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  • 99 Percent Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain, or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend. Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99 percent. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately, Not worth the wait

  • By Kimberly on 02-02-19

Oddly compelling

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

While I think this novel would’ve made a good short story, I did listen to all 11 hours and 23 minutes of it. Sometimes I thought the story would’ve been enhanced by using multiple points of view. Throughout the novel, the reader only hears what the neurotic and self absorbed narrator Darcy thinks. Apparently she’s omniscient because she always knows exactly what Tom is thinking. And, no, her heart defect does not make Darcy more sympathetic. So why did I listen until the HEA ending? In part I was fascinated by how many ways the author/narrator could describe one person. I feel like I could pick Tom out of a lineup. Mostly I was interested in the relationship between Darcy and her twin Jaime. He seemed domineering and even cruel until the end when he inexplicably turned into a puddle of insecurity.

I think most reviews provide a plot synopsis. Girl and boy meet and fall in love. Girl runs away and regrets it it for 6-8 years (I lost track); finally they meet up again and take turns creating obstacles for 11 hours and 23 minutes until running out of other options, they finally get together.

  • Girls' Night Out

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of time.

  • By Yikes on 07-25-18

The boring angst of privileged women

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

At a certain point I kept listening to this book in appalled fascination, wondering if three women could be even more self-absorbed as the flimsy story progressed. They did not disappoint. The narrator should be commended for two things: first coming up with a separate, whiney voice for each woman and second for actually finishing the narration. Whatever she was paid, it wasn’t enough. Reading it would have been less painful because I could’ve skimmed the repetitive bouts of petty self justification.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Running Scared

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

New York Times best-selling author Lisa Jackson gives her fans what they crave—taut suspense melded with blistering romance. Running Scared follows a young single mother desperate to preserve the life she’s built with her son. Fifteen years ago Kate Summers adopted a little boy in secret and fled to a small town in Oregon. Today, she has a wonderful life and believes she has outrun her past. But a mysterious figure is searching for her and threatens to destroy her happiness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating

  • By andrea on 12-02-10

Gratuitous Violence

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Even though I read this novel years ago, I thought it would be fun to listen to it. I vaguely remembered an interesting plot with a rich Boston family as key players. I guess when you read something you can skim distasteful scenes. Long, brutal beatings, 3 rapes, gay and straight incest, murder and epic family dysfunction--all described in vivid and excruciating detail. The sneering voice of the narrator underscored the lack of a sympathetic character and not in a good way. Violence and sex extended a plot that could've been satisfying in a much shorter novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, her eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs - the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's back room, Lydia's life comes unglued.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Here's a bright idea....

  • By Erin S on 07-15-17

Here's a bright idea....

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

While the story was a solid 4--lots of twists and turns, the narrator chose to have all of the male characters speak slowly and, as another reviewer said, robotically. I tried speeding up the narration but it made the bulk of the story (main character and exposition) too fast. I almost stopped listening when a third male character was introduced and he too spoke as if Valium were his main food source. If you haven't bought the audible version you may want to consider reading it on your favorite electronic device. I wish I had.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,200

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

You know it's bad when you want the protagonist to die

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

I've always liked Thomas Perry's work, but the combination of unlikeable characters, excruciating detail, and an annoying narrator was too much. The protagonist is in hiding and then on the run; the reason is unlikely but I was willing to suspend disbelief. Dan-Peter-Hank hooks up with a younger woman who inexplicably wants to abandon her family to sleep and run with him. Okay. About a thousand pages later you learn her reason which is completely unbelievable and feels like it was added to please an editor. Then there's the also good guy who is chasing him. Julian. We learn about his family, his life, his girlfriend. Why? I guess we're supposed to care about him in case Thomas Perry resurrects him for a sequel God forbid. I don't know why I listened to the bitter, boring end or why the narrator decided a smarmy, nasal whine was a good choice.

  • No Man's Land: John Puller, Book 4

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,424

John Puller's mother disappeared nearly 30 years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller's father - now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital - may have murdered his wife. Puller is officially barred from working on the case and faces a potential court-martial if he disobeys the order, but he knows he can't sit this investigation out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncle Sam likes his deniability...

  • By shelley on 11-16-16

When did John Puller get so sensitive?

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

While this was a good story--layered, complex--it was hampered by the narration. A couple of the major female voices were valley girl whiney. Also I think both Baldacci and the narrator rendered Puller as weak and haunted by his mother's disappearance. There was no sign of this sensitivity in the previous novels. Kind of hard to reconcile Puller's pragmatic actions with his hand wringing.

  • Curious Minds

  • A Knight and Moon Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296

Emerson Knight is introverted and eccentric and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he's also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he'd probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with megabank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next book please!!!!

  • By Lionelle on 08-19-16

Stephanie Plum part 2

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Same characters:different names. Riley is Stephanie; Myra is a cross between Lula and Grandma. Knight is part Ranger and part nut. Having the same narrator didn't help.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,147

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

This is your next audio book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

This is everything you want in a book--the writing is unexpected, crisp and consistent, making the central character almost tangible. The performance is impeccable. The lovely and confounding Britt-Marie reaches into your heart through the medium of Joan Walker's exquisite narration. This novel is both plot and character driven; Backman's simple and subtle prose is surprisingly layered and evocative. Britt-Marie will inhabit your thoughts long after you've heard the last word.

  • No Coming Back

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

Eighteen years ago, Jenna Luckman disappeared, presumed murdered. Her boyfriend, Jake Olson, hasn't been home since. Now he's coming back to find her killer. When a body is discovered at the frozen Hangman Falls, Jake is beset by a snowstorm of anger and revenge. Hounded by grudges and feared by the townsfolk, Jake is determined to uncover the truth behind his girlfriend's disappearance. But he still has enemies in town and they have other plans for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally twisted tale!

  • By shelley on 12-02-15

Hated the ending

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

In books like this, it's almost like the author hates the main character. None of the twists were particularly surprising but it was still okay until the end. Don't bother.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Most Wanted

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start, but...

  • By Moses on 04-15-16

When did Scottoline become Picoult?

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

What happened to Scottoline's flawed characters (Bennie, Mary, Judy) and sly humor? This main character is bland, sincere and boring. Not to mention unbelievable. Unlike her earlier character driven work, this novel feels like Social issues 101. Even Julia Whelan's excellent narration couldn't make this book suspenseful.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful