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  • I'll Give You the Sun

  • By: Jandy Nelson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns

  • By FanB14 on 09-26-14

Wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

Both narrators were amazing. The story was moving. I'll be listening to this one again because it was so wonderful.

  • Soldier Girls

  • The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
  • By: Helen Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healing and Insightful

  • By Constance on 11-23-14

Compelling and honest.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Any additional comments?

I feel as though this book is a necessary read for civilians who have family and friends serving in the military. The honest accounts of the experiences of these three women isn't fluff. It is important for people to know soldiers as humans and the effect their service has on their lives. Their reasons for enlisting, their personal relationships, their work in the forces. I'm really glad I purchased this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,458

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hated this book!

  • By nikki on 04-11-18

Enjoyed it because I went in with no expectations

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

Any additional comments?

A lot of people have compared this to "Gone Girl" which to me seems ridiculous because the two books are nothing alike. Although there were some plot twists that seemed a little too convenient, I enjoyed this book as a way to pass my 4-hour (2 hours in each direction) commute to work. I particularly liked Louise Brealey's narration of Megan. For a first attempt, I think Paula Hawkins did a good job and the book did exactly what I purchased it for- to entertain me.

  • Rock Chick

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,754

Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Rockin story

  • By karen on 03-26-14

main character is painfully vapid.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Any additional comments?

The author repeats herself so much, it's distracting and makes it hard follow
a potentially interesting story line. The main character is vapid, obnoxious, and hard to
sympathize with. The timespan this story is supposed to take place over is completely untealistic. Even if I did suspend my disbelief, the stereotypes and the constant pausing to talk about which outfit each person is wearing or listening to "Indy" say the same thing over and over again is just too much. This narrator does a good job considering the weak material she has to work with. If this book was well written, the audio would be a 8-9 hour story at the most. Uninspired characters, uninspired writing, and way too much fluff. I'mm returning this book.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,073

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Wow.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

All of it. Her voices were the perfect colour for each character, including the children.

Any additional comments?

This book was wonderful! At first I wasn't too sure if I'd be into it however after the first hour I was hooked. Listened to it over 2 days while at work. I did not expect to feel as taken in as I was. I was also surprised that one of the character's story made me cry the way it did but I am glad for it. Sure it wasn't really a murder mystery thriller, but I was thoroughly entertained in a way only a reallygreat page-turner (or ear tickler I guess) could.

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  • Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell

  • An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas
  • By: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove - or prove - the woman's story.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What! No Kristen Bell?! This feels so wrong....

  • By P. Wellings on 01-28-15

Kristen Bell is the only voice of Veronica Mars

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell to be better than the print version?

Nope.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The narrator's voice was grating. She spoke way too slowly and made Veronica's character sound weak.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Lowman’s performances?

NOPE.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I love everything about Veronica Mars so I enjoyed imagining familiar characters while listening to this book. However the narration is so poor, it took away from the experience. The only voices that didn't get on my nerves were those when she read the parts of the male characters.

26 of 29 people found this review helpful