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  • Forever Is the Worst Long Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Camille Pagán
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa "Lou" Bell, he's sure he's just found the love of his life. There's just one problem: she's engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire. As the years pass, James's dreams always seem just out of reach - he can't finish that novel, can't mend his relationship with his father, can't fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can't move on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Story

  • By katherine on 02-15-17

Had a hard time finishing this book

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Too long; maudlin narration. I couldn’t wait for this book to be over. I sped the narration up to #2 just to be able to complete listening.
I usually enjoy this author’s books. This started out okay, but went on too long. The end seems like a way to tie things up neatly, maybe add a death to make it better?

  • Prep

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Julie Dretzin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 350

This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy & Enjoyable Listen

  • By Lorraine on 06-07-12

For high school?

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Seems to be written to appeal to teenagers. Not for adults! I returned it after listening to a couple of boring hours.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,262

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Very good

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Would you listen to A Gift of Time again? Why?

No. I enjoyed the book, but it got bogged down with technical details about 3/4 of the way through. Way more technical than most people would be interested in.

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

I have not listened to any other of his performances, but I would be interested in listening to another.

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  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,026

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you try another book from Alice Feeney and/or Stephanie Racine?

Maybe, not sure. I enjoyed most of the book until the so-called twist. Then it became confusing.
And the ending was enigmatic.

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  • The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alternate title for "The House at Riverton"

  • By Karen on 12-22-13

S L O W

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Too slow. I’m about 1/3 thru and waiting for something of interest to happen.

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,333

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Patti L Langston on 07-18-17

Okay, not great

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

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

No. Not great, fairly predictable.

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

Eh. Didn’t like the ending.

Was Stillhouse Lake worth the listening time?

I guess so. Better than some I have listened, but wouldn’t recommend it.

Any additional comments?

It was graphic in parts, and somewhat disturbing, but not really a thriller.

  • The Ashford Affair

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 452

As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards - but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at 34, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s 99th birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Beth on 05-03-13

Easy read, too easy

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Feels like it was written for middle school or high school.
I guess it wasn’t awful since I finished it, but I had to listen on1.5 speed.
I do not recommended.

  • What We Find

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit - and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, Enjoyable Read

  • By Melstamps on 04-27-16

Too long!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

The first half of this book was fairly interesting, but it was about 2-3 hours too long. I increased the speed to 1.5, then further to 2.0.
Narrator was good.

  • The Guise of Another

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,585

A former Medal of Valor winner, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. So when he's asked to look into the false identity of a car-accident victim named James Putnam, a man who in fact died 15 years earlier, Rupert sees a potentially big case and an opportunity to regain his respectability. But the investigation puts him in the path of "the Beast", the nom de guerre of Drago Basta, a cunning veteran of the Balkan wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, terrific narrator

  • By mary on 01-15-16

Just okay

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This book is not nearly as good as Esken’s ‘The Life We Bury’.
The narrator was annoying and not good.

  • Charlatans

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 660

Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Social engineering at its best

  • By donna on 08-30-17

Cannot listen to the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I cannot get past the awful, halting narration. I tried several times, at varying speeds to listen to this book.
I am returning this book.

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