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  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

  • By D on 05-30-17

The narrator is my favorite

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

There is something about her voice, accents and superior acting I just love. I can’t wait for the next in the series!! Kevin Kwan is a master!! Movie is going to be so fun!

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,381

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Very cool

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

What did you love best about The Life We Bury?

The final resolve was nice. But also the relationship that was built between the main character and the alleged murderer. I found it sweet and it made the story for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dying alleged murderer. Because I could tell…lets just say I liked him.

Which character – as performed by Zach Villa – was your favorite?

Not sure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I needed to know what would happen.

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  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,856

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

Pretty neat, Keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Would you listen to What She Knew again? Why?

No, because it is so very tragic to even imagine happening more than once.

What other book might you compare What She Knew to and why?

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnson. It's somewhat similar.

Have you listened to any of Penelope Rawlins and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. This was great.

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

It made me cringe, grit my teeth. I can't imagine the fear and pain of a parent missing a child.

Any additional comments?

Great ending, the story really came together and so did the family.

  • Paranormal Intruder

  • The True Story of a Family in Fear
  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart. The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud ... who is going to help us?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive

  • By Restless on 08-06-14

I enjoyed this a lot

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

What made the experience of listening to Paranormal Intruder the most enjoyable?

I liked the narrater. The story was fascinating. Terrifying. She's a good writer.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Her voice was soothing but convincing.

What does Shiromi Arserio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A bit of drama, not too much, thank goodness. Her growls were bad though lol in a funny way.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When they finally started having fun in the bar with the entity. The story itself was entirely draining, they had been through hell, and even if paying the entity attention wasn't maybe a brilliant decision, it was nice to see them get to relax a bit.

Any additional comments?

It's a must read if you like true accounts of hauntings.

  • The Burning

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected! Close to a 5 🌟

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 04-21-15

Compelling, enjoyable mystery thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Would you listen to The Burning again? Why?

No but only because there is too many books out there to explore and learn from!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, this book was crazy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Coomes – was your favorite?

The main character.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,495

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character Novel

  • By colprubin on 07-16-14

Sad, depressing, but a must read...

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Would you listen to Everything I Never Told You again? Why?

Probably not. It's a difficult story about real life struggles. I wanted to shake a few of the characters most of the time.

What did you like best about this story?

The mom figuring out at the end her errors. I wanted to scream at her the whole book to STOP.

Which scene was your favorite?

The father coming home.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hannah finally be recognized.

Any additional comments?

OMG this book should be called Everything To Do To EFF Up Your Kids. I know we're all dysfunctional but this family takes the cake. Chill out mom, stop living through your daughter, she can't breathe. And dad, I get where he comes from...growing up how he did, as awful as it looks...but MAN, you want your daughter to date and socialize and get around?? Really? So Dysfunctional. I felt awful for Hannah and Nath. Sickened actually for Hannah the most. I wanted to hug her through the book and show her love, affection and give her her time to shine. This book was very realistic.

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,963

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

SO compelling, a must read

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

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

YES. To everyone. It lets us middle class see the other side of the tracks. I love that this book was about so called misfits. They're my favorite characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hmm, Billy Shine. I felt a kinship with him because I have suffered with anxiety too for most of my life. I was so happy watching him grow and improve. He is doll and I adored him...he was very real to me.

What about Chris Chappell and Cassandra Morris ’s performance did you like?

They both were very convincing narraters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES. I had to know what was going to happen. Grace grabbed me at the heart strings and didn't let go and I loved Raylean and Billy all the same.

Any additional comments?

The character who was the pedophile, that was an interesting addition to the story. It brought an element of confusion and intrigue. This whole story grabbed me by the throat. Grace's mom, by the end, I understood her more but it was SO hard to understand her for 95% of the book. I understand the addiction had her but I couldn't imagine being so neglectful. That's what made Raylean and Billy all the more lovable. I adore them like real people.

  • Timeless Beauty

  • Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great
  • By: Christie Brinkley
  • Narrated by: Christie Brinkley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

From tips on which skin-care products really make our skin look younger to which foods cut inflammation to a fitness plan with easy exercises to keep us strong and our waistlines lean, Christie Brinkley draws on her years of experience maintaining her supermodel appearance to help listeners look and feel their youthful best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!!!!

  • By kelle on 11-20-15

Fun to listen to and learn cool tips

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Would you listen to Timeless Beauty again? Why?

Probably just to grind in her tips...

What did you like best about this story?

The tips on health and defying aging. She speaks the truth, what you eat, and how you treat your skin affects your aging process and I enjoyed listening to the things she enjoyed eating...she is such a health freak lol.

Which character – as performed by Christie Brinkley – was your favorite?

She's a great narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Forever Young

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Burn Baby Burn

  • By: Meg Medina
  • Narrated by: Marisol Ramirez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Nora Lopez is 17 during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora's family life isn't going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn 17 and be on her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, good narrator

  • By norroway on 10-14-16

Interesting insight to the summer of Sam as a teen

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

If you could sum up Burn Baby Burn in three words, what would they be?

Dangerous Summer Lovin'

What did you like best about this story?

Daisy was a smart chick. She thought for herself and didn't let her ignorant, old-school mother's ideology confuse her. She knew her mom was off but she loved her anyway. There was a part where her dad said something to the effect that, hey, he helped with child support now and then...and she said, that's a basic effing requirement daddy boy...and I didn't a mental happy dance. The girl wasn't naive in the least.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the ending because it resolved the story so well...everything was well covered and final and satisfying.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Summer Lovin', Had Me a Blastttt

  • No One Knows

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,804
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,162

The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage - they were happy, weren't they? - screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy bad plot

  • By clifford on 04-07-16

Excellent, satisfying

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Would you consider the audio edition of No One Knows to be better than the print version?

Yes. I enjoyed the narrator a lot...

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself was good, sucked me in and the suspense was the icing on the cake. The curveball at the end was the cherry on top.

What does Teri Schnaubelt and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved their voices...soothing, good acting...

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

I had an extreme reacting to Daisy, what a witch. Her character confuses me because I don't understand her.

Any additional comments?

I was a bit confused about the end, but with audiobooks, it's easier to miss stuff but I think I got the gist. Enjoyed the ending but kind of was hoping for a different one. Still this was a great read/listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful