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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 14,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,874

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

What a letdown

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The story built suspense very well, and altho I could see some things coming, it still got creepier and creepier! And then, the ending: 'Good bye', a note to explain everything, and it's over. For Pete's sake! Did Jewell have to rush out to a dental appointment, or something?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True connection

  • By Tom on 07-20-17

Too Long By Half!!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Prose with an overlay of poetry, and read beautifully that way by the author himself. Growing up on a reservation with alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, poverty and mental illness....but not as bleak as that sounds.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife... but as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead - and the book she has written is equally extraordinary.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, emotional, and perfectly narrated.

  • By LitWitWineDine on 06-30-18

the kindness we all need

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

It's mostly trauma, with some cleaning. And the trauma is mostly the protagonist's. There is heart-breaking suffering revealed in this book. And there is tremendous compassion, understanding, gentleness, strength of character, and so much grace in this book that it is truly a balm for the soul of the walking wounded in 2018 America.

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Speed

  • By TB on 01-18-18

A pleasant story unfolds.....

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Long, multi-generational, told out of sequence, and with many characters, following each story line was confusing, as the reader made no attempt to do different voices for the characters and I kept forgetting who was who. The story is mildly interesting, altho if I'd quit the book in the middle I would not have spent any time wondering how it turned out. But the author does a brilliant job of defining her characters not with adjectives as much as with their postures, gestures, and behavior. You can end up feeling like you know these people, and very quickly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mars Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Featuring original music by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon! It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing novel !

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

Way overrated

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I read a stellar review upon this book's publication, which convinced me to buy it. The author read this uninteresting book in a bored, boring drone. I really don't understand the positive response to this book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 17,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,411

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 JK907 on 01-11-18

Too long 'suspense' story with a so-what ending

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I didn't find this story of an abusive husband suspenseful at all. The women were doormats for him because he was sometimes charming with Tiffany gift boxes. Did the 'twist' at the end send me reeling? Nope, it was contrived and deflated.
That this became a NYT bestseller is the really scary thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,072
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,073

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Ruined it for me.

  • By K. Louise Seal on 03-18-16

we need 'No Stars' for this one

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This book reminds me of nothing so much as my son recounting, in excruciating detail, one of his long long long dreams. Nuff said.
Also, the reader here is just awful, as other reviewers have noted.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lunch with Buddha

  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Breakfast!

  • By tha_fultonz on 08-14-15

"This book makes you big disappointment, is it?"

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

I SO loved 'Breakfast With Buddha', a funny, wonderful book from many perspectives. And this one is such a big disappointment. I feel like I've been running around in a whiny, arrogant Rich White Guy's head. Yuck.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Much Screwed

  • By: Jenna McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

For Charlotte Crawford, the worst part about being dumped after 20 years of marriage is that her husband, Jack, doesn't want another woman; he just doesn't want her. Forty-two and clueless, Charlotte is a fish out of water in a dating pool teeming with losers. Just when she thinks she's finally put her failed marriage behind her, it comes back to bite her in the ass...hard. Without warning, Charlotte finds herself staring down the barrel of a future she wouldn't (she would totally) wish on her worst enemy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The mispronunciations drove me crazy!

  • By AudiobookWorm on 11-08-16

remember 'Gag me with a spoon'?

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Requisite mentions of 'gender equality' aside, this meshuga book is a throwback to the days of 'Never tell a man the truth, if you want to keep him!'
In 2016? Shameful. Outdated. Disgusting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nazis Next Door

  • How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men
  • By: Eric Lichtblau
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still trust government? Read this.

  • By joyce on 01-02-17

Still trust government? Read this.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

This book reveals how thousands of Nazis were welcomed into this country after (and during) WWII, being put to work in our own scientific endeavors or as spies for the CIA. "Nobody hated Russians like the Nazis", the thinking went. Members of death squads, doctors who performed experiments on Jewish prisoners, camp directors, SS officers, Hitler advisors; all welcomed and protected by agencies of our government, even as Nazi hunters found and attempted to prosecute some of them for their war crimes. Nazi hatred was replaced by the Red Menace, and many human monsters lived long, comfortable lives in America because of that. Disheartening and reprehensible behavior reported here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful