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  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 700

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story went nowhere. Dully. Pointlessly.

  • By George on 07-04-18

I hated everything about this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I loved Caroline Kepnes other two books and was really looking forward to Providence. The story was lame and the characters were boring and whiny. Huge disappointment. It became sort of a hate read - I was determined to finish it.

  • 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 8,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,576

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

I hate myself for finishing this book

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

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

Total waste of time. Predictable

What could Liv Constantine have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The characters had no life to them. Every single one spoke in the blandest cliches. I'd kill myself if I had to hang out with them.

Did Suzanne Elise Freeman and Meghan Wolf do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Frankly, until now I didn't know there was more than one narrator

Do you think The Last Mrs. Parrish needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not.

Any additional comments?

I like a dishy little book about the 1%. This wasn't it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thornwood House

  • By: Anna Romer
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars With a Caution

  • By Nancy F. on 08-08-15

Needs an editor. Badly

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

What disappointed you about Thornwood House?

Too much description of every little thing. Way too much. I just wanted her to get on with it. I honestly don't understand the glowing reviews. I don't think I'll be able to finish it and that rarely happens.

Would you be willing to try another book from Anna Romer? Why or why not?

No. I don't have that much time to waste.

Which character – as performed by Eloise Oxer – was your favorite?

Wooden characters - no impact.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thornwood House?

Deep down I think there may have been an interesting story, but every conversation and every description of every plant, bush, tree, book etc was just mind numbing.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,456

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Every bad idea he ever had.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

He is a master writer of novels, but not the short story. Only one story felt complete, all the rest made u want the whole story. All the stuff in between seem to belong in his autobiography. I listened to all hoping that there was a gem to make it with my time. Sad.

  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

  • By: Therese Anne Fowler
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attraction to the disillusioning 20's comes alive!

  • By LP on 04-01-13

Mundane

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

Would you try another book from Therese Anne Fowler and/or Jenna Lamia?

Maybe.

Would you recommend Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to your friends? Why or why not?

I would warn my friends away from this book. I always enjoy a fictional autobiography, but this book took interesting people and creative genius and turned into a mundane melodrama.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fine. Maybe a tad shrill.

Could you see Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A movie about Scott and Zelda bickering? No thanks.

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,267

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 09-06-11

Loved everything about this book. Great story and characters. If I could give Hope Davis more than five stars for her performance I would.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

In her national best seller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Rupe on 08-17-11

A Tad Dull

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

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I think I was expecting this book to be a little bit weirder and maybe funnier, instead it is a very earnest, prim account of Mrs. Tom Thumb - at times an interesting snapshot of the era, but it left me wanting more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lonely Polygamist

  • By: Brady Udall
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believe the Hype

  • By FanB14 on 05-03-12

big and messy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-11

I loved this book-probably one of my all time favorites. For whatever reason, I have listened to many of the polygamist themed books (The 19th Wife, Under the Banner of Heaven) and this is far and away the best. It is an affectionate look at a family, while unconventional, completely human and flawed, but not evil. Moving and emotional.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,443

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

People are nuts - I loved this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

I listen to a wide variety of books. I loved The Help, The Hunger Games, The Golden Compass. I listen to Dickens, Jane Austen and Larry McMurtry. I would have to place The Passage in my top ten of all time favorites. After reading all the negative reviews, I entered with trepidation, but I was hooked from the start - loved the story and the pace. My interest never lagged. For the record, I think the Stieg Larsson books are overrated.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Juliet, Naked

  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Bill Irwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So this is how good an audiobook can be

  • By Lagniappe on 12-07-09

a pleasure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-10

I usually like Nick Hornby's writing better than his stories, but in Juliet, Naked, they both come together for a satisfying book. The plot will resonate with anyone who has been or has lived with a rabid fan. Fun, sweet and thoughtful.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful