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  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,833

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twist overload

  • By RueRue on 10-12-16

Slow and predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

I wanted to like this book, and I tried, but unfortunately I found the story predictable, slow, repetitive, and overly dramatic. I was relieved when it was over and that's never what you want :/

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,715

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I've been a big fan of Liane Moriarty and have read or listened to all of her novels. This one just fell short. Not really sure how else to put it. It wasn't that exciting or interesting, didn't have the typical plot twists that I'm used to from her, and frankly left me a little bored. I hope her next book is on par with her other work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,695

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Intriguing, but Repetative

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

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

Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, and aside from the beginning where the book dragged, it held my interest.

What other book might you compare Pretty Baby to and why?

The Good Girl-same author and similar writing. I would say Pretty Baby is a bit better though.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Overall, the differentiation between characters was good. I did find the narration of Heidi to be a little bit annoying at points. The narration was a bit dramatic and distracted from the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Drinking

  • A Love Story
  • By: Caroline Knapp
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor", a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Picture of Alcohol Dependence

  • By Karen K on 07-26-16

Candidly Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

What did you love best about Drinking?

This candid story doesn't hold back. The author details the deepest and darkest moments of her very difficult journey, and how she overcame it all.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness Wore Red

  • The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice
  • By: Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Musser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and emotional read

  • By Briley on 10-08-13

Compelling yet sad story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

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

Yes, gives real insight into the FLDS church in a frightening yet real story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rebecca, obviously as the story was from her.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Musser’s performances?

No. The reading was way too dramatic which really distracted from the story. When Brooks and the other Texas characters were introduced things got worse in her attempt to imitate them. At one point I almost stopped listening. A different narrator would have been a better choice.

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

No, this book could have used some additional editing as many parts seemed like excess information that didn't pertain to the message of the book.

Any additional comments?

Overall good book, frightening story especially since it's true.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful