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  • 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 352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

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

Every Book She Writes Gets Even Better

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Good Luck With That is the rare book that burrows into both heart and soul, and lingers long after it is finished. Higgins does not shy away from tough subjects.Yet her work shines with the joy of life. In previous books, her characters have encountered and lived through desertion, fall from fortune, illness, betrayal, and heartbreak. They've also experienced soaring love, trust against all odds, self-discovery, success beyond their hopes. Higgins takes the reader right into the midst of the lives of her very human characters, and we laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time,as her people stumble and or dance through their lives. In Good Luck With That, Higgins takes us even deeper into contemporary life. Her heroines share the common bond of being women who have been caught since girlhood in the bonds of obsession with body image and weight. Having met at a summer camp for overweight teens, their close friendships have endured into their adulthood. I don't want to write spoilers so will not tell any more of the plot. What happens to the women is related in first-person voices, spoken with frankness, dignity, humor, sorrow, and surprises.This is an ideal recorded book. Each voice actor is perfect for her part.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hating Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not read negative reviews! This was a new favorite!

  • By adele gibson on 10-18-16

Awful in every way<br />

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

In the #Me Too era this story line is appalling. Narrator coy, twee and infantile.

  • The Various Haunts of Men

  • A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 739

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best....

  • By karen on 06-12-11

Narration Great, Writing Good, Plot Heartbreaking.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I found Hill did an excellent job setting the ground for a series of mysteries featuring interesting and diverse recurring professional and family characters..I also loved her creation of the small cathedral town, a sad and splendid demi Paradise Lost. This particular first mystery did not come together for me as a mystery. PLOT SPOILER: the character I found most wistfully compelling and heroic will not be around in future books. The plot element that makes this a certainty I judged to be emotionally manipulative, heartbreaking, and beneath Hill's amazing talents. Hence one star for "story".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat of the Baskervilles

  • By: Vicki Delany
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Legendary stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham arrives on Cape Cod to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. When Sir Nigel, some of the cast, and the director visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop at 222 Baker Street, Gemma Doyle realizes that Sir Nigel is not at all suited to the role. He's long past his prime and an old drunk to boot. The cast is not happy, but the show must go on. Before the play opens, Jayne's mother arranges a fundraising afternoon tea to be catered by Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. The tea is a huge success, but, when it's time to leave, Sir Nigel has gone missing - only to be found at the bottom of the rocky cliff, dead. When the police focus their attention on Jayne's mother despite numerous other suspects, the game is once again afoot, and it's up to Gemma and Jayne to clear Jayne's mother's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet Another Strong Holmes Pastiche

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-20-18

Best thing about the book was its title

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I was so disappointed. Not much of a mystery. Too bad: characters and setting are charming. Unless I am hopelessly gaga and missed something huge, the cat in the title had nothing to do with solving the mystery and nothing to do with the saga of the Baskervilles. Is that a plot spoiler? Anyhow...I expected something both spooky and clever based on the title.The story was neither. Kim Hicks, one of my favorite British narrators, seemed lost with New England and California accents, which also surprised me. I might try another book in the series, because I did like the setting and characters, however, it won't be soon.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,829

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

Self Indulgent Brew of Holiday Sneer and Cheer

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Good-hearted satire is part of the season. This lacks heart. I also found the authors' snide narrative style as annoying as one two many supermarket hearings of have yourself a merry little Christmas.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,138

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Mindboggling, Entertaining Cautionary True Story

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

Nick Bilton's exciting and wry nonfiction story of the rise and fall of the dark web's Silk Road and its founder is destined to become a classic. Bilton's research and writing deliver an electric portrait of a technical whiz/political idealist brought down by hubris and his infatuation with his own creation.Along the way, Bilton delivers lively portraits of the men who worked with patient passion to unravel the trail to the nefarious operation and bring justice. Will Damron's narration is perfect in pace, a real plus because aspects of this story are hard to follow for those (like me) who, going in, might know practically nothing about IT, encryption, and communication technology. I was up all night listening to this terrific stranger than fiction story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,527

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Curious Story of Us

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Unique, mind-expanding exploration of what may and may not distinguish homo sapiens from all other creatures that came before. The author trusts the listener/reader to make up his or her own mind. I found this book to be a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging adventure, and will listen to it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,102

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Wild Magical Mystery Ride

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Wonderful hero, great narration, so many clever twists of plot: your ears won't let you stop listening. Be warned: this writer's brilliant plotting and first person telling drive this crazy story in so many directions that your brain might explode trying to keep up. The writer has a great gift of making the implausible seem real.The narrator adds immensely to the book's entertainment value with his spot-on clear definition of various characters' voices, each conjuring up a complete person through tone and accent. Don't expect a somber, practical who-done-it: this work is scary, funny, mysterious, violent, unpredictable, brilliantly intelligent, and very, very hot-cool.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Boring plot element went on too long

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Clever premise, but I found the &amp;quot;golden age of mystery&amp;quot; book-within-the-main-plot not well written (which I suppose was part of the plot). The creaky mechanics of that embedded book both annoyed and bored me. Samantha Bond, narrator, has a voice like hot Irish tea with wild honey in it. I thought I could listen to her read anything. Nope.. I'm going to return this.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Souls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 6
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark, secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Perceptive, Terrifying Thriller

  • By MarisaReads on 06-09-17

Vicarious Suffering and Hackneyed Plot

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Great narrator and strong heroine are both wasted in this mystery that is not even very mysterious. The author describes crimes far too cruel and unnecessarily sadistic for my taste in entertainment.The plot of the book rests on a gimmick that has been used dozens of times before in books, TV, and films.I will not name this gimmick so as not to spoil the plot for anyone.The cast of victims is plucked from every now-and-today socio-economic special interest group imaginable. Have these people not suffered enough in real life? Must they be exploited as horribly treated despairing victims to serve the plot? I could not listen to most of this. A good writer has turned her considerable talents in narration and character to bad ends,this time. I will return this audiobook.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful