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  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,378

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Trash

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

This book is so poorly written, I kept listening to it because I could not believe the ridiculous story line could get any worse. Surprise! It did. Do not waste a dime on this book.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing here makes sense

  • By L. M. Roberts on 04-30-15

WOW!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-15

I bought this book because I have enjoyed Mr. Robotham's books before. But this one you must listen to. It starts off a bit slow and you have to listen carefully as the characters are many and complex in their relationships to one another. This book really took me by surprise with many twists and turns. You think you are reading one story and then it totally changes. I love any book that I think about for days after I have read it and this is exactly that type of story. It starts off as a prison story but becomes so much more. If you listen to this book you have a real treat ahead of you. Congratulations Michael Robotham, this is now my favorite of your books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,434

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Watchman pales next To Kill A Mockingbird

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

As a southerner who lived through the eras depicted in both books, I find it difficult but must admit the truisms in each book. It almost seems that Watchman was deliberately written after Mockingbird but I thought from the press that Watchman was Harper Lee's first book? I have to admit that Mockingbird is my all time favorite book and I read it once a year. It reminds me of our weaknesses and yet our ability to find people of enlightened quality in those troubled times in the south. To Kill A Mockingbird is about friendship, family, evil, goodness, hard times and a young woman of incredible character all told in a timeless manner that can teach all of us about the importance of even one person standing against the pack. It is also just a great story. Watchman comes at a time, 20 years later in history, when the NAACP and Black People decided not to take our prejudices and rules of life anymore. Therefore we find Atticus has become a State's RIght Advocate (at the time one way to embrace bigotry) instead of a human advocate. I am glad Scout never changed her views and in a time when women were as discounted as black people she held her own. I thought Reese Witherspoon did a great job as the narrator. I do not feel this book will stand through the ages but I thank Harper Lee for giving me To Kill A Mockingbird. I will continue to read it every year to remind myself that while life is messy, we can make a difference if we stand up for what is right.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Missoula

  • Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961

From best-selling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana - stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Without Consent

  • By Cynthia on 05-02-15

An Absolute Must Read for Everyone

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-15

I cannot stop thinking about this book. Jon Krakauer has done another top-notch job of bringing research to a subject no one wants to think or talk about. This is not a pretty topic, nor is the book for the faint of heart but this subject I believe is more prevalent than abortion, and date rape leaves both the male and female prime candidates for PTSD which can last a lifetime. I was shocked when my daughter told me how many young women she knew who had been date raped at her college and even in her inner circle. One young woman almost died of anorexia after the rape as she lost so much self esteem and only with the help of her women friends did she turn it around and now has a much happier existence. If you don't believe this is happening at all the colleges in the country, you have blinders on. There is a national organization on most campuses called "Take Back the Night" which focuses on sexual violence against any student, male or female. My child was involved in this group so I went to the event and the bravery it took for these young women and some young men to stand up and tell their stories mostly for the first time in public, made me cry like a baby. It is a fantastic organization and certainly can help with the PTSD that can come with a trauma of this sort. This was a fantastic academic and Division 1 school and I can tell from first hand, the athletes can get away with murder. The school turns its head so the "moola" from the sports, particularly football, keeps rolling in. I am an avid football fan, but I do not believe being a hero on a field with a ball gives these athletes the right to rape or take whatever they want. The school had a quarterback accused of date rape a few years back, and amazingly he is now a quarterback in the NFL. Great athlete, seemingly nice guy but the info about the rape was announced and amazingly it just faded away. No information was forth coming about an investigation, just suddenly the girl said she had made a mistake. I do believe there are people who for whatever "sick" reason accuse some of date rape falsely and in my mind if that can be proved, that person should be expelled and prosecuted. The incidence of false accusations are there, but rare from where I am sitting. I wonder what role Steroids take in this increase in date rape. I do know that alcohol is a major factor. If you or someone you know has been date raped, there is a therapy called EMDR that was developed for Vets who came home with PTSD. I lost a child several years ago and I can tell you this therapy works for most people who develop PTSD and cannot move forward with their lives. I will end with a few questions, Why as Americans can we not face the tough issues and correct them? Why is it always money that takes precedence over the well being of our children? Where will we be if we are too chicken to face this very heart-rending and difficult issue soon? I was discussing it with a person I know who has two girls and the person said,"Oh NO, I could never read that! I don't even want to think about it." Parents : get your heads out of the sand and realize that life can be a scary place if you are not equipped with the facts. We made sure our children knew statistics about this issue and taught them saying no, meant NO! Even then, one of their best friends who is now a lawyer for women's rights and one of the smartest women I have ever met was date raped by being drugged by a classmate she trusted. Our colleges and universities will only change if the Parents and the Students demand action.

14 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Bubble Reputation

  • By: Cathie Pelletier
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Rosemary O'Neal lived for eight years with William, in a rambling country house in Maine. Then William committed suicide on a trip to London, leaving her with questions, anger, and no way to say goodbye. When her zany family descends on the house, bringing a tidal wave of casseroles and their own petty problems, Rosemary retreats with her cat from the chaos of the world around them. (Her cat understands human nature better than Homo sapiens anyway.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Realism of Grief

  • By Beverly on 04-20-15

Delightful Realism of Grief

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-15

I started this book 3 times and kept thinking at the beginning-"oh great another book about death," but today for some reason I let it keep running and it turned out to be humorous and
sarcastic, about friendships and family, the earth and sky and always a bit of loneliness. I lost a child ten years ago and this book made me laugh, feel sad but peaceful. No matter how many years the grief is always with you, it is just what you do with the grief. I recommend this book highly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Every Fifteen Minutes

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,800

Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More twists and turns than Lombard Street

  • By Anonymous! on 04-23-15

What?

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-15

I just finished the book and I am still not sure what the book is trying to convey to laymen about sociopaths. Poorly written, too wordy, narrator not the right voice for this book. Every 15 minutes I wanted to stop reading but hung in there and still don't know why???

39 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • The Gemini Effect

  • By: Chuck Grossart
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355

A single raindrop opens a Pandora's box of horrors when the spawn of perverse genetic research performed during World War II - refined by Cold War enemies and perfected by nature - are unleashed on an unsuspecting world. By dawn only a dead city remains, eerily quiet and still except for the mutant beasts who hide from the light, multiply, and await the shadows of day's end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, great narrator!

  • By Jonathan Campbell on 05-24-15

Garbage

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Dont waste your money- couldn't even finish it after the President starts making love to the secretary general while the rest of the world is being eaten by these weird monsters.(I think that is who she was but it was so boring I couldn't keep up with names) Cannot believe this book found a publisher.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Woods

  • Waterman and Stark, Book 1
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

A schoolgirl found it on a nature hike. A severed human foot wearing pink nail polish. A gruesome but invaluable clue that leads forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman down a much darker trail - to a dangerous psychopath whose powers of persuasion seem to have no end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit to juvenile

  • By Valerie Hill on 03-20-15

Schizophrenic

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

This book is so convoluted and makes so many twists and turns that make no sense to the story that the author must have been listening to voices I could not hear.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,853

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

Little Lies Always Turn Into Big Lies

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-14

I find Liane Moriarty's books to be incredibly moving. The way she weaves her characters in and out and then entangles them in the guts of the story is masterful. She certainly nailed life in a rich town. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is about abuse of all kinds: verbal, emotional, and physical. I think it certainly is pertinent to the times. It is set in Australia so the narrator and accent are a bit irritating, but the story overrides all. Definitely a must read for any woman who has ever been controlled by a male, her kids, her schedule, her job, etc.

77 of 109 people found this review helpful

  • Turbulent Priests

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Adam Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Dan Starkey arrives on Wrathlin Island to investigate the residents' belief that the Messiah is alive, female, and about to start school there: It's not a commission that turns up everyday. He finds a mess of religious intolerance and illicit drinking in a tiny community that is big on religious fervour but small on hospitality. Apart from the Messiah's mum of course, who's clung to her sanity. And her lager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Colin Bateman is hilarious

  • By Beverly on 07-26-14

Colin Bateman is hilarious

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

I have read most of Colin Bateman's books and they (or I) are so quirky, they never fail to make me laugh. Whenever I am a bit down I read" I predict a riot, murder, Extortion and a carrot cake." I LOVE HIS WRITING but I think you have to suspend belief and just go with Colin on his fantastic voyages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful