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  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I am literally weeping! I could not put this book down. The story is incredible, especially the way the narrators weave in and out forming a tale, which is gripping and powerful. The family dynamic is eerie and often bordering on abusive. I don't want to give too much away, but if you like books with a twist, spend that credit now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,430

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Eventually, I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

If you could sum up Truly Madly Guilty in three words, what would they be?

Easy, fun, guilty pleasure.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Actually, in some ways the story was predictable, and yet there were times when I found myself a little surprised and waiting to see whether or not my own predictions were correct.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's amazing. Lee really captures the essence of each character. Without her wonderful accents, I'm not sure each person would be as defined.

Who was the most memorable character of Truly Madly Guilty and why?

Erica, she's the most complex character in the book.

Any additional comments?

Starts off a little confusing, but stick with it!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,756

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Best book of the year!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

What did you love best about Hidden Bodies?

I adore Joe! I actually find myself rooting for a serial killer. He justifies his madness and twists it around. I don't want him to get caught! The writing is witty and clever. What a talented author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden Bodies?

Without spoilers it's tough to say but there are quite a few moments where I was surprised.

Have you listened to any of Santino Fontana’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have only listened to one, and it was You. As a narrator, Fontana is spot on with the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, I don't want to spoil the book for those reading the review and deciding whether or not to use a credit but I promise there are many moments in this book. BUY IT!!!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Underwriting

  • By: Michelle Miller
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Todd Kent is young, hot, and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its IPO. Given just two months to pull it off, Todd and his investment banking team - brainy Neha, party-boy Beau, and old college flame Tara Taylor - race to close the $14 billion deal of the decade. It's the chance of a lifetime for Tara, too, who sees her opportunity to break through the glass ceiling and justify six years of sacrifices for her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me "Hooked"

  • By Syddd on 06-04-15

Kept me "Hooked"

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

I was engaged from the very beginning, the story flows as we tag along on a journey to take the popular app Hook public. The characters are fleshed out and quite despicable, and there's a few twists I won't reveal. My only issue with the Audible version is it actually had a moment of censorship, there were beeps during a particularly racy scene and any mention of the correct version of the female anatomy. Seriously??? While this didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book, I was a bit perturbed by the juvenile beeps and non-disclosure from Audible, although they may have rectified it by now. Still, by this book! It's just fun!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Knockoff

  • A Novel
  • By: Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired "the gray hairs", put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it Now!

  • By Syddd on 05-24-15

Buy it Now!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

I loved this book! The narrator was fantastic, I felt like I was in the office with the ladies, stressing out and eating bird food! The story was engaging and touching, a coming of age saga with a techy twist. I can't believe I'm saying this but The Knockoff blew away The Devil Wears Prada. If you enjoyed the book or even the movie, you'll love this!

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Luckiest Girl Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,533

Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unnerving, confusing.

  • By Candice on 12-06-15

Fantastic!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

I'm completely devastated this novel has come to an end. I was on the edge of my seat constantly. I loved the dynamic between Ani and her vapid mother as well as Ani's sarcastic bite when talking about her fiancé, Luke. I actually laughed out loud at certain parts in the book; Ani's observations where hysterical and on point. I'm from Manhattan, so the references were spot on and deliciously enjoyable. If you need a spectacular summer read, I highly recommend! Although you'll probably read it in a day! It's that addictive!

  • The Outside World

  • By: Tova Mirvis
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Tzippy Goldman was born for marriage. She and her mother had always assumed she'd graduate high school, be set up with the right boy, and have a beautiful wedding with white lace and pareve vanilla cream frosting. But at twenty-two, Tzippy's fast approaching spinsterhood. She dreams of escape; instead, she leaves for a year in Jerusalem.There she meets - re-meets - Baruch, the son of her mother's college roommate. When Tzippy last saw him, his name was Bryan and he wore a Yankees-logo yarmulke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A terrific read!

  • By Syddd on 04-13-15

A terrific read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-15

I read this book years ago, but wanted to listen to the audio version and it did not disappoint! The narrative was on point with the characters and I could not stop listening!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prodigal Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

In a matter of days, Peter McDowell loses everything he has worked so hard for - his wealth, his property, his livelihood as a star investment banker. And then it gets worse. The stock market crash not only plunges Peter into joblessness, it causes a rift in his marriage that he cannot repair. Stripped of everything, he has only one place to retreat to: a lakeside cottage he inherited from his parents, who left most of their modest estate to Peter's twin. With no other choice, the prodigal son goes home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Blah....where's the love?

  • By donnacdavis on 08-12-15

Entertaining although a little contrived

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

I enjoyed listening to this book, I was an avid listener for about a week in the car and while I was making dinner. The story kicked off with a bang but was pretty easy to figure out by the middle of the book and never really gave me that satisfying twist. The narrator was a bit monotone, especially compared to some of the other narrators who read for the big authors. All in all if you like Steele, I say go for it and just enjoy a good story.

  • The Fire Sermon

  • By: Francesca Haig
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,553

Four hundred years in the future the Earth has turned primitive, following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha - physically perfect in every way - and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot make it!!!

  • By C. Venable on 07-05-15

Not a bad beginning

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

I enjoyed The Fire Sermon, enough to start digging around to find the second installment. No such luck at this time. What's keeping me from giving it four stars is the pacing of the book. At times, it felt like some scenes dragged on and on. The narrator was wonderful!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Brood

  • By: Chase Novak
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Adam and Alice are reaching the age when some of the children created by the fertility treatment that spawned them begin to turn feral. Will they succomb to the same physiological horror that destroyed their parents? Every change brings on terror - the voice cracking as it changes, the swelling of the breasts, the coarsening of down into actual hair. Their aunt, Cynthia, oversees renovations to the Twisden family's Manhattan residence - torn apart by the children's parents at their most savage....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening!

  • By Syddd on 12-30-14

Could not stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

I adored this book! I read the first one (Breed) over a year ago, as it was recommended by Stephen King. I thought that book was clever and original. Brood picks up pretty much where we left off, save two years and takes the listener on a cool journey of terror. I highly recommend and hope for a third book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful