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  • Jar of Hearts

  • By: Jennifer Hillier
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

When she was 16 years old, Angela Wong - one of the most popular girls in school - disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But 14 years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, captivating book! 5 stars

  • By Katie LeFevre on 09-05-18

It Just Gets More Ridiculous As It Goes

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I read a lot of murderbooks. I read 53 books last year and more than half of them were murder-thriller-mystery-horror type books just like this. But wow, this one was really far-fetched. Don't get me wrong: it was intriguing, and January LaVoy's narration is wonderful, but each plot twist and new unfolding of story left me laughing like "what??"

Worth a credit, especially if you like bizarre, seemingly impossible connections and plot twists.

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  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,314

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't look!

  • By Lesley on 05-22-14

Read the Book, Skip the Movie!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

The movie is hot garbage. This book is phenomenal and really stayed with me. I was utterly disappointed in the poor adaptation (if you can even call it that).

I think the audiobook really brings so much to the story, too. I found myself straining to hear any sounds along with Malorie. I couldn't see the things she couldn't see, obviously, and that really added to the suspense. Cassandra Campbell was brilliant: raw, vulnerable, afraid, alone. She brought the book to life.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,843

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Mesmerizing! A Must-Read for Fans of Greek Myths!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you are like me and spent your childhood reading about the heroes and monsters of Greek mythology.

Perdita Weeks is a narrator I will follow for sure!

  • An Anonymous Girl

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,288

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking...and what she’s hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Frances Hampton on 01-09-19

Audiobook Removes Some Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

So, it's like a big surprise to Jessica that Dr. Shields is a woman. Except that Dr. Shields is narrated by a woman from the start, so any time Jessica is thinking about Dr. Shields as a man, I am rolling my eyes because I can see this was going to be one of the "twists."

I'm going to try to finish this book, but as of right now, I'm 2 hours in and so bored that I don't know if I'll make it through. Julia Whelan is a fine narrator for 28-year-old Jessica. Barrie Kreinik's Doctor Shields is too dramatic and slow for my tastes. I get it, the doctor is probably a creep, something I'm assuming because of the creepy and predatory way Kreinik is doing her voice.

I feel like I can already tell where this is going because of these audio narration issues. Maybe I'm wrong, but these first hours aren't making me want to find out.

**4 HOURS OF BOOK LATER**
Okay, it's not as boring as I feared, but it's still really predictable so far. I think my biggest problem with this book is the writing style the authors used for the Dr. Shields chapters. I get that they're trying to make her seem extra clinical and extra controlling through the stilted way she narrates her own bits ("The bag is placed on the counter. The containers inside are removed. The napkin is carefully folded, and placed alongside the containers." etc etc). I'll continue to update this review if I think it warrants editing.

  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,281

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking twists and turns

  • By S. Winchester on 07-18-17

Decent Story That Kept Me Interested

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I didn't really like Hillary Huber's narration; at times, she sounds like a text-to-voice app because her cadence feels so unnatural, especially when she's in the narration portions and not the dialogue (she's much better at dialogue). But it wasn't enough to put me off the book.

The story is interesting and kept me guessing. I love trashy murderbooks, and I liked this one just fine. I don't think I'll reread it or anything, but it's fun for the first go.

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  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,997

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

I Can't Even Finish It

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

This book is so dull that I stopped listening after 3 hours. I honestly can't bring myself to go back to it yet. It feels like a chore.

I have no issue with the number of characters. I'm able to keep everyone straight. I think the writing is really sophomoric, which is shocking considering how well-written Hawkins' first book is. The story is dull dull dull. I don't care if Female Character 1 killed herself or not. I don't care what happened between her and her sister. I don't care about her daughter. Nothing that's happening in the moment is interesting; everyone talks in mysterious tones with pregnant pauses and secretive word choices and even that isn't interesting.

The narration doesn't help matters at all. Half of the narrators are just reading their lines, no emotion, no cadence. It doesn't sound like anyone in this book is sad or angry or hurt or bewildered. They're all just...existing. It's disappointing because the women who narrated Girl on the Train were across-the-board fantastic.

I'm considering reading this in print to avoid the narrators, but even that feels like work. I'll give Hawkins' next book a go and hope for better.

  • Before I Fall

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,796

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story... but not for kids!

  • By Bluemoon on 05-03-12

A Really Lovely Book

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

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

I absolutely would. Especially a female friend. This book really captures what high school is like, and I think it's a delightful thing.

What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gives phenomenal vocalizations to every character. She's really fantastic. I was so enamored with her voice during this entire book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Sam says to the reader, "You're probably thinking I deserved this" it really struck me. Because part of me WAS thinking that, because Sam is such a horrible person at the start of this book. And it really got to me, and immediately had me changing what I thought.

Any additional comments?

I HATED THE OPENING AND CLOSING MUSIC. What the heck is up with that? So loud, terrible guitars, actual singing over the narration....really poor choice by the production company. The last full minute of the book was drowned out by music.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,248

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

The Mystery Is Great, the Truth is Insanely Cool

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

What did you love best about 14?

Without spoiling this for anyone reading my review while trying to decide if they should purchase this book...I loved the unfolding of the mystery. It's innovative, it's bizarre, and it has layers upon layers that are absolutely thrilling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favorite character, but that's just because the ensemble was so strong.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to Ray Porter's narration of The Fold and that was divine. I didn't realize it was the same narrator until a few minutes in, and then I was very pleased. This book is really great. Porter does a great job narrating different women and different men. They don't all sound the same and none of them sound like cartoons.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Find the key, save the world.

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  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,612

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

No Exaggeration: One of the Best American Novels

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

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

Absolutely. I think every American needs to read this book. And I think the audiobook is astoundingly good. Ari Fliakos is one of my favorite narrators after listening to The Nix. He performs this book with perfect grace.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really loved the narration style for Laura and Pwnage, but in terms of the characters as written, I truly loved Alice. Her chapters focusing on the difficulties people face when their outside personas and ideals clash with their innermost base needs and hungers were poignant.

What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

Honestly, everything. Each character had a slightly different intonation, but he didn't "do voices" per se. He read the book flawlessly and there was never a point where I thought, "I would have read that with different cadence" (which is something I often think during other audiobooks).

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

This question is so weird when it pops up for long books. No, I didn't feel the need to stay awake for 22 hours to listen to an audiobook. That shouldn't lessen anyone's opinion of or desire to purchase it.

Any additional comments?

Read this book. Read it now.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy 50th birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately: His ex-wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him; his current wife has fired the nanny; and he's finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress. Then something truly terrible happens: one of his three-year-old twins goes missing. No trace of her is ever found. The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Christina on 09-14-16

Sticks With You

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you listen to The Darkest Secret again? Why?

I probably wouldn't because I know all the plot points now, but it was really great.

What other book might you compare The Darkest Secret to and why?

I would compare this to Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places" because it has a similar feeling of "I know what happened" followed by "Oh dang, NOW I know what happened" followed by "OH MAN, THAT HAPPENED??"

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't want to say, it will spoil the surprise. If you like mysteries, thrillers, murderbooks...this is a great one for you to pick up.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is GENIUS.