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  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,311

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

Plot twist after plot twist after plot twist.....

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

I found this book tiresome... I love a good thriller, I love moments that I didn't see coming, but after the 10th or so plot twist in the book I literally had to pause, grab a piece of paper and write a web of who was who and what was what. It was laborious to get through this book with any sort of understanding. Multiple bad guys, multiple plot themes, multiple everything... It's too much. It could have been two separate books honestly... and to leave the book on a completely unexplained, don't even know how it's possible moment just irked me endlessly. I hate loose ends.

  • Far from the Tree

  • By: Robin Benway
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including: Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO MOVED BY THIS STORY! GREAT FICTION!

  • By Ann on 02-28-18

It was a very good read

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

It was a good book, not spectacular but definitely worth the credit. Gives you a very profound look into both sides of adoption and the complex questions and issues it brings up.

  • 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 17,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,772

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

More twists than a ballet concert

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I loved this book, I'll start there. I can't say a ton without giving away plot points but there are so many twists that after a while it's almost annoying. There's something fulfilling about thinking you've caught on and being justified in at least ONE guess but this one points you left, right, up and down every second of the way and it's a little frustrating. The very, very last plot twist was one too many. It just became ridiculous. Honestly, if the author wanted to get into that, it deserved far more than a 4-minute epilogue description, it seemed just thrown in there like "Oh yeah, also this person was this person dun dun dunnnn"

Good book, but a bit frustrating.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gods in Alabama

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story!

  • By Debbie Wolf on 06-13-05

Narration so bad I couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I absolutely adore Joshilyn, so much so that I'll probably buy this book and read the hard copy.. but the narrator of this story was awful. I couldn't not even bear the book, she reads it like my nine year old daughter, each sentence ending in finality with no inflection... intensely bored.

It was truly insufferable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Backseat Saints

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this audio!

  • By J. E. JONES on 09-10-10

Gripping and Emotional

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

The start of the story was slow for me and, honestly, I nearly turned it off at the part on the trail after the shots were fired because it was a little too graphic for my sensitive constitution, but I'm so glad I hung on. The story was so good.

I do feel like Joshilyn wraps up her stories sort of fast, doesn't give enough of the aftermath to you, about what the sentence ended up being, what happened with Parker or Lyla or any of that. I felt like it, like several other Jackson books, could have used just two more chapters to give me some closure.

That being said, JJ is my favorite author, I drink her books like water in the desert and fear the day I've read them all! Another great book.

  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and read!

  • By Elizabeth on 03-26-12

Another great by Joshilyn

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

This book was moving, it kept my attention and didn't lull me out like some do. I love Joshilyn though, she has not failed me yet and the deep family bonds and ability to hear how three generations of women learn the same lessons is beautiful and thoughtful.

  • Someone Else's Love Story

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem - or what we hope they will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite modern Southern author!

  • By KarenLee on 12-11-13

Joshilyn has DONE IT

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I love Joshilyn Jackson like no author I've ever read, and to hear this beautiful gripping story that I could not stop listening to, to hear MY FAVORITE CHARACTER from her other book, The Opposite of Everyone hidden inside of it, has both shocked and thrilled me. To not have it dawn on me until nearly the end of the book was amazing. This book is so good, so evoking and so thoughtful I could listen to it a thousand times just to catch all the little details I missed. You will not regret this book.

  • The Best Kind of People

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoe Whittall
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

The Woodburys cherish life in the affluent, bucolic suburb of Avalon Hills, Connecticut. George is a beloved science teacher at the local prep school, a hero who once thwarted a gunman, and his wife, Joan, is a hardworking ER nurse. They have brought up their children in this thriving town of wooded yards and sprawling lakes. Then, one night, a police car pulls up to the Woodbury home, and George is charged with sexual misconduct with students from his daughter's school.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh No Not Another Dud

  • By Sara on 10-20-17

What was the point?

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

The story had no real closure, no real ramp up or climax... a bunch of weird "maybe this is a plot twist?" moments that turned into nothing really. It's a good book but it's not a great book. Also, for the record, I still have NO IDEA how the title relates back to the book either.

I am just left wondering what the point of the book was, I feel like I missed some lesson learned or plot twist that evaded me or something.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,533

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

A journey in finding yourself after tragedy

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Would you listen to The Ladies' Room again? Why?

Oh I loved this book so much... I couldn't stop once I started and it was so worth the credit. i'm saving it because I know I'll enjoy it more the second time.

What did you like best about this story?

I don't know if there's anything better than a story of your life falling apart and coming back together. Learning about yourself, finding your way. I loved every bit of it, the journey was both empowering and self-teaching.

Have you listened to any of Donna Postel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no.

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

Sometimes the world has to fall down around you so that you can see clearly.

Any additional comments?

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE. So worth the read.

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

Definitely worth the credit! I couldn't stop!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

If you could sum up Allie and Bea in three words, what would they be?

Life changing experiences!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bea was definitely my favorite, watching her ideas change, watching her learn about the world outside of her quiet bubble.

What about Lauren Ezzo and Janet Metzger ’s performance did you like?

It gave everything depth, changed the setting for you in your mind. Helped you picture each character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me cry for personal reasons. It was amazing.

Any additional comments?

This book is definitely worth the read. There are ZERO dull points and you'll wonder how it wraps up until the last words.