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  • History Is All You Left Me

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold on to every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, listeners will question Griffin's own version of the truth - in terms of both what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very depressing, but that didn’t stop me.

  • By Stiberi on 01-01-2019

LOVED IT

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

Reviewed: 15-08-2018

I decided to pick up History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera after reading a heap of reviews from other book bloggers that I follow. I am going to say that I am so glad that I did.

From the get go, I was hooked in the story and wanted to find out more. I will admit that I did find this book a bit depressing, but in a good way (as odd as that sounds!) I was needing to know what happened to Theo and what Jackson was hiding.

I really loved the writing style of this one. As I was getting the current happenings, the next chapter would be 'history' and I would discover what had happened in the past. In this way there were almost two stories, but they met in the middle and it all made sense at the end.

Character-wise, I adored Griffin. He was a boy who was battling with compulsions and his love for Theo even though Theo was with someone else. I really related to him throughout most of the story. I also didn't find myself getting frustrated with characters in this book, which I really enjoyed.

Tom Picasso, who narrated History is All You Left Me did an amazing job. His voice was easy to listen to, and changed well with all the different characters. I enjoyed listening to him tell Griffin's story!

I am really excited to read more books by Adam Silvera, as this was my first one!

  • Letters to the Lost

  • By: Brigid Kemmerer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope. Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice light listen

  • By Jessica Sheedy on 19-02-2019

So many feelings! Amazing book!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2018

I have just finished listening to Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and I am filled with so many feelings. 
I could have continued to listen to these narrators talk about Juliet and Declan forever.

It didn't take me long to get hooked into this book and they story. Listening to the words of Declan and Juliet, two teens who are over-run with grief, I fell and I fell hard. I listened to this book every chance I got, I just needed to know how their story went.

Juliet and Declan were writing letters to one another regularly, first angry letters, then a sort of friendship developed which flourished into something else. The only issue was, they didn't know who the other was. 
In real life Juliet wasn't the biggest fan of Declan, he scared her a little and made her angry. But the more she got to know him, the more she came to like him. 

Watching these two characters write letters back and forth, and knowing myself who each of them was, I was getting so frustrated that they hadn't figured it out. Once Declan did figure it out, I yelled at him inside my head regularly to just tell her, it was getting so frustrated!
These two characters seemed to be on completely different paths, and they just couldn't find their way to each other, there was one piece of information that could have ruined any chance they had of getting past this friendship, and I was terrified. 

The way Kemmerer brought this book to a close, was just perfect. There was no stone unturned and everything ended just how it should have. There were some painful twist and turns along the way that shocked me, but it made the story that more life-like. It made the point that life is not a fairytale, people do things that shock you and hurt you, but you need to get through it, you need to make your own path.

I absolutely adored this book. The narrators were perfect, and they got the emotion and the message across perfectly. I felt so many different emotions throughout listening to this audiobook, and by the end, I felt as though I had known Juliet and Declan forever, I was so connected to them.

  • Since You've Been Gone

  • By: Morgan Matson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend - someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There's just a random to-do list with 13 bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane? "Go Skinny Dipping?" Um...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me Hooked from the Beginning!

  • By Kim (_booksarelove) on 06-04-2018

Had me Hooked from the Beginning!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2018

This book I had in my Audible library, it had been sitting there for quite some time and I thought that it was about time I listened to it.
It didn't take long for me to get hooked into the story, and from then I listened to it daily just to find out what was going to happen.
I have only read one book from Morgan Matson previously and I really enjoyed it so I was looking forward getting into it.
Emily goes to her best friend's house at the beginning of the summer holidays to find that she was gone without a trace, with no explanation. All Emily had was a to-do list of things that seemed impossible and a whole summer without her friend.
Slowly, Emily made new friends as she tried to make her way through the list.

I couldn't get enough of the plot. The relationships that evolved in that summer between Emily, Frank, Collins and Dawn was something that I had always wanted as a teenager, a small really tight group of people who loved spending time with each other.

I really liked the idea of the list. Having Emily go through and do a whole number of things that she wouldn't normally do, it made her a stronger person and helped her reach out to new people and form new friendships.

I really connected with Emily, I felt her sadness when her friend left, and her determination to finish the list. I felt proud of her when she conquered fears and heartbroken when she did.
The ending of the book was so perfect. It closed everything up in a nice little bundle, however, I would love to know what happens in Emily and Frank's future..I am just going to imagine that they get their happily ever after :)

The narrator of this book was great. Her voice was exciting and changed with every new character. I definitely didn't get bored listening to her, which I find so important in an audiobook!

If you enjoy contemporary romance books, I highly recommend that you pick this one up, I am sure that you are going to love it as much as I did!

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  • While You Were Sleeping

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked from the Beginning!

  • By Kim (_booksarelove) on 27-03-2018

Hooked from the Beginning!

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2018

While You Were Sleeping by Katherine Croft was on my Audible shelf for a while, I am really glad that I got around to listening to it.
This one did not take me long to get through at all, I was hooked from the very beginning 🙂

This is my first book by Kathryn Croft, and I am just sorry that it has taken me so long to discover her work!

From the get go I was involved in the story. How could someone wake up in bed next to a man and not remember what happened..especially when that man turns out to have been stabbed to death. Of course I wanted to know what happened, so extra points for starting off strong.
As the story evolved, I had a number of suspects in my head, but as usual I was completely off the mark with who the actual killer was. It was a complete shock to find out who did it, and it did not come to light until the third last chapter, which was really great!

As far as the characters went, I connected with the main character, Tara, I wanted her to find out who it was, and to prove that she was right about it not being her or the person that everyone else thought it was (sorry, no spoilers here!) I was on her side the entire way through the story.
The other characters were just as good. I cannot say that I didn’t like any of the characters – except maybe the creepy stalker guy! All of the characters were multi-dimensional and great to follow along with.

The narrator for this book was great, she had a voice that changed well with the different characters, I wasn’t getting bored with her narration which is a big tick from me!

For anyone who is a fan of mystery/suspense books, I encourage you to pick this one up as I think you will love it!

Thank you for stopping by to read my review of While You Were Sleeping I hope you enjoyed it!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

  • The Couple Next Door

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

People are capable of almost anything. Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you live only next door. You'll have the baby monitor, and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and implausible

  • By Fiona on 27-12-2016

A bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 20-12-2017

I had been anticipating this book for the longest time. I found it on Audible and I bought it with one of my monthly credits, and it has been sitting there for a while. I finally got around to listening to it..
I wish I could give it a higher rating than just three out of five but I wasn't hooked on it. The story itself wasn't too bad, however I found myself figuring things out quickly before they were revealed in the book, especially the "shocking twist" at the end..
The narrator of this story just didn't do it for me unfortunately. She made the characters (especially the main, female character) sound a little pathetic and I just wasn't connecting with either the characters or the narrator.
I know that I have managed to talk about all the negative things, but there were some good things also. The characters were dynamic and multi-dimensional and there was a good portrayal of mental illness - namely post natal depression.
I enjoyed how the author spoke from both main characters, we got an overall telling of the events, rather that just from one person's angle.
The writing style was enjoyable, the story flowed nicely, I didn't feel as though she went over things for too long.
I am interested to hear from anyone who has read/listened to this book and has a different opinion to me? Maybe the narration just ruined it a little, but it just did not click with me, which I am disappointed about, as I was looking forward to this one a lot!
Thanks for stopping by to read my review of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena on audio. 
Until next time, happy reading!
Kim x

  • If I Was Your Girl

  • By: Meredith Russo
  • Narrated by: Samia Mounts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Kim (_booksarelove) on 07-12-2017

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-2017

This book has been on my TBR for such a long time, I thought that it was about time that I read it (or listened to it in this case).
I haven't had a lot of experience with the LGBT community when it comes to literature, and I was very looking forward to adding another book to my growing list.
In this book we follow Amanda. Who was born Andrew. She knew from a young age that she was Amanda and eventually her parents - mainly her mum - knew she was too.
This book goes through the struggles of a teenage girl who has a secret, and has gone through such turmoil in her life that she doesn't want to let herself trust anyone. Amanda moves to a new town to live with her dad after immense bullying due to who she is and determined to not let the truth out and to keep to herself, she finds herself with a group of friends and even a boyfriend and life is looking up.
Until one day, her secret is out. Will the boy she loves still want her now that he knows who she is?
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish! I really felt for Amanda the whole way through, she was punished by bullies for being who she was and no one accepted her. I was worried for her the whole time she was in her new school with her new life, worried that someone or something was going to ruin it for her. This book just put me through so many emotions, some of the time I couldn't keep up. 
The only thing I would like to know is how it turns out between Amanda and Grant..does he accept her after all or do they go their separate ways? The book ended before this and I would love to know. I would hope that he did accept her for who she is and they lived happily ever after..but I guess I will never know!

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 952

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and irritating

  • By Jo on 03-12-2016

Full of Twists

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2017

4.5 Stars

This book popped up on my Audible account as a suggestion and I liked the sound of it so thought I would give it a go.
This book is told from the point of view of two characters - Lily and Carla. Lily is a lawyer who is married to Ed and Carla is the young girl who lives next door.

I really connected to the character of Lily, she was a young newly-wed still trying to find her place in the world. She had been given her first criminal case - an appeal of a man who was wrongly convicted for murder, she did get a little annoying at some points, but i enjoyed her chapters more than those from Carla's point of view. I struggled to connect with Carla, as at the beginning she was an 11-year-old girl. In the second part of the book when she had grown up, I still couldn't connect with her, I just never liked her personality - but her personality made her parts of the book quite interesting and they brought the book together.

There were so many twists and turns in this story, when I thought that I knew where it was going, something else came along and threw me. I loved every minute of it. There was not one character who didn't have a secret. Even when you thought you knew what they were, further along in the story, more of the secret would come to light and destroy what you thought you knew.

All-in-all I enjoyed this book, it was very well planned and written. Jane Corry was able to keep us guessing and not give away more than she wanted us to know until the very end.

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook review: when I'm gone

  • By Kim (_booksarelove) on 03-10-2016

Audiobook review: when I'm gone

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2016

Wow.
I really liked this book. It started out a little slow but towards the end there were just so many twists and turns that you didn't see coming and they were so brilliant!! This book was really well written and performed wonderfully. I really enjoyed listening to it!

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

Audio book review: All The Light We Cannot See

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2016

I saw this book everywhere in the online book community, so when I joined Audible I thought that I would give it a go.

I will start off by saying that it took me ages to get through it, as it was roughly 17 hours of audio, with 179 chapters. Now I don’t know if the written format was that big, but wow.

So we follow a number of different characters as the story unfolds, but the two main ones are Marie-Laure, a French girl who is blind by the age of 6 and lives with her father in Paris; and Werner, a German orphan boy.

Marie-Laure’s father works at the Museum of Natural History, and when the German begin to enter Paris, her father is required to take a jewel with him that has been rumoured to be cursed and hidden in the museum for 200 years, or it could be a fake look-alike, but he is to protect it. Together they flee Paris and go to stay with Marie’s recluse great uncle to wait out the war.

Meanwhile, Werner is accepted into a school for Hitler youth where after some time his ability to track radio signals is used by the army to locate illegal radio frequencies. He is sent out with a number of other men to locate these radios and confiscate them from those who are using them.

This book follows the two young people through their lives in the middle of a war until they eventually come together.

I enjoyed this book, even though it was long. I did think though it took quite some time to get to the point, and there were a number of things that could have maybe been left out. The book also jumped back and forward in time for the two characters, which made it a little confusing, for example, one minute Marie-Laure is in her uncle’s home with him and the next she is hiding in the attic and their town has been bombed. It slowly goes back and forward until the two timelines meet. I struggled to keep up once this began, as I didn’t really know what was happening or why.

Other than the confusion, it was enjoyable and gave good insight into how different people were affected by the tortures of war.