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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

  • By Jen817 on 12-27-18

Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I enjoyed this even more than Thirteenth Tale. One issue with audio.... my hearing is not perfect and it took awhile to discern the name ”Daunt” from “Vaughn”. Very confusing but once I realized my error all was well. Just a heads up to any other listeners with imperfect hearing.

66 of 69 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,672

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Returned!!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I made it through 3 hours & was not only bored but irritated. I didn’t mind the narrator. Total lack of plot & unappealing characters was the issue. Love all of Moriarty‘s other novels, but this one does not compare.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 5,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,842
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,830

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

Not Tana French’s best

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Tana French’s other books, & was anxiously awaiting her latest. Her impeccably descriptive writing & realistic dialogue are still there in The Witch Elm. The plot & characters however, do not come close to her previous books. There were several patches which were just boring. I didn’t particularly like, and certainly will not miss, any of the characters. The plot “twists “ feel more like meanderings, and there was way too much filler that did not move the plot forward. If this is your first Tana French read/listen, do not be discouraged from reading her other books. But if you’re a French fan, maybe wait until this one is on sale.
The narrator was excellent and saved my rating from a mere overall 2 stars. Will be looking for more of his work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bluebird, Bluebird

  • By: Attica Locke
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278

When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the Lone Star State, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders - a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman - have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but very irritating

  • By Tunde on 01-15-18

Fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I love some of Attica Locke’s other books. This one dragged a bit & the side stories were long... suspense not there. That said I liked the characters and there were moments of fascinating insight her writing. But the narrator....perfect. Excellent voice , & I appreciate that he didn’t try to alter it significantly for female/other characters

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    Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    5,641 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,109

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Moriarty

  • By cristina on 08-05-14

Strange narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

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I've enjoyed three of Liane Moriarty' s other books very much. This wasn't her best story, though it was still good. What ruined it for me was the narration. Other reviewers compare her to a GPS voice or their phone - that's exactly right. But it's not just her voice, which is actually lovely, it's her inflection. She uses the same strange pattern of inflection throughout, regardless of content. It was extremely distracting. I became used to it more than halfway through the book, but I still found myself having to think hard about the words that were being spoken at times; her inflection was bad enough as to interfere with meaning. I enjoy audiobooks because as a working mom, I like to have the story simply flow through my mind without the 'work' of reading. This narration did not accomplish that, it was exhausting. I noticed she narrates another of Moriarty' s books... I'll put in the effort to read that one instead.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful