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Kelly

FORT WORTH, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    D. Littman says: "very interesting popular history"
    "Not bad but..."
    Overall

    The stories are pretty good and give a lot of insight into some really interesting historical occurrences. I don't feel the author did a very good job at tying everything together. It seemed really forced and without closure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Bucket full of crazy"
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    I am a fan of David Sedaris, so at a recent reading he encouraged fans to check this one out. Very good advice! As you listen to this one, it's almost surreal that as advanced as our society has gotten, there are still people like this in charge of the lives of human beings. It also make you wonder what is going through Dennis Rodman's head to befriend people like this. Next time you hear someone complain about their "first world" problems, point them in the direction of this book. It is truly eye opening. The author did an amazing job at mapping out the lives of the chosen few and, as a reader, I felt like I was living in the shoes of these poor souls and couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all ended. The narrator also did an outstanding job giving a voice to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3546)
    Performance
    (3019)
    Story
    (3013)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Really makes you think"
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    If you are a parent, this one will make you think about how your unconditional love for your kids can sometimes leave you blind to the obvious, and the lengths you would go to protect them. This is a book that you will have a hard time figuring out what's going to happen from chapter to chapter and the ending will leave your mouth open. When I started listening to this, I was coming off a book that was really well narrated so the bar was set pretty high, so I was pleased that the narrator didn't disappoint me here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (823)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Haunting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a long time fan of Will Patton's incredible gift of narration, so when I ran across this one, I couldn't pass it up. I'm certainly glad I didn't. Meyer did a wonderful job telling this story. The book is put together so you are left wanting more after each chapter. It is also unique to see the story unfold across the three generations and be able to hear the perspective from each person. All of the narrators do a superb job at bringing life and a certain personality to each part. I finished the book several days ago and I still find myself thinking about it. I love the way Meyer gave a current vocabulary to the Native Americans. It really helped make the story entertaining and kept this from being a history book. I am from Texas and really enjoyed hearing how the state transformed over more than 100 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5798)
    Performance
    (5243)
    Story
    (5238)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Really outstanding story and narration!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    As an audio book listener, you occasionally run across that really great book that makes the first couple of books after it seem really disappointing. This is that really great book! I was a fan of "A Time to Kill" and kind of skeptical when the follow-up came so many years later. Believe me, it was worth the wait. This is a true page turner and really rich story telling. I found myself sitting in my car after pulling into work and home because I couldn't wait to hear what was next. The narration was also first rate. Michael Beck did a superb job of really distinguishing the characters, which is a huge part of listening to a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (574)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Really great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Joe Hill does it again. He is a great story teller and I found myself sitting in the car wanting to hear what was going to happen next. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Narration was top notch as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "Interesting isten"
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    You have to go into this book with an open mind. If you like jazz, then you will enjoy this book. You have to remember that Miles Davis grew up in a totally different time and his views of the world are completely justified. I found myself, on occasion, feeling a little put off by his somewhat one sided views. Then I reminded myself how different times were back then and put in the same situations would probably have similar views. If you can get past all that, you will find this book truly interesting as it goes into the deep deep history of jazz, along with side stories of Coletrain, Monk, Armstrong and all the other masters of jazz.

    This is a real history lesson in the music and the times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (795)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Good story, great narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I really enjoy the writing style of JLB, and have listened to all of the Robicheaux novels. This book is classic JLB and will not disappoint those followers of the Robicheaux/Purcell escapades. The characters are complex and the details true to form. I do enjoy the ones set in south Louisiana better (but that's just because I love that area it's rich history). Will Patton is a master narrator (as usual) and really brings all the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2556)
    Performance
    (2369)
    Story
    (2373)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Mystery Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "The Lighter Side of Steven King"
    Overall
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    Grabbed this one because we were looking for something to listen to for a road trip. The reviews were good and we love Mr. King's story telling.

    This one did not disappoint.

    Although the description paints a picture of death and ghost, it's really a story of the coming of age in the 70s. This story really took me back to my youth. I could almost feel the ocean breeze in my face and hear the sounds of the amusement park.

    This does have typical supernatural and murder, but that's not the sole focus of this one.

    The narrator also did a fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11476)
    Performance
    (10345)
    Story
    (10408)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Unique story and well thought out"
    Overall
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    This was a good story and the world that she created is very unique. It's a little too "teenie bopper" for my taste, but now that I am bought in, I have to finish the series.

    Don't get me wrong. The story is great and the narrator is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2282)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2124)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Exceptional Thriller!!!"
    Overall
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    This is the second Joe Hill book I have had the pure pleasure of listening. Just like Heart Shaped Box, Joe Hill tells a really unique and terrifying story. He created some really profound and seriously troubled characters and kept the story flowing really smoothly without making it convoluted.. I am a real fan of this author.

    As for the narrator, there are few people who can pull of what Kate Mulgrew did with this one. She really brings all the characters to life, especially the antagonist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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