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  • Wild Swans

  • Three Daughters of China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and great audio-book!

  • By AEL on 12-22-11

Torture

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I'm on Chapter 11 and I think it's as far as I can go. The storyline is boring, but great if you have insomnia -- it'll put you to sleep in no time. The daughter's narration is getting old. She's definitely not helping paint a picture as it's hard to envision the details of really anything in the story (i.e. the people, homes, buildings, city/country). There's just not much to her descriptions. Also, there are too many characters to keep track of and all their names sound too similar. Sorry, not meant to offend anyone there.

  • The Perfect Friend

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

She’ll do anything for you.... My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered. My husband has left me. My children won’t speak to me. My friend Carrie is the only person I have. She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets. She’d never do anything to let me down. Would she? This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last minute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By Abigail Grasso on 07-12-18

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I enjoyed the book and was surprised by the twist at the end. The only disappointment was how Alex's feelings toward Carrie at the end.

  • Got You Back

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

James never intended to lead a double life; with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it's exhausting. But that's all about to change. Stephanie, his wife, isn't really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband's mobile. But now she's found it, how can she ignore it? It's time to track the woman down and find out what's going on. Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating on her until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Monster fueled by Schadenfreude

  • By Jenn on 01-17-18

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I was really disappointed when the 2 women decided to back out of their revenge because they took pity upon the husband which defeated the whole purpose of the plot.

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,327

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The plot was boring and the narration and characters were annoying. Waste of time and money.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,496

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

Put me out of my misery

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I'm on chapter 9 and I'm still waiting for the plot to begin. I'm surprised I even got through chapter 3 as it's 43 minutes long. The way Marianne goes on and on...AND ON about her perfect (narcissistic & abusive) husband is enough for me to claw my eyes out. It's excruciatingly boring and irritating at the same time. I think I deserve a refund on this one.

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,951

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I really liked the 1st chapter, but was surprised and disappointed that it was just a short story and didn't have anything to do with the rest of the book. Really weird. I don't know what the point of it was, but had the author continued with that storyline then I probably would have enjoyed the book. The chapters are really long, and I just couldn't go any further than chapter 6. I'm not a fan of stories that skip back and forth in time and have too many characters to keep track of -- many of whom had no relevance to the story, whatsoever. One of the most boring books I've purchased.

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 628

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I BEG YOU NOT TO!

  • By Ann on 04-16-18

Great storyline

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I appreciated how the storyline kept moving and never felt like there was a dull moment that I just needed to get through. Narration was spot on and the characters kept my interest. I loved the detailed narration of Simon's adventures.

  • The Family at Number 13

  • By: S.D. Monaghan
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect. But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband, Andrew, barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not believable

  • By DRC923 on 09-14-18

Not believable

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Just did not make sense to me why Zachery went to all the trouble to sabotage Connor's life just because he told him to find another therapist and used his connection to get the cottage. Felt like the author didn't know how to get the story going so that it made sense. I regret the purchase.

  • My Sweet Revenge

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing, and then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, loved this book!

  • By Sharon Graifer on 07-07-18

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This book could have been so good if only...there was an actual plot. There was a moment, toward the end, when I thought finally something was going to happen, but nothing (and I mean NOTHING) ever materialized. Not sure why the author titled it My Sweet Revenge, when the wife was too pathetic to actually follow through on anything. Complete waste of time and money.

  • Commodore's Messenger

  • A Child Adrift in the Scientology Sea Organization, Book 1
  • By: Janis Gillham-Grady
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Commodore's Messenger begins by taking the listener into the life of the first family of Scientology in Australia: Yvonne and Peter Gillham and their three children, Peter Jr., Terri, and Janis. Life for the Gillhams is not without its challenges in Australia, but nothing compares to what happens when the family moves to England after dealing with the banning of Scientology in Victoria. Things spiral out of control, as Hubbard leaves England and takes to the sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 07-28-18

Beyond boring

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I'm really surprised and disappointed that, after all the years this author spent with LRH, THIS is the best she can do when recounting her experience with Scientology. She rambles on and on about the most tedious "events" over the years that there's really no story to tell. Bouncing back and forth in the timeline sure doesn't help, either. I'm more than halfway through and I just can't go any further.

There are so many other books out there that give the reader a much more interesting, in-depth insight into the authors' experience with Scientology (Jenna Miscavige, Leah Remini, Janet Reitman...). Don't waste your time or money on this one.

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