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  • The Perfect Child

  • By: Lucinda Berry
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams, Erin Bennett, Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own. But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can see it coming... but how bad is it?

  • By shelley on 03-02-19

Clunk! This is how it ends?

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

The story, although improbable, mostly held my interest. I kind of wish Christopher began to have at least some doubts and chinks in his healthy denial system as time went on. The last quarter of the story sputtered and wheezed and finally died an unhappy death on the finale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • She Can Run

  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started Off Slow

  • By Katrina on 02-13-15

A Romance Novel Complete with Heroine, Hero, Villain ( or 2)

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This heroine endured more fainting, beatings, stabbing, etc. than seems possible. Mediocre, predictable. Sex descriptions were sophomoric and I found myself rolling my eyes with a “sheesh” at times. It’s rare that I don’t finish a book so I did read this to the end. It wasn’t always easy.
I see this author has written several books so there is evidently a market. Just not my cup of tea I guess.

  • After Nightfall

  • By: A. J. Banner
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257

Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff. Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Amussue on 08-18-18

Stick Figures

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Our protagonist is a bit of a busybody, into everyone's business and in this book, everyone has "business". The characters have little depth or development except for their pathology. I rarely leave a book before it's finished and I finished this, however, when I saw it on my library list, I had to open it to remember it. And I still can't understand why she was so pissed off at Nathan when all became clear.

  • What Was Rescued

  • By: Jane Bailey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

In the autumn of 1940, four children meet on a train. Behind them is London, under heavy aerial attack; ahead of them is a ship bound for the safe shores of Canada. Arthur has promised his mother not to let his little brother, Philip, out of his sight. Pippa and Dora are on their own: polar opposites, brought together by the adventure of a lifetime. But disaster strikes mid-Atlantic, and in the chaos one of the children makes a choice that will determine the course of their lives forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Crude, depressing, bitter tale of lust & stupidity

  • By Debbie on 12-07-17

A bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I sometimes wanted to smack Arthur on the head. Not all men are this dumb. I really enjoyed this book nevertheless. It had an innocent woman, a conniving woman, a decent albeit absurdly naive guy drawn in by sex, and a violently abusive freak following a typical abuse pattern. What more could you possibly ask?
Even though the story is old as the hills it was told in a different way keeping it new and interesting.

  • After You Left

  • By: Carol Mason
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces. Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It's a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice's life. As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I kept thinking 'what the heck???'

  • By Bette on 05-02-17

Two Hours Too Long

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Takes a very long time for anything to materialize in this meandering story. From an advanced age (mine), it appears Eveline was "madly in lust" and the relationship had a rather fragile foundation but of course, this is a love story (more or less) so reality must not be allowed to interfere. Endless verbalization of feelings rather than flat out rage.

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

Both protagonists needed to have more backbone and be real women not the poor morose characters portrayed, for a lifetime in one case.

Which scene was your favorite?

Several in which the elderly men, who were the most lively in the story, interpret Wyeth's painting, "Christine". These were the most in depth characterizations.

Could you see After You Left being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Probably not unless there was a little more excitement added.

  • Triptych

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert

  • By Patricia on 12-13-15

Couldn't stop listening once I got into it!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

What did you love best about Triptych?

No " goody two shoes" actors here. All characters are flawed just like everybody else, they all have their demons. I cheered for Jon hoping he would find truth, didn't see the antagonist right away. Was concerned I couldn't deal with the initial vivid gory description of the crime scene if it carried through the rest of the book but it was used in context not for its own sake or titillation.

What other book might you compare Triptych to and why?

I don't know

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jon speaks to Kathy and Joyce about what happened to Mary Alice.

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

15 years old and sentenced to life in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit.

Any additional comments?

I'll take a chance on another Slaughter book (what an appropriate name!)

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • A Novel
  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155

Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found unconscious after a merciless assault.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Kathleen Ammon on 02-28-16

The characters come to life in this story.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It held my interest and I listened to the whole thing in a couple of days (plugged in by headset, in the car, etc. I loathed my last book so this one removed the "owie" of that one.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex, the protagonist. She doesn't even realize that she soldiers on despite her bottoming out alcoholism. She's a mess but like a Timex, she takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.

What about Elizabeth Knowelden and Katharine McEwan ’s performance did you like?

As always, the Brit's diction is so perfect I didn't once have to back up to figure out what was said. The timbre of Amy's voice was perfect and you immediately knew who was speaking.

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

Unfortunately, I had to sleep or I would have,

Any additional comments?

Would read another book by this author and that's the highest praise I can give a book. The only reason I gave the story four stars instead of five was that it was predictable too soon in the process. If I had written the book, I would have made the exposure of the villain a little more shocking, i.e., it was too easy to determine who it was when it began to unravel. That's the only flaw I can consider.

  • A Change of Heart

  • By: Sonali Dev
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Dr. Nikhil "Nic" Joshi had it all - marriage, career, purpose - until, while working for Doctors without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ-transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed. Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat disappointing...

  • By Kimberly on 10-09-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having the story move along more quickly. Each time there was a significant event, the author retreats once again into "adorable dimples or caramel skin". I found myself turning it off in exasperation until I simply could not listen to it any more.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sonali Dev again?

Probably not

What three words best describe Soneela Nankani’s performance?

very good dialects

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sorry, could not even finish it.

Any additional comments?

I feel guilty slamming this book because I am sure others will like it. Just not my cup of jardeeling.

  • A Dark Lure

  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,335

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narration but VERY Poor audio

  • By Cyndi Marie on 02-26-17

Simply Could Not Continue Listening!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Narration by a trained voice actress, this was flat and at times, tinny (editing issue). To me, the story was sophomoric. Descriptions of Cole's masculinity, "electricity" and hazel eyes, ad nauseum. Of course, there was immediate sexual tension between the antagonists. Perhaps I am just spoiled by Phillipa Gregory and Bianca Amato, Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter. Seemed as if every sentence or paragraph was preceded by or contained lengthy descriptions of location, scenery, persons, etc. much of which became repetitive and distracting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Loreth Anne White again?

Probably not, however, seeing other reviews, there are many who loved this book. To each his/her own..chocolate and vanilla.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Sutton-Smith’s performances?

No, while her diction is good, her inflection is flat and her attempts at accents and male voices are mediocre. Again, simply an opinion.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dark Lure?

Not having finished the book and simply persevering through the parts I did, I am unable to provide this.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

The Other Boleyn Girl
    
    
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        Susan Lyons
    
    


    
    Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
    2,444 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • The Other Boleyn Girl

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phillipa Gregory Takes You There

  • By Theodore on 11-20-11

Read it! Heard it! Listened to it again!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

I had read this book in hard copy several years ago. I then ordered it on audible books. I loved it. Even though I knew the story, listening to it somehow made it different. The narrator is superb her diction amazing.
Needing something to listen to I reopened it recently and listened to it again. It was every bit as good as the first time!
Even though we all know what happened to Ann Boleyn, it is more interesting when told from the viewpoint of Mary Boleyn, the "Other" Boleyn girl.
If you are a fan of historical fiction built around Henry the eighth, this is a book for you. Poor Henry, the dashing, handsome young prince becomes a fat, smelly, lecherous and dangerous old man unable to "get" a son upon his numerous wives and blames each in turn. Those once in such favor realize he is mercurial and their favor is unstable at best.
A delicious listen.