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  • Social Creature

  • By: Tara Isabella Burton
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them.... They drink, and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers - to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste.... Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon. Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self-Indulgent Sociopaths without a real plot

  • By Peg Schoenfelder on 07-08-18

Not great but very hard to put down

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This book was compulsively readable (actually I listened to it). But there were too many loose ends and an unsatisfactory ending to give it 5 stars. The narrator was outstanding!

  • Testimony

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Eve Bianco, Ellen Archer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices - those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal - that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading

  • By Robert on 01-27-09

Distracting, unconvincing narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This book may have been better if I had not listened to it. The voices were so dramatic and overdone that it just seemed like a conglomeration of ludicrous voices. I couldn't connect with the characters because the hamfist ed "cast" screamed at the reader how they should be perceived. I like to make these decisions myself. I never knew when a different voice would suddenly pop up in a dialog and the teenager voices were, well, not researched well. The bad were soooooo bad and the good were soooo good. I really hope Anita Shreve has not gone the way of Anne Rivera Siddons, among other gifted writers, who went down a rabbit hole later in their career.

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  • He Will Be My Ruin

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker's Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lockbox hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • omg omg omg

  • By Polly Agee on 03-19-17

Too long

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

This book lacked the material to justify its lenghiness. There just wasn't enough interesting stuff. And the diary of the dead person continued to have content even after she died, which made the whole thing even less plausible than it already was. Narration was decent but few if any of the characters were likable or had depth, particularly Maggie. Not very good.

  • 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 16,410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,044

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

Seems Neverending

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I am on chapter 17 and don't know if I will continue. The protagonist is difficult to connect with and no character is interesting so far. The narrator reads in a sardonic, flippant tone which belies the gravity of the circumstances. I may skip to the end to find out what the implausible ending is about. Probably not, though. I'd rather return it.

  • 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 16,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,167

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

Great audiobook!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-18

The narration was very good and the story was great. But it was a little confusing sometimes. If I were reading it on Kindle, it would have been easier to go back, but not so much with audio. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much.

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  • The Member of the Wedding

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Susan Sarandon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 703

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Classic People

  • By FanB14 on 05-14-12

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This book was as I remembered it from years ago. Touching , humorous, and beautifully written, it was narrated perfectly by Susan Sarandon. I highly recommend it.

  • Country of Ash

  • A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939-1945
  • By: Edward Reicher, Magda Bogin (translator)
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Country of Ash is the starkly compelling, original chronicle of a Jewish doctor who miraculously survived near-certain death, first inside the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, where he was forced to treat the Gestapo, then on the Aryan side of Warsaw, where he hid under numerous disguises. He clandestinely recorded the terrible events he witnessed, but his manuscript disappeared during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After the war, reunited with his wife and young daughter, he rewrote his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Heartbreaking...History

  • By Happyhomaker on 06-07-15

Couldn't stop listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This tragic story gave a a unique view of life in Warsaw during WW2 for Jewish people. Dr. Reicher was a wonderful and fascinating person. The narration could not have been better!

  • Lucky

  • A Memoir
  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alice Sebold
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold ( The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding; as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very raw

  • By Samantha on 06-30-09

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

This was a powerful story with important ramifications. There was just too much of it. Detail after detail grew tedious and literally lost me by the end. I will add my favorite admonishment... Please, authors, DON'T narrate your own books. It is almost never an asset and in this case Alice Sebolt's narration made the main character (herself!) someone the reader could empathize with but not really like nor dislike all that much. However, I greatly respected and appreciated her addendum at the end about our current political situation. I will only say one word about the clown in office and I got it from his own hideous tweets. Sad.

  • The Air He Breathes

  • By: Brittainy Cherry
  • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

I was warned about Tristan Cole. "Stay away from him," people said. "He's cruel." "He's cold." "He's damaged." It's easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn't do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking and heavy

  • By krystle on 04-14-16

ludicrous

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This was the most implausible, poorly written soap opera of a book i ever ever listened to as a member of Audible. The characters had no depth and were not likable or believable. The narration was totally hokey. If not for the subject matter. It could have been a low level young adult book.

  • What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

  • A Memoir
  • By: Kristin Newman
  • Narrated by: Kristin Newman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, Kristin instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to Finish

  • By YITBOS on 11-21-15

TMI

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-16

There was WAY too much information in this book about the author's sex experiences . Experiencing these activities is one thing, but hearing about it in a singsong cadence was so irritatingly gross. I would not recommend this one to anyone. At all.