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  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's good, but the end?...could have been better

  • By Adrienne on 06-06-18

A Cozy Game of Familial Clue

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Ugh! I love Ruth Ware, I got hooked on her with The Woman in Cabin 10, and this wasn't a disappointment. I've read all her books and I've found that they are a nice mix of mystery with cozy, enjoyable fun. This novel is well narrated by Imogen Church, who I believe has narrated all of RW's books; a nod to her talent, I've listened to her narrate several similar books and yet each always sounds unique, a talent I appreciate. This novel unfolds slowly, and while parts are predictable it unfolds nicely with the pace picking up towards the end.

  • The Finishing School

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Goodman
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

One spring night in 1998, the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain. Was it a suicide attempt? Or was Cressida pushed? It was no secret that she had a selfish streak and had earned as many enemies as allies in her tenure at the school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost in Memories

  • By BrainyHeroine on 11-13-17

Lost in Memories

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I just finished this novel and if felt like I was listening to someone's memories, but I was captivated by the mystery. The narration felt personable, but the variation in voices, tones, tenses, and time differences added to the story. This story is not one easily put down, you'll want to come to a full break before pausing it, if you're capable of that! Hands down one of my favorite books of 2017, and I'm looking into a few more narrated by Andi Arndt. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • Yellow Brick War

  • Dorothy Must Die, Book 3
  • By: Danielle Paige
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because - just like Dorothy - I got swept away on one, too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz - and Kansas - is to kill her. And I'm the only one who can do it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the end

  • By LunaReads on 03-16-16

Spoilers

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

there is no review that can be given that does not contain at least a thousand spoilers. Danielle Paige does a fantastic job of sucking us back into the world of Amy gum in the Land of Oz. However she also is a master at bringing up characters we thought were dead and knowing as a 4th book. rumor has it we're getting the fourth book, but we have to wait until next year.

  • Black-Eyed Susans

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Julia Heaberlin
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse, Eric G. Dove, Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,392

As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving "Black-Eyed Susan," the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa's testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and compelling - Gillian Flynn readalike

  • By Donna on 08-27-15

Waste of an Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Loved this book until the end. there was no real climax and then it just finished. It is still good, you're just left wanting more.

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,663

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

No Sophomore Slump Here

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

Another amazing and thrilling novel from Mary Kubica. There are enough red herrings to need the whole story to piece things together. The only fault is the amount of detail written for the Heidi character makes sections take longer than needed.

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  • Princesses Behaving Badly

  • Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
  • By: Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

You think you know her story. You've read the Brothers Grimm, you've watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn't be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders - but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rapid-Fire History

  • By Troy on 01-15-14

Disney, this is not

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

If you could sum up Princesses Behaving Badly in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, fantastic, captivating.

Any additional comments?

This is a history of amazing women who kicked butt, took names, and held their heads high. I've heard of quite a few of these women, but there were so many others I couldn't sit still listening. Talk about impressive! These women were battling societal norms and killing those who stood in their way. While I don't envy their lives its a shame history initially wrote their stories so placidly.

  • The Color of Light

  • By: Helen Maryles Shankman
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

At the American Academy of Classical Art, popular opinion has it that the school's handsome and mysterious founder, Raphael Sinclair, is a vampire. It is a rumor Rafe does nothing to dispel. Scholarship student Tessa Moss has long dreamed of the chance to study at Rafe's Academy. But she is floundering amidst the ups and downs of a relationship with egotistical art star Lucian Swain. Then, one of Tessa's sketches catches Rafe's attention: a drawing of a young woman in 1930s clothing who is covering the eyes of a child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • stories in stories

  • By BG on 05-12-14

A Much Better Love Story Than Twilight

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

What did you love best about The Color of Light?

The emotions. The love and artistry are made so real you feel them right along with the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color of Light?

The ending. I cried. Real tears. Two hours. I rewound and listened to it again and again. I was left heart broken, but I loved it.

Which character – as performed by Simon Slater and Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

Raphe, I loved him.

Any additional comments?

The story is beautifully written, the history involved is amazingly accurate and what it portrays is breathtakingly real. Told in several parts each is key to the over all story. You walk away from it having felt very real and very honest love in this story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Will Rise

  • By: Danielle Paige
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, and she was stealing magic from the land. The Wizard was back. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BOOK THREE NOW

  • By BrainyHeroine on 09-03-15

BOOK THREE NOW

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Would you listen to The Wicked Will Rise again? Why?

Yes, and I have, I've listened to both books a few times now. 1. The narrator is hilarious when speaking as some of the characters, particularly the queen of the monkeys. 2. I love all things Oz and all things "what happens next" I think any Oz lover will be compelled to listen over and over.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wicked Will Rise?

Queen Mab's court.

Which scene was your favorite?

The labyrinth fountain, finding out who Pete really is.

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

There were times where I couldn't hold in the laughter, and times where I just wanted to slap some sense into the characters. Visceral reactions are a real thing for this book.

Any additional comments?

Book. Three. NOW.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crimson Bound

  • By: Rosamund Hodge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

When Rachelle was 15, she was good - apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless - straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than a LRRH Retelling

  • By mcallisterjd on 07-02-15

Blood Bound and Blah

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Crimson Bound to be better than the print version?

I love the sound of the narration, I just wish it had been a different narrator than the first book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Its a unique take on Little Red Riding Hood, in that towards the beginning you can see the parallels to the story but by the end you just wind up confused. I loved Rosamund Hodge's first book and couldn't wait to listen to this one, its a good story but far to similar to her first book. The fact that she used the same narrator and its read the exact same way doesn't help. There were several times I found myself having to rewind to listen to what happened. Its dull in too many places.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did love the parts where she describes the story of the two swords and original siblings. I wouldn't mind if that became its own book, it was a much more compelling story.

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

The forest is everywhere...

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story, but give it more than a few months between her first novel and this one if you want to truly enjoy it. Rosamund Hodge gives old stories a delightful new twist, I do want to see what she does next.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,352

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

You Don't Have To Lie Anymore

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

Big Little Lies

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As with any audio book I'm a firm believer that the narration needs to add something that the voices in my head won't. The fact that she subtly changes for each character yet allowing them to all sound remarkably similar might annoy me with other books and somehow it fits with this one. She makes each character believable, sarcastic, witty, and endearing.

Any additional comments?

I won't lie, it took me three tries and a full 90 minutes to get into this book. I've had it for a while now and only just finished it. Don't let that stop you though. The way this book is written you don't find out about what really happens till just about the end; the entire time you're focusing on what the big bad thing could be. The author wrote this in such a way that you become wrapped up in all the little things, the white lies and half truths, the stunning in the moment action that makes your breath catch, that you hardly notice you don't actually know what the big bad thing is. When it happens that point in the plot fits in so seamlessly that you couldn't really predict it from the beginning.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful