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  • Beach Town

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film's explosive climax.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not The same Mary Kay Andrews I'm used to!

  • By Melissa F on 05-25-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

I always look forward to a new beach read by MKA. Unfortunately this was a let down. Lacked the humor and quirky characters found in her previous novels. Not worth the credit. Wait till it's on sale perhaps.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,545

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Loved Bernadette!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

Already did. The story is so easy to fall into. Clever, sharp writing and fantastic narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bernadette. So unique. I was fascinated and amused by her at every turn.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick just one.

Any additional comments?

Totally worth the credit. Everyone I know who loves to read/listen loved this book. Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,573

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Omg its so boring

  • By Halloween on 10-09-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

I will for sure. The story was great, the narration was excellent and I loved the twists and turns that unfolded.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

Entering 14

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

He truly brought life and personality to every person in the story

3 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • You Came Back

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Coake
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

Thirty-something Midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son, Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart, Chloe. He's successful, he's in love again, and he believes he's mastered his own memories. But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan's ghost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but not great

  • By Patrick on 07-29-12

Blah

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you try another book from Christopher Coake and/or Scott Holst?

Not without reading reviews first

What was most disappointing about Christopher Coake’s story?

The story took a different direction from what I expected and as it unfolded I cared less and less about the characters involved in the tale.

How could the performance have been better?

I had no issue with the performance by Scot Hoist. It was the story he told.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I was surprised I actually finished it.