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  • I Invited Her In

  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university. But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do. After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, highly recommend

  • By Jenn on 02-08-19

Not suspenseful enough

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I love Joanne Froggatt. I bought this book because of her. Domestic suspense is one of my guilty pleasure genres. I thought I would love this book. However, I was really disappointed. It was extremely predictable, no real twists or suspense. It did hold my attention because I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, which never really did. And I thought the attempt at character redemption at the end was lame, it didn’t fit in at all with what we were shown throughout the book.

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  • The Last Move

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,271

In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Burton consistently writes winners!

  • By shelley on 09-21-17

Too predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

What did you like best about The Last Move? What did you like least?

The choice of victims piqued my interest just enough to keep me listening, I wanted to know specifically why they were chosen. I guessed from the beginning who did it, the book was far too predictable. I also found it really unnecessary, and almost repulsive, to have to listen to the murderer get his rocks off.

I found Kate to be pretty two dimensional and not engaging enough. I like to fall in love with the characters, I just wasn't given a reason to with Kate. Mazur was probably my favorite, but really, how cliche is it that he wants to bone her after less than 2 days together?

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As I said, the choice of the victims and the fact that they all seemed to be connected, this was really the only interesting thing. Least interesting? It's hard to say because I didn't find any of it particularly suspenseful or thrilling. I found it kind of monotonous. Also, I don't feel like the murderer's point of view was necessary. It didn't really add much to the story.

What didn’t you like about Teri Schnaubelt’s performance?

Her voices were all basically the same. Male voices all sounded the same with only slight variations, same for female voices. And any voice with an accent. I like when voice actors can perform a range of voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would probably make a better movie because it's just too unrealistic. It read like a crime show script, which I typically also find unrealistic.

Any additional comments?

The book needs some editing. At one point Mazur is referred to as Nevada and Nevada was not even around. How did nobody catch that in production?

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,087
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,554
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,523

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was great, McAdams not so much

  • By R. Evans on 06-17-17

The story was great, McAdams not so much

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-17

I never actually read this book before but grew up on the movies and knew I would love it. The story is wonderful but I was very disappointed by Rachel McAdams' performance.

Firstly, I listen to audio books because I want to feel like I'm being told a story by a close friend, rather than simply being read to by a stranger. I didn't feel like she was very interested in the story she was telling.

Anne's was really the only voice that McAdams put any character into. Marilla didn't have enough bite in her character, McAdams barely changed her voice at all. Why choose a well known actor to play multiple characters of she's only capable of one or two voices?

I noticed multiple times when she would transition characters without changing the voice of the previous character and realize halfway through her sentence and change her tone. She often read parts like "she said" or "she replied" as if it were part of the speech of the character.

Her voice has a nice sound, if she had put more effort into it, it could've been great.

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