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  • Between You and Me

  • A psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming
  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened.... Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does - no matter how much it hurts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Mind the Twist - read it because it's good.

  • By MarisaReads on 06-19-17

Fantastic psychological domestic abuse thriller!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

What didn’t you like about Jessica Ball’s performance?

I thought that it was difficult to discern her voice between Sal & Charlie.

Any additional comments?

This was a very eye opening book about domestic abuse. Typically when most of us think of domestic violence we envision the man being the abuser, but that is not always the case.

The events that took place between Sal & Charlie were nothing slight of horrific, not only was she physically abusive, but emotionally & verbally as well. Everything negative that happened in her life, she blamed on Sal, even when she was absolutely aware that it was her poor choices that were reaping the negative consequences.

The one negative I will note is it was difficult for me to discern whose voice we are hearing at times, Sal or Charlies. I'm not sure if this was due to poor narration or the confusing name choices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lie to Me

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Naughton, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family, and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp Psychological Thriller - 4 Amazing Narrators

  • By Erryn Barratt on 09-07-17

We are all good people until we aren't.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! One of the best psychological thrillers that I've read in quite some time!

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

Absolutely. You knew they were being set up, but figuring out who and how was an intense ride. Then at the end, you think you know everything, until the detective returns with more news.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Everything! Perfect narration for this book!

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

YES!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,542

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

A woman's worst nightmare

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Any additional comments?

Chilling story of a demented man who collects young girls. "The Gardener" rapes and abuses them until they reach the age of 21 at which point he kills them and puts them in resin to form a type of showcase.

This story is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the terrifying fact is that things like this happen every day.

The women in this story reminded me of a true story I read quite a while ago about girls who actually "loved" their captor and though they had chances at escape, they didn't want to upset the man holding them captive. This story has traces of actions such as those and it's hard to imagine having those feelings about someone who kidnapped you, sexually abused you and whom you know will one day kill you, but nonetheless, these women held such feelings.

  • Witness

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal. It's been ten years since Rebecca's testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her. Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom - but it's not her phone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca vs. Solomon

  • By Wayne on 12-15-17

How far would you go to protect your child?

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent psychological thriller which makes you ponder how far you would go to protect yourself and your child. Is there a point where you become terrified of what you will do for self preservation?

Domestic abuse is a difficult topic to discuss and understand if you haven't experienced it first hand, which I hope that you have not. Witness does a great job of taking readers through a horrifying journey of domestic abuse and all that it does entail and all that it could entail.

  • We're All Damaged

  • By: Matthew Norman
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,204

Andy Carter was happy. He had a solid job. He ran 5Ks for charity. He was living a nice, safe Midwestern existence. And then his wife left him for a handsome paramedic down the street. We're All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend's wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn't technically his. But before long he needs to go back to Omaha to say good-bye to his dying grandfather.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Manic Pixie Dream Girl Story

  • By M. Papa on 06-18-16

Everyone is fighting their own battle

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

This book will give you all the "feels". A heartbroken man, extremely political mother, cheating husband, a girl who is trying to face her own demons, and a dying grandfather are wound together so intricately and seamlessly that you will find yourself unable to put this book down.

  • The Reason You're Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

After 68-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard - that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reasons Why You read

  • By Justin on 07-07-17

A little rushed & disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was pretty good until you get to the ending and figure out how quickly it is ending. You're left with so many questions and not nearly enough answers. I would vote that this was not time well spent.

Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Quick? Why or why not?

Yes, because I loved his book silver linings playbook.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,283

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Very inspiring & well narrated!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, especially if you are a comedy fan. Kevin Hart honestly and hilariously takes you through his real life experiences that will make you laugh out loud & some chapters may make you shed a tear.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Hart – was your favorite?

Kevin Hart, duh.

  • Everything, Everything

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bubble Girl Meets Boy

  • By FanB14 on 09-16-15

Disappointing rendition of The Fault in our Stars

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Any additional comments?

This had all the makings of being a favorite, but once you get about 3/4 through, you realize it is totally different (not in the best way) than you thought. It lost most of the drama for me. Very disappointing ending.

Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book to friends.

  • Angel Burn

  • By: L. A. Weatherly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love, he discovers that nothing is as it seems....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • These Are Not Your Everyday Angels!

  • By Diane Daniels on 03-30-12

Too elusive for my taste

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Let's just put it this way, I will not be continuing the series. It was very difficult for this book to capture my attention.

Based on the description, this should have been a book that ended up in my "favorites" list, but unfortunately, it didn't quite make the mark.

  • Vanishing Acts

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Jim Jenner, Robert Ramierez, Sharon Washington, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 808

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mysterious & terrifying until the very end

  • By Jessica on 05-23-17

Mysterious & terrifying until the very end

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the father. He lied, cheated & stole for what was best for his daughter, the mark of a true parent in my opinion. He was willing to go to any length to ensure that his daughter was safe from her mother and her boyfriend.

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

I must say, this book did cause me to shed a few tears, mainly because for me it hits very close to home. In my own childhood, my mother was an alcoholic & drug addict. I can recall coming home from school not being able to wake her, not knowing if she was just drunk or if I should call 911. My own mother would take us to her dealers houses in the middle of the night, not concerned with if we had school the following day or if she was putting us in harms way. In this sense, I identify with this book.

The repressed memories are a very interesting subject that I look forward to learning more about, but also in a way, it is terrifying to think you could learn something that you may not want to know.

To this day, my mother is a drug addict and alcoholic and even though I have forgiven her, I have no desire to forge a relationship with her. It's a strange feeling to know that you should have feelings for someone as special as your mother who should have walked to the edges of the earth for you, and yet feel the same as if you were passing a stranger on the street of a busy street.

The ending of this book really threw me for a loop. During the last 5 minutes, you are sure you see how this is playing out and at the very end you find out exactly why the father took his little girl away from her mother.

Sometimes it's vital to take heed to those gut feelings.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful