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  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,963

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerily facinating!

  • By Alycee on 01-13-12

Better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I usually listen to suspense/thrillers, so this book wasn't far from my usual genre, but enough that I worried it wouldn't keep my interest or have enough "twists"... But I was surprised! It was actually a really good story. I didn't know how it was going to end until about the last half hour, I was able to assume what might happen and it did. Also, the narrator was fantastic! He sounded so scared, really captured the moment well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,272

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Good story, not very suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

I enjoyed the book fine, story was good and I wasn't exactly expecting the way it ended to go down that way, but it still felt like something was lacking. Not the very best suspense book I've listened to, but also not the worst

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,808

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Pretty Girls kept popping up as a recommendation but I guess I kept skipping it because so many of the reviews mention disgusting scenes of violent rape. It doesn't take much for me to squirm and that is definitely not a topic that I can think of lightly.
Despite all that, the story itself sounded good to me and I felt like I hadn't heard a truly suspenseful thriller in a long time, so I decided to finally give it a shot.
First things first, the reviews are absolutely true. You're made to immediately like characters that find their way into a violent killing. Then further down the line it gets worse. If you plan on reading this book, do prepare yourself for some seriously, seriously messed up stuff. Ive never had to take so many breaks from a book.
The reason I didn't stop listening, though, is that he story felt like it had a lot of unfolding to do and I wanted to know where all this was going.
The gruesome details are really spread throughout the book, so there isn't any avoiding them, but the story has lots of twists and was incredibly suspenseful during multiple chapters. It really kept me on my toes.
All in all, I did enjoy the thrilling story, but I can't "unsee" the disturbing images painted in my head. That definitely doesn't sound like a recommendation does it?
Narrator was excellent

246 of 254 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,354

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Not as bad as the reviews made it seem!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

I'll be honest, I only briefly scanned the reviews, but I kept seeing one star because listening to an adult try to sound like a kid was so annoying. I can't exactly argue that, but it didn't actually bother me for long.
The story itself was recommended to me because I'm a big suspense fan. Have to say, it really only had one scene I would consider suspenseful, and it wasn't necessarily thrilling.
Although it's truly a very sad and pretty grotesque plot, so many aspects were endearing. Jack was a great character and his mom was very real.. Loving to her son but also trying to pick up where she left off in the world as a regular 19 year old.
All in all, I enjoyed this quick listen and am looking forward to the movie

  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,788

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

Great performance

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I loved all the different voices the narrater did for each character, it was natural and believable and made it easy to distinguish between people during dialogue.

The story itself was good, not great, but I did enjoy it. A little slow and slightly repetitive to start, but it did give you a chance to really get to know each character. I liked the different perspectives (Doctor, first person, websites, etc.). I can't say I saw the ending coming, but it wasn't incredibly suspenseful either. I did like the jump back and fourth at the very end, definitely kept me guessing.

Overall I think I would recommend this book.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,259

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Much better than expected

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

My first impression was not the best. The main character sounded like a robot and the story seemed like it was told in such a stunted way. I usually like a little more visual description. Then when a woman's voice came in, I couldn't believe they had picked all these narrators that sounded so robotic!! But as the story went on, I got used to those things and really began to enjoy it. The story was great, so many twists and I didn't see most of them coming. Very interesting!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Memories Lie

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home and never came back. But now she's suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia's life - in the form of a chilling confession. Olivia's father-in-law, wracked with guilt, says he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimer's and his story is riddled with error and confusion. Except for one terrifying certainty: he knows where the body is buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original plot

  • By Candace Russell on 09-23-15

I'm surprised that I was surprised by the ending!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I almost stopped listening to this book as soon as I started because in the opening bit with the conversation between Anna and her mom was SO annoying. I got used to her voice, but anytime she spoke as either young girl, it was rough. Very obnoxious voice.
The story line was good though. Not amazing, but I was entertained and didn't see the ending coming, even though I thought I knew what had happened.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,839

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Great book!!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I really enjoyed this book, it is much unlike any other mystery/thriller I've read and it was packed with suspense! I was actually very nervous at some points!
The ending wasn't all I had hoped for, but it wasn't at all bad. I think this book would make a great movie! I definitely recommend it to suspense fans who are tried of people just killing each other..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,914

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 09-15-15

Pretty good story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

I liked the story fine, not much to say one way or the other about it.. It was just fine.

Although I really enjoyed the narrator throughout the entire story, at the end I noticed her swallowing a lot and it grosses me out. I know that's a weird thing to remark on, but it was hard to ignore once I noticed it and that was my last impression of the book... Her swallowing. I've never narrated a book before.. But can't you turn away or something? Just sayin

2 of 5 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 9,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,651

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

Good story, although a bit unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

I really enjoyed not knowing even what the main event was until the end. I couldn't get over, however, the fact that the main character couldn't get over a guy she dated for 6 months in early high school. I understand what happened makes it harder, but come on. Also the ending left me with some questions