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  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

A little tear in my eye and smile on my face :)

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

While I save 5 star ratings for books that haunt me for years after I’ve read them like, “The Book Thief” and “The Bean Trees,” I was very tempted to give this one 5 stars. The story is a familiar one ~ gypsy parent, emotionally damaged kid who grows up tough- but there is such a fun uniqueness woven into it with the mythology and the eccentric, bohemian mother’s storytelling. You will find yourself endeared y the main character in spite of her initial rough rub and wholeheartedly rooting for her unlikely (but not unlikable) suitor -Birdwine. The story itself warms up slowly but leaves you with a little tear in your eye and smile on your face when it’s over.

  • Where They Found Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,339

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, twist filled novel

  • By Chad G. on 04-18-15

Suspenseful and quick read

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

The story starts off with a bang and definitely keeps you guessing right up to the very end. I wouldn't say it was super climactic, but it was a pretty good "page turner." Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the primary narrator, Tavia Gilbert. I know she is super popular, but her thready voice and the way her sentences always end with a questioning tone kind of annoy me. But, she has a lot of accolades so it might just be me. The other narrator who does the voice Sandy is actually one of my favorites. So, I guess they balance out. Bottom line: I recommend it.

  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,523

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Way!

  • By Alexis on 03-21-18

Best book I've read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This book races out of the gate and does not slow down. It's a brilliant story, and I love the narrator. I read it in 3 days only because I had to sleep. The characters are really well developed and so is the history. I don't think I've ever given 5 stars before - download it. You won't regret it!

  • 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 24,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,177

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

I ALMOST loved this book

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I almost loved this book. I seriously could have listened to it in 2 days straight, but I paced myself because I was enjoying it so much. It's a very compelling story and definitely a "page turner." Not a spoiler, but I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending, and I really have to dig the ending of a book to give it 5 stars. I had sort of figured it out, and felt that after such a suspenseful ride it was a bit anti-climactic. There was still a semi surprise, though. My biggest complaint is the narrator. I am not trying to be rude, but several of her character voices were awful - Hannah, whose part was minimal, THANK GOD, sounded like a deep voiced mental inmate. Floyd's voice was also really off. Luckily the main character and the two children were good as they had bigger parts. I wouldn't say don't get the audio book, but I would say, be prepared to be very happy when the small part Hannah has is done! Otherwise, I did enjoy the book and would definitely recommend it.

  • Bitter Harvest

  • A Woman's Fury, a Mother's Sacrifice
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

In 1995, a fire burned the mansion of Dr. Debora Green and Dr. Michael Farrar. Killed by the flames were 12-year-old Tim and his six-year-old sister Kelly. When Michael returned to the scene, he had lost more than his children and his home. Until that summer, they had it all - a happy marriage, successful medical practices, three beautiful children. Then they went on a trip to Peru. There, they met Celeste Walker, whose husband John was also a doctor. After that trip, nothing was the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book, audio equally as good!

  • By James Keesling on 05-22-10

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Although this was not my favorite of Ann Rule's, it was really well done. She has a way of getting you into the psychopathy of the "bad guy" or in this case the "bad girl" and I think that is necessary for true crime novels. Definitely would recommend it.

  • The Stolen Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the best book I have ever listened to!!!

  • By Sandi Johnson on 11-26-17

Just a good read

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I have recommended this book to everyone. All of my avid reader friends have now read it and agree - it was just a good solid story and really well done on audio. There are no over the top "ah ha" moments, but it plugs along at a consistently readable rate right to the end. I did actually love this book.

  • In Cold Blood

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,338

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still the Best

  • By Lisa on 01-10-06

Wow

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I could not stop listening to this audio book. Maybe it was the chilling story or how Truman Capote wove it all together in this true crime novel, but it kept me hooked. I am still thinking about it to this day. This is the bar by which all other true crime novels should be set.

  • Conviction

  • The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars
  • By: Juan Martinez
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation. Through two trials, America watched with bated breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of murder one for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, to death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Understood His Questioning Technique Before

  • By Dennis on 02-22-16

Behind the scenes

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

After reading and watching a lot of the coverage on the Jodi Arias case, I wasn't sure that there would be anything new this book could offer. I was wrong. The prosecutor, Juan Martinez, really lends some disturbing insight into the story. Even though I knew how it ended, I was glad I listened to every word. Definitely one of the more compelling true crime novels around.

  • You Think You Know Me

  • The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In the fall of 1994, Erich Baumeister (13), was playing in a wooded area of his family’s estate, when he stumbled across a partially buried human skeleton. He presented the disturbing finding to his mother, Julie, who inquired about the skull to her husband, Herb. He told her that the skeleton belonged to his late father, an anesthesiologist. Astonishingly, Julie believed him. In You Think You Know Me, best-selling author Ryan Green assumes the role of Herb Baumeister and attempts to fill in the blanks on one of Indiana’s most mysterious serial killers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Problematic but Hard to Put Down

  • By JayJay on 07-25-18

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I read a lot of true crime books. This was seriously just so dark. There was no redemption at all. I gave up 1/2 way through.

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  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,140

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

First Reese Witherspoon Book Club book

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This was my first book off of the Reese Witherspoon book club list, and I would definitely recommend this book.. There was no component that is over the top "oh my gosh -you HAVE to read this!" But the story is compelling and the writing and narration are solid and consistent. I finished it in two "listens." I can say it was really good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful