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  • Blood in the Snow

  • The True Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad, His High-Powered Wife, and the Jealousy That Drove Him to Murder
  • By: Tom Henderson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

In Washington Township, Michigan, on Valentine's Day, 2007, Stephen Grant filed a missing persons report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man? Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateline among other television shows and news outlets. But key elements in Stephen's story still weren't adding up....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mortifying!

  • By Ellen on 02-19-18

True Crime that doesn’t disappoint

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

I was engaged with the story and the way it was written and told from start to finish. I will definitely read more by this author.

  • Understanding the Borderline Mother

  • Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship
  • By: Christine Ann Lawson
  • Narrated by: Heather Auden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

The first love in our lives is our mother. Recognizing her face, her voice, the meaning of her moods, and her facial expressions is crucial to survival. In this book, Dr. Christine Ann Lawson vividly describes how mothers who suffer from borderline personality disorder produce children who may flounder in life even as adults, futilely struggling to reach the safety of a parental harbor, unable to recognize that their borderline parent lacks a pier, or even a discernible shore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It took me 45 years to finally know why my Mother is as she is.

  • By Angela on 06-07-17

Hope for adult children of BPD mothers

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This book is easy to understand and explains things you may be unclear about, or even feel guilty about. I got a lot of useful info from this book, and it helped me to be able to get more from my therapy sessions.

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,294

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • When will something happen...

  • By Douglas Richardson on 02-01-17

Classic King

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This is the kind of Stephen King book that makes me keep reading Stephen King books. It satisfied everything I’ve come to appreciate and expect from him. If he writes it, I will read it. This one did not disappoint.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Blind Assassin

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Margot Dionne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible audio quality

  • By G. Sierra on 04-12-10

To me, enthralling.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

As usual, Margaret Atwood held my interest to the point my heart almost aches when the book ends. The characters have depth and we get to know them, really know them.

Margot Dionne's voice just makes the experience that much more real to the listener.

  • Mind Games

  • Emotionally Manipulative Tactics Partners Use to Control Relationships and Force the Upper Hand
  • By: Pamela Kole
  • Narrated by: Rebekah Amber Clark
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Do you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner? Are you unhappy in your relationship, but can't bear to pull yourself away from it? Do you feel inadequate and sometimes deserving of the treatment you get? Recognize that your partner is your manipulator and abuser - don't allow them to force the upper hand. Mind Games uncovers a host of underhanded, sneaky, and malicious emotional manipulation tactics that manipulators and abusers use to beat you down and control you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a good read

  • By Michelle on 02-10-17

Great book if you've got a narcissistic partner!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I learned a lot of things I wish I'd known 35 years ago. If you feel like your relationship's on the brink and you're about to go over with it, read or listen to this book! It's simple to understand and some parts are downright eye and mind opening.

  • Gaslighting

  • Circular Conversations with the Narcissist
  • By: J. B. Snow
  • Narrated by: Sorrel Brigman
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Gaslighting is the circular conversation that you have where no one ever wins. It is the argument that never ends, because there is no resolution that is satisfactory to the narcissist, who never compromises. It is the projection of the narcissist's deficits back onto you, because he cannot take accountability for anything that he has ever said or done. It is the crazy making, the name calling, the false accusations, and the omission of the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book if your Narcissist is rich, famous and or powerfully connected

  • By Connie on 09-08-17

Good book if your Narcissist is rich, famous and or powerfully connected

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-17

This book seemed a little out of the realm of victims married to middle or lower class gaslighting narcissists. It also excludes older GNs who aren't as computer literate as younger ones. The title implies information about circular conversations, but in fact this was only addressed in passing. In addition, the narrator had the kind of strident voice that could cause agitation in some listeners.

  • Gaslighting: The Ultimate Narcissistic Mind Control

  • Transcend Mediocrity, Book 131
  • By: J.B. Snow
  • Narrated by: Melissa Williams
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

If you are feeling this way, my friend, there is a simple explanation. You may be dating or married to a narcissist. Your self-absorbed partner may be gaslighting and manipulating you. He may cycle between love-bombing and distancing himself from you. He seems to be a nice guy to your face sometimes, but then you find out that he is talking bad about you to others. He seems to triangulate you with other women or family members in order to make you jealous and boost his own ego.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but packed with examples and advice

  • By Practy Cal on 11-29-16

If you are the target of a Gaslighter or Narcissist, get this book!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

I felt validated and hopeful after listening to this book. It's eerie how the author hits so many of the things that are neutralizing me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,179

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Great story, written and told with excellence.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

This book is everything a good book should be, and more. It's very well written and the narrator does a fabulous job. I highly recommend adding this book to your library.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything We Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,640

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James's funeral - a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Colleen on 08-17-16

If you're not expecting much, read this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

There was one word that made me finally decide there's nothing to like about this book. Extrapolate. As in (literally) "She extrapolated herself from the room ". The correct word, exited, would have been shorter, required shorter phrasing, and would have been much easier on the ear, and on my patience. The overuse of the phrase "he looked up and down my length " was just as annoying. The narrator was distracting as well. Each time someone said hello in this book, it was"Hello," (pause with voice drop) Amy", or whoever. I just couldn't like this book.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,538

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

The Girl On The Train - The book in my brain!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-15

Riveting, great narrator. Told the way I like it, with the characters in the first person. I look forward to reading more by author Paula Hawkins.