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  • 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 132,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,217

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

A festival of personality disorders

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

What would have made The Girl on the Train better?

The one standout criticism I have about this book is that I was not enticed by the author to care enough about the characters to be truly drawn in to the tale.

While I am not one to expect my protagonists to be perfect, nor every story to have a happy ending, none of the characters were genuinely likable at all. It was like a festival of personality disorders, self-centeredness and pathetic weaknesses.

You start out feeling for the main character, sympathetic to her plight and hoping for sobriety to take hold, but it all goes to hell in a hand basket when every single flawed character behaves badly and you, unfortunately, end up caring less and less about them as the book goes on. I finished it out of a sense of duty, not desire.

This is coming from a reader who LOVES Dexter Morgan -but why do I love a serial killer and loathe a struggling British divorcee with a drinking problem? Because, in Dexter's case, the author has seduced me with his back story, his vow to live by his "code", and then throws villains into the mix who are revealed as far worse monsters than Dexter who deserve whatever special treatment he has in store for them.

I make this comparison for the sake of stressing character development and trajectory. I just didn't really feel I was given enough reason to empathize with these people and their loathsome troubles.

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  • Hard Eight

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her mentor Ranger, and a host of other - ahem - interesting characters set out to find a missing 7-year-old girl. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds Agency, and the crew of one very scary man named Eddie Abruzzi. Did we mention there's also a killer rabbit on the loose? The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Bear, Bad Rabbit

  • By M. Giorgi on 06-18-15

This is a fun series

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

What other book might you compare Hard Eight to and why?

Although the formula for Stephanie Plum's adventures can tend to be a bit pat and predictable, it is a formula that works and delivers. It's light entertainment balanced by just enough danger and each book has it's own unique twist. Evanovich's characters are both realistic and amusing. In this volume, the treat is that the sexual tension with Ranger reaches a peak.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Lorelei King delivers the best performance of all the readers involved with this series. At first I was bothered that neither Stephanie nor Joe have a New Jersey accent but the flow is excellent. King's delivery of Lula is priceless.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A book like this is great company on a long drive.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,085

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Magical

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

To hear Gaiman read his own work is a treat. He breathes so much life into his characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Neverwhere is a rich fantasy that bridges the realms of reality and imagination. It's a modern fairy tale for adults.

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

Gaiman's portrayal of all his characters are so entertaining and diverse it is hard to single out just one.

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  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and a little scary

  • By Joseph on 11-14-09

The movie was just the tip of the iceberg

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

If this tale were spun first within the context of fiction and then released as documentary evidence, it would be thought to be a hoax. Who would believe an institution such as the US Army would have invested in research of this nature?