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  • Pieces of Her

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beach town of Belle Isle, Georgia; she knows Laura's never wanted anything more than to lead a quiet, normal life in this conventional community; she knows Laura's a kind and beloved speech pathologist who helps others; she knows Laura's never kept a secret in her life. Andrea knows that Laura is everything she isn't - confident, settled, sure of herself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING BOOK!!

  • By shelley on 08-22-18

Unhappy

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I hate writing this review. I've loved every book by Karin Slaughter that I've read. But I have to be honest.
The characters in this book are horribly unrealistic. A 911 operator who can barely speak when she feels pressured? Can barely function with the slightest bit of stress? Who can't even move during a crisis? If she'd only been a 911 operator in a podunk town, maybe, but this 31-year-old woman worked as a 911 operator in New York City for more than 5 years. If I even thought this was an accurate depiction of a person in that profession I would be freaked out.
The mother was equally unrealistic. The flashbacks show she was a timid victim along the same lines as her daughter. Yet, she can show moves that would make Rambo jealous when confronting a gunman? Yeah, sorry, I just don't buy it.
They both were completely unlikeable, so I couldn't have cared less if they lived or died. Normally, I don't mind when Ms. Slaughter writes these unlikeable characters, however, these were the main characters, the ones we were supposed to be invested in.
It's a good thing the mystery was enough to hold my interest. Otherwise, I would not have finished this and I would return it. I doubt very strongly I will be relistening to it like I do all her other books.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heroes Are My Weakness

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not SEP's best work

  • By C. Macduff on 09-19-14

Not what I expected from SEP

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

I have never cared for ventriloquists. They have always given me the creeps. But I have always loved Susan Elizabeth Phillips and even when the book included things I didn't care for (like a circus) I have loved the book. This time I didn't.
The characters were not interesting. They had no chemistry. The puppets were just creepy. The hero is played as a psychopath and the heroine comes off as multiple personality disorder.
The narrator was okay. Her reading didn't turn me away.
It was a struggle to get through this book and I doubt very strongly that I will ever listen to it again.
All in all, I wish I had saved my credit.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mane Event

  • Pride Series #1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373

Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?

  • By TSTBren on 06-15-13

Too Crass

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

What disappointed you about The Mane Event?

The language. I'm not a prude, and can accept any language in books as long as it is justified. This book seemed to use coarse language as shock value or to titillate. Sorry, I was not titillated, I was turned completely off. Worse than any porn book I've ever seen because it made it seem this is how people really talk to each other.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Get rid of all the F-bombs and other coarse language. Or at least let people know it contains language and graphic language that can offend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dying to Tell

  • A Slaughter Creek Novel, Book 1
  • By: Rita Herron
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Sadie Nettleton fled Slaughter Creek ten years ago, leaving behind the only home she’d ever known - and the only man she ever loved. Unable to cope with her sister's madness, or the terrible secret she and her sister share, Sadie swore never to return. But when her grandfather is murdered, and her sister charged with the crime, Sadie has no choice but to come back and face the ghosts of the past... For Sheriff Jake Blackwood, time has not dimmed the love he felt for Sadie Nettleton - or the pain of her leaving.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a book for adults?

  • By Michelle on 01-20-13

Is this a book for adults?

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

I haven't finished listening to this book, but there is something I just have to say.
The writing, especially the romance, was very juvenile. I rolled my eyes so many times over the romantic thoughts going through the characters' heads I'm surprised I can still see. I kept asking if these were really adults. In checking out the author, I can see that she's an adult. So, why are her characters so immature?
The author also repeats things over and over. Guess what? I'm a reasonably intelligent adult who doesn't need to be bashed over the head with the same details you just mentioned in the last chapter. And the chapter before that. And the paragraph before that.
The narrator did an excellent job. I'm going to search out more books by her.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Victim

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's friend, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later. Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs something, just not sure what

  • By Michelle on 08-17-12

Needs something, just not sure what

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

Reviewed: 08-17-12

I don't know what it is about the narrator, but I couldn't stay "tuned in" to the book. I suddenly heard "Chapter 13" and realized the last chapter announcement I actually remembered was chapter 8.
The premise for the book was so good I was sure I would love it. Then we bring in the ghost of a serial killer. I actually didn't mind that so much. It was when the serial killer ghost suddenly became the poor misunderstood bad boy who is really a good guy that I started rolling my eyes. When he's being interviewed by the psychiatrist, everything he says is disturbing on every level. And I'm suddenly to believe he is an acceptable love interest? Seriously? Guess I'm not into unhealthy relationships. First of all, he's a GHOST. I no way does that make him an acceptable love interest. Second of all, he's a convicted serial killer. His MO was to attract and pick up women and then kill them. This woman is a psychiatrist who extensively interviewed him, she knows how he lured women to their deaths. And she doesn't see the red flags? She needs more help than all the serial killers she interviewed.
The rest of the story, the tracking of the live serial killer, and her other interactions with ghosts was entertaining. I just couldn't get past her fatal attraction to the dead serial killer.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

Needs another narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-09-12

The story was so-so. Sometimes funny but seemed pointless. However, that could be because the narrator ruined it completely for me. She read the story with a nagging, whiny, irreverent tone that made the characters unlikable. Do they fall in love? Get eaten by werewolves? Live happily ever after? I found I didn't care as long as the woman quit whining into my ears.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,662

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Audible is Awesome

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

I wrote a review about missing chapters and how the unabridged version wasn't quite so unabridged. Then I wrote to Audible about it. They responded within 24 hours to tell me they had been made aware of the problem and had fixed it. After a new download, I now have the complete book.
The book itself is fantastic. I have a tattered paperback copy that I have read repeatedly over the years. Last year I bought a copy for my Kindle. Now I have the audio version.
Don't miss out on this great book.

43 of 47 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. Monster

  • John Cleaver, Book 2
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sympathy for Socios

  • By Paul on 10-22-10

Compelling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-11

I can't tell whether I like John or fear him, but I just can't stop listening. As soon as it ended I wanted to listen again, but more than that I had to come download the third book. Can't wait to find out what happens next.
For those who listened to the first book, this one has a new narrator. He's much better and grabs you and drags you into the story. Fantastic job!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • I Am Not a Serial Killer

  • John Cleaver, Book 1
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator.

  • By G. Mott on 03-31-10

Good book, bad narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-11

It's a good thing the story is so good. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to listen to the narrator. Whoever said it sounds like he's doing Unsolved Mysteries is correct. He overly dramatizes mundane scenes, calmly describes graphically dramatic scenes and puts way too much emphasis in all the wrong places.
Five stars for the book. One star for the narrator. Balances out to 3 stars over all.

  • The Valley of Horses

  • Earth's Children, Book 2
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433

Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration

  • By Rowena on 07-08-08

Bad idea to get the audio

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-11

I read the entire series years ago and wanted to refresh myself in preparation for the newest book coming out this year. Big mistake to get the audios. I forgot that with her books you don't have to refresh yourself. She does it for you. Over and over and OVER again. At least when you read the book you can skip pages to keep from being frustrated over reading something you've already read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful