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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,393

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

I loved this, but ...

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I loved the juxtapositions of class and culture and wealth in this story, and could identify a few Mias and Pearls and Izzie's in my life. What some call contrived I consider brilliant, and actually, think that life has strange twists like that all the time. No spoiler though. The ending - yes, it was... okay. But it was not brilliant. I wanted the ending to be as good as the wonderful book that led up to it. Alas, for me, it was not.

  • 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 3,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,330

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Webs within webs, within a large web...

  • By JK907 on 05-03-17

light suspense psycho-thriller that was addictive

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

this suspense psycho-thriller had no gore, no harrowing moments, etc. it had believable settings and characters you knew were not the same as how they projected themselves, but they were believable in their double lives and they were usually sympathetic. well-done, worthy listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,999

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Was going to stop but it turned into a page turner

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

This is a very clever, multilayered, and well-written thriller. Still, after the intriguing opening chapters, I started to feel grimy after every stretch I listened to, as the murder plot and backstory unfolded. I planned to just put the book down, despite its many merits.

Not having a chance to download a new book before going on a short drive, though, I decided to listen to a bit more in the car and then the plot shifted gears dramatically.

And then I could not put the book down.

This book has so many symmetries and plausibilities and interconnections, one has to admire the profound craft of the writing. The narration worked well. It did not get in the way a la Scott Brick, and it was no Sneha Mathan or Rene Auberjonois (my fave female and male narrators), but in between those extremes it was very strong, and matched the characters. (Ted's voice was a bit huskier than one might expect for a 30-ish gazillonaire, but very minor issue.)

The ending itself had some nice intricacies and backstories to the intricacies. It was satisfying. I think Big Little Lies had the most sophisticated and multilayered, satisfying ending I have ever heard on Audible, but this was a nice second place.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,584

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

hard to put down, truly inventive ending

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

This was a great story, and reviewers are correct that the ending is a mind-blower. The problem that I had with it was shared elsewhere in the reviews, that there is a genre switch - no problem, that is the author's prerogative. But all during the read I was thinking that there would be an amazing, complex and deeply layered ending (like Big Little Lies) that would tie the pieces together. It turns out that the pieces do not tie together without some paranormal, and that seems a bit like cheating or unfair or something. But if you like a little bit of paranormal in your dark psychological thriller, this book is for you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Great Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,517

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Three Pines

  • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

Five star ending for my only Gamache book

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Those who follow the Gamache series recommend reading from Book 1 - fair enough, but I likely won't do that. I started with this book. Robert Bathurst was excellent with his narration, though Ruth was too much of a caricature in voice for my taste. The story was an intelligent mystery and could indeed be read on a standalone basis.

This was a fine but modestly paced listen until the last hour. Then the different story lines started coming together. And I love a book that can close out a story with the last word of the book, and this one falls into that elegant category - there are many mysteries in the book, but the most beautiful is indeed unresolved till the very last, satisfying word of the book.

The book is called a great reckoning. In some ways, it is a story of redemption in reckoning, and it conveys a depth of humanity that is simply lovely. And there is something moving about a female writer giving such rich voice to humanity in such a traditionally male-dominated context.

I am very stingy with five star ratings. This is an excellent listen and definitely worth the credit even without having heard any of the others in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,107

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

A solution that works if it is too hard to listen

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

After reading the initial description, I felt this this book reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. As the story unfolded in opening chapters, one wondered when the darkness would enter the story. When it inevitably did, this turned out to be a very different story than Big Little Lies. Reviewers who are incredulous at the premise have every reason to be, but I suspect the psychological torture in the story is present in modern society in human stories that are just as incredible. The author cleverly and elegantly closed off all the options for Grace and Millie's escape, doing so as effectively as one could to scaffold the story.

