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  • My Beautiful Enemy

  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Catherine Blade's uncommon beauty and daring have taken her far in the world, but she still doesn't have the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she's ever loved - the only person to ever betray her. Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • my least favorite from this author, and still good

  • By Christina on 09-04-14

Another Great SherryThomas Book

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I recommend reading the pre-quel to this first. This was a very engaging story. I picked it up to read while waiting for her next Lady Sherlock book, and enjoyed this ALMOST as much as that series. Ms. Thomas is a very gifted writer. Yes, read this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,770
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,218

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sense of dread

  • By L. Davis on 03-04-18

Reviews Gave It Away!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I sometimes wish reviewers wouldn't say a book has a surprise ending, or a great twist, or they didn't see that coming. That is not exactly a spoiler, but for me that skewers it a little. So, I figured out who the killer was way before the end. BUT, not all of it! This author is new for me and I will definitely read more of her books. The BEST part of the book is the narrator. I'm getting ready to look for more books narrated by her. I listen to about 4-5 books a week. I don't have patience for TV, and I listen while I'm doing everything except working (sometimes then...) and I usually like all narrators, even the mediocre ones because how can you not like someone that reads to you? But this narrator blew my mind with her inflection, timing, and spot on performance. Yes! I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,057

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

WOW! What did trees DO to the Author?

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

I rarely ever give a narrator a bad review. I usually love anyone willing to read to me. But this felt like the torture I felt in 3rd grade when the teacher made the class bully read aloud...
I had high expectations for this book because Spinning Silver was so absolutely wonderful. I finished because I thought it may get better. I love magic, but maybe this was to fantasy even for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 7,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,647

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

I don't review as often as I should...

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I don't review books as often as I should since I depend on other's reviews to determine if I want to listen to a book. This one caught me by total surprise. I have NEVER said this before: This book made me think of my all time favorite author Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine! Ms. Jewell's ability to portray the subtle and overt manifestations of neediness, lonliness, psychologically impaired, and down right normal people was absolutely amazing. I found myself standing in my bathroom after I prepared for bed just listening because I could not go to sleep until I found out what was next.
Highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Met You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman. In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the author’s best...

  • By Phyllis on 12-23-18

Kept Waiting For The Story To Begin...

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I read "Then She Was Gone" and "I Found You" and was totally ecstatic thinking I'd finally found a new author I was anxious to follow. And because those two were so very good, I will try another of Ms. Jewell's books. But I cannot recommend this book. It was so very different from the other two. No real mystery, the characters were not interesting enough to peak my interest. I kept listening thinking the excitement and depth of "I Found You" was going to start any minute. I gave up about 3/4ths in.

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • The Key

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever...2006. Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Lifetime movies

  • By anne on 10-29-18

If you like Lifetime movies

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

If you like Lifetime Movies, you will like this book. Please don't think I'm knocking Lifetime movies. I watched them frequently when I was in my 20's.
For me this book just did not have enough depth and the characters were somewhat one dimensional. I found it predictable and a little "preachy". However, I also have to admit to reading Kate Morton's latest just before this one and was probably looking for something as in-depth and intense.

I cannot recommend this book to fans of Elizabeth George, Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Tana French, or Ruth Rendell.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Visions

  • Sarah Roberts Series, Book One
  • By: Jonas Saul
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Sarah is in a fight for her life with no one to trust. Her dark visions have brought her into the hands of a kidnapping ring who will do anything to find out how she knows so much about them. While the police hunt Sarah for the wrong reason, her parents think she is at a sleepover. Her life is in her own hands and whether she makes it out of this mess alive or not depends on how many people have to die.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did I Miss This Is YA? Really Corny

  • By anne on 08-09-18

Did I Miss This Is YA? Really Corny

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This book probably would have been good to me when I was 12 y.o. I gave the narrator the benefit of doubt, the characters had strange, unexplained accents. Pass on this one. Wish I could get my money back...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom of the Mask

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 6
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

The year is 1703, and Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver", is missing. Last seen by his friends in New York before he departed on a lucrative, seemingly straightforward mission for the Herrald Agency in Charles Town, he's been too long absent. His comrade-in-arms Hudson Greathouse has an increasing sense the young friend he thinks of as a son must have met with some unexpected peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whew! Again what a story!

  • By james on 06-05-16

WARNING Cliff Hanger Ending

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

When Robert McCammon started the Matthew Corbett series each book could be read as a stand alone book. It was more interesting if you knew the characters, but not necessary. Now Mr. McCammon has joined leagues with those authors that feel it is ok to try to force his fans to read the next book by NOT ENDING THE STORY.

This practice strikes me as somewhat underhanded. A good author can conclude the current predicament and if needed still leave the "bad guy" alive to go on and wreak havoc another day, in a new book. Therefore I gave it 2 stars. The action is as intense as in the previous books, and the characters well written. Unlike the first 3 books, Mr. McCammon's background as a horror author is evident in these last two books. The torture scenes, fight scenes, etc are nightmare producing.

I went back and read all of the books again when this one came out just so I could REALLY enjoy the experience. Now I feel like I wasted my time because there is still no conclusion.

Disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall

  • Anna Kronberg Series, Book 2
  • By: Annelie Wendeberg
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Eluding Scotland Yard and Sherlock Holmes, Anna Kronberg leads an inconspicuous life far from London. Until the day she wakes up to a gun pressed against her temple. With her father held hostage and no help in sight, Anna finds only one way out - to take her captor for a dance along the razor's edge while delving into Britain's tentative beginnings of espionage and systematic biological warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • BETTER READ, NOT HEARD

  • By anne on 07-05-17

BETTER READ, NOT HEARD

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I a, a new fan to the Anna K series. This was a fantastic book. I love seeing what other authors do with Mr. Holmes, and must admit I hadn't been much impressed with any other author but Laurie R. King. But this series is gritty. It grabs your attention from the beginning and holds on.
My only complaint is the narrator. Initially I'd bought the Kindle edition and listened to the auto reader set with a British accent. When I heard the audible edition I was so disappointed, I actually went back to listening to the auto reader whenever I could. The narrator has a high, squeaky voice, so Anna's voice is heavily German accented in a squeaky voice. The male voices were worse. I love narrators because they bring my books alive and rarely give negative reviews, but this time I had to say something.
I highly recommend the book in kindle edition.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,250

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Don't read The Husband's Secret first!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

I'm so happy I didn't decide to look up any previous books by this author before stsrting this book. As I was reading this book, it was so good I decided to see what other books she had written and surprised to discover just a year ago I'd struggled through The Husbands Secret. That book was so horrible I can't even remember what the secret was!
This book was so wonderful. I especially loved the way the author chose to let the story develop. I found myself alternately sitting on tender hooks, crying, laughing, and even at times staring at my Bose speaker as if to say, " You did not just say that"!
I hate spoiler alerts when reviewers say something like, "I was not expecting that twist" or "the subject matter was handled so well". THOSE ARE a spoilers people! So, I'm not going to say anything except, read this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful