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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,954

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

This novel frightened me and excited me all at the same time. I listened while I was driving home from Florida. I found myself screaming and covering my ears while I was driving...not good...but the novel is so spell-binding. There's the element of "this could easily happen". I'm not an alarmist, but one catastrophe and we may be there. If you don't wish to read it or listen to it, at least try to see it on Hulu (though I don't know how television can capture the richness of Atwood's writing.).

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,264

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

We enjoyed listening to this while in the car on a long trip. Narrator was very good. Would recommend for entertainment.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,476

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

This is an "Engrosser"

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

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I love audible books when I travel. My niece and I were thoroughly engrossed on a 19 hour drive. Couldn't wait to get back in the car to continue listening. If you like twists and turns this is the mystery thriller for you. Loved and hated the main characters at the same time.

  • The Artist's Way

  • A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
  • By: Julia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Julia Cameron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international best seller, millions have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today, or perhaps even more so, than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant materials, horrible as an audiobook

  • By T Cyr on 03-15-17

Love the book, but not in audio.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-09

Read the book, it's better and you can always refer back to it.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Monster of Florence

  • By: Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels. All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of a double-murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable true-crime novel

  • By SFort on 07-04-08

Kept Us Spellbound

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-09

Every year when we travel on vacation, my husband and I listen to a book. Even though this is not a novel, it read like one. It kept our attention for our entire 10 hour drive. Talk about life being stranger than fiction. This true story had more twists and turns than a well-written thriller. I've thought of this book so many times this year when I've followed the trial of Amanda Knox, the American student charged with the murder of her roommate. I wonder if Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi could have counseled both her and her family during her on-going trial. Give a listen, you won't be disappointed if you like suspense.