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  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,344

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I knew...

  • By PollyAnna2 on 10-18-18

OUr little lies

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I loved it! kept me on my toes! I thought I knew the ending a few times, but I was wrong! Brilliant twist.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,122

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-04-18

Ahhhmazing!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I absolutely loved this story, everything about it was perfect! I fell in love with this marsh girl and her marsh! I cried, laughed, felt every emotion to my core! Every now and then we find a book that just touches you! You wont regret buying this buy! I promise!

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,953

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Shocking!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Where does Behind Her Eyes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

10! This book is not what it seems....

What other book might you compare Behind Her Eyes to and why?

As far as I know there isn't a book similar.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The wife.....

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Of course life gets in the way....

Any additional comments?

This book was amazingly written. Not what you think at all. !!! Completely worth a credit! You won't be disappointed!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Next Door

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Jack Ketchum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 799

Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets; well-tended lawns; and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sick

  • By Truth Like no Other on 07-11-16

Sick!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

What did you like best about The Girl Next Door? What did you like least?

The end. I can't say much more without spoiling it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have someone do something to stop the sickening abuse. I find it hard to believe that it went on for as long as it did and no one not one person did anything!

What does Jack Ketchum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Idk

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No!

Any additional comments?

This book is very hard to listen too, it's disgusting actually. I kept listening to it , to see how it ended and I was highly disappointed and I actually cried. Just beware before purchasing this book. 😞

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Take Me With You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!

  • By Jeffrey on 07-25-14

A feel good book!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Where does Take Me With You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

#10! It's different than what I normally listen too, which is murder mysteries. This book made me laugh,cry, yell, etc....

What other book might you compare Take Me With You to and why?

I'm not sure, only because I don't normally listen to this kind of book.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Cummings – was your favorite?

The oldest son. Wow!

If you could rename Take Me With You, what would you call it?

I wouldn't change a thing!

Any additional comments?

Great great book! I can't say enough about it! One of the best books that one read. You won't be disappointed.

  • Love, Thais

  • By: Natasha A. Salnikova
  • Narrated by: Kauleen Cloutier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Thais is not a regular woman. She's 38 but her mind is settled in much earlier years. Her family died in a car accident, but she adopted a new one. Thais is a hoarder and works in an apartment building as a cleaning lady, hating all the residents. And she will do anything, anything at all, for a certain man in her life, for a man who said she was beautiful, Timur Ozin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Warning- Bad Narration Ahead

  • By MarisaReads on 01-31-17

Crazy ! With a side of crazy!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Love, Thais to be better than the print version?

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Her love interest.

What does Kauleen Cloutier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Suspense, all the feels.....

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Can't say without spoiling it.

Any additional comments?

Crazy story, but in a good way. You will be shocked repeatedly it's great!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let You Go

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,373

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with ending

  • By BonSue on 04-21-17

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you listen to Never Let You Go again? Why?

No, only because once I figure out what happens, I'm just not interested anymore. Not because it's not a great book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The mother, very smart! All around perfect!

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't say without spoiling it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not sure

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Lies

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness -- until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • super psychological drama

  • By Janie on 06-10-17

Def with a credit!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Lies to be better than the print version?

Yes!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, very smart , very very clever.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end of course!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both!

Any additional comments?

But it, it's Def worth it!

  • Dead End Girl

  • Violet Darger, Book 1
  • By: L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

A serial killer stalks women in rural Ohio. He is deranged but brilliant, known only by the grotesque nickname the media has given him - The Doll Parts Killer. The name is apt. He dismembers his victims and leaves them in garbage bags in public places. A residential neighborhood. Next to a roller rink. Behind a Burger King. The investigation is a disaster. No physical evidence. Unreliable witnesses. To make matters worse, the FBI has lost contact with the star profiler working the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Thriller

  • By Tami Buhl Dallos Wells on 06-16-17

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

What made the experience of listening to Dead End Girl the most enjoyable?

The suspense, and I love books that have a few of couple narrators. Just so we have an insight from the killer....

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was good, I wished so many people didn't have to die.

What does Kate Marcin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to a book gives you the freedom to listen to it whenever.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending, of course.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • He Will Be My Ruin

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker's Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lockbox hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Whew! Now I remember why I like mysteries!

  • By Fuzzy's Mom on 10-18-16

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you listen to He Will Be My Ruin again? Why?

No, only because once I figure out "who did it" it's just not the same.

What was one of the most memorable moments of He Will Be My Ruin?

I can't say without spoiling it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the few sex scenes. They were perfect, without overdoing it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both!

Any additional comments?

Written well, once you think you know who it is, it flips you around. Great mystery!