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  • Kill You Twice

  • Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, Book 5
  • By: Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great improvement in Cain's writing

  • By PlantCrone on 09-13-12

Very interesting and disturbing

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I liked the series so far, although it's profoundly disturbing, what I disliked though was Susan.
She should have evolved, taking into account the amount of difficult experiences she's been through so far, but no, she's still a grown woman thinking and behaving like an overgrown teenager, still acting thoughtlessly and impulsively.
It's becoming annoying.

  • The Clutter Connection

  • How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do
  • By: Cassandra Aarssen
  • Narrated by: Ann Richardson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

"You're not messy, you just organize differently." The Clutter Connection examines and explains the correlation between brain types and how they directly relate to organization and clutter. Cassandra Aarssen smashes the stereotype that some people are "naturally messy" and offers listeners insight and real-life solutions based on their unique personal organizing style. The Clutter Connection will help you get organized, be more productive, and finally understand the why behind your clutter. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening!

  • By Tricia Lynne on 01-21-19

Great audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

The tips and tricks, the level of understanding of human nature, the witt and the friendly tone make this book fantastic.

It's an eye opener and I highly recommend it, because it not only explains the way to find out which is your individual organizing style but how to cope with different people with different organizing style both at home and at work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter of the Witch

  • Winternight Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers - and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya's shoulders. But she may not be able to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book, beautiful audiobook

  • By Ioana-Dorina on 01-12-19

Beautiful book, beautiful audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This a a beautifully written book and beautifully narrated audiobook.

The whole trilogy made for a wonderful reading experience.
It's a very masterfully done fairytale, the characters are complex and the story is inspiring, empowering and so rich in life lessons.

I would give this trilogy 10 stars if I could.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This is a beautiful book about strength and determination.
The strength portrayed here is quiet, kind and elegant and the characters are beautifully portrayed.

  • How Witch It Is

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Books 1-3
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Welcome to Hemlock Cove, where the town is magically rebranded - but real witches aren't necessarily welcome. That makes things hard for the Winchester witches - including local newspaper reporter Bay. She's got a persnickety family - wait until you met Aunt Tillie - and a penchant for stumbling across trouble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By MerylB on 01-08-17

Very light read, a bit annoying

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I liked the idea of the stories, they're supposed to be nice, fun, cozy mysteries, which they actually are... if you find grown women thinking and acting like teenagers funny. Trust me, it's not just the narration, they don't just sound like teenagers, they act and think like teenagers. I actually don't blame the narrator, I think she portrayed them like this after reading the books.

After book 2 it becomes a bit frustrating instead of funny, but I did enjoy listening to the box set.

  • Real Life Organizing

  • Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day
  • By: Cassandra Aarssen, Peter Walsh
  • Narrated by: Ann Richardson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Real Life Organizing offers clutter-free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest-worthy home on a small budget: Learn how to organize your home, simplify life, and have more time for the things you love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wrong voice actress for this genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-18

Very helpful, great book!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This is a very good book if you're looking to create your own system for a Clutter-Free home/life.
You'll find very practical, down to earth advice and suggestions, but what I found truly special was that it contains a way to determine which clutter/organizing style you have.
That's incredibly helpful for families where different people have different styles and concecions have to be made so that the family could live a Clutter-Free life together.
It helps you better understand yourself and your family.
I couldn't recommend it more, it's just a really helpful, fantastic organizing book!
+the humor and the honesty throught it made for a lovely reading experience

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The controversy should make you want to read this book!

  • By Raquel on 10-28-17

I had a hard time with the protagonist

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

She's so susceptible and naive it hurts.

I'm currently at the 4th chapter but I'm still going to give this a shot.

The story seemed interesting to me so this is why I'll keep listening, but her stupidity is almost too much.

Nope. I've changed my mind. I'll return this to audible.

The narrator does a great job here though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Silent City

  • A Claire Codella Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Carrie Smith
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The world of New York City school politics takes a deadly turn when Hector Sanchez, the popular principal of an up-and-coming public school, is murdered. Detective Claire Codella catches the high-profile case while she's still struggling to get back up to speed. This is her first case since taking leave to battle cancer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, great narrator

  • By Ioana-Dorina on 10-14-18

Good story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I liked the concept of the book, I actually liked the protagonist, the fact that she was sketched but not too much, I liked the fact that most of the characters lied, which made solving the case more difficult.

From reading these types of books I realised that people do lie for selfish reasons and that the solving of a murder is most of the time less important to them than saving face, all people have flaws after all.
I also really liked Munioz (I hope I spelled that correctly), despite all he did act as the better man.
I'm looking forward to listening to the next book.

The narrator did a great job and it made listening to this book enjoyable.

  • Ghost Gifts

  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259

All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't pay full price

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 05-07-16

Good read, fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This was a pleasent read, nicely written.
I actually liked that it wasn't horror, the story was focused more on the interior struggles of the protagonist.
I liked that the background of the characters was unveiled gradually, but not excessively.
What I liked a bit less was that it was a bit predictable at times.

All in all it's a story worth reading, but I would strongly recommend listening to it, because I think the narrator did a fantastic job with this book and added a lot of value to the story.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

A very very like-able sociopath

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Jane loses her best friend, the only person she loved and trusted in the world and she's pretty pissed off. Her best friend puts an end to her own life due to emotional abuse from her boyfriend.

I loved this book. It's a book about love, grief, friendship and hypocrisy, from a sociopath's perspective.
I loved how being a good friend could make even a sociopath love.
The portrayal of hypocrisy is so strong, so funny, yet so sad. How many hypocrite men take advantage of women?

The manner in which she inflicts her revenge is ingenious and I think it only possible because of her sociopathy, but I like her and I find her cold sarcasm fascinating.

This is a book worth reading.