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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,862

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

Holy S%^$!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Wow wow wow! I loved this book! LOVED IT!!!! Talk about twists and turns,, and just wonderful story writing! This story weaves so perfectly, and keeps your interest the whole time!!! One of the best books i have ever listened to!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • All We Ever Wanted

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she's strayed from the person she once was. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville's most prestigious private school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - Wrong male narrator

  • By Dani E. Barnard on 07-07-18

LOVED THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I loved it! At the beginning I was not quite sold... it seemed like a long book for such a short story... but as i kept listening there was such an in depth story, with wonderful character development and a highlighting of human flaws so beautifully, that i couldn't stop listening. Emily Giffin never ceases to amaze me with her complex views and portrayals of human nature, there is not black and white, or right and wrong, just tons of gray area, and I LOVE IT!
Also, i do agree that Tom should have been narrated by a younger person, but i don't think it took away from the wonderfulness of this book!

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a detective constable. When she’s called to the scene of a murder, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine is dead. Cat and her team suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland 18 years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book this year

  • By Jennifer Nelson on 08-16-18

Solid book, that kept me guessing

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This was a solid book. Not the best i have ever read, but it was pretty good. I did get confused at times cause there were a lot of characters (or maybe i was only half listening..lol) But i loved the ride this book took me on. I was a little surprised by the ending, which is good, because I read A LOT of psychological thrillers and I usually know what is going to happen. This was a good read, i would recommend it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cross Her Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Lisa, a single mother, devotes herself to raising her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. She doesn’t speak of her past or Ava’s absent father. Ava is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager. As her life begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won’t be enough. She’ll need help from the only person she can trust - her best friend, Marilyn. Between them, they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT LIKE BEHIND HER EYES

  • By pinkpolka13 on 10-24-18

This book pushed too hard for shock value

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I loved Behind her Eyes, so i was really looking forward to this one! I got it the day that it came out on Audible. At first i loved the story! The character development was superb, and the narrator was amazing! i was excited and hooked. Then the second part came around, and there was more about daniel, and without giving it away, it was sad and disturbing and i have to say, forced. The end came, and i understand what she did, but it was unrealistic... and not behind her eyes unrealistic.. just plain old non SCI-FI unrealistic. It left me feeling sad and disturbed. I usually love a psychological thriller, but this one went too far. It was forced shock value, and Pinborough is a much better author than that. I was very disappointed.

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life - wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing...

  • By ashley on 06-14-18

Excellent performance..... decent story...

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This book was very well developed, the characters were on point! BUT it was just too long at some points of the story, and a little dull. Liz Nugent did bring everything together and it was quite disturbing, but I wasn't overly impressed.

  • The Last Time I Lied

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she - or anyone - saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips. Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma's paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing...

  • By Rachel Delaney on 07-16-18

Why all the great reviews?

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I was so excited to listen to this one... but it was just a little to slow of a build for me, the narrator was a little too mono-toned and the shock was wayyyyy too far at the end. Not to mention it was unrealistic! I swear, there were about 8 minutes left and I was like, ummmmm when is this shock coming? It came.. and then it went and I was left unimpressed. Skip this one.. I wish I did....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

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

I was waiting for soooo much more.....

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I was really excited by all the reviews of this book! i thought it was going to be tremendous. I kept reading about the twists and turns, and the surprises... and there were some surprises... but i wanted so much more. There were so many unanswered questions, and so much that could have been explained more. I think my biggest issue with the book is the character development, I still have no idea who Katherine and Emma are, and after listening to the whole book, I don't understand the dynamic between all of them, or why? I am confused and left unsatisfied ...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,102

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

This Narrator was AMAZING, and so was the book!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Loved it! I loved it from the beginning, the set up of this book is outstanding! I loved how it went from past to present and really built the story. I cannot say enough good things about this narrator! She was phenomenal!! one of the best narrators I have listened to!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Neighbors

  • By: Hannah Mary McKinnon
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells, Alex Wyndham, Billie Fulford-Brown, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

After a night of fun back in 1992, Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her beloved brother. It's a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away Liam, the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she's done, the same way she hates herself. Twenty years later, Abby's husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby's accident, the man who could not save her brother in time. It's this guilt, this regret, that binds them together. Then, Liam moves into the neighborhood....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 💖😭😭😭

  • By Taylor on 03-21-18

Feeling Frustrated!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

No spoilers, but this book was really frustrating, first let me tell you what I liked:

1. Character Development was amazing and on point
2. The narration was tremendous, what a great production!
3. Very likable characters for the most part

Now here is what i didn't love.... THE END! I gave this book 4 stars because I really liked it, but the end frustrated me so much! AHHHHHH!

Worth the credit, but a very annoying end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,444

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

This book was equal parts heartbreaking, and uplifting. It is amazing that she went through that childhood and became successful like she has. I was horrified at some aspects of her childhood, but then some of the lessons her parents taught were pretty insightful. I read this for a book club I am in, and I am glad i did!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful