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  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2568)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1935)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Doubtfull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story would be a lot easier to believe if the father was not a pastor. Is it just a fiction? if so, if should not be presented as fact.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (697)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Not worth a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Sense of an Ending did not end soon enough for me. Very boring.l I wish I had not wasted a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Eric Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family-until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"

    A.C. says: "An okay read"
    "Great story, bad narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is up to Lescroat's standard, but the narration is very distracting. As long as Dawe is just narrating the story, he is fine, but when he does voices, awful. The women sound like chattering crows and the men just sound false. I'll read the next John Lescroat book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1485)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "LOL funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my first Terry Pratchett book and I loved every minute of it. I really like the fast delivery as it enhances the droll humor. I appreciated the message of acceptance, diversity and assimilation of different cultural groups. I will listen to more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6158)
    Performance
    (5471)
    Story
    (5469)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A waste of one credit. I stopped listening halfway through the first part. Too long and too involved.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "Loved the story, narrator was totally annoying"
    Overall

    I liked this story because it spoke to me as an Irish Catholic woman raised in Maine. I could pluck people out of my own life and set them down in this setting. This is an adult book and deserves a sophisticated narrator not one who sounds like she's reading to kids. I would recommend it to those who are interested in Irish-Catholic guilt and fatalism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti's telefonino rings. A woman's body has been found in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. Brunetti sees some signs of force on the old woman, but they could just as easily have been from the radiator near where she fell. When the medical examiner rules that the woman died of a heart attack, it seems there is nothing to investigate.

    Kathleen Rogers says: "Worth a listen, but"
    "Compelling story"
    Overall

    This is my first Donna Leon book and I will definitely read or listen to more of her works. The story is complex and most of the characters are finely drawn. Leon has a lot of insight into the human character and what drives us. David Colacci is the perfect narrator for this work.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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