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Lisa A. Castlio

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  • Bring Me Back

  • A Novel
  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone - never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is something happening here?

  • By Cassandra on 06-27-18

Great until the end....

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I loved this book right up to when it went down hill. I don't understand why it ended this way. I loved the breakdown and listened to it over and over and also behind closed doors.

  • 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 8,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,575

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up in the Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Good Read, a little slow and detailed at times

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I liked this book, but felt like it got a little boring at times. I did guess the twist, but wasn't sure when the twist would occur so it was worth continuing the reading. One thing that bugged me was that they referred to Santa Cruz as Southern California, which is not accurate, but it was pretty good.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,396

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Really Awesome!!!! So crazy freaky. Worth it!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I really like this book. It was so crazy I will listen again. Pretty sexual, which is not really my thing, but still worth the read. I wonder if there will be a follow up.

  • Until I Met Her

  • By: Natalie Barelli
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

Beatrice Johnson Greene, a bestselling crime writer, has an unusual favor to ask. When a chance encounter brings Emma Fern into her life, she thinks she's found just the person for the job. Soon Beatrice will wish they'd never met. For Emma, desperate to please, it's an offer she can't refuse. All she has to do is lend her name to Beatrice's next novel, her first in a new genre. But when the book becomes a huge triumph, Emma finds herself the toast of the literary world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to a sample..

  • By Suzanna on 10-22-17

Narrater sounded like a robot...but story was very good

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Story was compelling but narrater was not good at all. Didn't wreak it but was distracting

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Marriage Pact

  • A Novel
  • By: Michelle Richmond
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as the Pact. The goal of the Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was an interesting book!

  • By Maria on 08-09-17

Psychological but unfortunately not a thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I liked the book enough, but had to fast forward through a lot of the marital details that he went into. It was boring at times, could have been better. The narrator was very good.

  • The Bullet

  • By: Mary Louise Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,987

Two words: the bullet. That's all it takes to shatter her life. Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she's known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: She has never been shot. She has no entry wound, no scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "took a chance and glad I did"

  • By Sara on 04-08-15

Pretty good...disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I liked this book but was disappointed by the ending, the narrators voice was good but sometime a checked out because her voice was so soothing.

  • While You Were Sleeping

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Croft does it again! Outstanding British Mystery!

  • By Karen Ross on 12-06-17

Pretty Good with a hint of annoying

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it. I will say I didn't see it coming (who the murderer was). I hated Mikey, and Leila which I was supposed to but there wasn't enough for me to by into the relationship between the main character and the cop. IT was just all right overall.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think the narrator played a role in my not loving the book, so maybe a different narrator. I think a little more suspense. Also, the writer went on and one about somethings in the main characters head, which was too much at times.

What three words best describe Julie Maisey’s performance?

Okay I guess

Was While You Were Sleeping worth the listening time?

Sure

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,536

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Awesome, another great read by B.A. Paris

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Where does The Breakdown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say top three. I don't think I liked it more than Behind closed doors, but it was a VERY close second. I can't wait for her next book. I couldn't stop reading, had to finish at work.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

YES absolutely.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved it when she was putting it all together towards the end.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,901

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST AUDIBLE BOOK EVER .....GRIPPING and UNEXPECTED

  • By Trisha on 03-06-18

Great! Ending...well....

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

If you could sum up Behind Her Eyes in three words, what would they be?

I loved this book till the ending. Not that the ending was the worst or anything, just far fetched.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the two women main characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the relationship between the two women.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Is for Innocent

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

When David Barney was acquitted in the shooting death of his wealthy wife, Isabelle, a good many thought that justice had not been served, including Kenneth Voight, Isabelle's former husband. Now, five years later, Voight is the plaintiff in a civil suit in which Barney stands accused of Isabelle's wrongful death. The stakes are high, but time is running short. Enter sexy, savvy ex-cop-turned-P.I. Kinsey Millhone, brought in by Voight to gather the necessary damning evidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Is for Innocent: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

  • By R. Pontiflet on 07-31-17

Detailed and dull

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

What disappointed you about I Is for Innocent?

I think it was too many details. I feel like someone who was older would enjoy it. Also, it spoke a lot of smoking (everyone smoked) but it is based in CA, which makes me think that there was no research done on the demographics of CA. CA low smoking state. Also, the main character was NOT interesting. She wasn't attractive, or smart, or sexy or fit or anything compelling to draw you in. She lived pay check to pay check which is less interesting than struggling or wealthy. There was no love interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Grafton again?

Nope

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Peiffer’s performances?

I don't think so, mainly because she seemed like a conservative who was a buddy buddy.

What character would you cut from I Is for Innocent?

The girls mom, the artist. Or make her more interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful