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  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,784

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Love this writer!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Wow. Although some things are disturbing, I found it fascinating to learn about how this tribe’s beliefs and traditions were cultivated in order to survive. And the plight of this girl through womanhood left me in tears and mesmerized throughout.

The narrator is amazing. The voices couldn’t have been more perfect and doesn’t distract from the story as some do.

  • 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 21,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,392

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

A mix of other stories

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The book seemed to be a mix of ‘Girl on a Train’ meets ‘Sometimes I Lie’ meets ‘Big Little Lies’. Not original and after the first few chapters drags until around chapter 30. From 30 the the end, the story changes and finally becomes suspenseful and interesting but I almost quit reading up to that point because nothing was happening and I was really bored.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 735

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goes downhill

  • By Karen on 03-31-18

Talented Ms Ripley

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Reminds me of a female version of the Talented Mr. Ripley. Suspenseful and tricky. Wow, of all the books I’ve read with evil women, this one takes the cake. The narrator did a great job easing into all the different characters. Loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,973

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Either the writer took liberties to overly embellish and exaggerate this person's heroics or the self-proclaimed hero did so. I kept reading this very long drawn out story but found myself laughing out loud in parts that should have been gut wrenching, horribly disturbing scenes because they were so preposterous. The writer makes it all ridiculous when his 17 year old hero continues to always be there to save the day!

I thought maybe I was being overly critical and started researching because it was just too over the top to believe all these stories. Pino, the protagonist, doesn't tell his story until the late 1990's when every other person who could corroborate the story has died. The writer says he spent years researching and verifying the stories but doesn't say how or who he could have spoken to. Many others reviewers seem to share my skepticism. I thought it might make a good movie but they need to quit calling it factual and touting this guy as a hero.

Pino also claims to have been encouraged to go into acting by Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper and tried to talk James Dean out of buying a sports car that he couldn't handle. It seems more likely that he's a teller of tall tales! Interesting too that his brother received awards for heroism and Uncle who assisted Allied forces and they never thought to tell anyone about all of Pino's heroics? And if he witnessed all these significant events as well as meeting Mussolini multiple times, and the Americans knew he was the General's driver, no one wanted to interrogate him or have him testify?

I thought it might be a fun ride for a movie but what if these are all tall tales and a Nazi ends up being celebrated as a hero? A disturbing thought.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • After He Killed Me

  • The Emma Fern Series, Book 2
  • By: Natalie Barelli
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Emma Fern has won at life: she's a prize-winning author and she's blissfully happy with her husband, Jim. It wasn't an easy rise to the top, but Emma knows you can't achieve success without sacrifice. The trouble is, Jim knows that too. As her literary triumph starts to fade into the past, Emma comes under pressure to write a second bestseller. But her big secret is that she didn't write the first one. She's a fraud, and the only people who ever knew the truth are...no longer a problem.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator makes a huge difference!

  • By Wayne on 05-12-18

Story great, Narrator not.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The Narrator was changed from the first book. It was very difficult, particularly the male voices which were horrible. The story keeps you going. Just like the first, really clever, suspenseful.

  • 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 368
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

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

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

A little slow for the first few chapters but boy, when it takes off, it never slows. Very much in that same genre as "Gone Girl". The ending is a big surprise, did not see that coming. Just downloaded the follow-up so I can see what happens to these miserable people!

  • Fallen Palm: A Jesse McDermitt Novel

  • Caribbean Adventure Series, Volume 2
  • By: Wayne Stinnett
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Jesse McDermitt lives on an isolated island in the Florida Keys where he runs a charter fishing business. Retired from the Marine Corps for six years, he wants nothing more than to relax, fish, dive, and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the islands.Russ, his former Sergeant and old friend, dies unexpectedly in a mysterious scuba diving accident and Jesse becomes suspicious. His friend's son comes to south Florida to ask Jesse if he would take him to a remote reef to spread his father's ashes and the two men discover that Russ was murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fallen Palm

  • By Patricia Bennett on 03-06-16

Painful

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Clearly the Writer thinks his hero is the most 'Interesting Man in the World' and he is this guy. The truth is the writer (as well as his protagonist) are self-indulgent, incredibly sexist, unconvincing and just plain boring. The writer is so arrogant, referring to a young female waitress as a "Bar Wench", I feel compelled to let people know he is, in truth, the most 'Boring Man in the World'.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,921

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Takes awhile

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Where does Into the Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Better than average

Who was your favorite character and why?

Female Police Officer; most of the other characters were very disturbed.

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

No. Almost stopped listening. The story is very dull and has a strange premise in the beginning. Once you hit about the 10th chapter, it starts getting more interesting. By the end, I was fully involved. It's a slow builder.

Any additional comments?

Just keep listening.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,845

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Not wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

The Husband's secret is clear after a few chapters and then revealed at about chapter 10 so you spend the next 40 chapters just waiting for something to happen. Big Little Lies was a 5 star for me because of the humor and suspense plus every story was eerily connected in the end. This one was a little dull for me.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,312

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

No words

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Required reading for all men. Most women already know these stories to be the absolute truth.