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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 869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 774

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

Idiotic “chick lit” waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This was one of the worst books I’ve listened to in a long time. I wish someone had put a “chick lit” label on it so I would have avoided it. I have no idea why this book has so many positive reviews. The story line is both trite and unbelievable. The characters are stereotypical and predictable. Sure, there’s a “surprise” at the end, but it’s pretty easy to guess, and by the time I got there, I simply couldn’t care less. I actually went back a couple times to see if this was a YA book and that’s why it was so dumbed down, but the subject matter is too heavy to be for YA. What a complete waste of time and money! You may enjoy this book if you’ve recently had a lobotomy.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369

You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings - it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sophomore Book from Shari Lapena

  • By Chris on 09-09-17

Very simple, generic predictable plot

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

If you’ve ever read a mystery, you’ve probably read this story. There’s nothing original, unique, or surprising about it. Waste of a credit, in my opinion.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Moores Are Missing

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

From the world's number one best-selling writer - three pulse-pounding novels in one book: The Moores Are Missing, The Housewife, and Absolute Zero.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Moores are missing

  • By medy on 08-07-17

This is the last "James Patterson" book I will waste my time on

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

James Patterson is one of those authors that I've read so much of that I will automatically buy any of his new releases. Ive been increasingly disappointed in the past few years, but this collection was by far the worst. I can only imagine his collaborators actually write the horrible drivel passing as "literature" and for some reason he is willing to put his name on it.

Plot lines are simple, unoriginal, and poorly developed. Stereotypical characters do the obvious yet unbelievable actions you'd expect from any junk mystery novel.

Don't waste your time and money, or else have a lobotomy before listening!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chick Lit

  • By A on 02-04-08

I lost IQ points listening

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I understood this book was categorized as "chick lit", which I thought meant it would be a light, fun read. If this book is supposed to be representative of what average woman would like or can relate to, the world must think we are a gender of complete idiots. You might enjoy this book if you enjoy a ridiculous, self-deprecating, "stereotypical" stupid woman who cannot think for herself or have any meaningful convictions on her own. I don't usually write reviews, but this piece of drivel is just insulting!

  • Twisted Sisters

  • By: Jen Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Jen Lancaster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72

Reagan Bishop is a pusher. A licensed psychologist who stars on the Wendy Winsberg cable breakout show I Need a Push, Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results. Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family's respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd fiction book better than her first

  • By Gr8pnut on 05-04-14

The story is not worth enduring the horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

This was some of the worst narration I've heard in a while. If you are considering this book, I'd urge you to listen to the sample audio and decide if you can tolerate hearing several hours of the character "Diva".

I would say that this author should stick to writing books, not narrating them, but that might imply that this story is decently written. I won't complain that it's implausible, because I think that's the point, but it is just incredibly stupid. Having listened to (and enjoyed) one of the author's previous works of fiction, I was not expecting any sort of depth or mystery, but rather a light, fun read (listen) to occupy road trip time, but this was just mind numbingly idiotic.

  • The Status of All Things

  • By: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

Kate is a 35-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner, she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something's changed. Suddenly Kate's real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history. Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she's really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Predictable

  • By Katpearl on 11-03-15

Cute but extremely predictable

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

A nice light listen, but 100% predictable. Characters were fairly well developed, but just so cliche. I wouldn't say it was a waste of a credit, but I also wouldn't listen to it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Those Girls

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's fists. One night a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control, and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good, not good at all

  • By Najima Rainey on 07-15-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

I've enjoyed this author's previous works, but was very disappointed with this book. The story was generic and predictable, and about halfway through I realized that I didn't even care what happened to the characters. I made myself finish the book, but am just glad it's over.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: A. S. A. Harrison
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok...Not Great

  • By Lulu on 08-09-13

Incredibly boring and lacking plot

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

I gave up on this book three times and forced myself to finish it, thus completely wasting my time! Nothing happens, and I don't mind a good "slice of life" book, but even there, this book and its characters held no interest to me at all. No story, flat two dimensional characters, and no "deeper message" or life lesson...I fail to see the point of this book ever having been published.

  • Death Dance

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Teaming up with longtime friends - NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace - Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House - during a performance. The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City's secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including those most deadly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story.

  • By Teresa on 03-19-13

So difficult to listen to this narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-28-14

The story was fine, but this narrator is so hard to listen to. I've listened to a lot of books narrated by this reader, and I like her voice and range, but the constant swallowing or whatever noise she keeps making that sounds like swishing spit around is extremely distracting!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crimes of Memory

  • A Detective Jackson Mystery, Book 11
  • By: L. J. Sellers
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Fresh off the leave-of-absence he took following his ex-wife’s death, Detective Jackson’s life is in upheaval. He struggles to keep his grief-stricken daughter, Katie, in line, while trying to reinvigorate a passion for his work. When a body is found in a storage unit, he hopes for an open-and-shut homicide, but nothing in this case is as it appears. The same night the ex-con is murdered, a firebomb goes off in a bottled water factory across town. The prime suspects are from the organization Love the Earth - eco-terrorists who will go to extremes to spread their message

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; might be easier to read than listen

  • By Samara on 12-29-13

Great story; might be easier to read than listen

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

I love this series and will definitely explore this author's other work. The main characters are developed well, and I think these books could be read alone without missing previous insight from the novels before it. I also like how the characters are not the stereotypical perfect or bad but just misunderstood, etc. - their issues and reactions just seem a little more "real human".

My only thought about this particular story is that there are so many characters and names, it was really hard for me to remember, "who's that", or "what did this one do?" I found myself rewinding and trying to go back and find the connections. I think the story could have been just as good without throwing so many people in the mix, but I also think that this issue would make this a better read than a listen.

Having said all that, I am hooked, and can't wait for more!