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  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of thriller

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-03-08

Narrator annoying

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

Reviewed: 10-18-12

Sure it's a story about a woman in hiding, but does the narrator have to make the whole book sound like a 10 hour, whiny prologue? When she's in the main character's voice she manages to make every sentence a breathless quiver. It makes the character much less like able - shakily explaining how awful her million dollar life is, dripping with self pity. Not sure I can bear to keep listening.

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  • Sing You Home

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Mia Barron, Brian Hutchinson, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Zoe Baxter has spent 10 years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss, she throws herself into her career. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. Will happiness give Zoe one final chance to have a child?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What world does she live in??

  • By Denise Litchfield on 10-20-11

Novelty over substance

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

Reviewed: 09-29-11

I have a little bit of a problem with "and suddenly I was a lesbian/addict/bad person/out of love" type leaps within a story and this one has them all. I felt a little like Jodi Picoult plotted out key ( controversial ) issues she wants to mention, then joins the dots to make a story of XXX pages. This book is fine for travelling. Bits are very good, other parts are cliched - despite her attempts to address topical issues. Compared to some of her other books ( like My Sisters Keeper) it felt a bit literary-lazy. The novelty of including songs is very risky if you mis-judge your listeners tastes. The folksy, saccharine songs annoyed me - I fast forwarded through them.

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  • Then Came You

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba, Aya Cash, Jenni Barber, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 616

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good in between book

  • By Ella on 11-06-11

Good characters, good narration

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

Reviewed: 09-29-11

I listen to books in public transport, so they need to be pick-up-able, reasonably compelling and not too many characters ( just because you cant flick back to find who was who very easily). This was a good solid story about 4 women, their different lives and their reproductive connection. The characters were believeable, no one was 100% good or 100%bad, with credible lives. It wasnt a "can't put down" read, but it kept me occupied and interested throughout. Worth a listen - not life changing, but not annoying or too cliched either. My only complaint would be the too-neatly tied up ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Precious

  • By: Sapphire
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Dose of Reality . . .

  • By J. S. on 03-09-10

Could not have been better written or narrated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-10

It's dark subject matter, but you can tell Sapphire has enormous empathy and respect for the girls like Precious she has taught and through her eyes, the listener can't help being won over.

The narrator was excellent - she gave Precious one of the most memorable voices I have heard. In fact, I don't think the story would have been nearly as fluid had I read it instead of listening to it.

The story and tone reminded me a little of A Patch Of Blue (Elizabeth Kata).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tops

  • By Alan on 12-04-10

How can an ending sneak up on you after 36 hours?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-10

At first I thought I'd scream at the melodramatic narration (Scott Brick), trying to make every syllable drip with nuance, but either he settled down or the story just got me in, because I really did look forward to my daily commute to hear the next chapters.

It's an epic, and I'd often rewind because I thought I'd missed something, only to find it was explained further down the track. In that way, it may have been a better story to read than listen to. Also, so many characters make it a bit hard to keep track of everybody, but ultimately it was an engaging story and well worth the cost of the download.

As others have said, it's only part 1 of a possible 3 books. The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger - in fact I often felt through out the book Cronin was writing it with a movie screen play in mind.

The story reminded me of the movie I Am Legend (Richard Matheson book) and a little of the book Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. (which is also a great audio book)

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  • The 19th Wife

  • By: David Ebershoff
  • Narrated by: Daniel Passer, Kimberley Farr, Rebecca Lowman, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

For the first time in six years, Jordan returns from California to Utah, to visit his mother in jail. As a young boy he was expelled from his family's secretive polygamous Mormon sect. Now his father has been found shot dead in front of his computer, and one of his many wives Jordan's mother is accused of the crime.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good intentions

  • By Henriette on 06-19-12

Solidly written novel but no page turner

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-10

I liked the voice, I liked the historical depth, I liked the modern day mystery so I should have really loved this book as a whole, and yet it was a bit of a chore to complete. Not a bad book, just not a riveting read either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Mills and Boon meets Bridget Jones

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-10

Im one hour in and I know how this is going to end. Cheesy and predictable. The only mystery is what the heck those other reviewers were reading when they gave it 5 stars.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful