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  • One Small Sacrifice

  • Shadows of New York, Book 1
  • By: Hilary Davidson
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel, Lacy Laurel, Mark Turetsky, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex - a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD - got away with murder. When Alex’s fiancée, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the center of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them. But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her theory unravels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful mystery

  • By Bobbi on 06-12-19

Story line was okay, Narration horrible

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

Pros: Story had some likable characters in Alex, Emily, & Sheryn. There were a few unexpected plot twists to hold my interest. It was a basically a good read while waiting to find the next great read.

Cons: Narration! Narration! Narration! They did not flow, did not sound like real people, had unusual phrasing and/or voice inflections - all of which ruined the characters for me. Voice for the main character, Alex, was okay; Sheryn was tolerable most of the time, but most of the other narrations were horrible! Raphael's was the worst. He didn't sound like a real person at all. Thankfully I could read the Kindle version and avoid the audible except in small doses while in the car.
Story could have been so much better if i could have heard realistic voices with the characters. I am so puzzled as to how some of these narrators are selected for the voices when they can make or break the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jar of Hearts

  • By: Jennifer Hillier
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

When she was 16 years old, Angela Wong - one of the most popular girls in school - disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But 14 years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, captivating book! 5 stars

  • By Katie LeFevre on 09-05-18

Too dark for me

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

I saw so many excellent reviews that I thought this would be my kind of suspenseful thriller. If I'd known how twisted, evil ,and graphically violent the story was, I would never have started this dark perspective of the mind. I semi-liked it most of the way through, until the ending twist that crushed my hope in the humanity of the characters. Sadly, there was only one character to like in the whole story. The narration was very well done, though, perhaps the only saving grace of this book.


  • A Lily in the Light

  • By: Kristin Fields
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

For eleven-year-old Esme, ballet is everything - until her four-year-old sister, Lily, vanishes without a trace and nothing is certain anymore. People Esme has known her whole life suddenly become suspects, each new one hitting closer to home than the last. Unable to cope, Esme escapes the nightmare that is her new reality when she receives an invitation to join an elite ballet academy in San Francisco. Desperate to leave behind her chaotic, broken family and the mystery surrounding Lily’s disappearance, Esme accepts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I feel a little lost

  • By Vanessa Melendez on 04-09-19

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

I liked the title - but that was all.
I kept reading and reading, hoping for something more, but never found it. It was not my kind of story.

  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story I've read in years...

  • By Beth N. on 03-04-19

Sweet love story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I enjoyed the historical aspect and the pure, romantic, timeless love story of soul mates. The main characters were easy to love, and I enjoyed my time with them.

  • The Au Pair

  • By: Emma Rous
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ridiculous

  • By ROBIN on 02-06-19

Almost a 5 star, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Narrators' performances were perfect!! That always sets the book up for excellence.

The story line was interesting from the beginning. I enjoyed getting to know the two "then and now" characters, and the transition between them was clear. I liked the way the characters developed, and I was anxious to get back to visit with them each day.
The feel of suspense held me until the end, wondering how in the world all the clues would resolve themselves. I felt like I danced along the edge of a resolution throughout, like a word that is on the tip of my tongue, but won't come out. The resolution was quite the surprising twist, though, and no way did I come close to seeing the final answer, which was a bit surreal, yet possible. It got a little confusing here. I even created a character chart to refer back to as the ending finalized. I did feel a bit let down with the ending, like the author had so many clues on balloon strings, and a forced, contrived pull on all of them kept the balloons from floating away.

I could have offered a 5 star rating if there hadn't been unanswered questions at the end. Some I could live with as if they were in another book, another story - Vera's situation being one.
But there was one moment at the very end, when Seraphine looked at an old photo of the children in the snow and saw something in it she hadn't seen before, something shining in the corner. I never figured out what that was, but felt like it was significant, and if it was, then I may have completely misunderstood the ending. I listened repeatedly to that section, but I must have missed some basic understanding of the story. If anyone out there can tell me what it was, please do.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,602

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense at its best!

  • By NBurkey on 02-10-19

Intriguing. Mysterious. Twisty-Turny.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I didn't see that coming! I read this genre often, so I think I'm good at looking for what's to come, but I didn't put the clues together in the right order this time. You will FEEL this story! It is so well written with clear imagery of the characters, the setting, the emotions. It is definitely a "credit-worthy" work! Don't miss this one.
Narration from both Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey were exceptional!

43 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Lia on 02-14-19

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Narration can make or break the story. Richard Armitage is the best male narrator I've come across. Story line is dark, twisted, surprising, sad. Narrator makes the story feel real, though haunting.

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,263

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

  • By D. Fields on 12-01-18

Sweet love story

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

The narrators were hands down the best I’ve ever listened to. They made the characters real and the “love at first sight “ idea so easily plausible. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Jack and Laurie through them. A wonderful Christmas read.

  • What Have You Done

  • By: Matthew Farrell
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724

When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder. Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but ramps up

  • By MARIA on 01-03-19

Felt like I'd read it before

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This was a dark story from the beginning. The brothers' childhood was horrible, and that horror never left them. Slow beginning, but I finally started almost caring about the main characters and story line about 1/3 way in. It was so predictable that I thought there had to be a twist I wasn't seeing. About 2/3 way in I knew exactly what was coming, and decided I must have read it before. But when I double checked the publishing date, I remembered it was a brand new book (which was why I got it - as an Amazon Prime First Read option that I added audio to) so I couldn't have read it.
I was unsettled by the epilogue. I felt it was a last minute effort to leave some mystery to the resolve - which it did, and I wasn't clear about the author's intent, but by then I didn't really care.

Narration was okay, thankfully.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lies

  • By: T. M. Logan
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband. Before Joe confronted the other man in an altercation where he left him for dead, bleeding and unconscious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By NY mom of 3 on 11-02-18

Intense

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I did not see this ending coming! Lots of twists and turns. Held my interest. Loved the narrator - excellent performance.