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  • No Exit

  • By: Taylor Adams
  • Narrated by: Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars. There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Booklady

  • By Karen B on 04-15-18

Could barely finish it

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Too much backstory repetition (yes, we know the hero's mother has cancer and she needs to get to the hospital) and too much inside people's head and annoying details. There were a lot of twists and turns but some were unrealistic and unnecessarily violent. I really didn't like the writing. I had trouble finishing it.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,439

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

This was easy to predict

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

This book was fine. I listened to the end. But slow in the middle. Some duplication. And predictable.

  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,509

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

Kept waiting for it to get better...but never did

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

I do not agree that this is a "thriller." It is a story about a boy who went missing. It has a story about a detective investigating, but the stories do not overlap in any meaningful wayj. I was waiting for a twist to explain why the detective needed to see the psychologist but nothing interesting really came, it was just upsetting to him that a boy went missing and that his relationship with his girlfriend ended. The mystery was not interesting, and the way it was resolved was boring. And the mother is not a believable or engaging character, she seemed more worried about the press and public opinion then her missing child. I did not buy that the world would turn against a mother with a missing child because of a bad press conference. One of my more disappointing picks.

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  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,916

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Painful dialogue

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I spoke with the story because it receive such good reviews but found the banter between some of the main characters hard to take. The story was fine but not very engaging

  • 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 8,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,226

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

thriller keeps you turning the pages

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

A real page turner. A mystery/thriller. Easy to follow, good story, I really enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Story kind of dull and narration annoying

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

I liked all the literary references, but I had a hard time getting to the end of this book, it was too cute, but no real action. I've listened to another book with the same performer that was fine, but in this book, I found the narration distractingly melodramatic.

  • Term Limits

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,161

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Term Limits

  • By David Share on 06-26-11

Not believable and could not catch my attention

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

I know you have suspend your belief when you read fiction and some of the best books I read are not believable if I think too hard, but the premise of this book was so unrealistic, that I could not relate to characters. One of the few books I have discontinued after trying for a few hours.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,277

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Started good

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

This book hooked me at the beginning with interesting female characters and an thriller type start. As the book moved on, some of the twists and the story line got dark and I thought a bit outlandish. I listened to the end and enjoyed it, but would not recommend it.

  • Have a New Teenager by Friday

  • From Mouthy and Moody to Respectful and Responsible in 5 Days
  • By: Kevin Leman
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Congratulations! You have a teenager in your home. Life will never quite be the same again (of course, you already know that). But it can be better than you’ve ever dreamed. In fact, you’re just five days away from your teenager asking, “What can I do to help?” Guaranteed! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman will help you. your teenager’s life. With Dr. Leman’s instinct and insight, plus an index with gutsy advice on 75 hot-button issues that keep parents up at night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a Critical Mind

  • By Stephanie on 03-25-13

Gender stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

I was put off by the books constant reference to "if you are a mom you will ... but dad's ..." And "for girls you should... but boys need..." I did not realize that this book fell under the religious section when I bought it but I was looking for modern day secular advice and felt it was unrealistic with simplistic solutions and not what I expected. I guess in hindsight, I should have known based on the topic it was an oversell. I stopped listening after a few hours. I'm giving it two instead of one stars because I believe the author has his heart in the right place and also because I think if someone lived in a small town in a traditional family situation (married parentts, stay at home mom, observant Christian family), this might be dead on.

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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel - Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,307

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

Pronunciation distracting

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Changed Erika Berger's name very distracting. Good story. I was skeptical re new author but really enjoyed.