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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Who broke Caroline Lee??

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I LOVE Ms Moriarty's books and this one started out with a great concept. I had no issues with Caroline Lee's narration - it was fine in my opinion - she is very talented. So, as for the story, she got off to a great start that kept my interest and then the last 1/3 of the book was just crash and burn. It was awful! It seemed like she just couldn't decide on how to wrap up the story and it was extremely anticlimactic. Then she decided to do some follow up at the end that was equally disjointed. She needed to have her editor take her back to rewrite the last part of the book. I was really sad at wasting 19 hrs listening to this garbage. #absurd #creepy #mindbending #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Another great installment

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Some mentioned that this was not their favorite in the series. While it wasn't the most original of the series it was still engaging and kept me entertained all 22 hrs and 31 min. It was an easy to follow plot, no big surprises- its just the writing that holds you captive while you drive, workout or do the mindless household chores of daily life. I like how the author doesn't use her pen to draw you into politics or real controversy. Its all just pure entertainment . Cant wait for the next one! #gritty, #suspensful,#tagsgiving,#sweepstakes,

  • The Road Out of Hell

  • Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders
  • By: Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark
  • Narrated by: Anthony Flacco
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco - using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark - tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaker

  • By Jerrilynn on 09-09-14

Hire a professional narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I almost stopped listening to this book based on the HORRIBLE narration. It was manic and inappropriate to the serious content. The author has no talent for acting! It was also really hard to listen to the awful tortures Sanford Clark was subjected to as well as the children that were murdered. I fast forwarded quite a bit as it was so disgusting and traumatic.The story of redemption, however, was worth every harrowing detail and I am glad that unlike most stories of this kind we were able to hear about the "happily ever after", even though it was not always completely happy. Sandford was blessed with a loving sister and then wife and children who helped him live an amazing life despite his beginnings. If you have the stomach for it, you will be rewarded with an uplifting story of courage and redemption #tagsgiving #dark #inspirational #sweepstakes

  • Midwives

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why Abridged

  • By Patti on 11-06-13

Shouldn't have been abridged

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I ordered this audio for my bookclub discussion having read the book years ago and loved it. I didn't want to re-read it. I was very sad that this was the abridged version and didn't realize it till after I purchased it. I love Chris Bohjalian's writing and this book has so much to offer. That said, I highly recommend that you either offer an unabridged version or that readers get a hard copy and read every word. My bookclub had a lively discussion on "what would you do" if you were the midwife in this situation?
It also raised many questions about home birth and lay midwifery. SInce our group includes an Internal med doc and myself, a NICU nurse, as well as non-medical members it was a thought provoking discussion.

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the Year

  • By Sharon on 07-11-18

Interesting way to spend time

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I love mysteries and I love stories about Ireland. This was my first book by Dervla McTiernan and it wont be my last. The story had a good flow and kept my interest. The Narrator was on target. All in all a interesting way to spend some listening time.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,869

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Alison on 10-11-18

The BEST so far!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I have listened to all Tana French's books and loved them all. This new book stands out in my opinion as the best yet. Ms. French just seems to get better all the time. Without giving anything away, this book has many interesting twists, turns and surprises and goes into deep character analysis of each main character. I often found myself driving home the long way to get more listening time in. Paul Nugent is an excellent narrator and the 22 hrs few by!.
If you are a mystery lover this book will not disappoint. If you are a Tana French fan, dont miss this one! #dark #fairytaletwists #mindbending #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

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

  • By Cyndi on 10-05-18

Jodi preaches politics before our midterm election

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I ordered this book because I hoped that Jodi might be able to tell a story that might discuss the pros and cons of abortion and it might be a good book club discussion. I should have known better based on her current work ( I was a fan of her earlier books). First off let me say that I am pro-choice (to a point - not past viability) and I am a NICU nurse who has been at hundreds of high risk preterm deliveries. By choosing to write a story about the insane prolife activists that abuse women going into clinics and actually commit violence she is just choosing to proselytize . I wish she would have contrasted the emotional toll of abortion and the reality of late term abortion as well as the necessity of safe early abortion for women. The next negative is the way she told the story. By going back and forth in time she was all over the place and it was hard to follow. Her character development was really poor. Her writing has really deteriorated over the years. Her "facts" really needed some checking as well. Next was Bahni Turpin's narration. I enjoyed her in many other audiobooks. In this book she was really flat and unemotional. I think they should have had a male reader as her male voices all sounded awful. So, sadly I cannot recommend this book to my bookclub, it was poorly written and was just Jodi's political views and I guess I should have expected that.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,241

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

authors should write, actors should narrate

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I got through half of this audio and I just cant continue. I gave the author reading his own work the benefit of the doubt, however he is just not up to the task. It seems to be a nice coming of age story, but I just cannot keep listening. I am returning this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,409

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

a little slow but good

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I liked this audio, because I really wanted to know how it would end, but it was a bit slow to arrive to the point. I think the narrator really made it work - she kept me listening.
I don't want to give away the plot as its another mystery book and who wants anyone to spoil it for you....but it wasn't that predictable and everyone was not all good or all evil as in other books. I would definitely recommend using a credit on it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Another Win for McCammon

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Robert McCammon has the ability to tell a really good tale that engages you from beginning to end. Sometimes its a little unbelievable but that's ok with me. This story brings us to the south in the 1930's, there is a plot to abduct 2 children and hold them for ransom. The quirky part is that the little girl is blessed with a gift that allows her to communicate with certain people telepathically. The story is told from the perspective of a rich white child and a poor black "redcap" and how their lives interconnect. It's about love, evil and heroism. If you like this author get this book! The narrator is excellent as well #dark #gritty # inspirational #fairytaletwists #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

13 of 14 people found this review helpful