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  • Girls' Night Out

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of time.

  • By Yikes on 07-25-18

Solid Psychological Suspense novel

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This was a solid 3.5 stars for me. The narrator did a good job, although she didn't really differentiate between any of the three narrators. The story itself was nothing groundbreaking, multiple POVs, small jumps in time, the mystery unraveling right up until the final chapter. There was a definite twist at the very end, and I didn't see it coming, but it wasn't a jaw-dropping twist. I would say my biggest issue with the book was that I really didn't like any of the main characters. Overall, glad I listened, would recommend it for a quick psychological suspense listen, but don't think I'll ever need to listen or read it again.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,190

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Entertaining listen for Princess Bride Fans

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Great little read for any fan of The Princess Bride. I suppose if you are a die hard fan you may have already known many of the fact Elwes gives the reader, but as a big fan that hasn't reached hard core levels, it was quite informative and entertaining.

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,023

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

CS Lewis/JK Rowling Mashup, but not nearly as good

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

Solid 3.5 for me. I didn't love this book, but I didn't dislike it either. At times I thought, 'this is pretty cool!' But then at other points I just felt like the author mashed CS Lewis and JK Rowling together and this is what popped out. Undecided if I'll continue listening to the series, but since I'm a 'completionist' by nature, it'll likely happen at some point.

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,409

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By KC in Lex on 09-08-14

Great thriller needs to lose the romance

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Title says it all. The love scenes ruined the flow of a really good thriller. Docked a star from overall for that despite a good performance and good overall story. If you like steamy love scenes mixed into a good thriller, you'll probably like this book.

  • Playing with Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380

The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the "Incendio Waltz" in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat off-key

  • By Janice on 11-16-15

Entertaining quick listen

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Great short read, didn't want to put it down once I got started. It wasn't particularly thrilling, just very well written and highly entertaining.

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Fun book, didn't want to stop listening to it. It was a great political techno thriller. This story line was very personal for Gibson Vaughn, so I'm not sure where his story will go from here, but this one was done well enough that I'll certainly be going along for the ride!!

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  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,545

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

Solid but unspectacular

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Was hoping for a little more suspense, a little more mystery, and that moment when you realize the author fooled you; but it just wasn't there. It was a solid book, just nothing to rave about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,687

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good.

  • By Fluffy on 06-05-17

Give me the next book soon!!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Fun science fiction, with unique journal style narration. The journal style chapters definitely made for pacing that made the book hard to put down. If I have one major gripe with the book, it's that it spent much of the book literally building and then did not really climax as I was hoping. This book is clearly setting things up for future installments. This is fine, so long as I don't have to wait too long for the next book!!

Narration was great, I loved the voice cast and they all did an outstanding job.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,394

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

Just as good as the first Decker book!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

Much like The Memory Man, I loved this book. Amos Decker is such an interesting character, with his obvious memory gift/curse, but also all the other things about his personality that make him unique. I must admit that I figured many things out ahead of there reveal, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the journey.

  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

Great for runners, great for all

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

As a dedicated runner, Tom's accounting of his trials during his 'year' really hit the note for me. The books is funny and truly an easy read/listen. I actually listened to it while running and recovering from a hamstring injury and was a great book to remind me of a few things that I personally needed for my rehab. If you are a runner, you should definitely read this. But even if you are not, it is entertaining enough for just about anyone to enjoy.