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  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Fantastic !!!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

I loved this book and hated to put it down! It's psychological suspense on the level of Gone Girl. A woman out for revenge against a man who was out of his league from the get-go. I won't say anymore so as not to spoil it for you readers, but read it! It's not gory at all, if that's important to you. The lead character is really quite likeable, unlike the one in Gone Girl.

The narration and narrator are perfect. So many books I've recently listened to have been ruined by the narrator. Not in this case. She speaks with the right amount of nuance, without any obvious accent or age. She doesn't mispronounce words. I've realized in so many audiobooks how important these traits are. In short, she's one of the best female narrators I've listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Weekend Warriors

  • Revenge of the Sisterhood #1
  • By: Fern Michaels
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weekend Warriors

  • By Ms Mare on 04-04-09

Good story, awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

I'm working on reading all the Sisterhood books. All this time, I thought Fern Michaels wrote the typical romance/bodice buster books. Finally I was introduced to the Sisterhood and I'm hooked. Love them and want to read all of them. I've read several now...READ, not listened. I’ve listened to this one and have bought more audiobooks that are waiting on me. If I don’t return them....

If I’m going to listen to another one, I have to get past the narrator, Laurel Merlington. She has the shaky, trembly voice of an elderly woman who smoked and drank throughout her life, in spite of the fact that several of the women are in their 20s and 30s. Men sound like they've got something stuck in their throat and are strangling. Their voices are more of a growl or a sound squeezed out of their throat. It's annoying and not appropriate to the storyline which consists of characters very young to older.

It’s annoying when authors don’t listen to their audiobooks and are stuck on making the same mistake over and over..in this case for a series of 29 books. How could anybody want this cast of so many characters to sound so awful?

But this narrator narrates all the Sisterhood books so I have to suck it up if I want to listen to them. I don’t know if I can because this woman’s voice is downright distracting.

  • Hide and Seek

  • The Sisterhood, Book 8 (Rules of the Game, Book 1)
  • By: Fern Michaels
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Together, the seven fearless friends known as the Sisterhood have served sweet justice to villains who thought they were above the law. But payback has its price, and the Sisterhood's last assignment almost landed them in jail. Now the women are fugitives with a bounty on their heads, but they're not planning on hiding out for long - not when good friends need the kind of help only they can give.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love these series of books

  • By Diana on 09-25-09

Love the Sisterhood Books, but HATE the narration!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I'm working on reading all the Sisterhood books. All this time, I thought Fern Michaels wrote the typical romance/bodice buster books. Finally I was introduced to the Sisterhood and I'm hooked. Love them and want to read all of them. I've read several now...READ, not listened. I’ve listened to this one and have bought more audiobooks that are waiting on me. If I don’t return them....

If I’m going to listen to another one, I have to get past the narrator, Laurel Merlington. She has the shaky, trembly voice of an elderly woman who smoked and drank throughout her life, in spite of the fact that several of the women are in their 20s and 30s. Men sound like they've got something stuck in their throat and are strangling. Their voices are more of a growl or a sound squeezed out of their throat. It's annoying and not appropriate to the storyline which consists of characters very young to older.

It’s annoying when authors don’t listen to their audiobooks and are stuck on making the same mistake over and over..in this case for a series of 29 books. How could anybody want this cast of so many characters to sound so awful?

But this narrator narrates all the Sisterhood books so I have to suck it up if I want to listen to them. I don’t know if I can because this woman’s voice is downright distracting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Luck with That

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Lori Gardner, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards and learning to accept love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey full of emotion

  • By Meg on 08-18-18

There's no story to the story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I tried to like this. But it's a documentary (though fiction? don't know) instead of a story. It's depressing. I think even if I had weight issues it would be depressing. I read to be transported away. Kristan Higgins disappointed me on this one.

I'm asking for a refund.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Closer Than You Think

  • Faith Corcoran, Book 1
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year--desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare for far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-15

The Narrator Ruined it!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I just finished a Wendy Staub book. The narrator was Hillary Huber. I rated it way down because of the narrator. Hillary Huber is the narrator of this book. I like most of her narration in both books, but what's annoying in both books is that Huber has a lot of "thought asides" where the character is thinking something (outloud to us listeners). When she's doing these "thought asides", she lowers her voice so much I have to reverse and turn the audio up and listen to it again.

All authors should at least listen to a couple of chapters of their audobooks. A narrator can ruin a book for me. I'm going to stop this one after one chapter because Huber has already done this several times.

  • Little Girl Lost

  • A Foundlings Novel
  • By: Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

May 1968 - On a murky pre-dawn Mother’s Day, sinister secrets play out miles apart in New York City. In Harlem, a church janitor finds a newborn in a basket. In Brooklyn, an elusive serial killer prowls slumbering families, leaving a trail of blood. These seemingly unrelated lives - and deaths - are destined to intersect on a distant, blood-soaked day. October, 1987 - Reeling from shocking personal discoveries, two strangers navigate a world where nothing is as it seems. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Up To Staub's Standards

  • By Gracie on 12-29-18

Not Up To Staub's Standards

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

The book is set in 1986. I don't really understand that. The realities of 1986 are jarring and unnecessary. Why not set it in 2018?

The book jumps around from event to event and character to character. I'm halfway through and I'm still confused. I can't figure out why that's necessary. I understand the story but it's getting harder to keep up with the story.

The narrator is very good and does the different people well. The only thing I don't like about her, and this is something she does in all the books she narrates, is lowering her voice for asides. When the character "thinks" something, as in a separate opinion, she lowers her voice to the point I have to go back, up the volume, and listen again. This is annoying.

To sum up, the book is ok, the narrator is good except for the asides. But not $14.99 worth of ok. I'm not totally absorbed in this book.

Edit of my above review: I continued to listen to this book all the way to the end. The narrator continued to annoy. The book continued to jump around. I had to play the ending last because I couldn't figure out what was going on. Unless I slept through the character at the end, I had never encountered him in this book. Totally confusing. I think I'll pass up Staub's next book.

  • Paper Princess

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

These Royals will ruin you...Ella Harper is a survivor - a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. After her mother's death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Angsty YA Steprother type book

  • By Ana's Attic on 02-16-17

Too Old for a Teenager

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

The "heroine" of this book is a 15 year old girl. The boys are 16, 17 or so. Yet the book is full of dang near porn! These teenagers are screwing, and the descriptions are graphic! So who is this book written for? For teenagers? Hope not. For adults? We get to read about the hot sex of teenagers, which is usually, given the age, below the age of consent, and would constitute statutory rape by the males. I'm not a prude, but the subject matter and descriptions are so something I wouldn't want my kids to get ahold of and it's really not something I want to read about. It so much sends the wrong message since, in the words of the author, it's directed to Young Adults 17 and Up.

If you're buying this book and YOU'RE over the age of consent, then go ahead. But don't buy it for your Young Adults. It's not teenage reading material.

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,936

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Read this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

A serial killer who thinks he's doing his victims a favor. Who houses them in luxury. But with a couple of sticklers. Read this book. It starts a little slow but then you won't be able to put it down! Yes, it’s disturbing, but far less disturbing IMHO than a lot of kidnap/abuse etc books. I can’t stick with a bad narrator but I liked this one. It entertained me on a long drive and couldn’t wait to get in and finish it. I looked for more Dot Hutchison books but didn’t see any that appealed.

The end, after a long and detailed story, was rushed. Everything was tied up in a bow too quickly and the twist happened too fast. That was an author mistake...long beginning that the reader has to be determined to get through. Then, when we’re hooked to finish it, a quick ending. Rewrite beginning and end and redistribute! (The editor should’ve caught this.)

  • Winter in Paradise

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

Irene Steele's idyllic life - house, husband, family - is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John, a tropical island paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. Investigating, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What???!!!

  • By Linda Brown on 11-06-18

As usual, a great Hilderbrand book !!!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I love everything Hilderbrand writes. This one ends too soon, however. It's a cliffhanger and there's a lot left hanging. I couldn't believe it when it was over. Since this seems to be the first of the Paradise series, I guess the next one will answer some questions. But I have to wait for the next book. I hope she's busily churning it out!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The House on Mermaid Point

  • Ten Beach Road, Book 3
  • By: Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another - perhaps all too well - while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn't have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies - although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie's wildest fantasy once.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Going Strong

  • By Me & My Girls on 04-06-15

Read and loved the entire Beach Road series!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I started at Book 1 and read the entire Beach Road series. Loved it all! Just enough romance without being near-porn as so many books are today. Great storyline. I want to stress how important it is that this series be read in order. The characters are meshed and each book builds on the previous one(s). The narrator did the Southern accents almost perfectly. Maybe a little OTT (which I'm sensitive to, being from the South, and knowing how easily Southern accents can equal ignorance on perception).