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  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890

The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing but rough

  • By Taylor on 01-26-16

Intricate and mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I just finished this intense listen. I loved this disturbing novel. Lisa Jewell is my new favorite author, and the narrator is fabulous. Now I am busily cleaning out my closet and drawers (listen to this book, and you’ll likely do so as well).

  • The Third Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233

In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife's death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious at best

  • By Stephanie Villanueva on 09-25-18

I have found another favorite author!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This is my first Lisa Jewell novel. Complex characters, compelling family drama, with some mystery; I whipped through it in 2 days, and bought another audiobook by this author to follow. Excellent narration as well. I'm a stickler for narrators.

1 of 2 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 8,607
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,096

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

Please give me more Stryke and Robin soon!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This series gets better and better. Please start at the beginning. As each novel solves a separate case; the big picture story, about the primary characters, evolves with each book. I have listened to the first three books twice already; they depth and excellence makes them timeless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Visitor

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

Holly never thought she'd move back to her hometown, but then something terrible happened. She doesn't know if she can recover. But she knows she can never tell another soul. People say her neighbour, David, is 'different'. He doesn't go out much, and never after dark. But in David, Holly finds just what she needs: a friend. Someone who's always there. No-one knows Holly's secret or where she lives. She has left the past behind. So why does she feel as though she's in terrible danger?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning was slow but picked up

  • By Mystical Lady on 05-17-18

This author-narrator combo never fails.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

The Visitor is another deliciously creepy psychological thriller by K.L. Slater, exquisitely arrayed by Lucy-Price-Lewis. As in all her novels, there is deep character development, rich layering, and vivid sense of place. I tried one of her books as a daily deal, and am now hooked. I love this narrator so much, I have discovered other authors, by searching for more of her narration.

  • The Last Cruise

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Christensen
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101

The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, among them Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, it's a chance to experience the bygone mid-20th century era of decadent luxury cruising. The Isabella sets sail from Long Beach, California, into calm seas on a two-week retro cruise to Hawaii and back. When a time of crisis begins, Christine and other characters find themselves facing the unknown together in an unexpected and startling test of their characters. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • cheesy

  • By HIDHO on 10-11-18

A truly great novel.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This book so consumed me, that I feel lost having finished it. The depth of characters, the nuance and texture of scene and experience became more real than my own existence. Life abourdv

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Bad That I Couldn’t Stop Listening

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 05-04-18

Disturbingly intriguing.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I enjoyed this. It was full of twists and surprises and was quite dark and disturbing. Very good narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Crossing

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Rhys
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

It is 1939. Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner in Essex, bound for Australia. She is ready to start anew, leaving behind the shadows in her past. The passage proves magical, complete with live music, cocktails, and fancy dress balls. The voyage shows Lily places she'd only ever dreamed of and enables her to make friends with those above her social station. She even allows herself to hope that a man she couldn't possibly have a future with might return her feelings. But Lily soon realizes that she's not the only one hiding secrets.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SYNOPIS!

  • By The Louligan on 01-13-18

Best listen in a very long time!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This intriguing, character driven story is based on real people and actual events. The fact that it takes place on an ocean crossing during the xenophobic buildup to WWll reminded me of Katherine Anne Porter’s “Ship of Fools;” but this book is far more intimate and compelling, in part due to the narrative point of view, as well as the content of the story and the finely developed cast of characters. Ms. Manners’ narration is superb. I am so sad that this binge listen is over. I absolutely will return to this stellar new classic!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Little Girl

  • By: Frances Vick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY, GILLIAN FLYNN & GIRL ON THE TRAIN have

  • By Abby on 04-22-17

Couldn’t stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

This was a Daily Deal which surprisingly is also one of my favorite listens in a long time. Unlike some other reviewers, I found the pacing of the storyline flawless. The characters and the relationships are intricately developed, with nuance and rich atmospherics, which create the creepy pressure of this slow cooker psychological thriller. Yes, we realize early on that Lorna is trouble, and that Clare’s compassion will lead her to make poor choiçes; but the way this plays out is not at all predicable. I was never bored, and was sorry when this wild ride was over. I loved Katherine Manners as narrator. Everything about this audiobook is perfect. I envy you if you are about to embark on this disturbing literary adventure.

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time heals old wounds

  • By wisconsinclark on 03-25-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

These are my favorite characters in all of fiction, and I will miss them until Ms. George writes another installment in the Linley series. This is one of my favorites; darkly intense and richly layered, at which Ms. George is the master. Simon Vance’s narration is perfect. He IS Thomas Linley, and does a great job with Barbara Havers as well. John Lee wasn’t as good a match for this series. I envy you if you are about to embark on this mesmerizing long listen or read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a Cottage in a Wood

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman, Helen Keeley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 938

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below. Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a Light On!

  • By David on 09-24-17

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I devoured this in two days; am sad that I’ve finished. A really transfixing psychological thriller, quiet and deep, with profound character development. The narration is perfect, tone and timing are never distracting. This story moves along, sweeping one with it. What a treat!