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  • Swept Away

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she's used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend, and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona - with a new look and a new name - as she hides out in a small Nevada town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THE STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-29-16

lovely romance story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

A sweet and slow-building love story. Some truly sad parts and other parts full of hope, love, and friendship. Sometimes we need to just stop and find ourselves. A sweet and wonderful read!

Some parts were predictable and other parts I was not expecting...I cried a few times and laughed out loud other times.

  • After the Storm

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

In this electrifying thriller by New York Times best seller Linda Castillo, Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones - and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident, and Kate finds herself plunged into a 30-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Addition To The Series

  • By Lia on 10-11-18

Once again great book

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

As always I love the Kate Burkholder series and this was no different. Yes, it was predictable to the reader and not to the ones tracking down the case...that's the way it always works. I was screaming at them to see the obvious. Sickening the way people use religion to justify murder. Every religion has its fanatics.

I love how Kate and John's relationship is evolving and trying to move on with their lives despite all the pain and past traumas.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,434

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

actually rooting for a murderer

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

** spoiler alert ** I was rooting for the murderer, crazy, I know. I wanted her to get away with it, based on her early years. I was hoping against hope she would move on and all would be okay. Then the twist, then you think it will go one way, then another flipping twist.

But if you have read it I have a question and what I predict will happen,
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Question and prediction.. *******************So they are going to bulldoze over the land and find the bodies of Chet and Brad? Or will the bulldozer hide the bodies. The dad did say her mom is becoming and environmentalist, so maybe she is trying to keep them from discovering her daughter's murderous deeds. It's the least they can do for the shitty parenting all those years.

I predict, or maybe I hope, since I am rooting for Lilly. I want the bulldozers to just flatten out the land and just do a better job of hiding the bodies without even knowing the truth. She will get out of metal hospital after a few months and live a happy and quiet life.**************

  • All Is Not Forgotten

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 631

It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable but i will try...

  • By Brooklyn girl on 06-17-17

amazing read, but need a strong stomach

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16


HOLY SHIT, what a book, what a plot, what an ending. It's all told through the therapist's POV. So many twists and turns, so many dead ends and f*cked up revelations, then the unexpected ending. Did not see ANY of that coming. The writing was well done!!!!! Of course, now that I think back to certain comments, I want to smack myself for not picking up on obvious outcome sooner.

It's a tough read because of the constant reviewing of the details of her rape and torture. Makes you question what you would do as a parent. Do I wipe out her memory or make her live through it all. Though for me, I know the only way to get over something is to give it closer, so that would be a no for me.

Then it makes you also question what you would do to protect your child. Would you risk your job? Lie to the police? Mess with people's memories? Hide the truth? Hide the evidence?

No spoiler, because there were too many twists and turns in addition to a crazy, awesome ending. You MUST read this, it really is a well-written story, but know you will have to have a strong stomach.

  • No One Knows

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,742
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,106

The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage - they were happy, weren't they? - screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy bad plot

  • By clifford on 04-07-16

HUGE disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Huge disappointment. You can't claim a book is like Gone Girl just because of a plot twits. Changing what a character knew or was thinking at the end of a book, is NOT a plot twist, it just makes no sense. It's one thing if they were pretending, but to have the character believe what they are are thinking then suddenly add a final chapter about them knowing and thinking something else is confusing.

I gave it two stars because I was hoping it would end one of two ways. The whole book was not bad, but the ending just ruined it.

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  • Don't You Cry

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,084

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to "My Dearest" is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate, Quinn Collins, to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Bad performers!

  • By Emily McCleskey on 06-03-16

pure crazy and evil

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

You knew it was going to be all come crashing together in a crazy way. Then BAM, you immersed in pure crazy and evil. Really threw me for a loop. People are not who you think they are and what you believe may all be based on your own illusions. Not the ending I was expecting.

  • The Mistake I Made

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Single mother Roz has reached her breaking point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz's business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late, and she's struggling to provide for her son, who is misbehaving in school. When Roz gets an eviction notice, she knows it's time for action - she has two weeks to find a solution, or they will be kicked out of their home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the contradictions

  • By chelsie on 02-10-16

Everyone let Roz down

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Everyone let Roz down, everyone and all she did was forgive them and keep adding more stress on herself.

Her sister was a self-absorbed bitch you needed to be told off. The ex husband needed to be taken to court and made to pay his fair share and his mother needed to be told off as well.
Poor Roz is so desperate to not lose the little she has left and does whatever she needs to in order to help and protect her son.
Scott is not who he pretends to be.

  • The Art of Arranging Flowers

  • By: Lynne Branard
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A moving and eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal - and the powerful language of flowers. Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her 20 years as a florist, she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, flow, and characters

  • By BookwormKitchen on 10-11-16

Beautiful story, flow, and characters

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Beautiful story, flow, and characters. A must read. I fell in love with each character and felt as if I was right there with them. Full of love, friendship, and hope. You will need tissues, not because of anything horrific, but so full of emotion and you will feel you have taken the journey as well.

No spoilers, too many characters and story lines, but not over detailed or confusing...you will never want to leave the book.

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  • The Sister

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Natalie Blass
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,318

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend, Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her and, in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister, steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and her boyfriend Dan's home. But something isn't right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill

  • By green ice cream garden on 10-05-16

BRAVO for this plot and ending

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

The ending reminded me of the book The Husband's Secret. Really a nail biter as you had no idea why Anna was doing this and who she really was. I wanted to reach through my radio and smack Grace for not seeing what was going on.

I had some ideas, but no where near what the really happened, I love that I was so off and blown away. Usually books are easy to predict, so BRAVO for this plot and ending.

NO SPOILERS...I don't want to give away anything, it's so intense and awesome. I did actually feel bad for some characters even though I shouldn't, after all circumstances beyond their control made them who they were. Lies and half truths destroy everyone.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

Wishing on Baby Dust audiobook cover art
  • Wishing on Baby Dust

  • A Novel
  • By: Lydia Winters
  • Narrated by: Ayelet Sror
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her, women are accidentally getting pregnant - like her star piano student - while Megan remains hopelessly barren. Megan's never felt so alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • often difficult to follow, but good plot

  • By BookwormKitchen on 10-11-16

often difficult to follow, but good plot

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

I have to give some warnings about this book before I review.

1. This book is about three religious couples whose faith is an important part of the book. I'm Catholic, so I found it reassuring in their faith to trust in God. Thankfully whatever their religion fertility treatments were not against their beliefs.

2. You will need tissues, lots of tissues. Not everyone will have a happy ending. It's shocking and unexpected. That's real life though.

3. The narrator was difficult to follow. Felt as if I was being read to rather than being pulled into the book. Too worried on pauses and sounding out each word, rather than just letting it flow like other narrators. I did nor let that influence my star rating, but almost returned it because it was annoying.

The overall summary truly captured the reality of what it feels like to live with infertility: the emptiness, emotions, pain, treatments, disappointments, and fights. The author didn't wrap everything up in a neat little bow, which is reality. BUT, if you are going to go into detail for every little argument, discussion, and plan for the the couples, then you need to give closure to the readers. You can't just stop the book. It's almost as if she ran out of time or couldn't think of what to write next. (less)