Still, once the darkness entered the story I could not go on much more than 30-60 minutes before throwing in the towel. It was too dark and uncomfortable and I figured I would just return the credit. Yet, reviews promised a great ending, and I considered the ending in Big Little Lies to be perhaps the most multilayered and well-structured ending to a novel I could imagine reading. Could this also have a great ending?

So I decided I could try to skip the middle four hours of the story, and pickup with something like an hour forty left in the story. It worked for me. I just can't listen to that much darkness and I assumed that is all it would be, replete with creative ways to make Grace's situation seem even more hopeless. In the expectation that perhaps the ending would be great, and that I knew enough of the storyline to pickup the last fifth or sixth of the story, I decided at least to give it a try. The ending was indeed very well done, and while nothing in this genre is going to match Big Little Lies, it had enough intricacies and layers - right up to and including the last three letter word in the book - for me to give the book a strong overall rating. It was worth the credit to me, even if I skipped the middle half of the book which I assumed would be too psychologically gruesome for me to bear. It was a good way to manage the listen.

132 of 148 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption Road

  • A Novel
  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Disturbing

  • By Ted on 09-21-16

blastedly good but... dark and challenging

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

yes, this book kept me up all night. it is incredibly dark and some parts are so difficult to get through, but once i got pulled in, i could not let go, and (minispoiler alert based on the title) you expect by the end that there is redemption, so you are holding out for that all the way through the evil and suspense. the presence of two psychopaths independently operating in evil synergy and surrounded by enablers made this challenging on the premise level, but heck, it worked. the complaint that the characters were one dimensional is bewildering. elizabeth was anything but. same for the others. great writing, but dark. not for the squeamish.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fangs Out

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery, Book 2
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

Moments before he is executed, the killer of the daughter of Hub Walker, a famous Vietnam War pilot and hero, makes a startling allegation, claiming that the real murderer is a close friend of Walker’s, a prominent U.S. defense contractor. Walker wants to hire somebody willing to spend a few days digging up information that will refute the convicted killer’s groundless but widely reported claims and will help restore his friend’s good name. That somebody, as fate would have it, is Cordell Logan....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Bad Narration

  • By S Logan on 08-14-15

Great story; everyone misses Ray Porter, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

It took a long time to get accustomed to Keith Szarabajka. Ray Porter was born for the Cordell Logan story-telling, and Mr. Szarabajka is very competent but not the same seamless fit. Szarabajka's voicing of the old timers was actually stronger than I think Porter's would have been, though. But Porter nails everything else, especially the landlady.

This is a great series, with strong plots. Looking forward to the next one, and will be happy with either narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death on a High Floor

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-23-14

Engrossing with fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

I rarely give five star ratings, and I think others who liked this as much as I did would do so. At some level, this is something of a beach read or beach listen, and for that lightness I could not go five stars.

What starts out as something of an obviously contrived framing of a high level lawyer for the murder of a managing partner becomes a deeply absorbing and enjoyable story. The two person team defending the protagonist is narrated perfectly and with nuance, and the wry voice of the protagonist is similarly first rate, so the performance is definitely five stars. The story is clever, complex and interconnected. And there is a lot of fun in the book.

A worthy credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Souls

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 5
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,203

The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett

  • By Frances on 06-14-14

Flawed but remains a satisfying page-turner

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Reviews that complain about the story line ending abruptly or at least without resolution ring true. It does seem painfully obvious that this was a book finished against a deadline, or suffering from some other deficit. But the story itself is vintage McCammon and Matthew Corbett.

The secret of the crying baby and the monster (not a spoiler) is a more satisfying one than the corresponding secret in Speaks the Nightbird - where "secret" = the explanation for the seemingly supernatural and evil lurking force. Magnus Muldoon's character development is as good as any in the series.

The return to Charles Town gave the story a chance to map back to the first book in the series in interesting and clever ways.

Most importantly for me, i finished this in a hurry because it held my attention as a page-turner and I missed it, kept wanting to go back to the storyline for days after hearing the intoning "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program." I did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful