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  • Keep Her Safe

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Caitlin Kelly, Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied - by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake at the front desk, but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No!

  • By Cherita on 10-12-17

No mystery. No suspense. No point.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

No recommendation for this book at all. It had a few interesting characters and one really annoying one. Not worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,922

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

If you enjoy the mundane this book is for you

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think the description was misleading. The book's premise held interest. The characters are well-written but nothing interesting happens with them. It seemed like a book that would have some intrigue but this was just a romance novel.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something more thrilling and fast-paced with a story that carries me away.

What didn’t you like about January LaVoy’s performance?

The accents and the baby voice for the young child in the story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not the worst book ever. Some strong female characters. The writing, itself, is well done.

Any additional comments?

This is a romance novel. It is one of those books where several times you think this is it, this is where something exciting is going to happen. It never does. Before you know it you have gone through many hours of a story that is literally just a description of mundane day-to-day activities and interactions in a small town.

  • What the Night Knows

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,945

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better Koontz books

  • By Michelle on 12-31-10

Another disappointed Koontz fan

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-11

Awful. Definitely the worst book he's ever written. I love the good vs evil theme that is prevalent in all his books. I like that family and love are always such positive themes in all his stories. This book fails on so many levels. I buy all his books without reading any reviews or story synopses because I am a big fan. Usually, it's a good ride from page one. This book is actually boring, as well as, awful. Your money is wasted on this one.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,337

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

One of the most insipid, cliched books ever

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-11

I loved the time period for this book. The main characters grew up in the same decades that I did and the references to it are what I appreciate about the story and why I give the one star. That being said, it was downhill from there. Nothing happens in this book. At the writing of this I am halfway through the second part. It's killing me to get to the end but I have a thing about seeing something through. I wanted to write this now to save anyone else from wasting a credit. This book should be used in writing classes to exemplify what not to do. Awful!

59 of 68 people found this review helpful

  • Deeper Than the Dead

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107

Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise

  • By John Wayne Tucker on 02-09-10

Enjoyed this book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-10

I enjoyed this audiobook. What I like is a story that starts off interesting and then maintains it. This book did that for me. Good main characters. Maybe a bit predictable but still a good listen.

  • Too Much Happiness

  • Stories
  • By: Alice Munro
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each story should start on its own track

  • By Shyguy123 on 01-04-16

Starts well then disappoints

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-10

Alice Munro is a wonderful writer. Even though this is a collection of short stories the character development in each one is thorough. I read the first four of these stories. Each one was interesting to listen to - until the end. Each ending was such a disappointment (they just stop with no satisfying conclusion!) that I cannot bring myself to read the rest.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 289

At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous Waters

  • By Serra55 on 11-28-08

Kind of disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-08

First let me say that Dean Koontz is at the top of my list of favorite authors. That being said this is not his best book. I was really disappointed in this one in many aspects. I don't want to go into detail and ruin it for anyone but the book didn't really go anywhere for a lot of the book and then when it did it was disappointing where it went to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lisey's Story

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,712

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a love story--it's a horror story--it's both

  • By Lesley on 01-30-07

Excruciatingly painful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-06

If you like horror then listen to this book because it is horrible. This is my first review and I felt compelled to write this since there were only positive reviews to date. This book was in 3 parts, it was long and that wouldn't have been a problem had it been good. It wasn't. It was long and sad. The silly made up language that exists in the book (because it existed in the book between husband and wife gets real old real quick but if you think you would enjoy the word "smucking" and other such nonsense through this long novel this could be for you. I had heard it was a slow start and I patiently endured this thinking it was bound to get good soon. For me that never happened. If you want an excellent Stephen King book read "The Stand".






8 of 14 people found this review helpful