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  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,851

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....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No Thrill Here

  • By Sara on 06-08-18

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 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

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.

  • 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 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

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.

1 of 1 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 2,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

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 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,026

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 7,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,795

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
  • Best Book Nicholas Sparks Has Ever Written!

  • By Wendi on 01-07-16

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!

  • The Golem of Hollywood

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 289

Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can't remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Dianna L. Storck on 09-26-14

One of the Worst

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

This has to be one of the worst books I've downloaded. The authors tried really hard but missed the mark completely.

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,251

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Thank you, JK.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

I just heard on an NPR interview that book four is already begun--right where three leave off. THANK YOU, JK! I couldn't stand it to be over.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dept. of Speculation

  • By: Jenny Offill
  • Narrated by: Jenny Offill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 454

"The Wife" once exchanged love letters with her husband, coyly postmarked the Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes -the arrival of a child and, later, a lover - the Wife puzzles over the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and romantic love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I found the Heroine dislikable

  • By Isabelle on 12-29-14

Offill. Truly awful.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Narcissistic, self-absorbed prattle. I'm amazed I listened to it all. The high praise this book has received (not earned) is indicative of the publishing world's infatuation with itself.

57 of 69 people found this review helpful