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  • One True Loves

  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

In her 20s Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite author!

  • By Kim on 06-12-16

Had to Return

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

While Julia Whelan makes anything easy to listen to, this book is too sweet for my library.

  • Skeletons at the Feast

  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Story

  • By Ronald C. Licata on 01-13-18

Another Hit

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I love this author. His characters really come to life, and his subject matter is diverse. This one was a little harder to follow in the beginning, but well worth struggling to remember who is who. I will be reading all this author's novels!

  • The Flight Attendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,351

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Spice on 03-15-18

Fast read.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

It reads fast because you don't want to stop listening. Intelligent, gripping, insightful. A few LOL funny lines. Loved the voice. Full of twists and turns. Fully worth a credit!

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,021

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Great Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

All the reviews are true. This is one hard-to-put-down book! Steadman's writing has voice and her narration is superb! Buy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Conversations with Friends

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stuck inside a 21-year-old's head--not much fun

  • By barbara on 02-13-18

In the End

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

It was sudden, but I loved the ending. It made up for a lot I disliked throughout the book. It made me glad I finished it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Mol, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can’t quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the BEST psychological thriller EVER !

  • By ROBIN on 01-26-16

Cartoonish but...

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

I couldn't stop listening and really enjoyed it. The last few chapters were preposterous but forgivable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Settle for More

  • By: Megyn Kelly
  • Narrated by: Megyn Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

Anchor of the number-one news show on cable, The Kelly File, Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly writes her much anticipated book, a revealing and surprising memoir detailing her rise as one of the most respected journalists working today. From the values and lessons that have shaped her career to her time at the center of the chaotic 2016 Republican presidential primary, this book offers an inside look at an uncompromising woman's journey to the top of the news business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great career & personal advice!

  • By Beth Wilcox on 01-20-17

Couldn't Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

I've never seen her show because I don't watch Fox News. She does have strong voice and I did enjoy the book. But it's a little discomforting too. Kind of like Ayn Rand overload. Plus the end pretty much sums up her complexity and contradiction: John Denver lyrics leading into the threat, "If you try to steal this, we will sue you." The open palm versus the clinched fist. Too much testosterone.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,245

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

A Good Book Poorly Edited

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Where the red pen? Was the delete button malfunctioning? It is a good book, but fewer lengthy torrent-of-consciousness digressions would have made a much better novel.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • To the Power of Three

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Alexandra O'Karma
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Lippman's brilliant and disturbing tale of three inseparable high school girlfriends in an affluent Baltimore suburb who share dark secrets literally until death, To the Power of Three is this "writing powerhouse" ( USA Today), who has "exploded the boundaries of the mystery genre to become one of the most significant social realists of our time" (Madison Smartt Bell) operating at the very top of her game.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narration ever.

  • By Wendy on 08-09-16

Worst narration ever.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

The narrator suffers from dry mouth and possibly asthma, since you hear her every inhalation. It was really annoying, but I like Laura Lippman's writing so I listened to it all. Had I realized another narrator read an abridged version, I probably would have bought it instead.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • See Me

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,260

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he's focused only on walking a straight line - getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nail biter

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-07-16

Undermined by poor narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Male narrator's attempt to produce the southern female voice was grating and distracting. High pitched and saccharin. Really annoying!