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Alicia K. Russell

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  • Someone Like Me

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her two kids in a loving home. But there's another side to Liz - one that's dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme. And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cartoon fox

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-08-18

Enjoyed It!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It wasn't the best book ever but I enjoyed it. It's hard to describe without giving anything away. #psychological #interesting #enjoyable #ParallelUniverse #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Bad Mommy

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: the husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant- really good!

  • By Candice on 06-01-18

Astonishing Ending!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book but it was the ending that left me with my mouth opened in astonishment. I’ve listened to and read so many books that it’s difficult to find one that isn’t somewhat predictable. It’s difficult to put into words without giving anything away. I found myself telling my husband about this one because it really got me. I recommend this book all the way down to that very last sentence!

  • Healing from Hidden Abuse

  • A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse
  • By: Shannon Thomas LCSW
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Within every community, toxic people can be found hiding in families, couples, companies, and places of worship. The cryptic nature of psychological abuse involves repetitious mind games played by one individual or a group of people. Psychological abuse leaves no bruises. There are no broken bones. There are no holes in the walls. The bruises, brokenness, and holes are held tightly within the target of the abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will change your life

  • By cjg on 07-09-17

Fight for Your Life!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This book had the most information about psychological abuse than any other book that I’ve found. The author, Shannon Thomas, really does understand the devastating effects of psychological abuse. She seems to be one of the few counselors who can see through the masks that abusers put on for public display. She takes the time to describe how psychological abuse effects people, defines the various psychological conditions of abusers, and (most importantly) gave steps to help recover that are easy to understand.

On a personal note (as someone who grew up in a psychologically abusive home with a narcissistic mother and sociopathic father), I found myself wanting to shout out, “Yes… that’s exactly how I felt/feel, what my parents did/do, etc.!” I’ve been on my own journey to recovery for some time but am still bothered by the effects of gaslighting and the smear campaigns. It’s unimaginable that parents can be so cruel and self-absorbed that they would purposely hurt their own children but it happened to me and almost cost me my life.

There is a part of me that wishes that I could get other loved ones to read this book so that they can gain insight into what I’ve been through and why I’ve reacted the many ways that I have in the past but I quit trying to get others to understand and focused my efforts on my own recovery. I am going to keep this book in my arsenal so that, if I begin to forget why I need to protect myself, I can reread and remember that I’m fighting for my life!

79 of 81 people found this review helpful

  • Regret

  • By: Dan Dawkins, Michael Robertson Jr.
  • Narrated by: Paul Fleschner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Dan blamed himself for his wife's untimely death...at first, that is. Dan, a newly published best-selling author, has just begun to taste the good life: money in the bank, house in a quiet neighborhood, beautiful wife. His monster of a fictional character - a wealthy, handsome, womanizing murderer - is the catalyst for Dan's good fortune, intriguing millions of fans. But when Dan sleeps with his agent on a business trip, and then confesses the whole thing to his wife in near tears, he sets off a chain of events that cause him to lose his wife and his grip on everything, including reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • keeping to hear over and over

  • By Debbie Moe on 09-09-15

Regret was mediocre.. not great but not bad either

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

Would you try another book from Dan Dawkins and Michael Robertson, Jr. and/or Paul Fleschner?

Most likely.

Would you recommend Regret to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not because I tend to only recommend books that I find amazing.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was average, better than some but not as great as others.

Was Regret worth the listening time?

Sure but I'm pretty easygoing with my time.

Any additional comments?

I tend to really enjoy psychological thrillers and believe that's why I still enjoyed this book a bit. This book is difficult to rate because it wasn't really bad or good. It had it's interesting moments as you followed the main characters descent into madness.

  • Strange Highways

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466

Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Without The Short Stories

  • By Alicia K. Russell on 03-19-14

Disappointing Without The Short Stories

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

Reviewed: 03-19-14

When I first read the synopsis of this book, it listed not only the title story "Strange Highways" but also many other short stories. I was disappointed when the title story ended and more did not follow. "Strange Highways" was good but not Koontz best work. It was somewhat tedious and did not fully keep my attention. While I still recommend this book, I caution the Audible buyer to focus on reviews of the audio book so that they are not disappointed when all of the short stories listed in other reviews do not follow the title story.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Writer

  • By: John Harwood
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

In this tantalizing tale of Victorian ghost stories and family secrets, timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother's drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. As he discovers more of Viola's chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family's mystery - or will they bring about his untimely death, as they seem to foretell?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern master of the Gothic

  • By Zaubermond on 09-12-14

Spellbinding... left something to be be desired.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

There was so much about this novel that I absolutely loved. I spent most of the novel awestruck at the well entangled composition. Like many other reviews, the last chapter left me feeling incomplete. I read and reread it and finally drew my own conclusions. The ending didn't by any means ruin the rest of this spellbinding novel. I would still highly recommend it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting Season

  • By: Michelle Muto
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 192

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!

  • By Heather on 02-19-14

Horror - No... Young Adult - Maybe

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

It is seldom that I give a book only 2 stars but this one was so cliché. It did have a few creepy moments. The young adult crowd may enjoy this book. At the age of 38 and having read/listened to my share of haunted house stories, I found it predictable and too filled with too much nonsense and gooey puppy love for my taste.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,958

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

Long-Time Koontz Fan!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-13

As a long-time fan of Koontz, I was astonished by how much this book managed to encompass all that I've come to love about his works. It gave me chills from both fear and delight as the characters were fully developed. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 77 Shadow Street

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are no dogs to save you this time!

  • By William R. on 01-30-12

Disappointing for Koontz Fans

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

I was disappointed. I usually rave about Dean Koontz but this book didn’t “do it” for me. It was okay. It’s worth listening to as long as you don’t have the expectation that it will be as good as some of Koontz’s previous books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,171

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Had potential but flopped!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

Heart Shaped Box had potential and it did have the creepiness aspect. The last half of this audio book became monotonous. It started out intriguing and keeping my attention but grew to be repetitive. I found myself not caring at all about the main character which made it even more tedious. The narrator may have been attempting to sound ominous but, as the story drudged on (and on), he sounded more dull and weary than anything else. I wouldn’t recommend this audio book unless you have money to waist and time to kill.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful