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  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,827

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Good story - not too dark

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

What did you love best about The Husband's Secret?

The characters. Even those you dislike end up redeeming themselves.

What did you like best about this story?

Ironically, I guessed the plot twist, but I like being able to do that.

What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s voice?

OK unless she is trying to talk like a child

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

laugh at times

Any additional comments?

The narrator's attempt to talk in a child's voice was so annoying it almost ruined the book.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,249

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Terrible. NOT suspensful.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Would you try another book from B. A. Paris and/or Georgia Maguire?

The narrator was fine. The author is terrible.

Would you ever listen to anything by B. A. Paris again?

No! Horrible writing - unbelievable characters and totally predictable.

Did Georgia Maguire do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Absolutely not. The characters are underdeveloped and inconsistent. The villain's motivations make no sense. The heroin's actions make no sense. She is initially so ignorant and passive.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Behind Closed Doors?

The entire book.

Any additional comments?

This was a waste of time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Story

  • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

  • By Andy on 11-08-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

no

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Smart?

no

Was My Story worth the listening time?

no

Any additional comments?

It is amazing that Smart somehow lost my sympathy (not all of it, by any means), in listening to her story. I would never have guessed that it would be possible for me to not be amazed by this woman who made it through such an ordeal at the hands of these wretched human beings. However, Smart managed to make me not like her. Maybe it's her robotic cadence, her false humility, her self-congratulatory outlook, her nonsensical musings on her faith and God. Ugh. I just feel bad about everything now....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,157

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

First two parts: great story. Last part: crap.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

Gilliam Flynn's writing is spot on.

The performances were sooooo annoying. Kirby Heyborne's voice is completely un-Nick-like. And both readers have the super annoying habit of trying to mimic the opposite gender's voice - totally irritating and dumb.

What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and The Fabulous Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio

Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not!

Any additional comments?

The ending is disappointing. The plot twists seemed absurd and everything was over-explained.

  • The Art of Procrastination

  • A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off
  • By: John Perry
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 628

John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Procrastinate on listening to this

  • By Reasonable Reader on 09-19-16

Bored me

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

Reviewed: 04-17-14

Would you try another book from John Perry and/or Brian Holsopple?

No.

What could John Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Read a better book.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. The pace was just not for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Some of the observations made no sense.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Clean

  • By: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like a Car Wreck...

  • By Elisabeth on 02-09-14

Excellently read by author and riveting

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

Reviewed: 04-17-14

Where does Coming Clean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best-read memoirs.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Clean?

The failure of her mother's surgery.

What does Kimberly Rae Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice.

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

Her introduction.

Any additional comments?

I wish more memoirs on audible were read by the authors.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Einstein Kept Under His Hat

  • Secrets of Science in the Kitchen
  • By: Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and interesting, but badly edited

  • By Jerker on 09-24-12

I wanted to like this book, but it grew annoying

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

Reviewed: 03-19-14

What disappointed you about What Einstein Kept Under His Hat?

The snide remarks about people the author assumed were stupid.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Easy to follow.

What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s voice?

Fine.

Any additional comments?

I really took issue with the constant jabs at folks the author deemed unintelligent or uneducated, and often he made statements that are outdated to untrue about the health benefits of certain foods.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The White Tiger

  • A Novel
  • By: Aravind Adiga
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, informative tale

  • By Barry Feinstein on 05-19-09

Wonderful book and wonderful narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

What made the experience of listening to The White Tiger the most enjoyable?

The language is precise and poetic and the narrator is perfect.

Any additional comments?

This book reminded me of The Invisible Man and Crime and Punishment. The narrator is at once sympathetic and absolutely psychotic. The slow unraveling of the tale is set at a perfect pace and the reader did it full justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cut Me Loose

  • Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
  • By: Leah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • In the end I didn't like her

  • By David Shear on 01-23-14

The narration nearly ruined this book

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Would you try another book from Leah Vincent and/or Emily Durante?

I would read another Leah Vincent book. I found her prose engaging and smooth. I would never listen to an Emily Durante narration. While her voice is pleasant, she turned this book into a farce.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this story, and found it hard to stop listening at times. I have a Jewish background, and am familiar enough with the Haredi community to know that it is true-to-life. Vincent's determination and struggle were inspiring, and her pain was made palpable.

However, the voice narrating was all wrong. The fake accents and fake male voices made even deadly serious scenes seems cartoonish. Her rendering of the author's timidity in a breathy, whiny voice made the author seem annoying and unlikeable. Just terrible and should be re-recorded in Vincent's own voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Failure

  • A Memoir
  • By: Gary Shteyngart
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • did not do much for me

  • By Max on 04-27-14

I loved this book - funny, sad, all that nonsense

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

Reviewed: 01-22-14

What made the experience of listening to Little Failure the most enjoyable?

My personal identification with the author.

What other book might you compare Little Failure to and why?

Davis Sedaris works.

What about Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance did you like?

It was good, but would have preferred the author's own voice. JTR sounded distinctly un-Jewish and un-New Yorker

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

this is a dumb question

4 of 4 people found this review helpful