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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen on 1.5 speed

  • By Gary on 11-27-18

I really liked this! Just listen at 1.25 speed

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Thanks to the reviewers who listed the suggestion to speed it up a bit...I thoroughly enjoyed the book!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Valley of the Dolls 50th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Jacqueline Susann
  • Narrated by: Laverne Cox
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic story, but narrator needs help

  • By LManc on 11-09-18

WHY????

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

OMG...This was one of my favorite stories....I read this novel as a young girl, and even though it was a bit dated at the time that I read it (in the mid 90's)...I still never forgot it! Jacqueline Susann's other stories really couldn't hold a candle, nor did the movie version. . . so why ruin this potentially fantastic audio version with the wrong narrator!?!? I leave you with a list of narrators that would've worked soooo much better:
- Julia Whelan
- Rosamund Pike (I know she's basically an A-List actress now...so maybe this is a reach...but she has some recent audible titles and she's perfect for this one)
- Carey Mulligan
- Cassandra Campbell
- Vanessa Williams (yes...another high paid actress...but she'll also do some audible narration from time-to-time)
and....I could go on and on....
Audible: Laverne Cox is talented and great, but NOT the right narrator for this book!! Come on!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,216

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time or credit.

  • By Denise on 05-15-18

Not that good (spoiler alert)

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I don't mind implausible fiction when it's really well done, but this book asks the reader/listener to assume that approx. 60% of humans would fall under the category of either intentionally hurting an innocent child or helping someone that intentionally hurts children or blaming the mother when a well-cared for child is kidnapped straight from their school. Basically, when the plot wasn't being predictable, it was just too far-fetched.

However, it wasn't completely horrible; the author is good with description. Also, after I got about half way through, instead of simply quitting, I skipped to hear the last 30 minutes because I wanted to know the end. If it was all that bad, then I wouldn't have cared about the characters enough to be bothered to find out the conclusion. Also, the narrator was spot on.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,749

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

4.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I read another review title that states, "I felt like I was there!"...and I feel that's a perfect way to describe this book. It was addictive and interesting, but relaxing all at the same time. I would give it 5 stars, but there were a couple of things that I think the author missed as far as the police work / court procedures part of the plot. . . but I also understand it was set in the 50's / 60's...so maybe I am incorrect about that part of my critique. Basically, I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453

Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Moore does it again.

  • By Michael on 02-17-09

Smart and hilarious

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Perfect narrator; wish all of Moore's audiobooks were narrated by Morton. I also enjoyed Sacre Blue and the Serpent of Venice ...but FOOL is my favorite by this pair

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead I Well May Be

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,418

Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing book

  • By Starbuck on 03-11-06

Amazing! The Irish Cormac McCarthy

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

It reminds me of Suttree by Cormac McCarthy. Except, not in the way that it's a "knockoff" . . .because it's better (as it actually has a plot)! McKinty is a natural talent. I'm sad I never heard of him until I randomly came across him in a review from a like minded listener. Last, but not least, the narration is perfect!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,813

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Didn't want it to end, and narrator was spot on!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Now that's a debut! Creepy and engrossing...I would definitely use another credit for this author and/or narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Lives

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Hummel
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be nice,but please don't waste a credit.

  • By Daniel on 08-20-18

listened for 2+ hrs...and then decided to return

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I tried....because the plot was interesting....and I liked the Reese recommendation, Something in the Water, but I couldn't get into it. I saw that Reese liked the LA descriptions. I could see how the book may be more interesting for someone with ties to LA...but other than that...it kind of fell flat

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,116

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I don't have the time to write a long, well-thought-out review, but I wanted to let others know that I highly recommend this book. I could not stop listening...and...so I have to spread the word!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 727

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story went nowhere. Dully. Pointlessly.

  • By George on 07-04-18

I guess I'm not being fair to the author...

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I would have given more stars if say....this was a debut novel ... but I could not help comparing it to YOU & HIDDEN BODIES...which are amazing and groundbreaking.

Maybe she was on a deadline, and they should have let her refine PROVIDENCE a bit more....because IMHO...Kepnes could have made PROVIDENCE just as good as the JOE books.

WHY DIDN'T THEY GET SANTINO? LOL...I guess he doesn't fit the voice of Jon...but maybe they could have used him for "older Jon"

9 of 10 people found this review helpful