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  • The Sometimes Sisters

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your Best

  • By Annelda Crawford on 03-07-18

I actually enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This was a nice departure from my usual mystery thrillers. Fun summer reading "listening". My only disappointment was the "romance" aspect as I don't like romance novels. Fortunately this had a light touch. Thing is - why do women think that they need a man to be strong and fulfilled? I just don't buy that mentality. Let's have more books about women finding themselves and celebrating life without a man as a crutch.

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,521

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Disturbing on so many levels

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I bought this for the mystery which was secondary to the main plot - that of mother daughter relationships. And not normal relationships but rather sick, twisted, and depraved relationships. If you want a mystery, then I don’t recommend this book. If you want abnormal psychology, then go for it. I wish I hadn’t purchased it. However, I hate not finishing a book and I listened till the end hoping the mystery would be solved.
The writing was decent and the reader was good. Your choice.

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not a mystery or page turner

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-11-17

Not great, but decent story.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

As in "Big Little Lies" there are secrets that should not be kept.
Loved Maggie and her mom!
Narrator had a laughable Italian accent - more eastern European, probably Russian. Drove me crazy. Also ridiculous was Francesca's voice - wonder if Spurgin-Hussey has ever been around teenage girls...
Not much else to say.

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,714

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By TC on 07-03-17

Surprise ending

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

While I suspected the ultimate ending half way through, I did not anticipate the events leading up to this climax.
Overall entertaining albeit frustrating with grandmother (Judy) unable to speak calmly and logically and family’s inability to react with anything but condescension.

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,840

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

OMG!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I saw Bill Browder interviewed on CNN and decided to purchase this audio book.
Although it lagged at times, and Mr. Browder's narration, though adequate, was not great, the overall story was compelling. That it was true, made it all the more frightening.
A very timely listen, especially for readers in the USA, that provides a background to the current events of the "Russia Investigation". I recommend this book.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,989

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

What a treat! I didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This book was such a nice surprise. I don't usually like wartime novels, but this was different. The narrator did a superb job of handling both first person accounts of the heroines' stories. The characters were richly drawn, but Evelyn was compelling.
A few minor instances requiring suspension of belief (ciphers in a hatpin, searching for a cousin obviously dead), did not detract from the story. I highly recommend this book.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,740

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Storytelling at its best. Alternating between two first person accounts with superb narrators, "Before We Were Yours" was spellbinding. Heartbreaking at times with a gentle mystery at its core, the author deftly handles a chapter in Tennessee history that is at once appallingly horrific yet compellingly fascinating. I highly recommend this book.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. Part 1 because I love books about England's (or Wales' in this case) countryside or seaside. The history, scenery, pubs, no-nonsense folk, and the talk of a more simplified life are charming and inviting. Part 2 because, if I had the book, I wouldn't have been able to turn the pages fast enough. What a twist! With the audio-book, I couldn't wait to get in my car to continue listening.
Some parts were upsetting to hear, and I did think the way the courtroom solution came about was a bit lame, but all-in-all, I recommend this book and performers.

  • The God of Small Things

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens when it was first published 20 years ago, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on the tragic decline of an Indian family in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By Ron on 09-13-17

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I found the story very hard to follow. The characters were a bit confusing and the timeline was extremely confusing. I couldn't tell where the characters were in their life story. I gave up. It might have been easier had I read the book rather than listen to it so I could go back for references

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,955

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

So frustrating

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Any additional comments?

I could see the handwriting on the wall. Appeared to be a great story. I couldn't get through the repetitive, grating, annoying pronouncement, "A man called Ove" at the beginning of each paragraph. Had to stop listening. If i could have removed that phrase, I probably would have enjoyed the listen. Perhaps I'll try the movie.