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  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • By: Paul Binding
  • Narrated by: Piers Hampton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

After a ferocious early-springtime storm, young Norwegian sailor Hans Lyngstrand is shipwrecked in the English Channel near the coastal Kent town of Dengate - he is one of few survivors. Soon after, aspiring journalist Martin Bridges takes a job as a reporter at the local newspaper. A loner by nature, he’s a curiosity to the nosy townspeople, the gregarious editor of the paper, and his melodramatic landlady, whose own private life is fraught by the unexplained absence of her son and suspicious disappearance of her husband.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance, tedious story

  • By RueRue on 03-18-19

Great performance, tedious story

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Only the fantastic narration and, to lesser degree, the excellent prose, kept me going to the finish of this overly long, pointless story. It might be of interest to admirers of Henrik Ibsen, but it was not for me.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes a four-hour drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as The Dry!

  • By Susan on 02-07-19

Australia

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

In each of Jane Harper's books, the extremes of Australia are an intregal part of the plot. This one is very much a slow building story, and the characters were well developed. Unfortunately, *spoiler*, it's another family dysfunction plot, and the final act was sooo predictable. I appreciate the decision to have an Australian narrator, but the accent takes awhile to understand.

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  • The Accidental Beauty Queen

  • By: Teri Wilson
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. That couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty-pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time. She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful

  • By ravidreader on 12-06-18

Fluff but nice for a change

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This type of story (romantic fluff) isn't my usual choice, but sometimes I need a change from literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and mysteries. The premise was completely unrealistic, but it sort-of worked. What didn't work was the romance, but I guess it's a required part of any story like this. The narrator was good and that kept me listening through all the predictable bits.

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  • The Current

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Johnston
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene - half-frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community's memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years earlier and whose killer may still live among them.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations in every way

  • By Melissa Scully on 02-03-19

Thoughtful and compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Initially, the writing style ( long, run-on sentences, lots of discriptive prose ) was a bit off-putting, because I was expecting a face-paced thriller. This isn't that kind of book, and after the first chapter I was completely engaged in the smooth, leisurely unfolding of the story. The prose took on a cinematic feel, almost like reading a detailed screenplay. Put aside any expectations and let yourself hunker down into the cold, bleak winter of Minnesota and Iowa. (5) star narration !

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  • The Au Pair

  • By: Emma Rous
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs and the au pair fled. Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ridiculous

  • By ROBIN on 02-06-19

Wildly implausible

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I almost gave up within the first (30) minutes, the plot was so implausible. I stuck it out because of the (2) excellent narrators, who somehow managed to make this silly story worth a listen. If you can ignore all the coincidences, unlikeable characters, poor decisions and implausibilities, it's sort-of entertaining.

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  • An Anonymous Girl

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,332

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking...and what she’s hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Frances Hampton on 01-09-19

A definte page turner

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I'd rate this as a great beach read, very much a page turner. Yes, it does become increasing unbelievable as the plot progresses, but it's entertaining, with a flawed main character and a sociopathic antagonist. I thought the narration for Dr. Shields was perfect ( others have commented negatively ). Barrie Krenik used an inflectionless tone that was exactly right for the manipulative character.

  • Warlight

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we follow the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT

  • By Linda on 06-03-18

Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

This is one of those books that makes me feel stupid....I'm sure there are multiple levels of meaning in the obliqueness of the prose, but I just couldn't find anything other than a rather formless narrative. Beautiful narration, though.

  • 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 3,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,382

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

Very intriguing

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

A very twisty, psychological narrative. Although the ending left me a little unsatisfied, for the most part this was a very intriguing story with plenty of unexpected twists in the story. Both of the narrators were fantastic.

  • The Hunting Party

  • A Novel
  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong, Elle Newlands, Morag Sims, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of 30-something friends from Oxford meets to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students 10 years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands - the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. They arrive on December 30, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-16-19

An overload of red herrings

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

Just average - average story, average narration, average writing. It was annoying that the author felt that she had to include so many "red herrings" to generate tension.

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  • The Winter Sister

  • By: Megan Collins
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister, Persephone, never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found - and years later, her murder remains unsolved. In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DON'T WASTE YOUR CREDITS

  • By Jennifer on 02-13-19

Soooo predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

This is another one with a good start and a downward slide at the end. I could tell where it was going at about the half-way point. Lots of melodrama and family dysfunction. The narrator made the best of poor material.