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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,275

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

History in modern headlines

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I read this book as I witnessed on television the stories of the US separating children from their parents as they sought assylum. It deepened the sorrow I felt as reading the tale of this family, which while fictional was deeply rooted in historical facts.

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Terrifying

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

If you aren't a parent, but are considering it, don't read this book. If you have a child that is slow to speak, don't read this book. If you want to be constantly, subltly terrified, read Baby Teeth.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,096

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average at best!

  • By Roger Staggs on 09-09-18

Not his best work

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Its hard to read a King novel and give it a review that doesn't measure it against his other work. Maybe giving this 3 stars is a little harsh, but compared to 11/22 or even earlier work like the Stand, it doesn't hold up.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,810

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Convoluted and hard to believe

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I loved the premise of the storyline, hoping for a smart, tight plot line. Instead, there are gratuitous twists, unlikely motivations, and a long drawn-out conclusion that leaves you wondering why. As in, "Why did I spend so much time listening to this?"

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blur, Book 1

  • The Blur Trilogy
  • By: Steven James
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, 16-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams. Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb mystery+great narration=fantastic audiobook

  • By Ann on 10-08-14

Where's Scooby-Doo?

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

So teenage High School football star, Dan, starts seeing things that may or may not be real. A girl died, maybe two or three others. He gets the gang together to hunt the bad guy. Saturday morning 'toons never did it better.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,065
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,638

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Narration Ruins Slow Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator. Ann Marie Lee is too old to read for the main character who is in her 30s. Ms. Lee is twice that age (or close) and sounds even older.

Would you recommend The Woman in the Window to your friends? Why or why not?

It's WAY too slow a story, and the main character is just not real likeable. I hated hearing "Guess Who" and had to speed up the narration to 1.5 just to get through it. Even then there was plenty of forwarding going on.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Marie Lee?

Anyone in that age group.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

This was a debut novel, so hopefully the author will regroup and write something with less tedium.

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,822

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

  • By Sam on 08-05-16

Yawn....

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This book dragged on and on and on. By the time it got to the end I really didn't care anymore.

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,754

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By TC on 07-03-17

Great suspense and intrigue

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

The author created very believable and intriguing characters. The storyline did not recede at anytime. Like an incoming tide, it kept pushing forward to a final a crashing conclusion. Well done.

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,497

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Tedious and over ambitious

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

I loved Girl on the Train, and it's hard not to contrast that to this new book. Unlike GOTT, this story was so fragmented and pursued each character so greatly that by the end I no longer cared. Like air in a balloon with a slow leak, the mystery and tension just dissipated chapter by chapter.

  • Look Behind You

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 645

Chloe Benson wakes up kidnapped and bound in an underground tomb with no memory of how she got there

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • unable to listen

  • By Chelsea B on 06-27-17

Dull and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Imagine someone speaking to you for hours on end with the EXACT SAME INTONATION for each sentence . The story line was nearly A's intolerable. Damsel in distress, hunky guy, slimy husband, whole lot of "I just can't " dialogue. Skip it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful