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Anna Landry

Seattle, Washington
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  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,714

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Way!

  • By Alexis on 03-21-18

Drama, Suspense, Intrigue and a Ghost

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I just finished The Broken Girls after a marathon listen and am sorry to see it end. I am really impressed with this book and enjoyed it immensely. At first, I found it was a little hard to get into, but I pressed on and am so glad I did. After the first few chapters, I was completely drawn into the story, which alternates points of view between November 1950 and a group of friends at Idlewild Boarding School, a repository for troubled teenage girls in small-town Vermont; and November 2014, where Fiona Sheridan, a freelance journalist, has devastating connections to the now abandoned property, and begins an investigation into the past when a mysterious investor buys Idlewild with the goal to renovate and restore the school.
The stories of the girls as students were riveting and heartfelt. Fiona's character grew on me as she latched on doggedly to a crime long in the past that others wanted to forget, and wouldn't let go. Then, there are moments that are genuinely creepy and haunting that I will let the reader discover for themselves.
Overall, a fine novel with good narration, excellent characters and a propensity to grab you and not let go. Very enjoyable and I highly recommend!

77 of 79 people found this review helpful

  • The Babysitter

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with Edge of Your Seat Suspense
  • By: Sheryl Browne
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it? As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces. But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How stupid were these parents!!!!!!!

  • By meg on 04-05-18

I Think The Term is “Nanny...”

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

...or very naughty nanny in the case of The Babysitter, who enters the lives of one poor family intent on destruction and hell-bent on snagging the hapless, innocent and horse-blind husband for herself, and oh, yeah- she wants a baby, too. And maybe a sister. But she does NOT want the hapless, naive and slowly crumbling, mentally deconstructing wife in the picture. Enter some fairly clever ways to infiltrate the family, take over mothering duties by slowly incapacitating Mom, and inch her way into wifely duties, too. Did I mention there’s a kidnapping case going on? Dad’s a high-up police detective who works 9-5 and takes a lot of time off to care for his suddenly nuts wife while the case lingers in the ether unsolved and Dad-Detective’s smart cop partner is stymied by the stupidness of this family. Plenty of gratuitous sex, innuendo, cliche and annoying cutesy baby-talk. And the correct term for a live-in full -time child carer is ‘nanny.’ That bugged me! While the narration was good (except for annoying kid which isn’t her fault) I would pass this one over as predictable and pedestrian- there are better psychological thrillers out there.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful