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  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,037

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Truly Heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

While this story is fiction, I’ve read about the orphan trains. It’s a story that could have happened, and I’m certainly sure it mimics many real life stories. I loved the friendship that developed. I don’t like spoilers, but both of these characters “could be” and probably do exist in one form or another across America. The characters are genuine and the storyline heartfelt without being sugary sweet.

  • Lost Roses

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Tavia Gilbert, Karissa Vacker, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Rose’s

  • By Holly Potter on 04-19-19

Another Amazing Story of an Unsung Heroine

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I loved Lilac Girls and couldn’t wait for Lost Roses to become available. Knowing these books are based on real women who worked tirelessly to help others in times of great crisis makes these stories even more heartwarming. Martha Hall Kelly’s research brings the women of this family to life. That same research makes the fictional characters, and their stories believable because they symbolize the difficulties many faced. The persistence of these women to offer aid in times of need is a good reminder that one person can start a movement that changes the lives of many. All of the narrators were amazing.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,749

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Thought Provoking, Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

I’ve been on a suspense/psychological thriller binge and I mistakenly thought this was another one. Obviously, I didn’t pay attention to the summary. Yet, there was a whisper of suspense in how every situation would work out, and perhaps was a good way to end my binge. The story was extremely well written and the dilemmas the characters faced were very believable. Even the Epilogue had me thinking about how every little decision affects our lives...oh to be able to see in the future. Caroline Lee did a great job of narrating. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,045

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Definitely a B.A. Paris Fan!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

I truly enjoyed Behind Closed Doors, but I think I liked The Breakdown even better! It’s hard to say why. Both books are clever cat and mouse plots with characters I loved to hate, along with characters I wanted to ”win.” I may have enjoyed this one slightly more because the evil appeared a bit earlier. I loved them both and am looking forward to the next one!

  • Every Single Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-18

Good Story With Good Twists

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

I have mixed feelings about this book. The further along I got, the more I enjoyed it. Yet, I’m uncertain if I would have possibly liked it more if I’d read it versus listening to the Audible version. I kept getting distracted by the narrator. I guess I was used to her by the end, but at the beginning all I could think was she sounded like a stand up comedian. Yes, Daphne was cynical, with a dry sense of humor, but it just felt a bit over the top at times. By the end, I wasn’t as distracted and I could sense other emotions. The plot definitely had some unexpected twists and that made it worthwhile.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,771

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Excellent Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

Reviewing this book is a bit more difficult than normal. It’s more difficult because I’ve been on a suspense/psychological thriller binge. I think this is my fifth in a row. Not mixing up genres by this point is unusual for me. While this book was not as suspenseful, it was a great storyline. I’d definitely recommend it. It has everything a good book needs, a great plot and the main characters are well developed. Helen Duff did a good job at narrating. I only subtracted one star because there were a couple of female voices I didn’t love. They weren’t main characters, so it didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book.

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  • The Girl Who Lived

  • By: Christopher Greyson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656

10 years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.... As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be - her hometown where the slayings took place. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer - and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who do you trust when you trust no one?

  • By shelley on 12-15-17

Very Good Storyline

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the suspense was slow to build. Maybe it seems that way because I’ve been on a suspense/psychological thriller binge. The others I read grabbed me from page 1. This one had a great storyline, yet it built slowly. Very emotional tale. No spoilers here. I’d definitely recommend it! The narrator was pretty good, but at times her pronunciation seemed slightly off. It’s hard to describe. 90% of the time she was great, the other times were a bit rough. It certainly wasn’t enough to mess up the story.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,567

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Perfectly Suspenseful!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

If you’re in the mood for suspense, I highly recommend this book! I’m on a suspense/psychological thriller binge. This was even better than the last one, and it was great! I detest spoilers, so you won’t find any here. I like most book genres, so I normally mix them up quite a bit. Yet, the crazy binge continues. The narrator was excellent. My only critique is her voice for “the sister” could have been a bit better, yet her voice isn’t heard that often, so no harm done in the enjoyment.

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,250

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

Great Storyline!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because I’d just read some super good psychological thrillers. Obviously, I didn’t expect to dislike it, or I wouldn’t have purchased it either. I usually mix genres so I don’t get bored. Yet, I seem to be in thriller mood. So, after really enjoying 3 in a row, and the fact this one had more so-so reviews, I didn’t know what to expect. Yet, I throughly enjoyed it! I finished it in one day. I wouldn’t say there are slow parts, just surprise when I realized I had 4 hours left. I couldn’t imagine how it was possible. I thought it might get slow, but it didn’t. I still hung on every word. No spoilers here. I just saw a huge one regarding her next book, and I’m extremely annoyed. So far, there are not enough reviews on her next book to decide, but I see even more spoilers than I did on the Kindle version. If I dislike a book, I write reviews saying why, but without spoilers. I’m definitely recommending this one!

  • The Mystery of Alice

  • By: Lee Bacon
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,895

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: A chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: A nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. And a mysterious organization - the Leopold Foundation - that’s watching her every move. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Enjoyable

  • By Cheryl on 05-05-19

Surprisingly Wicked Fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19

I’ll admit I’m in my 50’s and loved Pretty Little Liars. The description hinted I would like it. I absolutely did! What fun! Reminds me of Web of Lies on the ID Channel (not real life crime, just the title). Had a blast. The production was awesome. I enjoyed the sound effects. They were perfect. There were a lot of smart pieces to the puzzle. I don’t do spoilers. I’ll just say I loved it!