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  • The Waiting Room

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica’s ear: You’re a bad mother. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. Can it? After all, the break-in at her house happened. The disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety — especially when Veronica comes home to a silent nursery and a missing baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-06-18

Excellent psychodrama

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Well told and narrated! A different book - lots of feelings as well as plot, though you have to stay with it - the plot heats up quite a bit later in the book. It’s worth waiting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Street Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life Changing Moment

  • By R. Pontiflet on 03-14-14

Excellent read

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

A very entertaining and well written book! Not your typical lawyer book - good plot with a soul!

  • 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 131,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,136

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Fantastic writing, great plot. Amazing character development. Fantastic Dialog. Terrific narration. This book has it all!

  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,861

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

Boring and not well written

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I may be missing something, given the high ratings, but I tried to stay with this book for some time, and never found it engaging for several reasons. I found the writing ponderous - something I was very aware of during the listening. Good writing should not be something you notice, but absorb as you devour the book. It felt like the author was trying to be erudite and clever. Second, I found the characters both too many in number and thinly developed. I really did not care about them or what happened to them. When I compare the engagement and tension in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" or "Gone With the Wind", to this book, it's like a different universe. I don't expect every book to stand up to that high a standard, but this felt like a different genre altogether - not just a lesser quality book. Sorry, but I was bored and disinterested, and mildly irritated by the ponderous writing and the lack of real development of the characters.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,825
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,683

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Entertaining and insightful book-great read!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This bock is not only funny, as you can expect from Al Franken, but it's also insightful and full of learnings. Franken is a keen observer, and as with his senate work, he has done his homework. You will enjoy this and learn a lot from it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,006

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

Excellent all round read

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Great plot, great, engaging characters, well written and excellent reading performance. Definitely we'll worth a read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404

In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It really is an optimists guide to scary stuff

  • By Adam Shields on 12-12-16

Very rich perspectives

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Freedman provides very rich perspectives on the many changes taking place in our world today. He occasionally gets a bit too cutesy but does provide very valuable insights in a well written and very accessible book which has been very thoroughly researched. Definitely worth a read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lab Girl

  • By: Hope Jahren
  • Narrated by: Hope Jahren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm-shifting perspective on plant life

  • By Elizabeth on 05-20-16

Excellent and insightful book

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

This is a very readable, er listenable book that combines very insightful observations on what it's like to be a scientist, learnings about plant life which are fascinating, and a touching personal biography. Definitely worth a read. The fact that it's read in a very personal way by the author contributes to the enjoyment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Man Standing

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221

With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best-selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it, but not for everyone

  • By K. Lewis on 03-22-05

Sadly, Baldacci has become a hack

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jason Culp?

No - I've read great books from Baldacci, and I know he's capable of truly great writing, and I've exhausted my efforts to see if he's still writing with this quality. He clearly has decided to go for the money and churn out books that are dramatically sub-par.

What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

First, based on what this book had to offer, it should be a 2 or 3 hour book, rather than a 22 hour book. There is the thread of an interesting story here, but rather than spend the effort to build credible and interesting characters, Baldacci just filled the book with palaver. Stupid dialogue coming from thinly executed characters, who say unbelievable things and do unreasonable things. Lots of meaningless, tiresome dialogue. Most of the time I read this, I was thinking of the terrible review I'd give it instead of being absorbed in the story. So much of the dialogue and action was unrealistic and uninteresting. For example, having his shrink come to the place where he is stationed on duty to protect someone from brutal murderers. Baldacci clearly did not spend the time to more fully realize the potential that a basically interesting plot device had to offer.

What does Jason Culp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration was fine - not the issue here.

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

Sever disappointment in the wasted talent that Baldacci showed. The last book of his, King and Maxwell, sparked the same reaction. Wish you well, by contrast, is a truly excellent book - not even a suspense book, that shows what he's capable of.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • King and Maxwell

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!

  • By JR Parrow on 11-27-13

Pretty weak effort for a much better writer

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

What disappointed you about King and Maxwell?

Baldacci, and his editor, gave a pretty half-baked effort on this - the story was basically a good plot line, but it was very loose, not well written or thought out, and it read like he wrote it quickly to get it out there, and the editor didn't give much thought - not only were a lot of the plot details pretty weak, but there were even grammatical errors and sloppy contextual mistakes that were pretty stupid.

What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

He really weakened a strong basic plot line.

Any additional comments?

He has done, and can do, much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful