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  • The Wildling Sisters

  • By: Eve Chase
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

When 15-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ehh...

  • By RueRue on 12-15-18

Ehh...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I liked the narration, but not the story. Somehow the characters felt flat and the plot was less than compelling.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Connelly's best; great narration!

  • By Wayne on 10-31-18

Bosch and Ballard ❤️

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Yeah, I enjoyed the teaming of Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard. Michael Connelly is writing in top form, great story and good narration ( Titus Welliver has really grown as Harry, but Christine Lakin sounded a little to soft to unit Renee, IMHO). I'm looking forward to their next case together.

  • The Magnificent Esme Wells

  • A Novel
  • By: Adrienne Sharp
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Esme Silver has always taken care of her charming ne'er-do-well father, Ike Silver, a small-time crook with dreams of making it big with Bugsy Siegel. Devoted to her daddy, Esme is often his "date" at the racetrack, where she amiably fetches the hot dogs while keeping an eye to the ground for any cast-off tickets that may be winners. In awe of her mother, Dina Wells, Esme is more than happy to be the foil who gets the beautiful Dina into meetings and screen tests with some of Hollywood's greats. When Ike gets an opportunity to move to Vegas life takes an unexpected turn for Esme.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More history lesson than story

  • By RueRue on 12-10-18

More history lesson than story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

The author has recreated Hollywood and Las Vegas circa 1940 -1950, and included quite a few real-life players in the story. Unfortunately the story itself and the non-real-life characters are uninteresting and flat. Good narration.

  • Listen to the Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: John Jay Osborn
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

 

Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, they’ve started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of 10 months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor’s office, John Jay Osborn’s Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WTF?

  • By Mandy Franklin on 10-26-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Even at (6) hours this dialogue between a couple on the verge of divorce, and their marriage counselor, grew tedious. Even the excellent narration couldn't make it interesting. I really disliked the character of Gretchen ( the wife) and in a book with essentially only three characters, it's a huge negative if one of them is intolerable.

  • Sadie

  • By: Courtney Summers
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray - a radio personality working on a segment about forgotten towns in America - overhears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Courtney Summers, author to follow

  • By Linda on 09-20-18

Good use of audio format

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This story lends itself well to audio since it is written, in part, as a podcast. I liked that part of the story best. The backstory, told by Sadie, wasn't as compelling. I guess I kept evaluating her behavior and decisions from my adult perspective, and her actions were definetely juvenile. Also, the majority of adults in this story are not very decent people; they're mostly addicts, pedophiles, and neglectful. *Spoiler* the unresolved ending also bothered me; after spending the entire (8) hours looking for Sadie, I felt that more of a conclusion was warranted.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,156

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

The British legal system

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Even though this was way too long, with an abundance of extraneous secondary narratives that added nothing but length to the plot, it was very enjoyable. If a good editor had pruned off about 100 pages, it would have been really great.

  • The Christmas Train

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Tim Matheson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,313

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On A Whim For Fun

  • By Patti on 09-25-07

No holiday cheer

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This is really terrible. Every character is a cliche, the story is without momentum. definitely a return 👎

  • She Rides Shotgun

  • A Novel
  • By: Jordan Harper
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life. Nate made dangerous enemies in prison - a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Steven Ferguson on 02-21-18

Gritty and violent

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Old-school crime drama, very gritty and violent. I liked the Southern California setting. The relationship that builds between Nate and Polly is wonderful, and the Bear was an inspired touch. The plot is a bit predictable.

  • The Queen of Hearts

  • By: Kimmery Martin
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early 20s, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers - Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book!

  • By steph on 02-25-18

Medical intrigue

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I really liked the fisrt 2/3 of this book, there was humor, medical intrigue, family/parenting drama, and, at the core, the solid friendship between two working women. Unfortunately the final third had the plot of a soap opera, and it was a letdown. Both narrators were good, especially the one reading the character of Zadie.

  • The Kennedy Debutante

  • By: Kerri Maher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarified circles. Eager to strike out on her own, Kick is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a piece of fluff!

  • By Rosemary on 10-06-18

Something missing

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I just could not stay focused on this story, which had such promise. Perhaps it's because Kick Kennedy doesn't stand out in the swirl of society names, and is overshadowed by her more flamboyant and interesting brothers.

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