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  • Times Change

  • Time and Again, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Cynical Jacob Hornblower has followed his brother, Caleb, back in time, hoping to convince him to return home. His mission is soon forgotten, however, when he finds himself captivated by Liberty's spitfire sister, Sunny. But can a man who is down on love truly understand the unbounded strength of the human heart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light enjoyment

  • By Kate on 04-14-17

The 50’s called, they want their storyline back.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

If you think women want men to forcefully kiss them, find it sexy when they struggle and think they can’t possibly know what’s best for them, then you’ll love this book.

  • The Darkest Lies

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness -- until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • super psychological drama

  • By Janie on 06-10-17

About 3 hours too long

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Story starts out interesting enough. If you find the narrator annoying, turn the narration to 1.25 - you're welcome. The author uses different character narratives in each chapter, so they blend the tale together through their perspective. The mom and dad are blissfully ignorant of their daughter's "secret life" and on her first foray into teen life, she is brutally attacked. The remainder of the book is about the mom trying to find the attacker with the help of an old school chum who suddenly turns up in town. But then it draaaaaags with the mom doing "are you kidding me?" kind of stuff that no one would ever really do in real life. There's no big reveal or "shocking twist" for readers who are used to psychological thrillers, but the story has a satisfying end and earns the 3 stars I gave it. Alison Campbell is clear and she accentuates each word like she's talking to a small child. I found her very annoying but at the slightly increased speed, it was tolerable - she could have done much better if she'd had a couple drinks before her recording sessions. IMHO

  • The Victory Garden

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong 21-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not literary genius, but very sweet!

  • By ellegreenland on 02-26-19

Not literary genius, but very sweet!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Just a sweet story with lovable characters. Bowen does a great job of researching the time period and offered interesting information on herbs and healing, as perceived by earlier generations. I loved the descriptions of the cottage and the grounds - painted a beautiful picture of a lovely place. Don't expect more than a pleasant time-passing experience and you won't be disappointed.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,628

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Ends abruptly, but interesting story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

By the time all the groundwork is laid and the author communicates the “rules” around dispatchers and what they do, how they earn money, dangers and perils of the job, the book is over. It would have been much better with multiple storylines, the way it is written it fell flat.

  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,858

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Lloyd on 10-15-17

Plodding

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Great dialogue but story takes For. Ev. Er. Wore me out, I skipped many chapters and didn’t really miss much in the plot trajectory. A little narcissistic addition of his own character.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,912

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

A little too dumb

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Clever story, tense and engaging, but every time the lead says, “I can’t believe I’ve been so stupid,” I think “I can.”

  • 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 47,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,714

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 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,147

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....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Creepy

  • By Mina00 on 08-09-18

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.

5 of 7 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 39,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,564

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What In the HELL Brother?!

  • By Naomi on 04-14-19

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.

9 of 12 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 23,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,573

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 Jenn 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?"

4 of 4 people found this review helpful