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Mendenhall, MS USA
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  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,418

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Mind Blowing!!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

There are no words to describe how awesome this book was. The writing was brilliant and flawless. The narrators were great!

I have to admit that you need to suspend reality a bit before getting into the book, but once you do, you will be hooked.

I was really struck by the contrast of the gorgeous garden, the girls and their tattoos with the horror of what was happening there.

I think Dot Hutchison is a rising star in the literary world. I will definitely read anything else she publishes.

  • You Will Know Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 927

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter, Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits - until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community, and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOTHING "like gone girl" like it claims

  • By lmb5 on 07-29-16

Hope this will be a series

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

This was a good book that dealt with the psychological effects on family members when the whole family's world revolves around the success of one member. I found the information about gymnastics and the grueling routine of Olympic hopefuls fascinating. I feel the author really did her homework in this area.

I also thought the writing was impeccable. This was my first Megan Abbott book and I will certainly read others. She's very talented.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Two-Family House

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Cohen Loigman
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage, with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear, and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Two Family Saga

  • By Sara on 08-17-17

Touching Family Saga

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

I really enjoyed this book. It's about choices people make and the unintended consequences. It's not hard to figure out the secret that drives the two mothers in this book. What makes this book great is the effects this secret has on many lives. How many choices have we made that we would change if we knew the outcome ahead of time?

If you like family dramas that make you think, you'll enjoy this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Box

  • By: Eva Lesko Natiello
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 410

In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She's relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to google her maiden name - which none of the others know.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating

  • By Nick on 09-25-17

Crazy!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

This book was not just good, it was crazy good. I can't go into too much detail because I don't want to give anything away. If you are suffering from Gone Girl withdrawal, clear your schedule for a whole day and read this book.

It really is that good!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Don't You Cry

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,026

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to "My Dearest" is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate, Quinn Collins, to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, original, and kept me guessing

  • By Kathleen on 06-01-16

As good as, if not better than Gone Girl

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I really hate it when critics compare any psychological thriller that hits the market to Gone Girl because, up until now, I haven't read one that is as good as Gone Girl. This book has everything that a good thriller should: Great characters, turns you will not see coming, and a great ending.

I've read all of Ms. Kubica's books to date and they are all fantastic, however, this is definitely my favorite.

I highly recommend this book, just make sure you clear your schedule. You will not be able to stop reading or listening.

One last thing. I think this book could have a great prequel.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

Wish I'd had time to listen in one sitting

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

This was a great book with enough twists and turns to make you want to keep reading. A few parts were predictable, but there was always something added to keep you guessing.

I also thought the characters were very well developed and seemed real.

Nicola Barber is one of my favorite narrators. She didn't disappoint in this book at all.

Highly recommend if you enjoy psychological tense novels that are hard to put down.

  • Lacy Eye

  • By: Jessica Treadway
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter's happiness would lead to her husband's death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they're glad that Dawn--always an awkward child--appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in her relationship with Rud.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No mystery here

  • By Najima Rainey on 03-13-15

Gives You Lots to Think About

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

This book was so much better than I anticipated! I like books that delve into the psyche and explore different relationships. This book goes really deep into the relationship of mothers and their children. The title and the use of the phrase is also very clever.

I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author. She has lots of talent!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Midwife

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Colorado, 1880. Gracy Brookens has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands of babies in her lifetime. The only midwife in a small mining town tucked in the Tenmile Range, Gracy is a gifted and important resource for the women of her hardscrabble community. For years she has advised expectant mothers through their pregnancies, guided them through the tortures of labor, and then helped them heal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Surprise

  • By H1RolleR on 04-16-16

Sandra Dallas Never Fails

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Another excellent book by Sandra Dallas. Her characters are always well drawn and plot has just enough of a twist to provide a few surprises.

If you've enjoyed Ms. Dallas' other books, this one will not disappoint. If you've never read her books, this one will be the first of many because you'll want more!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 6,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,588

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

Hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

This book was hard to put down. I'm really surprised that it isn't a #1 bestseller. You know from the description that it's about a boy who turns up missing and the media gets overly involved, pointing fingers at the mother and others. There's much more to this book than that. Surprising family secrets come out and just when you think you've solved it, another twist will come into play. You will keep guessing until the end!

If you like mysteries, this will be a great pick for you.

65 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,669

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Great Book. Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

I really enjoyed this book - A LOT. I had read The Good Girl and also liked it, but I think this one is much better. It is very different and not nearly as predictable. There were quite a few turns that I did not see coming. The only complaint I have is that there didn't seem to be any closure for the Wood family.

I will definitely read Ms. Kubica's next book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful