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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,860

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Creepy

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

At times this story was so creepy and suspenseful, I found myself wishing it was over with just to know what happened to the main characters! A total nail biter. The ending was a little anti climactic for me after all the build up, but still worth a listen.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,367
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,290

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

A new perspective on WWII

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I loved the narration, and it gave me a new perspective on the hardships endured during WWII.

What did you like best about this story?

The dual storylines of the two sisters.

Have you listened to any of Polly Stone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Polly Stone performance, though I enjoyed it quite a bit.

If you could rename The Nightingale, what would you call it?

I think the title is appropriate - it was great to learn its relevance as the story progressed.

Any additional comments?

This is a sad and powerful interpretation of what I think is a lesser-known story from WWII.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fear Nothing
    
    
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        Dean Koontz
    
    


    
    
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        Keith Szarabajka
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    2,047 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Fear Nothing

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Stanley on 12-31-05

Left me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

Had high hopes based on reviews, but this story took too long to get to the point - and not in a suspenseful way. I felt like the plot was very matter-of-fact without the usual twists and turns I expect from Dean Koontz.

  • Every Fifteen Minutes

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,036

Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More twists and turns than Lombard Street

  • By Susan on 04-23-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There were too many sub-plots! The author spent so much time on the main character's custody issues and other plotlines that really had nothing to do with the main story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure but probably not anything by this author or narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His tone was too clinical/formal at times.

What character would you cut from Every Fifteen Minutes?

The ex wife. As mentioned above, that plotline was hardly important enough to the main story and could have been used as general context, rather than a huge aspect of the book.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't use a credit on this book. Even the attempt at a "surprise" ending was halfhearted at best!

  • The Silent Sister

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,885

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

A bit of a miss

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

What would have made The Silent Sister better?

The plot had more valleys than peaks. It took a while for the major plot twists to come together into a fully-formed story. I wanted to finish the book to see what happened, but I didn't feel vested in the story or the characters.

What could Diane Chamberlain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the plot twists more dramatic. I felt like many of the main points of the story were casually dropped in and didn't connect to the main plot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Bennett’s performances?

Unfortunately, no. Her tone reminded me of a whiny Sally Field, and she took a lot of unnecessary pauses.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It wasn't bad enough for me to request a refund on my credit, but I'd hardly call this a compelling story. Would not recommend to a friend.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,524

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

A solid mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I had no expectations going into this story - I randomly selected it from a list of bestsellers. As far as mysteries/thrillers go, it's pretty solid. The story kept me guessing and had enough variation in the narration to sustain my interest. I don't understand the comparisons to Gone Girl (and wouldn't make that comparison myself), but if you enjoy murder mysteries this is worth a listen.

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,089

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Too much like a well-known movie...

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. The huge amount of detail about elephants and elephant grief sort of derailed the main story, and the plot twist at the end was almost exactly like that of a well known movie. I won't say which one to avoid spoilers, but once you listen....you'll know.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

Yes. I'm already a fan of hers and sad this one was just average.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes - both were slowwwwww. I love Rebecca Lowman, but even she was ultra slow here. All in all the story and narration dragged for me.

Could you see Leaving Time being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, as I said, a movie with a similar plot twist has already been made!

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite book from Picoult.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,291

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Like sitting down with a hilarious friend

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

A surprising delight!

What other book might you compare Yes Please to and why?

Bossypants is the obvious choice because of Amy's connection to Tina Fey (as well as their similar writing styles). However, Amy takes a tone all her own and shares some wonderful excerpts from her past, along with her random (and often hilarious) musings on life.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I loved how Amy invited various guests (ranging from her parents to fellow actors) to "perform" with her. It added a new level of intimacy and entertainment to the book - not something that would be felt in a paper edition.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh hysterically and yes, I even shed a tear here and there - especially as Amy talked about various members of her family.

Any additional comments?

A great listen and a fun way to learn more about Amy Poehler's long and impressive career in comedy.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,008

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Captivating story, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - I loved the premise and the overall storyline. I found myself wondering what I might "forget" if put in a similar situation. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a bit too rushed/contrived - I was left wanting a bit more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Alice Forgot?

As Alice regains her memories, it's heartbreaking to watch her forget the joy she experienced during the time of her head injury. How quickly those simple pleasures and loving moments are cast aside for the standard resentments and anger.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Alice, Nick and Madison see the humpback whales - it's a time where they all forget their respective issues and anger, and just enjoy being together.

Any additional comments?

Worth the listen!

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,915

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Great cautionary tale

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

Don't assume anything.

What did you like best about this story?

Though the story is fairly simple, it shows the dangers of rumors and conjecture in a small community. We've probably all been in situations where someone unfairly judged us, or our kids. This book shows that the consequences of such behavior can be far reaching.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My first time with Caroline Lee, but I enjoyed her narration and will seek her out again.