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  • Labor Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Wilson Bethel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy - and the man he later becomes - looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single, long, hot, life-altering weekend.

    Justin says: "Seemed like a hell of a holiday."
    "Meh"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This is a great question because this book sparked absolutely nothing in me. I listened to it all, but couldn't really tell you why I stuck with it.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7457)
    Performance
    (6841)
    Story
    (6846)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Great Character-driven Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys novels that are more character-driven, as opposed to driven by action. The characters are expertly drawn, and each so deeply flawed that you question whether you like them or not.


    Any additional comments?

    My only critique is that the falling action drags on, and the author goes to great lengths to make obvious conclusions and lessons that were easily drawn by reading the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10601)
    Performance
    (9621)
    Story
    (9641)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Didn't even finish it"
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    What disappointed you about 14?

    It was sold to me as a suspenseful mystery, but it is much more Si-Fi. If that's your thing, you might enjoy it; however the characters are not particularly authentic or compelling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6331)
    Performance
    (3114)
    Story
    (3132)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "[Phantom Tollbooth-wit] + [Harry Potter-imagery]"
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    Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or Neil Gaiman?

    I probably wouldn't.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At first, I was taken aback by how juvenile the story was. It "read" like a young adult book. I stuck with it despite this because my cousin recommended the book.

    The story begins with Phantom Tollbooth - type adventures that end with some type of parable message. These adventures are set within a larger Harry Potter - type "chosen one" battle against evil. The stories show imagination;however they lack the wit and intelligence of Phantom Tollbooth. Similarly, the overall world in which the story is set is imaginative, but lacks the rich images conjured by the Harry Potter series.

    I stuck with it until the end even though 1) I didn't care about any of the characters and 2) could have told you how it ends long before.


    Do you think The Graveyard Book needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I just didn't develop an attachment to any of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (394)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "Not what you want it to be"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have preferred if the focus of the book had been on the hauntings and what was happening in the house/to the people. Instead, it focused on the exorcisms themselves. I was looking for a scary read and did not get that.


    Would you recommend The Demonologist to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they were interested in the philosophy behind Demonology.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (784)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Unable to keep traction"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story started out so great, with great foreshadowing; however, around the halfway point it got rather tedious and I found it really hard to care about what was being foreshadowed. The ending was okay, but the payoff I was hoping for was just not there.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia B McConnell
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (230)

    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

    L. Adams says: "needs photos"
    "Some interesting insight, but highly repetitive"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author is a clear animal lover, and has great knowledge of dogs. However, I found her advice and approaches did not apply well for a single person who has a dog and a full-time job, but not a farm. I found that I could not relate to, or take much away from, her personal stories and examples.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia B McConnell? Why or why not?

    She referenced her other books quite often; however, I did not find myself thinking - "oh, I have to read that."


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was clean and non-distracting.


    Do you think For the Love of a Dog needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't - I didn't even finish Part 2 of the download because it was so repetitive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1054)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Okay - but nothing special..."
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    What did you like best about Heft? What did you like least?

    The best part of Heft is the realistic manner in which it depicts loneliness, and how it brings to light the extent to which loneliness is self-imposed. However, the story is long road that basically leads to no where exciting.


    Would you recommend Heft to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, as there is no memorable take-away from the story.


    What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s voice?

    Harvey Firestein-esque.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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