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Cranberly

Chicago, IL | Listener Since 2004

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HELPFUL VOTES
  • 5 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 224 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6563)
    Performance
    (1881)
    Story
    (1902)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Author should stick to writing only"
    Overall

    When the author reads his or her own book it can go either way. When Douglas Adams reads his, brilliant. However, in this book, the author is not a good narrator. I couldn't even get past the first chapter. I was not engaged and I am not sure if it is because the author's voice is distracting me or if it is the actual book. I imagine it could be both. I would play it safe and check this book out at the library before purchasing.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Last Things

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Little Lucy Appleyard is snatched from her child minder's on a cold winter afternoon, and the nightmare begins. It is as if the child had disappeared into a black hole with no clues to her whereabouts...until the first grisly discovery in a London graveyard. More such finds are to follow, all at religious sites. In a city haunted by religion, what do these offerings signify?

    Cranberly says: "Great!"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    Creepy, true, but also a great story. Each character is so well developed. And the narrator is fantastic. I really liked it and can't wait to listen to the next book by Andrew Taylor.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    Rene Auberjonois is a great narrator and Preston and Child are fantastic writers. They have created a modern Sherlock Holmes in Agent Pendergast. I can not get enough of this FBI Agent! All in all, very enjoyable listening!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Well written and well narrated, this book is enthralling! I have listened to it twice and suggested it to my friends. They too love this series of books by Preston and Child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (201)

    Behind the gates of a fabulous Hampton estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers the carnage of a gruesome crime, a nightmare of seemingly supernatural origin. The smoldering remains of infamous art critic Jeremy Grove, a melted cross branding his chest, are found in a locked, barricaded attic. The hoofprint singed into the floorboards and the smell of brimstone recall the legendary horrors that befall those who make a pact with the Devil.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    I can't get enough of Agent Pendergast! Plus, Rene, the narrator, does a WONDERFUL job. Both well written and well read, this book is a must have! Be sure to check out the other books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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