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  • Right Behind You

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storey And performances.

  • By Erick on 04-09-17

A little slow getting started but a good story

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you listen to Right Behind You again? Why?

Well, no, because I already listened to it. But it was great and the narration was a real pleasure to listen to.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The first 1/2 was excruciatingly slow. You can't tell a compelling story solely through flashbacks and the mental navel-gazing of characters.

What does Luke Daniels and Teri Schnaubelt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They were very empathetic and natural-- I felt like the tones they set for their respective characters were appropriate and well-developed.

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

The epilogue actually brought tears to my eyes

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  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,629

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

A lot of unmet potential

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd make it less repetitive; using different narrators can be an interesting technique to reveal plot twists to the reader but in this case it was simply a way for the writer to repeat himself and rehash the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There were many points at which the plot could have really taken some unexpected turns-- the London angle, for example-- but the author played it too safe and didn't take any chances.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

They were fine. The narrator who voiced Lily managed to sound snide and sarcastic all the time, even when simply reading the chapter title, and that was grating. I did enjoy the Massachusetts accents when they were done.

Did The Kind Worth Killing inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

This is a case of a male author writing women badly, too, in an unattractive Stuart Woods way, where women are 90% breasts and generally sex starved.

  • The Leftovers

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The title is the best part

  • By Pamela Harvey on 09-03-11

Gorgeous novel narrated gorgeously.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Leftovers to be better than the print version?

Yes. This is a very rare situation where I do believe the audio version could be just as good if not better than the print edition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were wonderfully rendered, but I think I found Nora to be the most complex.

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

His inflection is superb; he's interesting to listen to without being over the top, and in that way he matches the writing itself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

  • The End Has Come

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford, Jonathan Maberry, and others
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justine Eyre, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weakest of the triptych

  • By SAMA on 06-03-15

Some great payoff, some not so great.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Would you listen to The End Has Come again? Why?

No. Of the stories that started in the first book in this series and were concluded here, several of them were quite good. Others of them read as though each chapter had been written by a different writer-- one who hadn't read the previous chapters. The overall production feel was different in this third and final installment, too, leaving me with the lingering feeling that this book was an afterthought and was put together long after a long hiatus.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End Has Come?

Hugh Howey's "Wool" adjacent story wraps up in chapter 23 and it's a total gut punch; I wish I hadn't experienced it, honestly, and if I had it to do over again I'd skip that story completely. If you're a fan of the Wool omnibus, be warned.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators were all very good, though there wasn't as many as there were in the previous books in the series. Thus numerous back-to-back stories were read by the same narrator whereas in the previous books the stories were distinctly broken up by the emergence of a new narrator for each one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Makes a predictable nuclear winter look like a spa day."

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  • The End Is Now

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. "The Apocalypse Triptych" will tell their stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loses a star because the last story is That Bad.

  • By Peter Wombat on 06-06-15

Very solid continuation of the trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The End Is Now the most enjoyable?

Most of the writers who contributed pieces to the first in this series continued those stories here in the second; often those stories picked up decades later and were told from the POV of completely different characters, though, which had a lot of impact on which stories continued to interest me and which didn't.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Yes-- most of these narrators are excellent, though Stephanie Grossman reads like a sixth-grade student called upon to read aloud from a chemistry textbook. She is laughably horrible as a narrator. My 9yo granddaughter could inflect more emotion and interest.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Makes a simple nuclear winter look like a day at the spa."

  • Fall From Grace

  • Jane Candiotti and Kenny Marks, 1
  • By: Clyde Phillips
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134

When David Perry confides the sordid details of his bitter divorce to a sympathetic stranger, he never imagines the nightmare he would unleash. Now his socialite wife is dead, brutally murdered by a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants…Veteran San Francisco homicide detective Jane Candiotti never allows her personal feelings to interfere with the job - until Jenna Perry is found strangled in the hills of Marin County.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist at the end!

  • By Wayne on 09-15-15

Bad book with a worse narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator and a less ridiculous plot.

Has Fall From Grace turned you off from other books in this genre?

It's turned me off from this particular series, for sure. I'm really glad I didn't buy them all at one time.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Angela Dawe, the narrator, sounds like she's got a very specific New England accent-- like she's trying to sound like she's from the Hamptons in 1940. After an hour of listening to Edith Beale tell me a stupid story I was going insane.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. The romantic plot was ludicrous and completely unbelievable for about 10 different reasons. All of the fictional devices used were so tired and cliché I actually found myself rolling my eyes as I listened.

Any additional comments?

I'll be going out of my way to avoid this narrator in the future. There are too many good ones out there to waste time on a dud.

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