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  • Before She Knew Him

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

Hen and her husband, Lloyd, have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace. But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dark Psychological Thriller...

  • By shelley on 03-09-19

Dexter or Hannibal Lector ?

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

I will keep this short and simple. Peter Swanson is brilliant. I loved this book. Not as much as The Kind Worth Killing, but still great. Always a page turner. And that’s all I ask for in a book. Bravo.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,797

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Like Silence of the Lambs.....but not.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

If you like forensic thrillers, then this is the book for you. If you want to learn medical terminology and hear about autopsies, then buy this book. This was a decent book. It was a little too scientific and medical for me. A lot of the book spent too much time in the morgue. The twists and turns were good, but by the end I had figured it all out, but that's what I like about a good suspense novel. It is worth the credit.

  • I Found You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611

In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters, good and bad, are well portrayed

  • By Jennifer on 08-14-18

Wow just Wow!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This was my 2nd book by Lisa Jewell and I found to like this one much better. Story was twisty and turny and did everything right. Loved the 3 different storylines and how everything came together. Brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

This chic cracks me up!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Jane Jane Jane. The slutty likable sociopath. This was a quick easy listen. It kept my interest, but the story was just too corny for my liking. I did love Jane’s dry sense of humor and wit. But that was about it. I think author tried to make it seen women can be strong. She fell short in my book. I would give this a 3.5 stars if they had half stars, and it was worth a credit, but there is much better fiction out there.

59 of 66 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,350

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house of lies!

  • By CMiles1985 on 11-21-17

Slow starting but then Woah!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

It’s hard to review this book without giving any spoilers. But if you like twisty turnsy books then this is the book for you. I really enjoyed this book and I have many many books in my library. I found myself listening before work, in car and after work sitting on couch. I couldn’t get enough. Don’t question yourself. Just get this book!

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,467

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Definitely NOT a page turner.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I’m sitting here trying to find the words to describe this book. I tried so hard to like it. I was bored the whole book. Not one time was I excited to listen. I was waiting for that “moment” in the book, the climax. It never came. It really had no story. It had no point. No theme. There was no twists or suspense. I figured it out whatever it was after the 1st chapter. I’m literally shocked it’s a best seller. Poor Julia Whelan to have to narrate this whole thing. Have to return this one. Sorry not sorry.
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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 26,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,954

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

Everything comes full circle.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

This was a very good book. I have many many audible books and I have to rate this 5/5. It was intriguing from the first page. The story was sad but brilliant. And sometimes I found myself not caring for the main characters but as you stay with it you see them change. I found the narrator to be one of the best. She had many characters to simulate and she was fantastic. This is a great suspense book. It’s not for the faint at heart. I couldn’t wait to get in the car every day. Loved it !

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,437

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Yikes on 06-24-17

Lifetime movie / just ok

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

I couldn't help thinking the whole time I listened that this would be a good lifetime movie. It was a decent read but I don't think in a few months I will remember this book. Nothing really stood out to me. My rating really is a 3.5 (for the surprise ending). Wish then allowed for half stars.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,667

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Fantastic Book!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was a great book. The subject matter can be hard at times, but it is done tastefully and doesn't press too hard. The writer gives you the gist and then stop rather then go into the gory details.. I loved the back and forth "then and now" story telling. This was not a thriller by any means, but a very good story from start to finish. I loved the narrator. She was very good of setting apart each character. I would recommend this book.

  • All Is Not Forgotten

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable but i will try...

  • By Brooklyn girl on 06-17-17

All IS forgotten!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Any additional comments?

I can't get this out of my memory quick enough. Horrible story. if you are looking for a read that teaches you Psychology 101 then this is the book for you! The first 20 chapters are exactly that. I found myself thinking is this fiction or a self help book. The narrator of this book is a complete narcissist. I am not basing my rating on the details of the horrific rape. I expected that. This is solely on the story. I do not understand why people are raving so much about it. It was slow and boring until the very anti climactic end. I wont ask for a refund because the did like the audible narrator, but other than that it stunk. 2 thumbs DOWN.