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  • Sick Girl

  • By: Rachel Hargrove
  • Narrated by: Avery Reid
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 923

Twenty-five-year-old scrappy Aubrey is fed up with Tom, a married neurologist with two children. When he's not shoving their relationship on the back burner, he's canceling their dates. With a frightening health diagnosis looming over her shoulder, Aubrey concocts a desperate plan to have Tom forever. Kill the wife. Take her place. Befriending Tom's successful, kind wife comes easily to Aubrey. However, the closer they become, the more doubts Aubrey has about following through. Then, a shocking discovery changes everything....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my typical genre but I loved it!

  • By Scott Stephens on 03-31-18

Sigh.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This was a bit of a struggle due to the narrator's breathy halting voice. I was very confused by the story, which intrigued me enough to push through and listen, just so I could figure out what the hell was happening! I wouldn't spend $$ on this one, nor would I use a whole credit. Would be best for a BOGO sale, if at all. Great plot, poor narration and unfulfilling ending.

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,592

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nora I love is back!!

  • By Indydog on 05-31-18

Welp. Nora Roberts surprised me AGAIN.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

As a child, I remember my Nana, mom, and aunts reading Nora Roberts romance novels. I honestly never thought she wrote stories that were SO MUCH MORE than that. After listening to the first two in the Chronicles of the One series, Audible began suggesting more of her books to me. I was intrigued by this one, as it has relevance to current events that affect us all these days. This was heartbreaking, realistic, uplifting, sexy, funny, and yes, romantic. Don't make my mistake and assume her novels are all flowery romances set in the 80's (not that there's anything wrong with that). January LaVoy's performance was stellar, she did an amazing job of differentiating between all the characters without it sounding too "put on". Related (because she did this BEAUTIFULLY): I will be forever thankful that there are female narrators who can read a convincing male part, because I have yet to come across a male narrator who doesn't sound like he's mocking when narrating a female part.

  • Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn, Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Foul-mouthed, quirky, sharp-as-a-whip Hazel never thought she would win the heart of her gorgeous college TA, Josh. And, in fact, she didn’t. But what a difference 10 years can make. Well...10 years, and a lot of legwork.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t hate it.... but also didn’t love it.

  • By Kelly on 09-10-18

Adorable, Funny, Sexy, Realistic & Unexpected!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

This is not your typical love story. Though it might seem like you know where it's going, you'd be wrong!
I loved everything about the story, and Hazel's narrator was fantastic! I didn't love Josh's narrator though...
Jayme Mattler did an amazing job as Hazel! I actually felt the voice she used for Josh was more appealing than the one HIS narrator did.

It was a really funny, sweet story, with a few legit SCORCHING sex scenes.

Overall, if you DON'T like laughing, smiling, remembering how it feels to fall in love, and hot sex...this book is not for you.
Also, you are probably a monster, and really NEED to read or listen to it.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,456

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I knew...

  • By PollyAnna2 on 10-18-18

Holy hell!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I have to be honest. I wasn't sure where this was going for a good portion of the beginning of the book. I still wasn't totally sure where it was going toward the middle of the book. The ending wrapped up with me, my jaw dropped and marveling at how beautifully this twisted mystery & thriller wrapped up. After ten years of portraying the perfect wife and mother to the outside world, Marianne is faced yet again with suspicions that her husband is being unfaithful. Rather than allow her imagination to run away with her (as her husband has trained her to believe it has in the past), she decides to look for proof; and finds more information than she ever imagined. She begins to emerge from her stepford, medicinally induced fog, just in time for a truly horrifying event to take place. The event spins a sticky web that traps each member of her family in potentially devastating situation. But who spun the web? Marianne? Her husband? Someone else entirely? And who will help them out if it? If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, this is well worth the credit and time spent listening.

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,395

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

SO GOOD! Great story, PERFECT narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This book was incredible. The story ebbed and flowed and took sharp corners as though you were on a wild river rapid, never totally knowing what was ahead.
Karin Slaughter is an incredible writer, and this story in combination with the Kathleen Early's incredible narration cemented both of their places on my list of favorites!

Have you ever been through something so traumatic or difficult, that you managed to deliberately change your memory of it? Perhaps you told yourself the lie enough times to finally believe it. Perhaps someone else told you the lie in an effort to protect you. In any case, this story has enough trauma for 3 more books, and everyone has their own memory of how things happened.
There are so many surprises as you navigate your way through the story, each one better (in regards to suspense anyway) than the last. Different POV's bring you to more "aha" moments as you piece together the mysteries (YES, multiple) this title is chock full of.

I can't go into detail without giving too much away, but it would be worth PURCHASING. WITH MONEY, not just credits! And I NEVER do that. I just purchase more credits ;)

I also plan to purchase the hard copy to add to my collection, it was THAT good.

If you're a fan of mystery, suspense, drama, and "HOLY SH*T" endings, you're going to want this one.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,102

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Great story, but as a mother...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

When we get Laurel's backstory, she refers to herself as having been "insane" and "consumed" by the disappearance of her daughter. While I don't know (and pray I never do) how that translates for any one person, I cannot grasp that it would have manifested itself in the way it did throughout the book in her relationships with other characters.

The story was gripping without consuming me (an occasional thing that happens when I love a book), and it went in several directions I considered surprising. I typically am only able to listen during the week as I commute to and from work, but made several excuses to get out of the house over the weekend to finish this one up!
The narration was fantastic, with the perfect amount of emotion put into each character.

I also appreciated that the story unfolded little by little, rather than some that drop a load of information on you and then parse out the details over the rest of the book. That makes for a lot of "wait, who is that now? when did that happen?" ...At least for me ha!

Now, I'm going to wrap this review up with a HEAVY dose of bias as a mother, and explanation of why I didn't give this story 5 stars all around:
(No spoilers)

Real talk yall. If my child had gone missing, and I had even the SLIGHTEST suspicion that someone I met had anything to do with it, or knew something even tangentially related to it; there is no way in heaven, hell, or anywhere in between that I would be able to act so totally normal around them and not follow up on those feelings. If nothing else, I'd be asking law enforcement, a PI, and my gossipy next door neighbor to assist in getting to the bottom of it.

I found it EXTREMELY unbelievable that Laurel would have spent so much time with someone about whom she had these suspicions, let alone enter into a relationship with him and then CONTINUE the relationship.

I will say it's not at all what you think, and even when you think you know exactly what happened, there's another surprise.


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  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,355

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing!!

  • By ROBIN on 05-26-18

Great story - enjoyed the twist!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Even after reading the blurb when deciding whether to choose this title, the story was so different than I expected!

A really interesting mix of characters, viewpoints, and of course a good old "he said, she said".
But who to believe, and why? Can you always believe the victim? And just who is the real victim here, anyway?

The narration was strong, and she did a great job of the male parts as well. (random bit: I think part of the reason I lean towards female narrators, is that the males almost NEVER do a reasonable job of female parts. Much easier for the women to deepen or rasp their voice a bit.)

Great wrap up as well! Just when I thought I had it all figured out, bam! A nice little twist!

Worth the credit for sure.

  • Hidden

  • A Bone Secrets Novel
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,172

Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars OK For Under $10

  • By Lia on 03-13-17

Enjoyable, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I am always on the lookout for a new series to read/listen to. This looked promising, so I gave it a whirl. The narrator was a bit of a struggle to get used to. Pleasant voice, but very, VERY deliberate enunciation. This lead to a lack of emotion in my opinion, so when she was reading from the main character's point of view, it was less of a POV and more of a narration (if that makes any sense).

The story was pretty good, and I appreciated that there were secrets to uncover throughout.
The thing is, it left me satisfied, but that's not a good thing. It wrapped up nicely so I wasn't left wanting, which was nice - BUT there are apparently several in this series, and I wasn't moved to continue listening once I finished this one.

Unfortunately I think if the narration had been better, I might have kept going. The only bad thing about listening instead of reading on my own - the narrator can KILL a story for me. And while this one didn't kill, it certainly pushed it around until I was just "meh" about the whole thing.

  • Omens

  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would be better with one narrator

  • By blackdog on 09-13-13

Kelley Armstrong is the QUEEN of the Otherworld!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Having read Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series (more than once) and recently diving into her Rockton series (well worth the credits!) I noticed Omens and thought it looked interesting.

I was right! (Always nice to be able to say that LOL)
For fans of Armstrong, this is "Otherworld Lite". Not SO much to take in that it seems a fantasy, just enough to make you think "This tracks. I could see this being legit."

Olivia is a Page Six staple. Young, smart, lovely and wealthy (or at least she will be when she comes into her inheritance in a few months). When the news breaks she was adopted, shes not terribly upset - until she finds out who her birth parents are.
Thus begins her trek for the truth, which it seems she vacillates between desperately wanting and wishing it would all go away.

She hears about a small town, seemingly by chance, and moves there to get away from the media explosion. Here she will find the answers to her questions, and of course, more questions...to be answered for the most part as the series goes on.

It took me awhile to get used to the narrator, but she has come through the fourth book (which I just finished) beautifully. Her accents and distinct clarification between specific male and female characters is great.

Highly reccommend this series if you're a fan of mystery, romance, reality (yes really!) and a little bit of magic tossed in.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,858

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Keeps you guessing!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The story itself was great, but I got stuck a bit on the narrator. Not to say she wasn't good, she did a fine job, but her voice didn't line up with the image of the character.

I can relate to going through a lot and starting to wonder if I'm losing it! Anna clearly isn't in a great place, and her self imposed hermit status is not helping. Her drinking and medicine use add to the confusion, until one day, she sees something and she is just SURE of it. Isn't she?
There are so many aspects to this book that will make you wonder what exactly is happening, and when it all comes crashing down, you understand every last detail.

Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend, perhaps I'm the only one who would notice the voice "discrepancy"?