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  • 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 16,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,007

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

A Marathon to Get Through!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This was a different mystery, a bit of a stretch but interesting. BUT I could only recommend it if the 65+ chapters we're edited to maybe 32. It was so repetitive and would have lost little of the plot if shortened.

  • Her Last Word

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742

Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers the guilt of running away in fear and resents being interrogated as a suspect in the immediate aftermath. Now Kaitlin has only one way to assuage the pain and nightmares—by interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast that could finally bring closure to a case gone cold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story!

  • By Mamacat on 06-10-18

OK mystery novel

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

It was ok as a distraction. Even a possibility for another with the 2 main characters. EXCEPT -- I am fine with a sex scene in a book that contributes to the story line or is between people who have a relationship where it seems the next step. And sometimes it supports the motivation for plot development. I don't like where it appears it was added in such unnecessary detail to entice a reader to follow a character or author for this part of the book.

  • The Sea of Tranquility

  • A Novel
  • By: Katja Millay
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is NOTHING wrong with this book

  • By Sugarpucker on 02-06-14

absolutely ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I have years of counseling experience and all I can say is stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 433

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Armitage should read everything

  • By libbromus on 07-27-18

A Joke?

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Interesting how different people react to books, movies, foods, etc. I read one 5, one low and a 3 to help me decide what books to try. It certainly hasn't been working this year. Maybe because I have averaged three books a week for 70 of my 77 years. That is approximately 11,000. I doubt if authors have gone downhill that much. I assume at my age (sigh) there are few plots or characters that do not seem familiar in some way. So for this book, the rewrites of old stories did not seem frightening or entertaining. I think the originals were much better. As far as Pus in Boots, I didn't find it funny. But I did feel envy. I have tried to roll my R's for decades with no success. The narrator was absolutely amazing.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,784

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Four separate stories gradualy meld into one great plot. Nice to have an ending where you feel satisfied with the consequences people experience due to their behavior - good and bad.

  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good suspense thriller from beginning to the end.

  • By TammieK on 03-05-15

Undecided

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The narration and the use of language was good. However while the story made one curious, the book left a bad taste. I am not offended by sex scenes if they fit into a story. And I know this is a bit sexist, but I don't think a woman would have written the male characters in the same way. A love relationship, even a weak one, needs more than daily sex in every way possible, multiple texting of nude selfies, phone sex several times a day, and possessiveness. But the secondary characters and sub plots were like able so I finished the book. I won't expose more details other than to say the ending came out of nowhere. I feel a talented writer wrote a terrible book.

  • She's Not There

  • A Novel
  • By: Joy Fielding
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

A lifetime ago, every year Carole Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, 15 years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated, Carole is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good One!

  • By Yikes on 03-06-16

Too far fetched

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

None of the character's motivations we're believable, and there were too many of them. It was a struggle to read. But I got curious as to how the author was going to try to get out of the messages.

  • Twist of Faith

  • By: Ellen J. Green
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us. Ava is certain that it's a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she'd been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church - and rescued - or so she'd been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The reader was great, the story not so much

  • By ShortOne on 04-10-18

Huh?

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Motivation for the revenge was ridiculous. Characters were not believable and the decisions they made had little logic. Narrator was excellent. Ending was just more huh, who, what, when, how and a big why. Where was the editor to point out all the problems?
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  • The Marriage of Opposites

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By TV on 09-27-15

Difficult to Rate

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

From a historical standpoint this appears to be an acceptable account. And it gives a good description of life on the islands from slavery until emancipation. The islands we're dipected as enchanting as they remain today But most of the white women were mean and self-centered. The Jewish culture was as arrogant and as self-isolating as they had behaved over previous centuries that had contributed to the hatred directed toward them and had resulted in expulsion.

But the alleged heroine, instead of learning from the abusive treatment she received from her mother, repeated the same cruelty toward the majority of her own children. She accepted the love and support of her second husband, but didn't modify her own behaviors
even a little to reduce the ostracism of the men he wished to belong to. She
claimed to love him, I think she felt onllust and power. She blamed everyone else for her nastiness.

I do hope that the beauty created by the artist was inspite of his mother rather than the result of her cruelty. And the epilogue sadly indicates most of his work was destroyed by others like his mother and congregation.

















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  • Portrait of Jennie

  • By: Robert Nathan
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Eben Adams is a young painter in Depression-era New York just looking to make a living. His work has thus far left influential art dealers unimpressed. Then Eben happens upon a young schoolgirl named Jennie in Central Park. Intrigued by her mystical quality and her knowledge of things that happened well before her time, Eben begins to sketch a portrait of the young girl. The drawing turns out to be the most emotional piece Eben has ever done, and he finally gets the boost in his career he's been seeking. But before he can finish the portrait, Jennie vanishes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hate to say it The Movie is Better

  • By sharon on 09-13-18

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This was one if my favorite movies because of the 2 leading stars, but a dissatisfying love story. I was hoping the book would correct the unnecessary anguish in the plot. There are some beautiful scenes, but the illogical undeveloped concepts brushing time travel or alternative universes are too blatant to get lost in the love story. I have never found Nathan ability up to dealing with the messages he attempts ..
a shame.