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  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,981

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

A surprise ending

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

I didn't see the ending coming to this one. This book went in a different direction than I had thought it was going, and the ending was pretty cool. I enjoyed it overall!

  • Carve the Mark

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a current gift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Attempt - Poor execution

  • By Joseph Reeves on 09-21-17

Eyeroll

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

So, I really wanted to like this book, but I had a really hard time with it. I felt like I was losing track of the characters and even at the end of the book, wasn't entirely sure who was who. I even had a hard time with the names- genderless so it made it even more easy to lose track of what character was who. Maybe it's because I didn't have a physical book to go back and review who was who- though I've never had that problem with an audio book before.

I think that more care needed to be taken when introducing new worlds to a reader- it felt rushed and there was no way for the reader to remember what world was which. I like the premise of the book, but wish more care had been taken with building the main characters. I didn't care about them at all by the end. I also felt like the villain was trying to hard to be villainous. The best villains are the ones that are relatable and human. The villain in this book felt like a bad Disney character.
I am really sorry I didn't like this book, but there you have it.

44 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 889

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • disturbing yet beautiful

  • By Beth Anne on 07-06-14

Try not to snooze thought the narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

This is a disturbing listen. It's a good story, but dark. I like dark, so that's why I bought this book. My biggest problem with the book was the narration. It's very droll, and I found my mind wandering too much to follow the story at first. After a while, it wasn't so hard. Pretty good, but not in my top anything.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,346

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

A beautiful, tragic story

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

I can't remember the last time I read a book that touched me so much. As soon as I recovered from the end, I wanted to listen to it again immediately. The narration is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. I don't know what else to say about that but to thank the narrator for doing such a wonderful job. This story is beautiful and tragic. I felt myself becoming emotionally responsive to things that happened to the main character, and had to remember that he is not real. The story of the life of these lifelong friends is deep, dark, and beautiful. Beautiful in a strange way. I would highly recommend this book, just be prepared for the ride. This is not a fluffy feel-good book. It is a rough, dark look into the lives of characters that you find yourself falling in love with. Just prepare yourself to experience the ups and downs they go through as if it was happening to you. Ultimately, this is a story about love. It's not a love story, but a story about how deep and meaningful love is. Now I'm going to go stare out the window and cry.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,660

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ( Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK.

  • By jennifer on 09-06-15

A very enjoyable mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

I liked this book- my only complaint is that it was slightly predictable, but I don't feel that it took away from the enjoyment of the story. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,805
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,343

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Not your average audiobook

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

This listen was strange, but awesome. It is more like listening to a radio story with full production than an audiobook, but I really liked it. The story was great, the performances where awesome, and the production on the sound was outstanding. The sound was so accurate and perfect, you could almost see what was happening because of the perfect sound effects. I dig it.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,500

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

The Nightmare Before Christmas as told by a King.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

I enjoyed this book very much. I'm a big Stephen King fan, and this book could have been written by him- the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I thought the characters & the story was solid. I love how the hero of the story is more of an anti-hero. She's got tons of issues- which is great. Makes the book feel more real.
The gal who narrates this is amazing. I don't know what else to say, except that she was one of the best narrators I've ever heard. So good, in fact, that I forgot there was only one woman narrator. She brings so much life to this book that it's really impressive.
I recommend this book- it's very interesting and creepy.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paper Towns

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,654

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I picked you

  • By Natalia on 07-04-10

So... does anyone else feel that the frail lead has major psychiatric issues? Or are we supposed to think its cute.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

So, I don't want to be too hard on this novel. I like John Green and his books are very entertaining- this one is no exception. However, I felt like the lead female, Margo Rel-rah rah or whatever, is clearly very disturbed. Like, Brittany Spears shaving-her-head disturbed. I kept waiting for the lead dude to help her find help, but nope! "Ok. We will just leave you hear alone after we thought you where dead. Toodaloo!" The end. I can't wait for the sequel: Paper Towns with White Walls.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,175

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Great book- but what's with the music?!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Awesome listen. Very Stephen King-ish (duh), so I was very happy. Dare I say it was more creepy than a SK? Yes. I read the reviews and some people where upset about the sexual abuse in the book, and they felt it was unnecessary. I disagree- I feel like it was completely necessary for the story.
Anywhoo- my only complaint is the music. I mean, it sounds like the soundtrack from the Sega Genesis Roadrash game blasting in my ears. Not a fan. If I wanted to hear that is head down to my local euro-disco, but I'd rather pluck my eyelashes out.

  • The First Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By SilverFin on 02-16-15

Um, like, what did I just listen to?!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

To sum up this book- it's a mix of Fight Club and someone's awfully super personal diary. And I liked it.
I never buy a book without combing the reviews first. And I saw that this book was raunchy, and I'm pretty ok with raunchy. But, I have to say, this book made me more uncomfortable than American Psycho... Maybe I have issues, but I'm not here to talk about that. This book was funny- like made me laugh out loud funny. Embarrassing, if anyone saw me, but I couldn't help it. I loved the awkward, dry humor that ran through this whole book. And I liked the story in its self- everything that happened was weird, uncomfortable, funny and made me happy for the lead character. I really do recommend this read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful