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  • Reconstructing Amelia

  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,581

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gossip Girl

  • By FanB14 on 04-16-13

Solid read / listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

This is a solid read. Is it the best book I've ever read? No. Is it the worst? Not even close. The narrator does a fantastic job. She keeps you engaged throughout. Some of the story lines get a little... I'll say far fetched, but alas, this is fiction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go to Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: S. J. Watson
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,919

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A terrifying story

  • By Sara on 09-18-13

I just couldn't finish it...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

This book has good reviews, but I just couldn't get past how damn boring it was. It dragged and dragged for hours with no climactic appeal until I resigned myself to reading the book's summary and ending and calling it quits on the book with 7 hours left. The summary and ending were quite surprising (thus, my rating of 4 stars for the story) and I wish the author tried harder to make the book less of a bore throughout so that I made it that far.

  • The Stranger

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,969

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The worst Coben book among the many I've heard

  • By Ed on 04-22-16

Seriously? Can I get my 20 bucks back?

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

This review might have some SPOILERS, but if I spoil this for you and save you $20 you should probably thank me. This book is like watching paint dry. Off white paint. In an empty room. Not only was it dull, it was at times remarkably unbelievable. Seriously, the motive for murder is just... Ridiculous. Also, if you are violently assaulted over the head with a baseball bat, you don't just wake up and stroll out of there half an hour later. And you certainly don't get to walk out of a blood bath without so much of a drive down to the precinct. I'll stop rambling. To conclude my rant, those were 10 hours of my life I'll never get back.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,682
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,756

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

A remarkable account of bravery and resilience!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

I should first start off by admitting that I am not one for non-fiction. I usually envelop myself in salacious mysteries that begin with a gruesome murder or unfaithful spouse. In all its unlikeness to my typical preference, it is the best story I've ever read (or listened to in this case). Laura Hillenbrand's ability for story telling lends itself to fiction, without losing any of the hard statistics of World War II that illustrate the gravity and enormity of its impact. I'd never known of the story of Louis Zamperini, and I'm more than glad that I do now. The performance was great, solemn and tempered. The story was incredible, provoking both extreme sorrow and extreme joy. This one is a must-read (or listen to) for sure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Sister

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,887

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I can't think of anything more predictable...

  • By Carol-Ann on 04-09-15

I can't think of anything more predictable...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

The narration for this audio book is great. Thank heavens for that, because the writing is terrible. If you are anything above a 5th grade reading and comprehension level, you'll see every single "plot twist" coming from a mile away. Seriously, reading this book so frustrating because the characters took what seemed like ages to piece together very simple facts to reveal what was happening.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,858

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

This book!!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

This book was simply gripping! Twist after unexpected twist. I highly recommend! And somehow, in light of the horrendous dual nature of many of the characters, I still found myself attached to them... This is a must read for suspense fans!

67 of 78 people found this review helpful