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  • True Story

  • Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel's relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well written and narrated!!

  • By Melissa on 05-01-15

slow reveal of a dark character

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The origin of this story is already strange: an accused murderer uses the name of a recently disgraced journalist. Then, covering the story becomes the journalist's (ultimately successful) attempt at reviving his career. It's a fascinating look into the psychology of both the author and the accused murderer, Christopher Longo, through a long correspondence and the trial of Longo for murder of his wife and children. The narrator is unobtrusive. I'd recommend this for fans of true crime.

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,876

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

Dickensian yarn with contemporary sensibility

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

I've been hearing about Sarah Waters for a long time, but it took me until I had a reading challenge calling for an LGBTQ romance to finally listen to this book, and I'm so glad This is simply great storytelling and the narrator makes it even more enjoyable.

  • Disappearance at Devil's Rock

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 475

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: Her 13-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park. The search isn't yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy's disappearance. They feel helpless and alone, and their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: The local and state police have uncovered no leads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy, eerie, and dark.

  • By Alicia on 10-16-16

Strong Suspense

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

the narration is very strong and the story is one that will keep you listening and trying to figure out what's going on. I'd recommend this for fans of psychological suspense.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,643

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Popcorn Reading with some social commentary

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I would put this book in the "beach reads" category, or virtual beach reads. It's also fairly thoughtful about gender and power, and includes amusing commentary on the culture of upper class parents. The narration is really good, especially if you like Australian accents.

  • Girls & Sex

  • Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
  • By: Peggy Orenstein
  • Narrated by: Peggy Orenstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

A generation gap has emerged between parents and their girls. Even in this age of helicopter parenting, the mothers and fathers of tomorrow's women have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually or how they feel about it. Drawing on in-depth interviews with over 70 young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts, renowned journalist Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling back the curtain on the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls' sex lives in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for anyone who has a daughter

  • By Erin on 04-01-16

Disturbing Study of Hook-Up Culture

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I found this book riveting to listen to, and liked it better than I thought I would. It describes what young women get (and don't get) out of hook-up culture, and gave me the sense that things now are worse and less liberated for young women than they were in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh

  • By Sara on 05-19-14

interesting characters and setting

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

The setting and characters are compelling. It was easy to solve the whodunnit long before the story was over, but the characters and some plot twists kept it interesting.

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  • Island of Lost Girls

  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Jennifer McMahon delivers a chilling New York Times best-selling tale of shattered innocence and haunting memories. After she sees a six-foot white rabbit kidnap a seven-year-old Vermont girl, 23-year-old Rhonda joins the hunt for the abductor. But when evidence implicates Peter—her childhood friend and high school crush — Rhonda determines to exonerate him and to reconcile gnawing secrets from their past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • one cliche leads to another

  • By R. Hill on 05-24-14

one cliche leads to another

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

I would be OK with a novel that was improbable and melodramatic if it didn't seem to be striving for psychological realism. The characters were very familiar "types", the plot events, including the plot "twists" were very predictable. Just formulaic.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,695

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

great stories, mixed narration, and RATS

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

These are some of the best stories King's done in a long time. They are all riveting. Oh yeah, and watch out for the rats.
I would have enjoyed the two from the woman's point of view even more than I did if the narration had been better. Jessica Hecht seemed to have been told by someone that she should smile while she read, a technique that really didn't work. I don't know if she thought the heroines were stupid, but she seemed almost to be mocking them, especially in the last story. The listener who described her as burbling and baby-talking really captured it. It's too bad, because both the characters could have been read as much more grown-up and intelligent people, and I wondered several times what they would sound like in my "mind's ear" if I was reading instead of listening. Craig Wasson, on the other hand, was very convincing as both characters, though they were quite different from each other.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Teaglass

  • By: Emily Arsenault
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 271

The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book with Great Characters

  • By Ed on 03-02-10

word-nerd fun

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

There is something really sweet and innocent about this mystery set among lexicographers. Maybe it's the basically decent, mostly young characters. It doesn't have the level of violence you find in a lot of contemporary mysteries. It's a bit old fashioned in a good way. I found it compelling and very witty. One of the very few books I'd listen to again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Prepared Be Forewarned

  • By Steven on 02-22-10

starts well, ends silly

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-09

This book is loosely based on the real-life story of the Russian serial-killer, Andrei Chikitalo, the hunt for whom was portrayed in the excellent HBO movie "Citizen X." While the character of the lead detective in this novel is engaging, the plot quickly becomes ludicrous by the end. I felt sucked in by the hype that's accompanied by this book by the time the ending rolled around and wished I hadn't used my credits on it.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful