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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78,601

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Beautiful and gripping story

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

The author’s use of nature, verse and setting to weave this poignant story is masterful.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,205

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

As good as The Girl on the Train. Chilling. Slow buildup of suspense. Great character development. Great narrator.

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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,730

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Gripping voice

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

This was a really good story, but I almost wished it had been solely told through the eyes of the young girl. Her voice was gripping. The author does a great job of staying within the perspective of a child.

  • Amy Snow

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Winner of the 2014 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits ... if only she can unlock the secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating historical fiction

  • By Olivia on 10-09-15

Great voice

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I have read Lucia Lucia before and liked this author, but now I love her. This is funny, charming, quirky, sad, happy and authentic. Love the author's voice in the work and also in the reading of it.

  • Slightly South of Simple

  • Peachtree Bluff, Book 1
  • By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Caroline Murphy swore she'd never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father's death, her mother selfishly forced her to move - during her senior year of high school, no less - back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beach read

  • By Anonymous User on 07-10-17

Just about right for the sisters and mom relationships and personalities

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

As a mother of three girls close in age and about this same age group, I had a number of chuckles and nods. It is an interesting story. A little disappointed in ending and I was not sure it held up in the middle as well as it could have. There were a few things I stumbled over and my willing suspension of disbelief faltered. I lived in Georgia for many years and I am a child of the south so I could relate. There were some great characters. Overall nicely done for what I believe is a first novel???

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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, fix the reading.

  • By SarahLee on 05-04-16

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

What would it mean if we always put others first? It's very thought provoking to think about being plain. I knew the mother did it, but couldn't understand why she let Katie take the rap. I love Jodi Picoult, but sometimes her legal scenes miss the mark for me as a trial attorney. For instance in over 32 years of practice, I never ran across such a silly sounding judge although the narrator might be partly to blame. And everyone learns in law school that certain religious branches will not swear on the Bible. That would not come as a surprise to any seasoned judge or trial lawyer. But, as usual, it was a good story.

  • The Girl in the Castle

  • A Novel
  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Born on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 1900, Kitty Deverill grows up in Castle Deverill, on the sunning green hills of West Cork, Ireland - the same place her ancestors have always dwelt. She isn't fully Irish, as the son of the local veterinarian likes to tease her; but this doesn't stop Kitty and Jack O'Leary from falling in love.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • That's it?

  • By B. Auld on 08-10-17

Somewhat tedious, but good setting and storyline.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Good story idea, but telling is somewhat tedious and too much narration. I suppose it was designed for a sequel which I tend to find annoying. I am a voracious reader and listener of books/audio books. It is not too hard to capture my imagination, but was a very difficult book for me to continue. Had I been reading in print, I might not have finished it. That is rare for me.

  • The Guests on South Battery

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Aimée Bruneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she's awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end - and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for over a year are about to invade her life once more. But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was scarier than the ghosts!

  • By roswellgahokie on 01-13-17

Easy fix

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

I cannot understand why these narrators cannot at least check out proper names of places. I lived in Birmingham, AL for 17 years - it does not have the same pronunciation as Birmingham, England. These are not hard things to figure out before you narrate a book that has the name Birmingham (AL) in it twenty times. Usually a good narrator, she did not get this one right. It becomes a distraction.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,015

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Thought- provoking story

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Good themes on how decisions we make affect others and in fact our own destinies. Story is not quite as captivating as Big Little Lies. This narrator has done a number of books I have listened to and while she has a pleasing Australian accent, she just should abandon all attempts to do any American accent from any region whatsoever. When she attempts Ronald Regan in this one, she sounds like a cartoon character. Worse was when she tried not just southern, but the very unique New Orleans southern accent in another book. It was like nothing I have ever heard in the South or anywhere. If Audible wants to use the different voice to portray different nationalities, it really should use two or more narrators. Otherwise they mispronounce unique aspects of the dialects and it's very noticeable when they mispronounce places.

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  • The Long Journey Home

  • By: Margaret Robison
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

In The Long Journey Home, their mother, Margaret Robison, finally gets to tell her side of the story, which is more nuanced and poignant than one would ever imagine. Beginning with her childhood in southern Georgia, with its façade of 1950s propriety masking all sorts of recognizable demons (alcoholism, sexual repression, misogyny, suicide, and disease) up until her mental breakdown and, in recent years, her recovery from her massive stroke, The Long Journey Home is Robison's attempt to make sense of a complicated, often tortured, and complex American life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Gets it Wrong

  • By Betsy on 09-27-11

Narrator Gets it Wrong

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

The Georgia town Cairo where this story takes place pronounces its name like Karo syrup -- keɪ.roʊ -- not like the city in Egypt. See Wikipedia. I have to say that as a southerner from that region the continued mispronunciation of the name really bothered me. The disconnect between southern cities taking their names from classical cities, but pronouncing them differently is one of oddities that makes the south quirky and it would seem especially important to pick that up in the reading of a southern memoir. When the narrator gets details like the pronunication of the central city wrong, the book itself loses some credibility. If the author has listened to this title, she must be disappointed that the audible version gets her "voice" all wrong. Beyond that, I thought the story rambled a lot and sometimes I found myself lost in the chronology of her life.