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  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,392

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Zero spoiler review:

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I listened to this with very few expectations, only hearing it was a tense psychological thriller. It certainly grabs you from the get go. It’s competently written and full of fleshed out characters. The narration is mostly excellent (didn’t enjoy the voice she uses for Richard). I was enjoying this book immensely until the first twist. This book has a problem with twists, and it’s not that they aren’t good. The first is a clever device, I enjoyed it, but something shifted in me so that I was not longer absorbed in the book, but trying to figure out the next twist. The first happened at the end of part one, so I figured there would be about three twists and two red herrings. And therein lies the problem. I was no longer immersed in the plot but waiting for the next “oh no!” moment.

Plot twists can be very effecting if done right. The film He Loves Me, He Loves Me come to mind. I rewatched that movie wanting to see how the pieces lined up knowing how it ends. But the twists here felt like diminishing returns. I just finished the book and while I’m glad I read it, I don’t really feel satisfied. The third act felt simultaneously rushed and a little too tidy. I have lingering questions, which is fine, I don’t need everything to spelled out in honking neon letters, but the book isn’t intentionally vague across the board. A few parts I rolled my eyes because it was overly explained.

I’d recommend this in the end. It’s worth a credit for sure. I’d rather read something that takes a big swing with imperfect results than one that plays it safe and is quietly forgotten. There is a lot to enjoy and admire in this book and perhaps it will resonate more with a different slice of readers.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,996

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

A real cracker jack

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I loved this book. The hype is justified. The world building is fascinating and long after it ended I kept thinking how life would flip if the book was suddenly true. This was my first introduction to Alderman's novels (loved her work on zombies run!) and I'm going to check out her other work. This book has really come out at the perfect time and I hope it becomes a black swan success. Those with power should pause and think more consciously about how it is used, and whether it is deserved. This is a moral tale packaged so well, it never felt like a moral tale. It felt written for the love of the characters, not to push an agenda. Check it out. Its an excellent book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,909

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Perfect blend

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Weir and Dawson are a perfect pairing. The story is engaging, the characters are interesting, and the narration elevates the text. I ripped through this in two settings and was genuinely bummed when there was no more to listen to.

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,052

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Problematic Narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

I adored The Fireman and thought Mulgrew nailed the narration. So I was excited to try another Mulgrew Hill pairing with Nos4a2. Sadly, it's not the easy going ride I was expecting. She shouts every exclaimation point like it's day 1 at overactor's academy and her voice for the character Bing nearly put me off listening to the book in the first hour. I wish I could pop in a Will Patton or Weaton, or Kate Winslet (who brought so much life to Therese Raquin) and listen to it again. I feel like the text was better than the performance it received. If you're a new fan of Joe Hill get The Fireman. It's a wonderful treat.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

An iconic american classic, but... really dated

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Nick Offerman squeezed every drop of blood out of this rock and earned all the kudos. The problem with Tom Sawyer is that the text, and the storytelling did not age well. It has imagery that entered the zeitgeist ages ago and beloved characters, but structurally, its all over the shop. There are loooooooooooooooong stretches describing chasing a tick with a pen, rules of being pirates, and dead cat wart removal recipes, but somehow, the section devoted to the murder of a man is mentioned and then seemingly forgotten until the end. Part of me wonders if Twain had an editor, because much of this feels like he just was riffing and get paid by the word count. Which even writing that feels wrong. It feels like Twain is so iconic its incorrect to point out that his work could use a second draft. I don't regret getting this book, but it was a bit of a struggle to finish. Nick Offerman was the best thing about this. I'd happily listen to his narration again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,843

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointed there are no words for how much

  • By Melissa on 12-23-18

What a story!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

I blitzed through 10 hours in one day simply because I wanted to know what happened next. Joe Hill takes the story and pitches it left just when you think you know where its going. It never feels forced, but simply crafty and clever. If you enjoy this book, look up his Locke and Keye series, which was how I came across him and decided to try one of his novels. So glad I did.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,804

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Treasures Of Jolly Autumn

  • By Sara on 10-31-14

Made me hungry rather than spooked.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

It felt like he was being paid by the word. Long sections of description of food and farms, yet the central idea of the headless horseman is given surprisingly little detail. Even the climax of the story is just shmeah. I'm glad I listened to it, but was really expecting more out of this short story that has such an iconic image. Also, Crane is kind of an unlikable character.

  • Outside the Dog Museum

  • By: Jonathan Carroll
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Harry Radcliffe is a brilliant prize-winning architect - witty and remarkable. He's also a self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations, and women, come his way. But now, newly divorced and having had an inexplicable nervous breakdown, Harry is being wooed by the extremely wealthy Sultan of Saru to design a billion-dollar dog museum.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters, good storyline, abrupt ending.

  • By Eric Murphy on 06-11-15

Great characters, good storyline, abrupt ending.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

I love Carroll, but this book feels incomplete when finished. I literally said out loud, "what?" when I figured out there would be no more. If someone were to say, 'Hey which Jonathan Carroll book should I read, this wouldn't rank. He has beautiful descriptions and characters you love and loath and the same time. This book is worth a credit, and worth a listen, but its not his best.

  • Silver Screen Fiend

  • Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film
  • By: Patton Oswalt
  • Narrated by: Patton Oswalt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771

New York Times best-selling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For Patton Oswalt fans and stand-up fans.

  • By Brian on 02-19-15

Thank the reel this book was written.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

I loved his first book, but was a little bummed that it didn't say a whole lot about his personal life. This one does, and does so, brilliantly. If you love Patton, you'll love this.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adaption of one of my all time favorite books

  • By Mr Benn on 02-03-15

Great adaptation!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

I adore Mark Heap and company. It's a fun listen. I'd recommend the book first as it has the hilarious prose of Pratchett and Gaiman, but this adaptation is solid. If you've read the book you'll enjoy it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful