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  • Dreadful

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Six years ago, five friends went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Four of them returned. One simply disappeared. Jenny Taylor has never gotten over the disappearance of her twin sister, Caitlyn, but now things are even worse. Caitlyn calls to Jenny in her dreams, begging her sister to find her. But Jenny’s memory of the entire night is completely gone. Shaye Archer knows better than anyone what it’s like to have gaping holes in your past, and how horrific dreams can cripple you. But this case presents problems on every level.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series gets better with each new book!

  • By shelley on 12-26-18

New Ore-lee-unns...GAH!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I’ve enjoyed this series so far. It’s been predictable but entertaining. However, I could not get into this installment because of the narrator’s distracting pronunciation of New Orleans. She pronounced it “New Ore-lee-unns” in every character’s voice. Every time I heard it I was drawn out of the story and found myself thinking how horrified a New Orleans native would be to hear this over an over again. I’m shocked this mistake wasn’t caught during the editing process given its repeated at least a hundred times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Oh how I tried...

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I really tried to finish this book. Oh how I tried....but I just couldn’t do it. After investing 11 hours I quit with two hours to go. I’m already kicking myself for devoting so much time in the hope I would finally become invested, I just can’t give it another minute. I haven’t seen the film but there is about two hours worth of material thus far so maybe this is one of those rare cases where the film is better than the book. If you feel the need to experience this story, go that route. If the story is still boring at least you’ll (hopefully) have some entertaining visuals.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73,550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,036
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66,654

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Inspiring. Heartfelt. Genuine.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

About a quarter of the way through this book I thought two things...one made me happy and one made me terribly sad. The first was how I couldn’t wait for my 13 year old daughter to read this book. It resonated with me in so many ways and I saw parallels I felt would resonate with her. The second thought was how sadly, the people who could most benefit from reading it, would never even consider doing so. There is always value in seeing things from another perspective.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,993

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

A good read, not life-changing

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I read the reviews for this book for many months before I actually bought it. I was hesitant because so many of the reviews talked about how eye-opening and life-changing it was. People talked about how it changed their perspective and gave them a whole new view point. My problem was I knew the basic storyline of this book and I didn’t need my perspective changed, my eyes are wide open. I feel like this book is good for people who may have lived a sheltered life or sadly been raised in a racist household but for those of us who already have our eyes open as to what is going on in the world this isn’t a new story.

Mild spoiler next but I feel it’s relevant to this review... while the viewpoint of the police the is represented as an uncle of the main character, the overall story glosses over the viewpoint of the officer involved. We never hear what he saw. I won’t go any further as not to reveal too much, other than I found it disappointing to see one viewpoint completely discounted.

All of this said, it’s a good book...just not the transformative experience it has been built up to be.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,710

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

Tedious and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This book was touted as a suspenseful thriller with a shocking twist. Unfortunately I found it very predictable and guessed the “twist” 1/3 of the way through.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please have Jennifer rerecord this book. Please

  • By teri segrest on 09-19-18

Looooooong Fictional History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this series. This one...not so much. I kept finding myself totally wandering. At first I would rewind and try to pick up but I quickly realized I wasn’t missing anything other than the historical fiction behind the story.

This may be for some, but it was a significant departure from the others in the series and I didn’t enjoy it. It felt like the author didn’t have enough meat for the story of the main characters so she turned to historical fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,643

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By RMS on 07-27-18

Don’t waste a credit...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This may be the most cliche, boring and drawn out book I’ve ever read. I never use spoilers in my reviews and I won’t here but I will say the spoiler could sum up the story in less than ten words.

Save your credit and your time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Peachy Flippin' Keen

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack's ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family's business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfinished

  • By ashley on 04-23-18

Only buy this IF...

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

...you can get it during the sale for three bucks like I did. I’m not a fan of novellas in general, they feel like a money grab between novels. However, some can be a nice little addition to a series. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with this one. This is the first time I have ever been bored or disappointed in any of Harper’s work. I didn’t laugh out loud like I normally do, and the story was boring. Sure, we heard more about Frankie, but I don’t feel like I actually know the character any better than I already did. I would much rather see authors skip the novellas and roll them into the next novel. (Annnnnd back to the money grab.) Definitely don’t waste a credit on this one.

  • Murder Most Witchy

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Book 10
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Life in the Winchester household is hardly settled. That’s true for Bay Winchester more than anybody else. Her boyfriend, Landon Michaels, is away from town on an undercover assignment for the FBI, and Bay is struggling not to let worry and unease rule over her life. Halloween is approaching, after all, and Hemlock Cove is bustling with activity. Bay has her hands full even when her heart feels empty. A chance encounter with Landon while he’s undercover leaves Bay exposed...and furious.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated this book!

  • By QB on 01-10-18

So painful I can’t continue...

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I’m a couple hours in and the ONLY thing happening is Bae whining like a spoiled child about Landon doing his JOB. I can’t see any other mystery story line typical of the series on the horizon and having just spent an hour in yoga class regaining my chill I’m cutting my losses as being annoyed with this book isn’t worth the time it takes to listen. It’s disappointing as I enjoyed getting too know these characters, but it seems the author is struggling to come up with new story lines to keep the series going.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,298

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Slow Moving, Unresolved Issues...

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

The story moved very slowly and the characters were hard to root for. For me it read a bit more like a romance novel than a sophisticated suspense in that there were many situations where you would find yourself yelling at the character not to run up the metaphorical staircase with the killer downstairs. There were also some unresolved issues that I felt needed to be addressed. Overall it felt like the authors tried a bit too hard adding so many twists and turns it became cumbersome. I made it through, but I was happy to be done.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful