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  • Coming Clean

  • By: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like a Car Wreck...

  • By Elisabeth on 02-09-14

Love among the clutter.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

What made the experience of listening to Coming Clean the most enjoyable?

The fact that the author is writing about herself. I listened through the whole book while cleaning my house!!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Clean?

Kim's deep disappointment each time she discovered her parents continued hoarding.She clearly conveyed the sickening heartbreak she felt, my heart went out to her.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite moment was when Kim allowed herself to stop being responsible for her parents messes, yet expressed how much she truly love them.

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

Love among the clutter.

Any additional comments?

Rarely does the author narrate their own work so well. She did an outstanding job!!!!!

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,095

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

My Life As A Book

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Where does The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Over 800 books, in the top 15!!!!!

What did you like best about this story?


When A.J. realizes that the role of Dad was the best character he could perform!

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

Previous to this book, I listened to The Doll Maker. As usual, Mr. Brick was a master of his craft.

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

The characters we become.

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoyed this book much more than I expected as it was in our book club. I hope others will also.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • A Novel
  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way

  • By aaron on 01-09-12

In the genre of Gone Girl.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Would you listen to We Need to Talk About Kevin again? Why?

Yes, but not right away, it is very intense. Almost keeps you agitated.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eva, she is extremely self centered and critical yet you begin to empathize with her. She is out of her league with her own son. Excellent writing!

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick one, the whole book kept my attention.

If you could rename We Need to Talk About Kevin, what would you call it?

A Troubled Child.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in the Yoga Store

  • The True Story of the Lululemon Killing
  • By: Peter Ross Range
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 653

Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary.

  • By Ullanta on 02-11-14

Unbelievable but true

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Murder in the Yoga Store the most enjoyable?

This was not enjoyable to listen to but fascinating, edgy and again unbelievable.

What did you like best about this story?

Hard to say that you love a true story about a murder, but I could not put this audible down.

Which character – as performed by Jesse Einstein – was your favorite?

Judge Greenburgs comments to Britney and the Apple employees at the end.

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

Had to!!!!!

Any additional comments?

Going to download and listen again to The Sciopaths Next Door.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

Just the best!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Glass Rainbow to be better than the print version?

Absolutley! Will Patton takes Burkes words and sets the scenes and characters perfectly.
You can immerse yourself in these stories. Try to set aside time not to be interrupted when you take an audio trip with Dave and Cletes.

What other book might you compare The Glass Rainbow to and why?

Creole Belle. The author takes us on the hunt for the killer of a young girl.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, the ending.

Any additional comments?

Perfect partners.....Burke and Patton.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Thorn in My Side

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136

It could have been just any night, and they could have just been any two brothers - but it wasn't, and they weren't. The scene is an Atlanta bar. The music is loud and the dance floor is packed. The good-looking brother picks up a girl. But when dark deeds ensue out in the parking lot, what happens next can only be described in two words: vintage Slaughter. From the opening scene to the last line, "Thorn in My Side" is as wicked as it is entertaining.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Awful

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-07-12

OMG!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-13

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

I actually did not know how to rate it since it is fascinatingly gross!!!!!!

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

I have purchased 6 others audios of this writer and have really enjoyed them! I just do not know how she even created this story.

How could the performance have been better?

It was not the performance, it was the story itself.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thorn in My Side?

None, they all contributed to the sickness.

Any additional comments?

I would like to know others opinions.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: A. S. A. Harrison
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,039
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok...Not Great

  • By Lulu on 08-09-13

Better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

Would you listen to The Silent Wife again? Why?

Yes, I did! The characters are fascinating and the narrators captured each one perfectly.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, you really don't know what to expect.

What does Karen White and Donald Corren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The drama, passion, anger and frustration is brought to life.

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

Thinking I might have missed some essential narrations, I just started at the beginning and totally enjoyed it again!

Any additional comments?

Author thought outside the box!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,429

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Frightening Future

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Brilliance to be better than the print version?

Did not see the print

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick, the main character, pulls all the other characters into the story with a fierce force.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent narrator! He handled each character with distinction and enthusiasm.

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

Neither, it worried me as to the possibility of this happening with government ever growing!!

Any additional comments?

Got this book on sale and one of the best in my 540 book library!!!! Want more of the author, narrator and sales!!!!!

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • True Evil

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truely Captivating and Terrifiying!!!

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 01-22-14

Greed not justified.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-13

What made the experience of listening to True Evil the most enjoyable?

The story grabs you and takes you on a fast ride with some unbelievable characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of True Evil?

When Alex's boss gives her a choice between backing off or being fired.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

I look for books that he narrates. He has a command of all different emotions.

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

Well, yes but it was struggle to get to the end! It was maybe three chapters too long.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see herparents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone-maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes awayundamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous game.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Complete Torture!

  • By LaTanya on 12-18-13

Listen to this book!!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-12

If you could sum up Confessions of a Murder Suspect in three words, what would they be?

Different, fascinating and intriging

What did you like best about this story?

The storyline kept you guessing.

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

No, I have not but I will check on other audios she has performed.

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

Just surprised!!

Any additional comments?

Never know what treasures you will get on sale!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful