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  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing!!

  • By ROBIN on 05-26-18

Keeps you guessing...

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

The story is immediately engaging. The narration is very well done, but sometimes the male characters sound a bit whiny (even though the story isn't written that way). Although I couldn't stop listening, there were parts of the plot line that didn't make sense within the action and seemed added for overall plot tidiness. Also, although the ending was rather unforeseen, there were still some aspects of the mystery that were never resolved, which I find very frustrating in suspenseful stories. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the ride and I definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a good, psychological thriller.

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,853

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

I want to hear more!!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is an uplifting and hilarious look into the use of comedy as therapy. I had no idea a program like this even existed, I think it could be adopted by VAs all over the country for our vets. As someone who is both married to a vet and as a professional that has worked with vets, it touches me deeply to hear the stories of the brave men and women in Strong Ending. I highly recommend this for everyone! My only complaint is that I wish it were longer!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Whiskey in a Teacup

  • By: Reese Witherspoon
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said a combination of beauty and strength made Southern women “whiskey in a teacup”. We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside, we’re strong and fiery. Reese’s Southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of Southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted... yet predictable and clichéd

  • By Stefanie on 10-31-18

Lighthearted... yet predictable and clichéd

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I really wanted to love this book!! Seriously. I love a good, uplifting story and I think Reese is great. However, if you're from the South, you've probably heard most of these anecdotes and stories before. In fact, some of the tales sound like they're out of Central Casting for Steel Magnolias or Designing Women. Also, the book is really less of a story and more of a non-fluent string of random odds and ends that read more like an etiquette book for relatively privileged people. Overall, it's ok. I really like that the author shared the PDF with all the recipes, etc. I know my opinion isn't a popular one, but I feel these reviews should be honest. I hope others got more out of this book than I did.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Neanderthal Seeks Human

  • A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,628

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, funny and very entertaining

  • By SIMARA on 11-21-17

Disappointing and frustrating...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I SO wanted to like this book! There are parts of our heroine's personality that I found delightfully quirky. A few times I laughed out loud! Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by the pouty, whiny, and infantile parts of her. Couple that with the slow-as-molasses-in-winter, disjointed plot points and storyline, and I found myself rolling my eyes and pressing pause, vowing to just stop listening. I'd had it with the long stretches of boringness with too-rare peaks of interesting activity. However, I pressed on when I realized I was down to less than 3 hours to go. I sped up the playback speed, even skipped a chapter, and listened to the end. I do not recommend doing this however, save that 14.5 hours of your life and listen to something else.

  • Between Breaths

  • A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
  • By: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety - which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam - and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely , beautifully written 😙

  • By S Waters on 11-16-16

Brave personal account

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

The author does a wonderful job of narrating her own story. The account is an open, seemingly honest retelling of her experience struggling with alcohol abuse. The writing is insightful without being overly introspective. I find her decision to tell her story very brave and I am sure comforting to many other people struggling with addiction. I wish her the best in her sobriety, wonderful story and highly recommended!

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,591

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I've enjoyed listening to the author's previous works, but this one just didn't engage my attention. As usual, David Sedaris' performance was outstanding. I don't think his writing would be at all the same with any other person narrating. But this book just fell short for me. It had a sort of mildly negative, mediocre tone throughout that I found off-putting. SPOILER ALERT: Even worse, the recurring story about the tumor and the turtle had my stomach turning, so much so that I had to skip ahead to avoid any more talk of it. It was such a blatantly disgusting and aversive topic, it made me wonder why he found the need to put so much emphasis on it in a relatively short book. For the record, I am not easily disgusted or grossed out... I deal with blood and worse daily for a living. Sadly, I would not recommend this title.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,097
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,048

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Candid account of Ms. Remini's experience

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Leah Remini has an irreverent style in the telling of her experience as a Scientologist and is often self-deprecating at times. Her perspective is unique both as someone who grew up in the 'church' and also, as a celebrity with special treatment (in some cases). She comes across as very honest, good-hearted, and not afraid to stand up for herself, the latter of which I admire immensely considering the tendency of Scientologists to retaliate against former members. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting!

  • Change of Fortune

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 871

Sinful, Louisiana, is always a hotbed of activity, and despite the steamy heat, August is no exception. Godzilla is terrorizing the town, looking for a home-cooked meal, and Gertie is worried someone will take the gator out before she can get him under control. Francine has a situation of her own at the café, where food is missing from inventory. And Celia is always up to no good. But summer is almost over, which could mean huge changes for Fortune Redding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are the real Louisiana people?

  • By Jane on 08-13-18

I love Sinful!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

SPOILER ALERT: Finally! There is some resolution in the saga of Fortune and friends in Sinful, LA. I think the author did a good job of building the tension and drawing out the main plot line, but not so much that I became tired of listening. This installment is just as funny as the rest, and I binge-listened to the entire book. I really hope there are more books to come in this series!

  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

Eye opening insight into life in the 'church'

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The author grew up in Scientology, so she offers a unique perspective into the quotidian details. Although nothing about the book is overtly shocking, meaning nothing really surprised me, I still found it engaging and difficult to stop listening. There is a kind of subversive, dystopian undercurrent in her story that hints to the nature and behavior of cults, megalomaniacs, brainwashing, psychological manipulation, etc. It's frightening and fascinating at the same time. I do recommend this title!

  • Spillover

  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with a few slow moments

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-11-14

Just as good the second time!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I've listened to this book twice now, and I am even more impressed with it than the first time. The author has a knack for story-telling and weaves an intricate tale across continents and time. Whether you're a scientific type or not, I believe this story is accessible to anyone interested in how contagious diseases comes to be and move through populations. It is both fascinating and horrifying... and will probably increase hand washing behavior exponentially. Highly recommended!