I find it harder writing reviews for audiobooks because I can’t make notes or mark a page as easily as I can with a physical book or e-book. So I thought I would write some mini-reviews.
These are a few of the audiobooks I’ve listened to recently and some of my thoughts about them.
(click on the image to read the description on Goodreads)
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Published June 25th, 2019 by Harlequin Audio
One woman is on the run. One woman is missing.
This is a new beginning for Beth. New name, new look….new life. A life far away from her abusive husband. Beth has been planning this for more than a year. She won’t take any chances. This HAS to work.
Sabine Hardison is missing. It doesn’t look like she’s taken anything with her. The police are stumped. Then her car is found abandoned.
With so many secrets and so many lies, the truth is bound to come out one way or another. What does that mean for Sabine and Beth?
The story was told from multiple points of view, which I enjoyed. Well-written with well-developed characters and some great twists. I happened to guess one of the twists early on but it didn’t bother me. I was still engaged in the story and excited to see how it would all come together.
I thought the narration of this audiobook was terrific. I was up until the early hours listening. It was worth losing sleep!
Emotionally complex and clever!!!
A unique story of obsession, jealousy, deception, and more. A thrilling audiobook that I highly recommend.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
Published May 28th, 2019 by Scribner
“Ask Again, Yes” is a story is about two families, The Stanhopes and the Gleasons. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope met when they were both rookies for the NYPD in the early 1970s. When Francis Gleeson and his family moved to a home in the suburbs, it wasn’t long before Brian Stanhope and his wife, Anne moved in next door. Francis’s wife Lena made attempts to get close to Anne, but Anne was standoffish and didn’t want to be friends.
Although the adults were not close, their children, Peter and Kate, born just six months apart became fast friends.
A horrific incident when Peter and Kate are in junior high leaves all of their lives irrevocably changed. Soon after, the Stanhopes move away, but the families lives will be forever intertwined. We see their story play out over the next four decades.
I enjoyed this novel. The plot was good though I did find it a bit drawn out in the middle and while I found the ending satisfying there were a couple of things I wondered about. But overall, I thought this was an honest and engrossing novel filled with lots of family drama.
“Ask Again, Yes” is an intriguing story of love, addiction, mental illness, family, and the incredible power of forgiveness.
Taylor Adams – No Exit
Published January 15th, 2019 by William Morrow
I listened to “No Exit” in just a few sittings. I enjoyed the story, but there were times that I felt it dragging on a bit. It was also a little too descriptive for me at times. I do think I have a harder time listening to gory or gruesome books. It could be because I can’t skip ahead of a scene as easy as when I’m reading. Overall, I thought this was an interesting read that kept me gripped from start to finish.
Have you read or listened to any of these books?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!