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  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life - except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip This One

  • By BostonMommy on 04-18-18

Not my favourite Anna Quindlen

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This one just disappointed compared to others. Characters were fairly well developed by the plot just didn’t seem to ever get beyond surface trivialities.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,685

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Very Inspiring from a Canadian Woman

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I enjoyed hearing Hilary’s truth and experience from her own point of view. Her story educated me and gave me further understanding about the events of the election in 2016. I felt she spoke from a very genuine, honest, humble point of view. I ended the listen inspired to make changes and persevere in my own life and begin more involvement in local politics... that my voice matters.

  • The Perfect Neighbors

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She's adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office - and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie's neighbor, Susan Barrett, begins every day with fresh resolutions: She won't eat any carbs, she'll go to bed at a reasonable hour, and she'll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Continued waiting for the climax of the story

  • By Tonya on 07-23-16

WORST NARRATOR ever!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Would you be willing to try another one of Madeleine Maby’s performances?

Never!

Any additional comments?

I came across this author after listening to her book with Greer Hendricks"The Wife Between Us" (which is one of THE BEST audible books I have listened to in a library of hundered! My new favourite!!) Unfortunately, I moved onto "The Perfect Neighbors" next and I'm going to have to purchase the Kindle edition because this is seriously the WORST NARRATOR I've ever heard. I RETURNED THE BOOK two chapters in....it has the dialogue pace of a grade one student sound.i....nnn....gggg...ou....t..the.....woooooorrrddsss. PAINFUL. I'm usually a very forgiving listener and have stuck with a lot of difficult narrations, but this was really disappointing and the first time I have ever suggested a book should be re-recorded to do it justice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,528

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

SO so so great!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Loved this story! Excellent plot line and superb characters. The ending just gets better and better!
New favourite!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Change of Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Stafford Clark-Price, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intensely satisfying

  • By Stephanie on 04-22-16

Not my favourite Jodi Picoult

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Found this story difficult to follow as an audio with so many different character narrators.

  • The Girl Before

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,550

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant - and it does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Lisa on 05-07-17

Does not disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

After looking for something that would be as engrossing as Gone Girl or The Girl on a Train, I finally found another that became a non-stop listen. The characters are intriguing, the past/present story line works well and the ending manages to surprise. Well worth the credit!

  • Every Last One

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful

  • By Kimberly on 04-28-10

My Favourite Audiobook out of Hundreds

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

I have hundreds of audiobooks in my library, many of which I could listen to again because I don’t remember them. Every Last One is a story that has stuck with me, the characters etched in my mind. It is one of a few I have listened to multiple times because I love it, not because I’ve forgotten it. It is a story of one woman’s hope and healing and is beautifully written.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bright Side

  • By: Kim Holden
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne, Lidia Dornet
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

Kate Sedgwick's life has been anything but typical. She's endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there's a reason her best friend, Gus, calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She's also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad

  • By Kristin on 04-06-15

If I hear "dude" one more time I will scream!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

What would have made Bright Side better?

I just couldn't do it...I had to return this one despite all the good reviews. The narrator drove me nuts. Maybe if I was reading this, I would have liked it but all I could here was this girl calling everyone she met - male, female, older, younger "dude." I can't do it. P.S. I've listened to over 400 audiobooks and I have powered through some pretty rough ones...I'm not a book snob...so just can't get past the narration to the good reviews?!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Best Kept Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Hatvany
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year-old son Charlie. It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all - a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book!

  • By Tina Garcia on 12-25-14

Fictitious story with Real Message about Addiction

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

What other book might you compare Best Kept Secret to and why?

I have listened to many memoirs on addiction and I was impressed as to how I felt like this was almost a true story, with more of a plot to it.

If you could take any character from Best Kept Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The main character...the mother, who is so honest, vulnerable and does everything possible a mother could do to right her wrongs.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,459

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Interesting Story Idea BUT...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did enjoy this listen for the most part. I like how the author "unraveled" the story with effective use of past/present narration. There were just some "tripping" points in the plot that really bothered me. I actually thought to myself "How did the editor of this book let that slip?"

Would you recommend Behind Closed Doors to your friends? Why or why not?

The psychological intensity of the book was generally very gripping, however there were some moments that were just completely unbelievable, in which the main character could have clearly made a different choice and completely changed her situation. It's like following a science fiction movie that seems so real, but then there's the ONE thing that suddenly makes it so far fetched it just pushes the whole idea over the line, and the movie loses it's believability. I would still recommend the listen if you are looking for something edgy but easy listening.