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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,553

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Wow, Tana French couldn’t have timed this book any better. I don’t want to give anything up...but what happens when a privileged frat boy type starts to lose some of the privilege he has enjoyed?

I have hundreds of books in my audible library— I probably listen to 3-4 a week. This is in the top 5. Fabulous narration too.

137 of 150 people found this review helpful

  • Allegedly

  • By: Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary, and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, GREAT narrator, ending a bit unreal.

  • By Gary on 03-12-17

Best narrator ever

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I've listened to 750+ audiobooks and this is one of the best. I don't know how I just stumbled upon it. The story is engaging and well written. But the narrator... the narrator is simply the best.

  • Loner

  • A Novel
  • By: Teddy Wayne
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 537

David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. But, initially, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David falls feverishly in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Inner Dialogue of a Psychopath

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

Loved this book! Loved the prose. Loved the slow burn storyline. If you enjoyed Caroline Kepnes novels (Which I did), you'll probably enjoy this.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Faithful

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Amber Tamblyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 784

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend's future is destroyed in an accident while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor filled with emotion, from dark suffering to true happiness - a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story of Healing

  • By Brenda Barnes on 12-05-16

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. So very different from the other Hoffman books I've read. The narration is superb.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,247

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Winner!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

I enjoyed the heck out of this book!

It is creepy and twisty in all the right ways.

The main character is very relatable-- a great portrait of a life coming apart at the scenes due to a set of misfortunes and character flaws.

This isn't just a great mystery. It is really well written and well narrated.

  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over 21 Hours of Bliss...

  • By Jeanie on 01-12-07

Spectacular

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

This book blew me away. It is a slow satisfying burn with great character development.

The main character, Blue, is very compelling. And her father's character is super engaging if not likable.

The book is formatted as a course curriculum and it really works. It is full of interesting, fun, and obscure citations and references-both fictitious and non.

The narration of this book is brilliant. Perhaps the best I've heard and I listen to several audiobooks a week. I think the narrator is both talented and superbly cast.

If you are looking for a fast paced and action packed listen, this isn't for you. But if you are looking for rich character development and a story that unfolds at a natural pace, give this a listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Boleyn King

  • Boleyn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Laura Andersen
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning!!

  • By Nancy L. Lamb on 05-03-15

not great...or even decent

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

I've listened to the entire series. I normally enjoy historical fiction. But this series just didn't do it for me.

I did, however, find the narrator to be fabulous. I think I could listen to him read the phonebook. Without Simon Vance, I never would have gotten through.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,671

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

not a fan

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

This is the second Louise Penny book I've listened to. I know they are wildly popular.

But I just can't get into them. I've been bored by both and had to force myself through.

Another case of me wanting to like the books but not being able to for some reason. I feel like I should as it has all of the elements of a book that I would like. But it just doesn't come together for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadows in the Street

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable

  • By Tracey Rains on 02-07-11

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

This is the exact type of mystery I love. I quickly flew through this entire series.

The character development is phenomenal. And while they move slowly, they are far from boring.

I highly highly recommend the series and the narration it top!

  • A Share in Death

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • series readers, start here

  • By connie on 02-09-13

dated?

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

I just did not enjoy this. It felt dated and I found it to be quite boring and difficult to get through.

I just didn't care about the characters. I didn't find them interesting or compelling.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful