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  • The Unseeing

  • By: Anna Mazzola
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

It is 1837, and the city streets teem with life, atmosphere, and the stench of London. Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, has been sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Edmund Fleetwood, an idealistic lawyer, is appointed to investigate Sarah's petition for mercy and consider whether justice has been done. Struggling with his own demons, he is determined to seek out the truth, yet Sarah refuses to help him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating

  • By Lucia on 01-24-19

very interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

it was stressful, but telling of the historical treatment of all people, woman and the poor specifically....a good story woven from historical facts.

  • Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau, Charlie Thurston, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073

What do you get when you add up one middle school bully, two bank robbers, 57 puppy-mill dogs, 4,000 missing dollars, and five daring troublemakers led by the incomparable Riley Mack? One crazy caper! In this merry, mischievous romp, master storyteller Chris Grabenstein, the award-winning author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, teams with a full-cast of audio talent to introduce Riley Mack, a one-of-a-kind 12-year-old hometown hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Was Entertained

  • By Frances Hampton on 04-06-19

terrible

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

3 fake fart noises in 3 minutes? I'm done. I realize, retroactively, that this book was conceptually intended for young people. But I have enjoyed books intended for young people. This book is functionally intended for morons. I just wanted something frivolous to listen to partially while I cleaned, I can't get past 3 minutes.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 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 23,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,323

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

really enjoyed the book

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

it was slow to take off.... but once it did it was a real page-turner! the narration was exquisite.... the story was really good. I recommend this book definitely.

  • The Au Pair

  • By: Emma Rous
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs and the au pair fled. Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ridiculous

  • By ROBIN on 02-06-19

I really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I really enjoyed this book. it was complex, had interesting characters , complex but followable storyline....kept me guessing right up until the end!

  • The Stranger in Our Home

  • By: Sophie Draper
  • Narrated by: Emma Pallant
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

When her stepmother dies, Caro returns to her childhood home in the rural English countryside. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship and a chance to start again. But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her about two little girls and the terrible thing they do. As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much and what she was hiding.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • when does story start!?

  • By yoshima on 12-06-18

fantastic!!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

super creepy! great story... great narrator, love this book!! if you like a dark tale, this is for you!

  • Before I Let You In

  • By: Jenny Blackhurst
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ness
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Karen, Eleanor, and Bea have been best friends since childhood. They know everything about each other’s lives, or at least they think they do. Now in their thirties, though their lives are beginning to diverge: Eleanor is a young wife and mother who is struggling; Bea is happy being single - or so she lets people think; and Karen is a psychiatrist who, despite the secrets in her past, considers herself the anchor of the group. But when she takes on a new patient with issues she just can’t quite put her finger on, she begins to realize she may have put her dearest friends in danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By jessa adamo on 04-20-18

to be fair...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I was so immediately turned off by the crass drunken sounding voice of the narrator and the vulgar language right from the start, I just returned it. I listen with my kids in the car , I can't warm up to the voice or the language.

  • If You Knew Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Elgar
  • Narrated by: Katey Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine's hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie's relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she'd been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Terry on 03-27-18

I really enjoyed this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

great story, wonderful characters. I really enjoyed the book.... people I cared about, a lot of highs and lows.... suspense and a happy ending. who could ask for more?!

  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,619

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like this book but...

  • By SLW on 08-10-17

not my favorite Ruth Ware book

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I did not find the characters likable. I found the edition of the baby distracting, I found the plot to be tedious and convoluted. I was glad to see this one end. overall I think Ruth Ware is a fabulous writer, and I still look forward to her next book.

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,647

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ( Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK.

  • By jennifer on 09-06-15

it went too fast!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

the story was so captivating I couldn't put it down.... and now it's over. I never wanted it to end....!!! fantastic story fantastic writer.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,587

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

loved it so much more than I expected!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

it kept me guessing right up to the end... fell in love with the main character. it took twists and turns I didn't see coming, really glad I read this book!