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  • Breaking the Silence

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Laura Brandon's promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she'd never heard of before. A woman who remembers nothing-except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make. But Laura's promise results in another death: her husband's. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father's suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it - to talk at all.Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator voice was so annoying

  • By Norma Gustafson on 12-20-14

was not able to finish it

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

the narrator makes me kinda hate all the characters, and the story seemed to be going down that predictable route, so I gave up.

  • The Art of Neighboring

  • Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door
  • By: Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon
  • Narrated by: Carlos Erbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door. This unique and inspiring book asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors explain how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Content, Performance is almost robotic

  • By Elizabeth on 07-25-13

no new news

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Was recommended by a neighbor, so I thought I'd check it out. Seems to be a lot of what we already know... the long version. It's not a bad book, but I'd hoped for more "there" there.

  • Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 28 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't include the footnotes!?

  • By rylee on 06-16-16

I am writing my grocery list in my head

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I want to like this. I really do. I just can’t get past the droning cadence of it to find the story. Can’t bring myself to go on with it. Im done.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woods

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,353

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Coben's worst I've read

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 05-27-08

overacted w unrealistic, stilted dialog

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

overacted w unrealistic, stilted dialog. this tough prosecutor speaks like a Harlequin Romance heroine. it was laughable.

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,836

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I freakin loved this book!

  • By Maria on 10-20-14

I'm sorry, but Ms Wilds kills a good book for me.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

the story itself was not bad, but I'd much rather hear Napoleon Ryan do the female part than to hear Heather Wilds narrate. I bought the book, but did not notice that she was one of the narrators. I know this sounds horrible, but the cadence of her speech is like listening to my GPS read a book. The story itself was fun and I enjoyed the diary format. I know this may not be a helpful review, but it's all I've got for this one.

  • Before I Go to Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: S. J. Watson
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,923

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A terrifying story

  • By Sara on 09-18-13

on and on and on and on

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

on and on and on and on it goes with the gushy "darling I love you" stuff.

  • Fear of Dying

  • By: Erica Jong
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Vanessa Wonderman is a gorgeous former actress in her 60's who finds herself balancing between her dying parents, her aging husband and her beloved, pregnant daughter. Although Vanessa considers herself "a happily married woman," the lack of sex in her life makes her feel as if she's losing something too valuable to ignore. So she places an ad for sex on a site called Zipless.com and the life she knew begins to unravel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unafraid in Middle Class America

  • By Karen on 09-16-15

Where is the STORY???

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Ugh. this book rambles down every weed-covered overgrown path in the freaking forest.. Just when I think there is a hint of story, we stumble into a ditch full of rambling about one topic or another or the character walks me though another boring dream sequence. Funny enough, she actually says at one point that she doesn't want to share a dream with someone because "they are boring to everyone [but the dreamer]. I listen to books while I walk my dog, and I find that my mind has wandered off to make my grocery list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Choir Director

  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mega Church intrigue

  • By Dorothy on 12-01-12

What the H possessed me to buy this again?

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

Reviewed: 01-16-15

Would you try another book from Carl Weber and/or the narrators?

I had to come back to read the description of this book to find out WHY I bought it and whether I was going to try to choke my way through the rest of it.

I'm not one for lots of religion in my fiction, so that was the first thing that made me uncomfortable with this choice (clearly that is my problem and not a flaw in the book). Still, the characters, to me seem like they came out of some 70s era mini-drama. Do people really act this way... talk this way? When I got to the part where Simone was bragging about withholding sex because her latest "love interest" said "I'll see what I can do" when she told him he should pay her mortgage, I had to turn this off. Seriously? She was shocked that he said "I'll see what I can do." and yet I was shocked that he didn't laugh out loud, leave her with the restaurant check, and ask if she was out of her mind. I don't know ANY woman (self-respecting or not... black, white or other) that would actually say those words.. That her friend reacted as if this was (oh... hahaha...Girl... you crazy) just Simone being her crazy self was appalling to me. This isn't just the-character-you-love-to-hate stuff for me.

I just can't relate to ANY of these people... The dude who is so hot all the women just drop their panties at the sight of him... the diva with the voice of a nightingale gone awry (I'm assuming she returns in this one since they keep bringing her up)... the church first lady who is so wrapped up in her wardrobe that she can't get out of the house without changing clothes 10 times. Seriously? So far the only character I can see as real is TK, and the story felt like a bad movie. I'm expecting the rest of this book to be more soap opera style crap. Am I wrong? Can those of you who gave it 5 stars (wow...a LOT of people, btw) tell me what I am missing here? Does something get better as the book goes on? Do the characters become real humans at some point, or am I just out of my genre? It seems (so far) more like a romance novel (Harlequin-type) or soap opera-esque. I can't bring myself to watch soap operas either, so it could be that I'm just out of my element. If it had been classified as a romance I would not have purchased it.

What was most disappointing about Carl Weber’s story?

The characters and dialog

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I suppose. I think the narrators were not bad, but I could not get through the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Choir Director?

I only read the first 4 chapters before I wanted to poke my eyes out with a stick... so I really couldn't say.

Any additional comments?

Maybe I just dialed into a lying/cheating is all part of every day life soap opera and didn't know that is what I was getting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?

  • When My Lab Tests Are Normal
  • By: Datis Kharrazian
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaels
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? was written to address the true causes of hypothyroidism in this country and how to manage them. The vast majority of hypothyroid cases are caused by Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune reaction, and are being treated inappropriately or misdiagnosed by the standard health care model. Through exhaustive research and clinical experience, Dr. Kharrazian has discovered the many causes of hypothyroidism, including autoimmunity, and how to manage it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of great info

  • By Danika Madison on 10-16-15

i ordered the hard copy to get through this

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have not yet finished this book, so take my review as you will. I kept having to rewind and listen to parts over again to catch everything. There is a lot of information, and while I generally prefer audio to hard copy books, I felt that I needed to have the information in writing.. I've ordered a hard copy and I think listening will be better if I can refer to earlier sections as new data is introduced.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

endocrinology is very interesting, but I find it too complex for an audio book.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,930

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Not Bad... just not great.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not sure. Just kind of over these "I-love-you-but-i-have-to-act-like-i-dont" characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jojo Moyes? Why or why not?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Loved Tansy's character. I'd love to know how her life turned out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful