The Cousins by Karen M.McManus | Audiobook Review

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The Cousins by Karen M.McManus | Audiobook ReviewThe Cousins by Karen M. McManus
Also by this author: Two Can Keep a Secret
Narrator: Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinders, David Garelik, Julia Whelan
Length: 9 Hours 28 Minutes
Published by Random House Children's Books on 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780525708001
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four-stars

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again.
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

Why Did I Read The Cousins by Karen M. McManus?

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus INSTANTLY appealed to me. After all, I had previously listened to the audiobooks of One Of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep A Secret. So, I knew in advance that I would enjoy the audiobook. I made the assumption that it would be able to keep my attention as well as that I would be easily able to follow the story. Plus, I was hankering for something of a mystery-thriller bent. Thankfully, this audiobook delivered.

What’s The Story Here?

Three cousins from the Story family are invited to work at their estranged grandmother’s island resort. Turning it down is absolutely not an option – at least not according to their parents. Jonah, Millie, and Aubrey aren’t exactly sure why their parents were cut out of their grandmother’s will. However, this is the summer where they find out what happened. At the same time, they also get to know each other as well as their Uncle Archer “(who is a pretty excellent character). Meanwhile, we discover that the cousins each have some secrets of their own. The Story family history is about to get really dark really quick.

What Did I Think Of The Cousins?

One of the things that I loved about this book was that it kept surprising me. I would assume that the book would go in one direction or that I had it all figured out, only for the plot to twist. When it comes to a thriller, that is exactly what I want. If there’s no twists, what is the point? I liked that each of the Story cousins had chapters from their perspectives and point of views. Plus we got chapters from the past as well. McManus delivers another book that is compulsively readable.


How’s The Narration?

From now on, I am just going to listen to all of Karen M. McManus’s books. The Cousins, similar to the other two books I’ve listened to by McManus, is well produced. There’s not a flaw in this audiobook production that I could perceive. There are four narrators – Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinders, David Garelik, and Julia Whelan who each narrate chapters based upon the character they are assigned. The change up in narrators made the book go by fast and kept the intrigue going. Plus, I felt like it helped to really differentiate between points of views and characters. The audiobook is 9 Hours and 28 Minutes long and a superb listening experience.

four-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. I think I’ve only listened to McManus’ books and I agree that it’s the only way to go!

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