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  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,651

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Thriller With Depth

  • By Sara on 07-15-18

Thoughtful Timing & Storyline Reveals!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I actually bought this three months ago on a sale and am just now getting around to listening, which is a shame because I ended up loving it. I saw some recent reviews that said it was boring, went too slowly, etc and I didn't find that the case at all. Of course, I'm a patient person, and some people want pretty instant satisfaction. I loved hearing the family stories and the clues being slowly uncovered. It made the story in my opinion. Kudos to the writer as well for what I felt were very timely reveals. Worth the read/listen!

  • The Wrong Sister

  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275

From behind the wheel of her car, Tess Kincaid glimpses a woman walking down a Madison, Wisconsin, street. They've never met, but Tess sees the same features every time she looks in the mirror. Tess introduces herself and discovers that she and her doppelganger, Mimi, have more than appearance in common. They even share the same birthday. Mimi - confident and outgoing where Tess is understated and shy - is convinced they're twins, separated shortly after birth. When a body is discovered in a local marsh, Tess is entangled in a search for the truth....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like anything T E Woods has written B4!!!

  • By shelley on 03-01-18

Shockingly good!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I used a precious credit for this and did not regret it! At first I wasn't sure if I liked the narrator (the story is told from the point of view of Tess) but as time went on and especially as I finished the book, I realized she did a perfect job. I don't want to post any spoilers here because let's face it, the twists and discoveries are among the most fun part of reading a book like this. Suffice to say that the story was set up really well with the mother's job fitting perfectly into the story being spun, the "Wrong Sister", and many other details. I won't spoil it. I highly recommend this!

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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,864

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Selfish Wish: That It Had Been Longer! :-)

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I like books that don't have a "same old, same old" premise. This certainly fit into the category of a fresh new idea. The story was great, obviously at 2 hours 19 minutes it moved swiftly, I was hooked right away, and Zachary Quinto as the narrator was really just perfect. He inflected emotion at just the right moments and was mesmerizing. I hope this continues as a series with other story lines branching out, because there's many stories that could be told regarding the world of dispatchers. A+, really.

  • The Gift

  • By: Dave Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it’s nothing like what they’d imagined. The "gifts," from a long-dead but seemingly benevolent alien race, have been sent to help humanity defend itself against an imminent threat. It’s clear that the gifts are intended to help, but at what price? Caught in the middle is Sam Steele, a high-level programmer and veteran with a tragic past, up against the arrogant, intransigent Colonel Eric Web, who considers Steele a loose cannon and is most concerned with giving the United States an edge in the upcoming battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a great hidden gem!

  • By Freeman on 09-15-14

Why didn't I like the ending?

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Great premise for a book! I was so excited to start this. I was enraptured through the first six hours and had to keep rewinding repeatedly during hours six, seven and eight because I kept drifting out. I guess this means I thought it dragged during this time.

I think this started strong but ended both too neatly and not tied up enough. Understanding that it's likely going to be followed up by another book or two, I still feel some things happened too quickly and were tied up too neatly. For example, Sam's sudden romance, the change and then end of Webb, and the way it ended. Trying not to say more and spoil for others. Everything else was drawn out well but these things seemed to suddenly drop in your lap and stay there.

That all being said, I'm sure I'll likely listen again, which is always fun to catch things you missed and mull over what is going to happen next! :-) Overall I really did love listening to this at work for a couple of days. Well worth the purchase.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,307

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Classic.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I've adored this story since we had to read it in like ninth grade in literature class. Like some of the other characters in the book, at first you are enraptured with Gatsby's wealth & success at a young age, his beautiful estate, his mysteriousness and his participation in an affair. Only at the end when the facade is totally peeled away and his mundane beginnings/past are exposed, do you understand how much did to, and how much he was playing at, being what he thought Daisy needed him to be. You also gain a new appreciation for Nick, who seems boring at first but at least is a down-to-earth, unassuming guy. So that element of surprise is there!
I haven't read any other reviews or anything, but how symbolic was it when Daisy was making a big deal of his shirts. It was like digging past the icing on the cake when you're suspicious of what's underneath, to find the most gourmet cake imaginable. I realize now though, that you can't have your cake and eat it too...
I just had to take a star away from the Performance rating due to Jake's constant mispronunciation of the word (regarding the car) "coupe." I cringed every time. I wonder if he's ever owned a car... unless I've missed something for over 37 years of life and it really IS pronounced "coo-pay" and not "coop." LMAO

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,270

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

That. Was. Awesome!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

What a great story line spanning three generations (Doris, Beatrice, and Iris)-- this was very original and I was hooked throughout the entire book, even though it was nearly 14 hours long! There are lots of little side stories throughout, too, like Maxine's story. I really liked this a lot. Who wouldn't like a good book set in a creepy abandoned yet preserved bank from 1978, amid murder and money and lies and affairs?!

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  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Wish I'd Have Read This Instead Of Listened To It

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I didn't like the narrator. That's not a common occurrence for me, and I thought she might grow on me, but she didn't. It sounded like she was trying a little hard to capture the main character's voice, and also she gave Doro's dad who was described to have a Midwestern accent, a totally Northern accent. Trust me, I'm a Midwesterner, and that was 100% pure Northern. That irked me.

Moving on to the story, it took a while for me to get into, and I do feel I'd have grasped it better if I'd read the actual book. (Not to mention it would have bypassed the narrator.) However, the story turned out to be ok. Through 3/4 of the book I was convinced I'd be returning it because I didn't really connect with it. I don't believe I'll ever listen to it again... so I'll have to consider further if I'm going to keep it. I usually re-listen to my audiobooks but I doubt I'll take the time to do that with this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.

  • By Rachel on 08-17-15

Happily, more crazy rich Asians! :D

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

You know, in a way I think this is better than Crazy Rich Asians. I think there was more excitement & drama in this book. I think what I like best about it is you really feel immersed in their world. The one thing that felt a BIT inauthentic was that Rachel seemed to remain just as down-to-earth as always even after getting used to the high-wealth world she became a part of. I would imagine that any normal person would start to acclimate to it. However, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. :) And by the way cousin Eddie just cracks me up with his ridiculousness!

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

What did you love best about 30 Days of Night?

The story was just good! Loved all the different characters, and the reason the event happened where it did.

What did you like best about this story?

It was just a good story, a good idea for a story.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the "head guy" (trying not to spoil) came in to take care of things! His reaction was not what I expected!

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

Yes it was! Easy enough since it was only an hour-- but I started it at the end of the workday, then finished when I got home. LOL

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Safest Lies

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567

Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn't set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker's baby growing inside her - Kelsey. Kelsey knows she's supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced/Action Packed!

  • By Chanda Leigh Combs on 07-13-17

Not bad!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would if they like YA. I didn't realize when I got it that it was YA (not that I mind, but not all adults like it.)

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was ok. I listen to and read mostly psychological thrillers, so I'm used to huge twists and surprises. This didn't really have that. It was a good story though.

Which scene was your favorite?

The beginning scenes when she was stuck in her car!

Do you think The Safest Lies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It might be interesting to see where her life goes, yes!

Any additional comments?

I liked the narrator on this one. She has an expressive, lively voice that was really natural, not forced or faked at any time. The story was good. Will likely listen again once more to catch all the little things I may have missed.