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Great story and great narration!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-23

I really enjoyed this novel from Roberts! Tom, the narrator brought the story to life with all the different voices he used for the characters. I will certainly look for other novels narrated by Tom!

The story kept me engaged and I really enjoyed it. There were a couple complaints though. There were so many new characters being added that I often got confused at the beginning of the book and a couple times throughout as to who was who and how they related to each other. Still a great story though and shouldn't be enough to deter you from purchasing it.

I listen to a lot of murder mystery type books and normally don't spend much time trying to figure out "who done it?". Besides, I am not very good at it. Lol So I just listen and enjoy. However, this book was different for some reason. I figured out the who done it quite early on and I feel that to some degree, the author made it a bit too obvious in my opinion.

Even with those complaints I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it!

Another great read from Baldacci!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-09

Great story line, it kept me interested the whole time. I was a bit disappointed waiting for the "surprise " that other reviews had mentioned was so good, they never saw it coming! I must have been thinking about a different book I purchased. There was no big reveal at the end so I was indeed "surprised ". lol Anyway, I wouldn't hold that against the author. It was a really enjoyable book with very relatable characters. I think this is a must read for people who enjoy the genre!

Another entertaining story from "The Master"!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-25

Harlan Coben was the very first book I read, as recommended by my best friend, after years of no desire to read (or even listen to) a book! She said to start with one of his and said I would enjoy "The Woods" by Coben. I only ever read what I absolutely had to and for 20 years or more never picked up a book for entertainment purposes. So I listened to that book and was thoroughly entertained. My Mom always believed that my dislike of reading was due to the types of books I was required to read from grades 7-12 (around that time anyway) because as a young girl (toddler to about grade 5 or 6) I used to love reading! Some book topics really negatively affected me and my desire to read slowly dwindled. Harlan Coben's master story telling abilities got me interested in reading again. I think I have listened to all his books and really enjoy them. This book was no different!

It had everything you want in a story. It kept my interest, moved at a good pace, had characters and scenarios one can relate to and if that isn't enough... it had a great "twist". I really thought I knew what the twist was, & to some degree I was correct. However, the twist was much more than your normal reveal and was beautifully woven throughout the novel and was a surprise even I didn't see coming!

Totally worth a credit in my opinion! So what are you waiting for? Purchase this book already:) Lol

Not at all what I expected!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-04

Neither in a good or bad way. I was expecting more "action", and so I was surprised the direction the story took. Some parts dragged on a bit.

I have never seen the movie with Will Smith but as I understand, the movie was very loosely based on the book. So I am interested to see where the movie takes this story line and will have to make the effort to try and watch it.

The narration was brilliant! He really brought the story to life! I will check out his other books he has narrated.

The biggest surprise for me was the ending!! I was like "That's the end!?!?!? It was such a short book, I thought the book was just getting into the guts of the story when it ended. I didn't realize it was under 6 hours. I liked it wasn't a typical happy happy joy joy ending. Some comments the author makes really made me think and allowed me to see a different point of view. I particularly liked the comment on normalcy! (About 3 minutes remaining on chapter 21, the final chapter)

Enjoyable read but a bit lack luster

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-31

This is the 3 time I have had to type out this review!! Keep losing it. Not willing to type it out a 4th time!

Ending I found abrupt. Anne Dowd was a real treat!

I give this book 3.5 stars

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-10

This was not the best book I have read but nore was it the worst either!

This was an ok story, I felt
It was a completely unrealistic scenario of a family and their drama, lies and omissions and had a very simplistic view of mental health issues. I felt the characters were shallow and very under developed. So many of the scenarios were entirely unrealistic in my opinion.

The idea that no one, in the what 7 months Bella & Judy lived with David's family, ever seen either the mom or daughter? Come on! David constantly saying he deserved what he got was repetitive and annoying. Him saying he "murdered" her annoyed me too. What happened to Julie in David's arms in my opinion was an accident. What ever else happened to her, if anything, is on that person! Not David for not being around.

I am glad I didn't pay full price for the book, but for a couple bucks it was ok & was an easy listen.

Overall this was a cute story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-03

I do believe this is the first book I have read from this author. I enjoyed the characters but at times found Landon's naivety to be quite extreme.

I will say though, if this is anything like what Hollywood truly looks like and acts like, I don't understand the draw to work in it!

Every cat guardian should read this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-26

Jackson did an amazing job writing this book! Not only is the information in it very detailed & easy to follow but he has cross referenced so many topics (what I mean by this is when he is talking about a specific topic and refers back to other things he said, he states as an example "for more information on Eat, play, love see chapter..."). This will be awesome for reference when working with people having issues with their cats.
I will update this review when I have more time to write more details. For now I had to give it a 5☆.
The only thing that I was disappointed with is that Jackson wasn't the narrator for his book. Although the narration was really good, it just wasn't Jackson!

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Cute Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-10

This is my first book by K. Bromberg. I found it quite cute, sassy and entertaining. It was even laugh out loud funny in a couple spots. It was an easy listen which was exactly what I needed at the time! The narration was really good from both Erin & Rupert.

If you want something lighthearted and entertaining, I don't think you will be disappointed by this book at all!

Not my favorite book of DS

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

Reviewed: 2019-09-10

Although I normally really enjoy DS books, I found this one to be just ok. I found it was quite repetitive in spots, boring in others and far fetched when it came to the horse accident.

There were several times I had to look at my phone because I thought I had somehow rewound parts of the book. Nope! Just repetitive parts.

I had to go back a couple times because I found the book wasn't keeping my attention. So worried I may have missed something important I would go back a chapter. I now know I didn't need to do that, I didn't miss anything important at all. I also found it to be somewhat preachy in spots about the dangers of texting & driving. You can make a point in a novel and move on but in this book I felt preached at.

I am an avid horse women and have spent most of my 46 years around horses. So the riding "accident" in my opinion was highly unlikely! Any horse that has that type of a reaction to a rabbit would NOT be used in a trail ride business much less given to a green rider! This somewhat annoyed me although I am sure most people wouldn't have given it a second thought.

As usual, I love DS's writing style and this book was no different. It was easy to listen to and easy to follow.

The narration was good. I am not familiar with this narrator but felt he did a pretty good job!

Overall I would give this 3.5 ☆'s.