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Yacolt, WA, United States
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  • Love Me or Else

  • The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy, and the Murder That Rocked a Small Town
  • By: Colin McEvoy, Lynn Olanoff
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

On the outside, Mary Jane Fonder seemed like a kindly 66-year-old congregant of the Lutheran church in Springfield Township, PA. But inside, she longed for the church's handsome Pastor Gregory Shreaves, a former golf pro who sparked her most sinful thoughts. When Mary Jane let her feelings be known, the Pastor gently pushed her away. But her obsession only grew stronger when she became convinced that he was romantically involved with a younger church member, a woman named Rhonda Smith. Rhonda was doing volunteer work in the church office one day when she was shot to death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration spoiled it.

  • By Linda on 08-21-18

Narration spoiled it.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Before listening to this book, I listened to another earlier book by the same author, different narrator--Fatal Jealousy narrated by Roger Wayne. It was good so I listened to this one. Pam Ward's narration came across as if being done by someone's snippy, gossipy old maid aunt. Not at all pleasant to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Mommy

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: the husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant- really good!

  • By Candice on 06-01-18

Too much. Way too much.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Story line is adequate. Performance is adequate except for the first narrator's grating voice. I expect I'm out of sync with the rest of the world but I am seriously offended by the number of times the "f" word is used. I don't think I've ever heard it used to this extent. Do you think there could be some warning given to readers about excessive raw language? It adds nothing at all to the story. In fact it detracts from it. No more books by this author for me. I'm disgusted.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Victoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Tommy on 02-06-18

First time for five stars across the board.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Over the past 25 years I've listened to literally thousands of audiobooks and enjoyed many of them. This is the best I can remember. The narration was perfect, the story well-written and held my attention throughout. Definitely worth more that one listen.

  • The Method

  • By: Duncan Ralston
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

After a prolonged illness, Frank and Linda's marriage has begun to fray at the edges. When old friends tell them about an "unconventional therapy retreat" called The Method, they jump at the chance to attend. One last attempt to stay true to their wedding vows. Till death do they part. Dr. Kaspar's Lone Loon Lodge is a secluded resort deep in the Montana wilderness. The staff is friendly. The other couple joining them is intense. But when one of the guests is murdered events quickly spiral out of control, leaving Linda and Frank unable to trust anyone but each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: do not listen to this book at night.

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

Over the top!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Except for some laughable pronunciations, the narrations was pretty good. The story was far-fetched to say the least. How much can a human body take? Just not believable. The narrator kept me listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Snatched Super Boxset

  • Detective Grant Abduction Mysteries
  • By: James Hunt
  • Narrated by: Mikela Drew, Ramona Master
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Missing Person: With a family missing, and after four years off the police force, Chase Grant finds himself back in the midst of a criminal investigation. But as he teams up with the FBI and the US Marshals working this high-profile case, Grant will be forced to confront his past. Deadly Webs: The clock starts the moment Grant gets the call from a parent, and the first 12 hours are crucial. If he missteps, then a child might not come home. But today was different. He got a call about a missing child. And then another, and another, and another....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ramona Drew--another saccharine narrator. Ugh.

  • By Linda on 03-29-18

Ramona Drew--another saccharine narrator. Ugh.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Good stories. Interesting characters. But I couldn't get past the first book. Mikela Drew did a good job narrating. Ramona Drew's sugary, juvenile reading was unbearable. Who picks such narrators for books like this? Had Mikela Drew done the whole trilogy, I'd have given four stars for the performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wish You Well

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Norma Lana, David Baldacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

It is 1940 and a tragedy sends Lou and her little brother, Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwest Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The story is told with both heartbreaking elegance and large doses of touching humor as the lives of Lou and Oz are changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your usual Baldacci

  • By John on 06-07-07

Very pleasant listen

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Not a new story but well written and well narrated. A nice listen on a quiet day.

  • Jackie, Janet & Lee

  • The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill
  • By: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style, and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration! No way to give no stars.

  • By Linda on 02-19-18

Terrible narration! No way to give no stars.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

The super sugary narration, the excessive details (name of the owner, company, type of airplane, etc. for a flight??), multiple details about style, fabric, color, etc. of each room, who wore what again with all the details. I am not a Kennedy fan but thought the book might be of interest. I, too, was a sudden, unexpected widow with children to raise so I was interested in that aspect of the book. I also remember vividly the assassination and a nation in mourning. It was a tremendously jarring point in our history but at the half-way point in this book I can't take listening to this anymore. Maybe another time.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Working Fire

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 841

Ellie Brown thought she'd finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who's busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie's days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she'd hoped never to see again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not recommended.

  • By Elise Daniel on 09-08-17

Could have been so much better.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Too many words. Over emoting. Another female using emotion instead of common sense, brains and the training she has been given to do her job as an EMT. And once again a man comes along to save the day. Sigh. What is it with these female writers? Do they think they are doing justice to their gender? Instead they are portraying them as immature idiots. Sorry I bought this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Sweet Angel

  • The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood
  • By: John Glatt
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Lacey Spears made international headlines in January 2015, when she was charged with the "depraved mind" murder of her five-year-old son, Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that the 27-year-old mother had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube. To the outside world, Lacey had seemed like the perfect mother, regularly posting dramatic updates on her son's harrowing medical problems. But in reality, Lacey was a textbook case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The true story of a monster "mother"

  • By Michelle in New York City on 10-24-16

Narration UGH

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

A good story, well-written. Why on earth pick a British narrator for a book written about the American South? Rapid fire delivery with many words run together. Some interesting pronunciations not related to his country of origin. Try the written version instead.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • When Girls Next Door Kill

  • The True Story of Cindy Collier & Shirley Wolf
  • By: Iris Owen
  • Narrated by: Summer Jo Swaine
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Shirley Wolf and Cindy Collier met in a juvenile detention center and had known each other for only a few hours when they decided to escape and randomly kill a stranger. They would go to a senior condominium center in Auburn, California, where they would seek an elderly victim. They would find one in the 85-year-old Anna Brackett. They entered her home under the ruse that they needed to use the phone to call their parents.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sophomoric writing, terrible narration

  • By Linda on 07-28-17

Sophomoric writing, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Even if this book were free, don't bother. The headline says it all except to add that the narration is the absolute worst I've ever heard which is saying a lot. The quality of narrators has declined considerably since I began listening to Audible in about 2008.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful