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  • Sweet Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited 60 acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town where her mother, Ellen, grew up - and where she died tragically when Cassie was three.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story ok. But.

  • By Rockysmom on 06-11-16

Good book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

It was a good story but the narrator was difficult for me to listen to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,803
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,731

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Great book to listen to on drive to work

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

Great story. I had a difficult time focusing the first few chapters because I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator but she grew on me after a little while. Sometimes difficult to follow because the story follows two women and then fast forwards at a random point for a few minutes every few chapters... You figure it out though pretty quickly. Also, although I know the story was set in France, wasn't a huge fan of the random French words the characters say sometimes because I don't know French... Would highly recommend though!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,913

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Was hoping for more

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe.... I have read probably 10 audiobooks now on Audible on my way to work and this one was the most difficult to listen to out of any of them.

What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

There were many times where I wanted to stop listening and just start a new book. For me, the characters were very frustrating an just not likable at all. I enjoyed the ending of the book but it was like pulling teeth to get there.... I honestly had a hard time having sympathy or understanding for any of the characters. They were not people I could relate to or like. I understand that people fall on hard times and make poor decisions sometimes, but the main character in this book was SO frustrating to me. Like I said, the end of this book was good and I am glad she wrapped it up well but I would never want to have to subject myself to listening to this again. Not my style.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The readers were good. Hard to keep up with because there were three different characters played by three different people and you had to really pay attention to who was speaking at any given time. Most books I have listened to so far don't have as many readers. I listened to this book on my long commute to work every day and it wasn't easy to keep up because of this.

Do you think The Girl on the Train needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would never listen to a follow-up book for this. It was hard to get through this first book without screaming at how many stupid decisions the characters made. I honestly don't think I could get through a second book.

Any additional comments?

Was really disappointed. Really looking forward to this book because of all the great reviews and I can honestly say that this was the first audible book that I didn't like and was disappointed in. Want those 9 hours of my life back... and my credit for the month. lol

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,475

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By kurdis teed on 08-08-17

So glad I chose to read this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I had a really hard time figuring out what book to get for my long commute to work each day and ended up choosing this book after seeing some great reviews. I absolutely loved All The Light We Cannot See and am hoping to find another book that I enjoy as much as this one. I was SO upset when it was over. No clue how anyone could give this book bad reviews because it was so well written. If you like history, a must read!