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  • The Rumor

  • A Novel
  • By: Lesley Kara
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

When a single mother hears a shocking rumor outside her son’s school, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another...and now there’s no going back. Rumor has it that a notorious killer, who committed a brutal crime as a child, has been living a new life under an assumed identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the criminal hidden in their midst? Suspicion falls on everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, solid mystery/thriller

  • By Jenn on 06-20-19

Way too overly dramatized! —difficult to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-19

I’m not sure which was worse—the writing or the narrating. By the end, the main character’s extreme emotionalism was bordering on camp and was almost humorous. I had to speed up the narration to 1.25 just to get through to the end of the story. Really bad!
I don’t recommend this one. I’m returning it.

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  • The First Mistake

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

From Sandie Jones, author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and USA Today best seller, The Other Woman, comes an addictive new domestic suspense audiobook about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By wilderness junkie on 06-13-19

Frustrating—no twists, no surprises.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I easily figured out the entire plot very early in the book. I kept hoping I was wrong and there would be some twists but nope just pure tedium to get to the end. Also, the two main women characters were incredibly gullible and just plain stupid. Not very believable. The last half hour was overly melodramatic explaining every detail that the reader had surely figured out a long time ago.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Where the Wind Leads

  • A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption
  • By: Vinh Chung
  • Narrated by: Josh Aaron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 435

Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refugees from Vietnam

  • By Justicepirate on 06-22-18
  • Where the Wind Leads
  • A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption
  • By: Vinh Chung
  • Narrated by: Josh Aaron

Wow, this is so uplifting! Definitely recommend.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

Such a great story—very spiritually moving. Had to listen straight through. The narrator had a monotone voice that bothered me in the beginning but as I kept listening I got caught up in the adventure unfolding.

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  • The Last House Guest

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 965

Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors. Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl - but that’s just what happens with visitor Avery Greer and Littleport resident Sadie Loman. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable - until Sadie is found dead. Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community who blame her. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and confusing

  • By L J on 06-22-19

Boring and confusing

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

Yikes I’m not sure what the other reviewers saw in this book. The narrator had such a dull monotone voice that I ended up spacing out and had to go back and listen to it all over again just to keep up with the story. The writer switched back and forth between the past and present with alacrity. After a couple hours, I gave up and skipped to the ending chapters. It turned out I didn’t really need to listen to the whole book to understand the ending.This book could’ve done with a good editing.

71 of 75 people found this review helpful

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  • America for Beginners

  • A Novel
  • By: Leah Franqui
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Pival Sengupta has done something she never expected: She has booked a trip with the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company. But unlike other upper-class Indians on a foreign holiday, the recently widowed Pival is not interested in sightseeing. She is traveling thousands of miles from Kolkota to New York on a cross-country journey to California, where she hopes to uncover the truth about her beloved son, Rahi. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-listen.

  • By Jeannie on 07-30-18

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This kept me listening late at night just to find out how each character’s personality would change through their tour of America and the ultimate conclusion. Excellent writing!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Give Me Your Hand

  • By: Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 360

Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them. More than a decade later, Kit thinks she's put Diane behind her forever, and she's begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I just don’t care.

  • By Deedhopes on 08-05-18

Drags on and on

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This basically is a fictionalized account of the Marie Robards story from the mid-90’s. The writer spends way too much time describing feelings and actions in extreme visceral terms. It gets frustrating as the reader keeps getting teased what the “big secret” actually is. I had to return it after awhile of the agonizing text and just read the past news reports of the Marie Robards case to find out what the secret was.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,890

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house of lies!

  • By CMiles1985 on 11-21-17

Could have been great without the unending sexual assault scenes

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Yes the storyline was addicting and compelling but good grief, the rape and sexual humiliation scenes go on and on leaving the listener with sordid imagery that doesn’t easily go away. It didn’t need more than a few to prove the point that the husband was horrible.
It’s a shame that one has to endure all the sexual assaults just to find out what happens. Stay away from this if you don’t like unending female debasement . Also (spoiler alert) the very last chapter was trite and didn’t make sense....the heroine had more sense than to set herself up for further harm.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful