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  • The High Season

  • A Novel
  • By: Judy Blundell
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Lovingly renovated, located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest egg - the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year. It's Memorial Day weekend, and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for what Jem calls "the summer bummer": the family's annual exodus to make way for renters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a Book That Wasn't Just About Romance

  • By J on 12-16-18

Finally a Book That Wasn't Just About Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I've read so many books with women at the center. And they normally devolve into will she or won't she date/marry/divorce the man. All the other plots take a back seat to the same narrative. And yes, I enjoy romance but I always wanted more. I wanted a story about a woman on a journey that wasn't all about a man. This book delivered. Great plot, a hint of romance, but the woman took the driver seat. And I was not able to predict the ending. Very good. Enjoyed the narrative.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Favorite Sister

  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Ashlie Atkinson, Jenni Barber, Aja Naomi King
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 534

When five hypersuccessful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I’ve read this year

  • By Parisa Hervani on 06-12-18

Predictable yet compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The Favorite Sister had an ending I could predict but it was still compelling. I devoured this book in a couple days and took trips just to read it. I love this author. Never a full book

  • The Proposal

  • By: Jasmine Guillory
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise - or happen in front of 45,000 people. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part - they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Diane D on 11-12-18

Wedding Part II

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I was excited to see what Jasmine Guillory had in store after reading the wedding guest but it felt too familiar. I felt like was listening to the same book again. The characters had the same insecurities. I wanted to scream at them "just communicate." The only reason I didn't return this book is because the ending was okay.

I think if you haven't read the wedding guest you will enjoy this one but if you have then this one is just a repeat

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,247

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I hater to give negative reviews - BUT...

  • By Ashley Mainen on 11-10-18

Masterful

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I'm in my car more than my house. I listen to so many books and I enjoy most. I can predict what is coming. I didn't see it coming. I wish I could go back to not knowing so I can have the shock again of the twist when it landed. Sandie Jones laid all of the breadcrumbs down then masterfully picked them up. Bravo

  • Between Me and You

  • By: Allison Winn Scotch
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling screenwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actress tending bar in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum's stardom rises while Ben's fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never Felt Invested

  • By J on 10-13-18

Never Felt Invested

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I don't know whether I stopped caring about the characters or if I never connected to them. There were sporadic moments where I cared about the characters but those weren't enough for me to feel invested in this story. The ending was predictable and I wish there was more substance to it. I didn't hate the book, I wouldn't tell anyone to avoid reading it, but I wouldn't recommend it

  • Summit Lake

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,766

Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place, with charming stilt houses dotted along the pristine water. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student, was brutally murdered in one of those houses. The daughter of a powerful attorney, Becca was hard-working, accomplished, and ambitious. Now, while the town reels with grief and shocked residents gather to share their theories, the police are baffled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very sad ending to a promising young life...

  • By shelley on 09-13-17

The Author Has No Respect for The Readers

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

There is a difference between outsmarting the audience and tricking the audience. I devoured this mystery. I was fully invested early on. Took multiple trips around the block to hear more and thought about the book when I left the car. Ultimately, the author had no respect for the readers. The ending wasn't a got ya, it was a deliberate attempt to mislead. And I'm not sure why, I could rewrite the book with one character at the end of the whodunit with similar characteristics as the character was ultimately responsible and it would have been plauisble. The details at the end were sloppy thrown together. Some plots never were resolved. And the main characters ending made no sense based on what she experienced earlier in the book. None of the ending was plausible to me. Well written, yes, but not plausible. I left this book with a bad taste in my mouth. It was a great book but the ending almost destroyed everything

  • My Sweet Revenge

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing, and then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, loved this book!

  • By Sharon Graifer on 07-07-18

Similar Plot to Other Books but Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I picked up this book after reading another book by Jane Fallon. The plot of the two books were pretty similar, almost identical but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. The subtle differences in detail were enough to keep me entertained. Fun and light and interesting

  • Mrs.

  • By: Caitlin Macy
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 144

In the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture. Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it...

  • By Elizabeth on 03-16-18

Time I will never get back

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I trusted the reviews and I regretted it. I usually like listening to book about the drama of the upper class, I thought this would have a big little lies feel, it was a dreadful disappointment. The characters were underdeveloped. The story was not cohesive. The jump from character to character disconnected. The payoff minimal. I regret this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,226
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,118

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Narrator Didn't Feel Authentic At Times

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I loved the story, perfect on all counts and would recommend the book without reservation . However, felt the narrator did well at times. Thought she represented the main character, the mom, and dad well. She failed in parts and the those parts were distracting. The boyfriend's voice came off as robotic. The friends and neighborhood kid's voices were off in parts. The "rap" performances were LAUGHABLE. Does she even know 2Pac? Has she heard the Fresh Prince theme song? The narrator failed to capture the spirit in some of the most raw, authentic, and vulnerable moments. It took away from those moments. And those failures were too important to overlook.

  • The Hating Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,443

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn!

  • By Cyndi on 04-07-17

Loose Threads: Great Book, Bad Ending

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This book is long-winded. There were way too many details and it dragged in places. However, it did hold my attention. I think the hallmark of a good book is if you think of it when you aren't in its presence. I did think of this book when I shut off the car and I leap at chances to read more.

And then it ended. It wasn't a traditional ending. It wasn't expected. However, there were a lot of loose threads. One of the things I loved about this book is how career-driven the character was in the book. I loved seeing her lovey dovey side and her career side blend together. I felt she was a modern representation of a woman.

The ending only focuses on one-dimension and provided no resolution for the other. It was a slap in the face. Still would like to know how this character managed in the other realm.

Also, a lot of big plot points were dropped. The author refers to one person from the characters past. That reference went nowhere and I ended up resenting the references in the rear view. The characters of the office were neglected at times.

I loved the book but the ending was infuriating. The book's premise, which I loved, is that you can be loved and be driven. The author seemed to care about hammering one of those points down at the end. Good concept but don't make us care about multiple dimensions if you are only going to end the book focused on one.