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  • Every Secret Thing

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

'No one lives for ever. But the truth survives us all.' Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had approached her wanting to tell her about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder. The crime was old, he'd told her, but still deserving of justice. Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her back into her grandmother's mysterious war-time past and across the Atlantic as she tries to retrace the dead man's footsteps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The story drew me in

  • By Isia on 01-28-19

The story drew me in

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

I couldn't stop listening. I found the story fascinating and the characters real and likeable. I especially enjoyed the way older characters in the book were portrayed, as people with a rich back story.
I am a fan of mysteries, and this one drew me in completely.
I must also mention the narrator. I saw two other reviews that rated the narrator very negatively. Personally, Katherine Kellgren is my favourite narrator, and I think she is at her best here. Yes, she puts on accents, but she is excellent at it. Every voice is distinct, and I never felt that it was over the top, put on, or theatrical

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 712

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!

  • By Lora Feeley on 09-22-17

Meandering and confusing

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The story meandered more or less aimlessly for the first part of the book. It then devolved into some kind of a supernatural horror, which then **spoiler** turned out to be "all a dream", which made me feel cheated. The writing was good, but the story went nowhere and was basically pointless. I regret having wasted my time and money on this

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud funny

  • By Susan on 05-13-08

Fun and upbeat read

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I found this book a lot of fun, and often laughed out loud. The protagonist is likable and clever, and her observations and reactions are often funny, insightful and unexpected. She is ambitious and hard-working, yet she makes a mistake, and in consequence a staggering amount of money is lost by her client. She suffers a kind of a mental breakdown and escapes to the countryside, where she stumbles onto a housekeeping job. Here she hides out and heals her damaged psyche, until it is time to face up to her past.

  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 855

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-22-12

Irritating narration, implausible characters

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

The reader is not too bad with dialogues, but terrible with narrative. It's really distracting as every phrase ends with a kind of a lilt that creates a repetitive rhythm that has no relation to the content of the story. But what got to me in the end was that I found the characters implausable and underdeveloped. Their motives and actions seemed unlikely and forced. I stopped listening half way through the book. I found it disappointing as I really enjoyed the first book in this series, the story as well as the reader

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,881

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

My 12-year old son started to listen to this book, but didn't enjoy it. I decided to give it a try because it had such good reviews.
This story has the feel of a fairy tale, set in an unspecified magical realm and time. It is not my favorite genre, but I have come across a few books that I loved ('Book of a Thousand Days' by Shannon Hale, for example).
Initially I found this story to be quite original and interesting. Later on, it seemed to lose aim and started to wander. It was hard work to get to the end, especially as I found the writing style increasingly irritating: The author is very fond of repeating of a word or a phrase 3x - and does so repetitively throughout the book. It became really annoying.

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,122

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Started off better than it finished

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

The book started off very well. Three fictional characters, inserted into a real historical setting, gave an insider point of view of the women who were "imported" to Seattle in the 1860's in an attempt to "civilize" its predominantly male, high testosterone population, with the idea to encourage growth of families. This part of the book dealt with issues that might have driven the women to venture into this enterprise, as well as their journey, and I found this both plausible and interesting.
However, once the women got to Seattle, the story became a bit difficult to swallow. The characters just didn't ring true to the paradigm of the times, and became exaggerated and mechanical. There was a strong attempt to record historical events around the rise of the suffragette movement that felt a bit forced.
For me, the most disappointing aspect was that the book was not really about how the real Mercer would have felt or acted, or what they would have experienced on finding themselves removed from a support network of friends and family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • St. Nick

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonder Christmas Cop Story

  • By David I. Williams on 01-07-15

Sweet story, maybe too sweet

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Where does St. Nick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An easy listen, but not particularly memorable. The story is sweet and unchallenging, and can be a nice break from more demanding reads.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Russell? Why or why not?

This book left me neither hating nor loving it. I don't think I would follow the author based on it.

What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

I think the narrator was good. His performance was believable, the characters distinct.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

This is a distinctly seasonal story. You must be willing to suspend your disbelief to enjoy it.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Claudia on 04-14-15

The ending was very rewarding

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Initially I found this book quite irritating. I found both the main female characters weak, and I couldn't understand why they cannot just get over themselves and get on with their lives. By the end of the book it all made perfect sense. There is a sense of vindication in the ending that is very rewarding, and makes the book worth reading.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,452

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Minority opinion

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I am not a fan of the romance genre, and while this book starts off as a very interesting mystery and thriller, it quickly moves into the romance category, which takes up the bulk of the book. This is also the part where the characters become bland and implausible, and the story requires major suspension of disbelief.

Despite this I notice plenty of great reviews, so obviously I'm part of the minority.

  • Straight A at Stanford and on to Harvard: Teenager Version

  • How to Become a Great Student
  • By: Peter Rogers MD
  • Narrated by: Jared Wekenman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Discover the best methods to raise IQ and optimize academic performance. This book will make you smarter, able to learn faster and think better. It reveals the methods used to get straight As at Stanford and 99 percent on medical school exams. Learning methods such as SIRS, flashcards, word play, word associations, mnemonics, walk and talk, shadowing, neurogenesis, angiogenesis, mitochondrial biogenesis, brain glycogen, verbal skills, thinking strategies, condensed notes, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!!

  • By michaels on 01-09-19

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I got this for my kids, 11 and 13, and we started listening in the car on the way to school. It was meant to inspire them and give them tips to improve study methods. It was advertised as a teenage version, which I took to mean that it would be accessible to younger audience. What I found was that it was full of swearwords, used unnecessarily and gratuitously. We could not continue with the book, despite whatever pearls of wisdom may have been hidden within.