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  • The Woman Next Door

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours.... Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biting, Beguiling, Will make you smile AND shudder

  • By MarisaReads on 01-07-17

The Ultimate Dysfunctional Neighbors

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Melissa and Hester are two ladies who have absolutely nothing in common, apart from the fact that they are neighbors who both have secrets. Melissa is wealthy, tries too hard to be trendy and lives a charmed life which she is desperate to hang on to despite her sordid past. Hester is delusional. She is judgmental, lonely, extremely nosy and has no life of her own to speak of. Which leads her to insert herself into the lives of Melissa and her family. The narration was great! All done with a touch of British humor!

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,965

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

As Good as You've Heard!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I bought this book after a slump in which I listened to several mediocre books in a row. The reviews are spot on. This book is good! This is a heartbreaking story about a family that is torn apart by grief and life-shattering loss. The clues are intentionally given out at certain times. I had a very good idea about what was going on, and how the main characters are really connected, but in no way did that detract from the suspense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Apocalypse of Our Own

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Nadia Mori
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Can the friend zone survive the end of the world? Missy and Kevin are friends. Just friends. They’d never actually date each other, because they’ve been friends since childhood, and that would be weird. Now it’s the apocalypse. People are leaking blood from their eyeballs and turning into homicidal oozing mutants. Fortunately, Kevin has access to an underground shelter, and he and Missy make it there in time to avoid a horrible gruesome death. But they’re trapped down there. Things are going to get weird.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-18

Frustrating Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Good Lord. I'm glad that's over, and thankfully it wasn't longer. This story is good, typical Jeff Strand. However, the narrator absolutely did not fit. The tendency to be monotone when the story called for excitement was bad enough. However, the pronunciation due to accent was so bad that I was constantly distracted, and it grated on my nerves. The first time I heard her say the word "squirrel", I laughed out loud. Not in a good way. A poor choice of narrator can totally ruin a good book. It's not like the people who make the decisions haven't heard this before. I'd go back and actually read it but I'm pretty sure I'd just keep hearing that voice in my head.

  • Beautiful Lies

  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

If Ridley Jones had slept 10 minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the beautiful lie she used to call her life. She would still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfect, with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a chance

  • By Linda Ann Howson on 05-01-09

So Irritating

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

The main character in this book is so childish and self-absorbed, after a while it just became too irritating. And the way she talked to the listener was just strange. Blah, blah blah. Could have been hours shorter, which would have been a relief.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,773

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Drones On and On

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I've read and listened to many Stephen King books over the years, and I know ahead of time that they can be loaded down with repetitions and unnecessary character development. However, I found this one to be absolutely too much. Hours of blah, blah, blah in the middle of the book could have easily been eliminated without damaging the story line in the least. I thought the narrator did a great job. I just don't know how he stayed awake for it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love, Thais

  • By: Natasha A. Salnikova
  • Narrated by: Kauleen Cloutier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Thais is not a regular woman. She's 38 but her mind is settled in much earlier years. Her family died in a car accident, but she adopted a new one. Thais is a hoarder and works in an apartment building as a cleaning lady, hating all the residents. And she will do anything, anything at all, for a certain man in her life, for a man who said she was beautiful, Timur Ozin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Warning- Bad Narration Ahead

  • By MarisaReads on 01-31-17

Terrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

What a strange choice of narrators. The book is set is Russia, however the narrator has an American accent. She occasionally slips back and forth, such as a husband that has a (bad) Russian accent that comes and goes, and his wife, Olga, has a whiny American accent. Her goat-like, overdone, bleeting portrayal of an elderly neighbor was almost too hard to listen to. The whole thing, story and narrator both, just came off as trying way too hard. The endless internal dialogues just go on and on and on. A proper narrator could have gone a long way towards making this slow book a bit more worthy of a listen. The way it is, it's pretty bad. Not sure where all the good reviews are coming from.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kutter

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Jack Clancy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Charlie Stanlon is a serial killer. A ghastly, vicious sociopath who chains women to a table in his basement and tortures them to death. He has no friends. He has no family. He despises his co-workers. His only pleasure in life is to cause pain and terror...until the day he finds an adorable Boston terrier and takes it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dark Humor

  • By Cathie on 04-04-17

Very Dark Humor

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

If you are a fan of dark humor, Jeff Strand is your author. The main character is a very disturbed serial killer whose life is transformed by a cute little dog. Surprisingly, I ended up feeling sorry for him. The narrator was perfect. Give it a listen!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let You Go

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,313

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with ending

  • By BonSue on 04-21-17

It's Ok

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

I found this to be a pretty good book, but maybe not up to par with the other Chevy Stevens books I've listened to. Although the ending was predictable, the twists and turns kept me guessing as to the motivations of each character for a majority of the story. The only issue I have is with the narration of Sophie's character, which was one of the worst I've ever heard. The strange pauses and over dramatization was painful to listen to, and very distracting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fangboy

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Janine Haynes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Nathan Pepper seemed like an ordinary baby -- except for a mouth full of scary sharp teeth. Because his life began with his grandmother strongly recommending that he be destroyed as soon as possible, it's safe to say that Nathan was not destined for a typical existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very cute and funny tale..

  • By Crystal on 11-02-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Jeff Strand has become one of my favorite authors, and I always look forward to another of his original, captivating stories. This is the first time I've struggled to finsh one. It almost felt like someone else wrote it. The story itself is fragmented, and while the premise is interesting, the whole thing just fell flat.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,854
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,806

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I bought this book mostly because I was curious, but I was skeptical about Leah Remini's motivations for writing it. What happened as I listened is I was totally engrossed, and I came away with a complete understanding of what pushed her to make such a bold move as to take on these people. Leah lays it all on the line and approaches her story, and that of other church members, with passion, and a self-deprecating humor that made me come to think of her as a very brave woman. This lifestyle is so far beyond anything I can imagine. No one else could have narrated Leah's book but her.