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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,965

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No superlatives can describe how exceptional this book is

  • By A. Koren on 02-07-19

Suspend Belief

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

This is better than most debut novels, and I believe the author has a lot of potential. It is worth the credit. BUT - there were a few places that one has to just move on because it does not make any sense. (i.e. When a person gets an intravenous overdose of morphine, that person could in no way be able to write a final revealing chapter of a journal.) There are a few places like that where I just shrugged, suspended belief, and just went on. The author is a screen writer so I don't understand how these little unbelievable scenes could happen.

It is a good plot, a few of the characters are very likable - minor characters that actually had compassion for the patients. The main character Theo was just creepy. There are a lot of twists and misdirections which makes for a great listen/read.

Worth a credit. I'm recommending it to friends and looking forward to more from this author.

  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,662

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👏🏾👏🏾 thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU!! #BRAVO

  • By Kenneisha Thompson on 11-22-17

More Wine

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

The book started out as a memoir of an interesting youth. She will never convince me she was not always beautiful, but it was her take, so be it. Her consequences of being raped was well described, and well handled. I've been reading a lot about the experience of being black in America - and it is dismaying. This book offers no answers or ideas. It is hard for us non-black people who have had as many good experiences with black people as bad. I get the anger. I'd like to hear some answers. The Hate You Give, and Small Great Things were paradigm shifts for me - I will never know what it is like to walk into a store as a black person, assumption of guilt due to the color of my skin is not anything I would expect to experience, yet I have no answers - does anyone else? What about those people of color who do mean ill? Gabrielle - what is the answer? I won't listen to this again, it all begins inside, so keep up the mantra, but remember there is an entire generations of ill raised, ill taught, ill treated black people (reference the woman who wanted to kill Gabrielle - for years - for nothing that had anything to do with her - and her rapist).

  • Royally Matched

  • The Royals Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527

Some men are born responsible; some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap. He’s not handling it well. Hoping to help her grandson rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space" - but while the Queen's away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own: Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh! Henry!

  • By TracyVin on 03-19-17

Worst Story Ever

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

This story was awful. The plot was ignorant, and the characters were unlikable (except possibly Sarah). Bad boy heir to the throne, mad grandma, a take off of "The Bachelor" with a rude producer, contestants that have no personalities or kindness. Magically the Prince falls in love with the only virgin non-contestant and miraculously becomes a grown up...and on and on. Going back.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,718

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

The Clockmaker's Daughter

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I really enjoy Kate Morton's books. There are a couple of suggestions I used in order to completely enjoy this book.

1. Pay attention, this is not a book that you can have on as background noise. The plot is very intricate.
2. I started a list of characters and their intersections.
3. Some of the transitions between characters is easy to miss and will leave you confused. (KM could have done a better job of that.)

The narration by Joanne Froggatt is excellent!!

The story begins in 1862 in an artists studio but quickly moves to 2017 in an archivist's office. It travels through time and residents of a house in Oxfordshire. All of them impacted one way or another by what happened there in the 1800, and current events in each characters time.

Highly recommend, though I have to say, I lost a weekend to this.

359 of 369 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,088

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Loved This Installment - But

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I really like this series. The stories are typical who done it, but the characters seem well developed to me. Of course the twists and turns are always interesting, and I can honestly say I didn't figure it out - maybe I'm off my game a bit.

The one thing that kept niggling in the back of my head was Cormoran Strike's voice. I don't remember it from earlier narrations, but Robert Glenister sounded A L OT like Hagrid in the Harry Potter series. LOL! I'm afraid once I made that connection I could not let it go.

I recommend this book, Hagrid or not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suddenly You

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

She was unmarried, untouched, and almost 30, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible . . . but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much sex

  • By Sue on 07-20-18

LK Does It Again!!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I'll take care of what I didn't like about the book right up front; the narrator. She had a really hard time with men's voices; BUT she could not ruin this story!!

I find it refreshing that LK is writing more about women with careers, ideas, talents, and the ability to take care of themselves, and men who don't seem to mind. This is so refreshing - though they are still wearing corsets - that I'm going to listen to this again, poor narration and all.

At the age of 30 Amanda hires a man to relieve her of her virginity since she was convinced (probably because of her two older sisters) of her homeliness and inability to inspire men to want her. She built a comfortable career as a novelist while caring for her sick parents until they passed, over 5 years by herself. She has an inheritance and a book deal, and moves to London.

It is well worth a listen or two!! (Even with the narration)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

Poor Narration Really Hurt This Book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Good premise, interesting twist (excellent actually), but I have to say that Angela Goethals narration was horrible. I kept listening to it and replacing her overly angsty performance. It really is a good story if you can get past the female narration. Zachary Webber was very good and I kept waiting/praying for his part.

Girl/actress injured in a fire has to find a new path. Young man with many untold stories (parents died - but how, when, why). An annual meeting on November 9th to catch up with each other - only that - no emails, phone numbers or social media. So they meet each year and tell each other their progress or what they wanted - one 24 hour period a year. They each had their reasons.

These are very young people, 18 - 23 years old so it is interesting how the fascination with each other is maintained. It is a good story, but like I said, I had to mentally replace Fallon's narrator with better reading. I don't know if I recommend listening to this, but I'm sure reading it would be a great experience.

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🌸DARA on 10-01-13

Struggling Here - Spoiler Alert

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This was so highly rated that I struggled through - twice - to figure out why.

So one has to assume the Duke, Christian, had a stroke - I'm only saying this because no other option was offered and it happened so early in the story I honestly struggled with what was wrong with him. I get that mental/physical health was limited in "those days." The treatment was horrific!!

Maddy was a Quaker/wanton woman, no surprise there since nature cannot be overcome by nurture, I don't care who you are.

I actually listened to this twice to give it a chance, many many months apart BTW, and still was frustrated with Maddy's angst - ALL OF IT - even when she knew her feelings! Christian I got, and if she were so understanding/pious/etc. then either walk or stay. She had choices, and she didn't like the choice she made? Her angst was so difficult for the Duke I wanted to shake her!!

It was a frustrating read and it is to late to return - so in my library it stays.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,346

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Four Friends - Hard Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was a long HARD book to listen too. It is also a REALLY REALLY good. It is well written and thought out. If you need to: feel good about your life, need a good cry, want something large - this is it. This is a big story, very credit worthy.

The synopsis is good enough - I don't need to delve further into the plot.

Get it.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book is so good. If you like regency romance you must listen to this one. It is very funny, along with heart wrenching, uplifting, and on and on. The Duke was seriously injured in a battle - Waterloo? - the woman he was engaged to could not stand his appearance but the Duke needed an heir. In comes Emma. You know how it is going to go, but it is so worth the journey!

Very worth the credit! It won the Romance Audio-book of the year!