saves this book and makes it at least an entertaining listen.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,671

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Predictable and Lacks Imagination

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

I kept waiting for something to happen, but the book just clipped along and an even pace. Everything that happened was easy to see coming a mile away. Boring and depressing are two words that come to mind when thinking of this book.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,025

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Captures the Nuance of Falling in Love

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Captures the Nuance of Falling in Love PERFECTLY

The tiniest detail isn't neglected. I felt myself so immersed in the characters that I could even smell certain things described by the author. Brilliantly portrays the beauty and complexity of falling in love. And reminded me, a long married woman, what it felt like. A wonderfully well written tale.

  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,963

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • These twists and turns did not make a great ride..

  • By Claudia H on 11-04-16

Quick paced, grabs you from the beginning.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

This book has nary a dull moment and very few, if any plot holes (a personal pet peeve of mine). It's an excellent, entertaining listen. The narrator's tone annoyed me at first, but once the plot grabbed me I actually started to enjoy the narration. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for an old fashioned mystery and a nice escape. Good book.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,783
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,771

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Inspiring! <br />

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

This book left me feeling excited about life! It inspired me to remember to push through the difficult times in life, to never settle for mediocre or second best, and to never stop. Excellent read. Beautifully performed. The narrator really captured the essence and spirit of the book, I felt.