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  • Every Last Lie

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 714

Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident - until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like

  • By Katy Bateman on 07-12-17

Not Kubica's Best, By Far

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

This book was a huge disappointment since I had high hopes. It is difficult to describe why without spoiling much of the story. I found the main character unlikable for the most part. I did not find any resolution to explain her odd behavior. For example what she did not share with her daughter. The ending was predictable by the time the story got there and far too neat. If I didn't see her name myself I would not believe the same author wrote this as Kubica's other books.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,715

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many 'hard to listen to' moments

  • By jksullycats on 12-27-16

Hard to Read but Worth It

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

The great reviews kept me reading when I felt intensely uncomfortable. It paid off. The story is wonderful and beautiful and ugly all at same time. The narrator did a phenomenal job conveying so many different viewpoints and voices. This book is truly exceptional.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,456

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

Must Read for Self Improvement in ANY Area

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

This book is amazing. Everything that McGonigal asserts is backed with heaps of research. I learned about so much more than just willpower. How society manipulates us using research on willpower, how hardwired our brain is to give-in to basic instincts for survival that over time have resulted in overeating, procrastination etc., Knowing why your brain makes you think you need something and how it is really the want not the product that satisfies your brain (temporarily) helps you overcome bad habits.

The only downside is I have watched the author on youtube and would have loved to hear this in her voice or at least in a female voice. The male narration was distracted and added nothing to the book.

But the ideas are so valuable, I had to take notes.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,175

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Took me a while to get through

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

I eat up Morton's books. This one took me longer to get into but it was worth it once I did. It is just slightly less memorable to me. If you are a Morton fan, this is a must-read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sister

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Natalie Blass
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,270

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend, Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her and, in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister, steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and her boyfriend Dan's home. But something isn't right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill

  • By green ice cream garden on 10-05-16

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

Any additional comments?

I love psychological suspense but this one just didn't keep my interest. The main character is utterly naive and the storyline is quite predictable. Cannot recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • A Novel
  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088

Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found unconscious after a merciless assault.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Kathleen Ammon on 02-28-16

Page Turner

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

What did you love best about Try Not to Breathe?

The storyline was compelling and the flawed characters were realistic. As well, the author skips from different viewpoints and time periods very effectively. I always found it easy to follow.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning but was disappointed with the ending (however this did not 'ruin' the book for me). I saw it coming and was hoping the author didn't go that route. I do really like that things were not magically fixed for the various characters at the end.

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Knowelden and Katharine McEwan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but their performances were some of the best I have heard. The narration for Amy really made me feel her innocence, confusion and desperation. The narration for Alex was also a perfect fit. Outstanding.

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

No, but I did find the two female leads to be characters I really felt for and was rooting for.

Any additional comments?

Definitely a good solid psychological suspense that I listened to in 2 days because the suspense element was so very strong. The 'who did it' could have been much better.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful