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  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,578

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

slow at first

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I almost gave up on this book because the first third was painfully slow . However, right when I was ready to throw in the towel it got good. It was a tad predictable at times but did have a few parts that I was not expecting . Especially the part that started to make the story good.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,023

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Ove is a synonym for curmudgeon

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This is one of the best books I have ever listened to! I laughed out loud while driving in my car listening to Ove's antics . The narration was superb and the story was delightful. I didn't want it to end.

addendum: I just listened to this wonderful book again. I think I loved it more the second time around...if that's possible

  • 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 8,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437

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

Narration was awful

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

The male narrator was absolutely awful. I had to speed up the narration to make it tolerable. I will avoid any book in the future that he will narrate. That's how bad he was.
Otherwise, the story was good. I enjoyed the characters and there were some unexpected twists to the storyline.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176

In this dark psychological thriller, Olivia Taylor believes she has suffered the worst life can throw at her after the breakup of her marriage. Full of hope, she starts a new life with her nine-year-old daughter, Ellie, only to find the worst is yet to come. Meeting Michael Crossman is the beginning of an unspeakable nightmare for Olivia, and her world slowly unravels. It is only through the retelling of her story that we piece together what has led her to become a mere shadow of the woman she once was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emding falls short<br />

  • By Traybell on 10-19-16

Not really a psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

I don't really know how I feel about this book. The characters were weak and the story was flimsy. And the first half was more reminiscent of Fifty Shades. I was happy when the book ended so I could move on to something better (hopefully).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

You hate yourself for loving this guy

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

I loved You. I thought it was fantastic and the narration was incredible. Hidden Bodies is just as good. I found myself rooting for Joe Goldberg throughout the book. Yeah, he's a killer. But he's so charismatic, funny, and twisted! I'm hoping for a third book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,947

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

This is not a love story

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

What made the experience of listening to You the most enjoyable?

I loved the narrator and the character Joe. You want to hate him....But you can't.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. I think the author did a fantastic job portraying Joe and his obsessions.

Which scene was your favorite?

His interactions with Dr. Nicky

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

Love is a sick and twisted game

45 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,283

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

bored to tears

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

What disappointed you about The Maze Runner?

The narration is awful. I couldn't even concentrate on the story line because the narrator spoke in monotone. After one hour and nineteen minutes I gave up.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Jodi Picoult

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He had no emotion

What character would you cut from The Maze Runner?

I didn't get far enough in the book to even like a character.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Singularity

  • A Sarah Armstrong Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Debbie Andreen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it's like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when mega-wealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas's estranged wife, Sarah disagrees.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Recorded in a basement

  • By Allison on 07-02-13

Recorded in a basement

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

What disappointed you about Singularity?

The recording itself. After 2 hours I had to stop listening. It was full of static and echoed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything

Would you be willing to try another one of Debbie Andreen’s performances?

Not if it's recorded in a basement again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Jakarta Pandemic

  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,426

In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Halfway Boring

  • By Paul on 04-22-14

Narrator needs an antidepressant

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

Would you try another book from Steven Konkoly and/or Joseph Morton?

Possibly. I think I would have enjoyed the book more of there was a different narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt cheated.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Morton?

Grover Gardner

Was The Jakarta Pandemic worth the listening time?

It was entertaining enough. But the narration made it very difficult to get through. There was no emotion in his voice.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Slammed

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Heidi Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me. Too much teen angst.

  • By Jane on 08-17-13

Awful Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was good enough. Unfortunately, the narration (and the quality of the recording) was horrible.

What didn’t you like about Heidi Baker’s performance?

Layken and her family were from Texas. There was no attempt at an accent so when a character said "y'all" (which was quite often) it sounded totally ridiculous.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. It read like a lifetime movie.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful