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  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious....ending not worth the time to get there!

  • By WillowayGirl on 12-15-17

Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I loved the book and narrator. The only thing I wished I could have changed, would have been to have two different narrators. One for each woman. When listening as an Audible book it would have been so much easier to follow the story.

  • These Is My Words

  • The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
  • By: Nancy E. Turner
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon - from child to determined young adult to loving mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Epic Pioneering Woman Story

  • By Andrea on 01-03-15

Loved the book content!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I really enjoyed this story! I loved the fact that the story was very interesting without having to use swear words or depict, in lurid detail, sexual acts or thoughts.
It took me a long time to adjust to the monotonous voice of the narrator. Could have saved some money and just used a digital voice. Same result.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,255

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Enjoyed....but felt it was too long.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I felt some of the lengthy discussion on art and Edmonds presentation details could have been shortened. It really made me more interest.
Overall, great writing, subject matter and place.

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,939

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Didn't finish for the second try.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I started to read this book once before and couldn't finish. I forgot why I didn't finish it and thought I would give it a second chance. After listening for while, I remembered why I didn't like it. The language was too much for me!
I can handle an occasional bad word but this was a lot of bad word and I didn't feel good listening to it so shut it down for the second time.
Some people may not have s problem with this but I did. it may have been a wonderful story (but after listening for quite awhile I even wonder about that) but I didn't feel it was worth listening with that kind of language.

  • Hiding Out

  • A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives
  • By: Tina Alexis Allen
  • Narrated by: Tina Alexis Allen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen's audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father - a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature. When Tina was 18 her father accidently discovered the truth about her sexuality. Instead of dragging her to the family priest and lecturing her with tearful sermons about sin and damnation, her father shocked her with his honest response. The two became trusted confidants in a relationship that eventually spiraled out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved every minute!

  • By Maria on 05-26-18

Didn't finish!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

At times it seems that she is writing the book to tell her story but it ends up that most of it is just pornographic descriptions of her gay encounters. Would love to have heard just her story with out all the vivid descriptions.

  • Necessary Lies

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Alison Elliott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562

Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Controversial story - great performance

  • By Marie on 05-26-15

Good read!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This book had a wonderful story line but also was very educational in learning how our country, at one point , was sterilizing people.
This was a very well-put-together story and I never wanted to put it down. I also enjoyed the narrator as she spoke as many different people.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,640
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,840

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Couldn't put down!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I can usually put a book down when I have other things to get done..... this one I couldn't! My spouse went out of town the day after I started the book. it was a good thing he was gone because I spent the whole day listening to this book and did nothing else because each sentence could lead to something new and I didn't want to miss it. I will be waiting for the next A J. Finn book!
The narrators were perfect and memorizing. I even felt myself getting sleepy when Anna was drugged, drunk and tired! Well done! Can't imagine anyone doing a better job!

  • A Tangled Mercy

  • A Novel
  • By: Joy Jordan-Lake
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson, Angela Dawe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture - and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met, convinced it holds the key to understanding her fractured family and saving her career in academics. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt - the subject of her mother's own research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good and hard story that inspires hope and change

  • By Rona Branson on 12-15-17

Couldn't finish. Seemed disjointed to me.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Maybe it is just me but I had a hard time following the storyline. It just didn't keep my attention. I do feel that there needed to be more background to the story at the first and the characters needed to be developed so you could relate to them.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,183

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Enjoyed ..... but

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I loved this book because it dealt with so many thought provoking issues. I loved the time and place of the story and learning more about their culture. However, while there were many uplifting things, there were also some sexual descriptions that were not needed to make it a good book! I would have recommended it to many people if it weren't for those descriptions!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,966

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Highly over rated.

  • By Corey Mackenson on 09-07-18

Didn't want to put down!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

It took me awhile to get into the story but after half way through I didn't want to put it down until I found out who the villain was. As it ended up, there were several.
The only negative thing I have to say about the writing of this book was the need for so much profanity. It made it uncomfortable for me to listen to over and over. It also made it hard to listen on my 'echo' when my children were around. A writer should be able to show how upset someone is without using so much profanity. I would never play it out loud when there was anything that may have been disturbing for others to hear.
I really enjoyed the narrator and felt she was truly feeling the emotion in the story.