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  • 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 7,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,742

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

The best of Jojo Moyes 5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Perfectly written, perfectly performed. There is something about the way Moyer tells a story that allows you to be cozy, relaxed and fully immersed from the very first page until the very last word. This book leaves you full of warm fuzzies.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,164

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen on 1.5 speed

  • By Gary on 11-27-18

Nope

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I HATE leaving a one-star review for such an amazingly talented writer and narrator. I love Caroline Lee, normally. I don't know what happened here but it was bad. Really bad. Maybe Lee found the book as boring, drawn out and lackluster as the rest of us have and just could not do her normal stellar performance. Moriarty and Lee normally make magic happen when they work together, this was the opposite of their normal. : (

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

But it could have been so good!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

The idea behind the story is great. But I can not fathom how this book ended up published. I have never read a book that left so much undone. How could a book spanning 10 hours waste that many words?! I can't really expand on the "characters development" other than to say there wasn't any. I mean none. It was odd! I want a do-over. I want to hand this story idea over to an author and a skilled editor and then read the story that could have been! This is just a whole bunch of words that loosely tangle together on a few occasions to tell a boring story about really uninteresting people that you only get to know in tiny useless glaces. Since you never get to know them, by the middle of the book everyone is so muddled in wasted words you simply don't care what happen one way or the other. Its a shame too. It really was a very good idea.

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,390

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Yikes on 06-24-17

Soooo good!! I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This is one of those books that sucks you in from word one. The author does not waste words or ramble on about needless details, its all relevant to the stories. I had read reviews mentioning the twist and spent most of the book trying to figure that out which was a slight self inflected distraction but that was a waste of time because there is no possible way to see that coming. SOOO GOOD!

I cant wait to read what Minka Kent writes next!

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,932

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Over written.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Any additional comments?

This book might be great the abridged version. It could have used an editor to weed through the needlessly wordy and needlessly drawn out pose. The narration did not help. Even adjusting to 1 1/2 speed was still too slow.

The author does a wonderful job of waving between the past and the present. The story is interesting enough and the subject tragic enough that this should have be a great book but it REALLY missed the mark. I found myself fast forward through the a lot of the book without missing anything significant in the plot. It was just painfully overwritten.

  • Before You Leap

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 704

Peace of mind is all Greg Cole has wanted since the murder of his twin sister, Scarlett. In his new sun-soaked Florida life, he thought he had found it. But when Scarlett's killer is released early from prison with a cast-iron alibi, Greg realizes that his past is about to explode into his present, with terrifying consequences. To expose the truth he must open up old wounds. Greg knows all about dark secrets, but when a childhood friendship comes to the fore, the police turn their spotlight on him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting start that fizzled out

  • By C. Vincent on 12-29-16

One of the worst books I have EVER heard!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Any additional comments?

How did this book get published? Its just so bad! If you do waste a credit on this book, please, a word of caution: Do not listen to this while driving. The near CONSTANT overwhelming desire to roll your eyes could make driving dangerous. Blah blah blah blah. He just drones on and on. The story is not that bad(it wasn't that great either) but never has a book more desperately needed an editor.

Its just so horrible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 2
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with the ancient troll kingdom, he dispatches his brother Ambryn; the dragon of death in his stead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book. reviews scared me.

  • By Crystal Goode on 10-28-16

Loved the first one but this one? Not so much.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Any additional comments?

I'm at a complete loss to say what the difference between this book and the first in the series. I loved the first one but I have literally been trying for months to get through this one and I'm still not done. It's just somehow I'm not as captivating.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,758

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

I tried but I jut could not get into it.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you try another book from Ann Patchett and/or Anna Fields?

No.

Any additional comments?

Reading all of the reviews leaves me wondering if they were offered a different book than the one I downloaded. I tried so hard to listen but it was slow and after an hour and 1/2 I just could not force myself to care about a single character. I'm returning this one. Others loved it but it wasn't my cup of tea.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,758

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

WOW! One of the best books I have EVER read!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Any additional comments?

Wow! It was if Stephen Hawking, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Carl Sagan, Steve Jobs and Christopher Hirata got together and birthed this book. I can not wait for the next one! Pure genius and an amazing ride! Nearly perfection.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tapping the Billionaire

  • Bad Boy Billionaires Series, Book 1
  • By: Max Monroe
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that. Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the Internet is not her friend. No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can't find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good. But why can't she stop fantasizing about him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Funny Romance!!!

  • By Ashley D on 09-22-16

Vulgar, smutty, pornographic and not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Any additional comments?

I have never thought of myself as prudish but my goodness this book was just vulgar. I did not make it past the first chapter. I would not have made it past the prologue - in which the man NEEDLESSLY describes his penis and his nearly mythical and God like abilities at sex in stupid detail - if I were not stuck in a car. Childish, ostentatious and unimaginative.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful