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  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,417

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Good Bones, but Way Too Long

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

The foundation for a good story is here, but this book is over written. It feels so drawn out and over dramatic that I went from being thoroughly intrigued to skipping whole chapters just to get it over with. The main character, Hal goes from an interesting, independent woman to a whiny, quivering girl-baby within the first few hours. None of the characters are particularly likable and most of their actions are inexplicable and random. There are also several glaring plot-holes that were small, but noticeable enough that it took a lot of the enjoyment out of the story. Hal's constant shifts from one major extreme emotion to the next got very old, very quickly. The "roller coaster of emotions" was draining and I have a tough time believing any normal person would respond this way. I wanted to badly to like this as it's right up my alley in terms of subject matter, but I will be skipping to the end just to FINALLY hear the conclusion and be done with it. This book could have been good with some heavy handed editing.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,553

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I still really enjoyed this book. I think the best part was it didn't end when I expected it too. Typical thrillers end when the "case" is solved and the story explained, I loved that this kept going to the true end. The detective characters were pretty hokey, which is pretty much Tana French's usual style, but it was a nice departure that they weren't the main focus of the story. I thought the narrator did a great job of pulling the listener into the story and the mood. I definitely found my emotions being affected by parts of the story, whether it be a sense of nervousness or my heart beating faster, which I always think is the mark of a good narrator. Tana was able to keep things fairly believable (I didn't find myself rolling my eyes too much) and created a great story line with interesting characters with the right amount of back story to create depth without drowning us in useless detail. Overall I thought it was a worthwhile listen with a compelling story. No regrets here!

78 of 81 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Time I Lied

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 943

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she - or anyone - saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips. Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma's paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it...

  • By Carol on 07-15-18

I cant' even finish this

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book feels like it was written by a teenage girl in a creative writing class. So over-dramatic, so choppy and about five hours too long. The narrator is whiny which would make sense while she's portraying the 13-year old girl flashback, but is ridiculously annoying when she's supposed to be an adult woman. The book is filled with useless details and descriptions that I think are supposed to add character development, but instead just feel like an excuse to use some over done writing cliches. The story drags on for so long that at this point I don't even care what happened to those girls. I really don't think any actual human would behave the way these "people" do. It reads like a Lifetime movie script. I rarely return a book, but I want my credit (and 6 hours of my life) back.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Snow White Must Die

  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,961

On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story

  • By C. Vincent on 01-27-13

Clunky and too long

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I think translation had something to do with the repetitive and clunky dialog, but the writing just doesn't flow well. The book could have been half as long without the endless recapping of events to the (too) many characters. I skipped full chapters and had no problem following along because there were 20 minute explanations of what just happened anyways. No part of the "mystery" is left without being tediously picked apart. The two detectives don't seem to be very good at their jobs and honestly were the worst part of the book. Also what's with calling jail "the joint" constantly? Is there an assumption that it's still a common usage in America?? Silly criticism, but it really started grating on my nerves. I will definitely be skipping any other German "thrillers"

  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly amazing

  • By KismetKat11 on 11-17-09

Uninspiring, but not terrible

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This book could have been half as long as it is. I skipped through parts because it repeatedly goes over the same ground. It feels really over written with lots of unnecessary internal dialog and long winded descritptive passages. It's fine if you're looking for background noice with a decent (yet unbelievable) story, but it's definitely not a thriller or a fast paced mystery.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,411

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Do we really need another of these books?

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I'm so sick of these story lines *SPOILERS AHEAD, IM SERIOUSLY TRYING TO SAVE SOME PEOPLE SOME TIME HERE*

Can we be done with the gaslighting, abusive yet seemingly perfect husband bull crap. Is it not played out?? We've had Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, Big Little Lies. Enough! Who is supposed to relate to these women!?!? Who marries a dude they've only known for like 2.5 seconds without knowing more than their name and that they have some money. And we're supposed to believe these women are smart and independent? Give me a freaking break. I've completely lost all faith in so called "thrillers". I am literally BEGGING female writers to stop writing these pathetic, sad characters. I'm in my mid 20s and neither myself nor any woman I know would ever conduct themselves in such a idiodic way.

oh and the big "twist" at the end? It was the icing on the big, dumb cake.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,814

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

This is the Dumbest Book Ever.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

I honestly do not know why I even bothered with it as Behind Closed Doors was also ridiculous, but this one really blew me away. The plot is insulting to readers intelligence, the story is about 6 hours too long and the characters are so unbelievably absurd. I skipped the entire last 2/3s of the book and the main character was STILL RAMBLING ON. It's like I hadn't even missed a "page". Who ever published this should be ashamed of themselves and the author needs to do some serious soul searching on her career choice. And pick of a thesaurus while she's at it. I have only ever returned one other book (out of 211), but this just became number two. PLEASE SAVE YOURSELF. DO NOT REPEAT MY MISTAKE!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,589

For fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door comes an addictive psychological thriller that's already an international sensation. When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • weak

  • By Jen Irish on 09-16-17

A Thousand Eye-rolls Later...

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

And I still have not finished this horrible book. The plot thus far is so unbelievably stupid, I really can't see it redeeming itself. The dialog between characters is so frustratingly mediocre and HOW IN GOD'S NAME ARE THESE PEOPLE MARRIED?? The main characters are so unlikable, I actually cringe when Lily is "talking". It's like the author has never had a genuinely emotional conversation with another human in her entire life. The story moves like a snail and is peppered with useless daily trivialities that should add depth to the characters, but really just makes them seem more one dimensional and silly. I don't understand how this can be classified as a "thriller".

I'm giving up and getting my credit back. I really, really hate this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Good base story, but a little too YA

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

I bought this not realizing it is probably classified as a Young Adult novel. I enjoyed the story overall and the character building, but skipped through the more "teenage romance" parts. The scenery descriptions are beautiful and you definitely get a good sense of the characters strength and weaknesses. that makes up in part for the more lovey-dovey sections that tend to run on a little long.

50 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Crow Trap

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal.... For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different but loved it

  • By Audrey L Reader on 08-06-17

Worth the Wait

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

I love this series. I'm pretty skeptical of a female detective novels because I feel like they all fill the same formula. But Vera has always been different. I enjoyed this story in particular because it allowed the main players in the narrative to be fully developed. I liked that we didn't get to hear Vera's voice until the climax. We've heard Vera's background story at nauseum in the earlier books so allowing her character to be a side player rather than the central figure was a refreshing way to progress the story. The plot was slightly unbelievable, but over all it was well worth the credit and kept me guessing until the end.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful