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  • Surviving the Fatherland

  • A True Coming of Age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
  • By: Annette Oppenlander
  • Narrated by: Naomi Jacobson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Spanning 13 years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, author Annette Oppenlander's Surviving the Fatherland is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children's war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth my time

  • By alice webber on 06-12-18

This book was not a good choice 4 me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I am a trauma survivor and this book may be a good historical read for another reader. I couldn't just return the book, I forgot why I didn't finish it until tonight. Again, realities are what they are especially in war. I do not censor the author. It was just not for me.

  • Catching Murphy

  • By: Wilson Ring
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

For more than a year, over two brutal Northeast winters, the whole of Vermont was captivated by the hunt for a runaway golden retriever named Murphy. He was more than a missing dog - he was a target for capture, and journalistic obsession. This is that story. Murphy’s disappearance would unite the dog’s increasingly anxious owners with an impassioned reporter - Wilson Ring, the state’s correspondent for the Associated Press - and an online community of animal lovers. As Murphy kept running, the quest to bring him home, safe and sound, seemed more and more impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Determination and perseverance

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-18

I was expecting powerful, Old Yeller, emotions

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This is a story about a family trying to catch their beloved dog, after the animal was traumatised in a car accident and became fearful of humans. It was a great story and interesting in a case-study sort of way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow's Watcher

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through. Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speechless

  • By SWEDES on 08-27-18

This is my favorite domestic thriller 2018

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I literally listened to this story all day. I've been blessed with a few exceptional "reads" this year. Psychological thriller, not horror. Woman loses entire family in plane crash and takes their ashes and intends to die with them. She is saved by an older, grumpy man with a painful mystery in his past; and a cast of characters so real, I forgot they were fiction. The best "trinket" is the women (main character) sometimes hears her teenage daughter talking to her;.No paranormal elements. I can't say anything else without giving story elements away. 5/5 stars!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,971

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Not for the faint hearted

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The actual writing is near as perfect as the process and art can be.

Honest. Brutal. Addictive, despite the ending being somewhat predictable. The story, not so original, but the protagonist lures and draws the reader through a dark, twisted story. I stayed the course for the protagonist. Original, creative protagonist that a reader can't abandon.

  • An Unexpected Frost

  • The Tucker Series, Book 2
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

In the second installment of the gripping Tucker's Way series, Tucker faces the biggest crisis of her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad but good

  • By VickyJ on 08-30-15

The second story is better than the first

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

The author tells a story of people I won't forget. I listened to this story. Although there are religious themes, the truth in this story is how families are formed from strangers and staying together against all obstacles. Beautiful. Bravo!

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This novel has issues!

  • By Wayne on 09-12-17

Inside a monster's reasoning mind.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you listen to When You Disappeared again? Why?

Yes. I did. It's a harrowing look into the inside of a murders "reasoning" mind. Plus, other characters, "reasoning" that excused themselves from their part of the evil web that resulted in murder. You will want justice for Billy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of When You Disappeared?

Simon's fear of losing his "X: in illness and not what he'd taken from the child., Billy. Even after a lifetime of causing suffering, Simon's demise at the close is so, so, so perfect.

Which character – as performed by Simon Mattacks and Elizabeth Knowelden – was your favorite?

Both for different reasons. Both narrators are exceptional.

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

UnBuried Apologies

Any additional comments?

Just an incredible story. This story made me angry, cry, and cheer for even a little justice.

  • 99 Red Balloons

  • By: Elisabeth Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Ovens, Victoria Riley, Maggie Ollerenshaw, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Eight-year-old Grace is last seen in a sweetshop. Her mother, Emma, is living a nightmare. But as her loved ones rally around her, cracks begin to emerge. What are the emails sent between her husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is there more to the disappearance of her daughter than meets the eye?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I was waiting for soooo much more.....

  • By Listening Queen on 07-17-18

Wow! Wow! This is a thriller with a puzzle inside

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you listen to 99 Red Balloons again? Why?

I did listen to it again! To see if I got all the clues correct. The thriller stands alone. Had me from the opening scene. The story is written in multiple POV. Which normally, I don't like. But there are mysteries inside and the clues are present. Amazing. I listened to it again slower a third time with my adult daughter. She was begging me to tell her and it was so hard not to say pay attention to this or that.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggie, the elderly lady in the story. I think in a weird way Maggie carries the story and is the protagonist. But I don't know what the author would say. The characterization of the players in this story is so real and so heart-binding that I feel like I know them and they are real people.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Maggie

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

oh, yes. And as I said, the mysteries are like the "easter egg" they talk about in digital games. When you find the answer it feels great. It was there all along.

Any additional comments?

I believe this is a debut novel. It's also written in British English. The one word I couldn't pull a visual from the context was "jumper" as to an article of clothing. In Britain, it means a "sweater". I listen to audible books because I love stories and because my sight isn't as good as it used to be. But I really appreciated having the Kindle book and the audible version. No gore, no paranormal, no vampires- just ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

  • The Secret Mother

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

Tessa Markham comes home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. Not anymore. She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully entertaining book

  • By susan on 01-17-18

You wont put this psychological thriller down

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Where does The Secret Mother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my mind, I see books and movies on five shelves. The lowest shelf, near the floor, is one out of five rating. I don't rate those. I don't or rarely rate 2/5 books or movies. Now 3 means this is a good story and it's worth reading or watching. It just for some reason lacked the wow factor. Most all really don't miss this book or movie are 4/5 ratings. The 5/5 books and movies have something that makes the characters or the story exceptional. Pretend, you go weekly to the graves of your family and one or more of the graves is of your child-you walk alone in the cold, wet dreary day to your home to find a beautiful child sitting at your dining room table. He asks you if you are his Mummy and he has drawn a picture of you. He says his Angel brought him on a long bus ride and you are his new mummy.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

People know you had an emotional breakdown in the past. You've lost so much and here is this beautiful gift. Your husband doesn't believe you. The law and public think you took the child. But you didn't. He was sitting at your table when you got home. The child wants to be with you and you want to be with this precious child. But the public and people who know you think you have lost your mind and if some have there way, perhaps put you away for a long time.

What about Katie Villa’s performance did you like?

The main character in this story is wrongfully accused of all kinds of terrible things. And the voice of the narrator captures the nuances that each danger in the gauntlet of finding where this boy came from and the unlikely possibility she could have such a gift.

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

I cried, I worried after her (the protagonist) and kept trying to think of scenarios where she gets to keep this precious child. I couldn't think of one. At the end of the story, I got up and cheered.

Any additional comments?

I don't like paranormal stories or magic and a wand is waved and everything is made all better. This story is not like that at all. Inspiring!

  • The Last Thing She Ever Did

  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085

The community along Oregon's Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a beautiful young son, Charlie. Then Charlie vanishes without a trace, and all that seemed safe is shattered by a tragedy that is incomprehensible—except to Liz. It took one fleeting moment for her to change the lives of everyone she loves—a heartrending accident that can't be undone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I just couldn't get into it....

  • By Michelle on 01-09-18

Don't Miss this Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If my friend read thrillers that contained gut-wrenching, grief over the accidental death of a child. Yes. Absolutely.

What did you like best about this story?

The author portrayed the protagonist perfectly-so that the story was believable. The protagonist is a female law student; so I'm thinking, this doesn't make any sense, why would she listen to her husband in this matter? Well, the author did portray a believable protagonist that grew and grew and became and I can't tell you what she does or doesn't do "by the end". That would spoil the story.

What about Karen Peakes’s performance did you like?

Forgot she was reading---very well done.

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

Don't let dead things Lie

Any additional comments?

This is not a paranormal story. But it is about the death of a child.

  • Say You're Sorry

  • Morgan Dane, Book 1
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,757

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she's finally found peace and a promising career opportunity - until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Trite, tired dialogue

  • By C. Owley on 06-17-17

Just the right amount of suspense. Delicious delivery.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

There were a lot of characters, and usually, I don't like that in a "who or why done it". This story exceeded my expectations. I