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Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3274)
    Performance
    (2567)
    Story
    (2571)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Favorite listen so far."
    Overall

    I've been an audio book junkie for a while now and this is the first one that was so superbly narrated that I felt reading it for myself would have been an injustice. But the narration is just the tip of the iceberg-this story sweeps you away with humor and adventure and I was hooked from ten minutes in. I found myself putting in my ear buds even before I had walked out of work to escape back into Locke's world. I really cant remember being this entertained by such lovable characters in a long, long time.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rhett Butler's People

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald McCaig
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Rhett Butler's People is the long-awaited novel that parallels the great American novel Gone with the Wind. Twelve years in the making, Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event for millions of Gone with the Wind readers, complementing and adding new dimensions to its timeless story.

    Marie says: "Fiddle-dee-dee, this was fun!"
    "How could a true fan resist?"
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    This book is exactly what any GWTW fan would enjoy. Obviously it isn't going to do all of the characters justice in your mind, or recapture the story in exactly the right way, nor will it fill every pothole you may have had left over from the movie or the book or their respective sequels, but it will bring the people you love back to life for a bit and retell the tale with a few new morsels of enjoyment. Be warned, the narrator does a good southern twang, but every so often it seemed to falter and grate for a bit. And the ending, once it comes, is somewhat abrupt, but if you're looking to revisit Tara for a bit this will do the job nicely.

    1 of 1 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
    (2865)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2661)

    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.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Buy it!!"
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    You know those audio books that you love so much that you start writing the glowing review in your head while doing crunches at the gym when you've barely reached part 2? The kind of book that has you lowering your headphones and casting a withering glare for only the most dire of interruptions?? The kind you finish in record time, pausing only to bathe and even then skipping conditioner and all but the major body parts??? Well this is that book, and if you enjoy nerd humor, awesome characters, a seriously creepy narrator and an even creepier Christmas madman then buy it!!- and listen allllll the way to the end....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (655)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "Fascinating."
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    This has all the elements of the cliched young adult madness going around right now, but it stands apart as a downright good story. There is a heavy supernatural theme, but Stiefvater imagined a surprisingly interesting and believable world that Patton's gritty twang perfectly narrates. It kept me listening very intently, and I look forward to the sequel. I'd check the audio sample to make sure Patton is your cup of tea, other than that I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this. Think gritty southern Goonies with a strong heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2777)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Just buy it."
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    Wow. There's not much I can say because at no point did any of part of this audio book let me down. First of all, I can't remember loving characters as much as this. Not only did the author create fascinating and fully-realized people, but the narrator lent a stunning performance that brought them to heart-breaking life. The two main characters alone are enough for me to five star this book, but everything else is near perfection as well. The story had me entranced and the ending was moving. For those who fear the sap factor, don't. This isn't cheesy by any means, nor is it chick-lit. I will be listening to it again, and will forever remember it with fondness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1826)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1655)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Not my Favorite"
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    This is a basic love story hampered by a few reoccurring problems. It's Nicholas Sparks with some sports references and a mental illness arc. My biggest issue was that the main character's mental illness is not so much a characteristic as a plot device. Does he need to have slight amnesia so that the books big reveal remains hidden? Done. Does he need to have a child-like thought process to make him endearing and/or propel the story forward? Done. But his illness is at odds with the other aspects of his character. It seemed a lot less like mental illness and more like stupidity that the author employed as a convenient plot device. The other issue was the prevalent sports theme. While I am not a sports fan and feel that this may have to do with why it irked me, I genuinely disapproved of the manic, frenzied sports mentality that consumed most of the characters. I was fine until it seemed again to be less of a contributing factor to the actual story and more anecdotal filler used at random by the author. And finally, on more than one occasion I felt that I was suspending my disbelief to the point of exhaustion. Another coincidence, another glaring pothole that the reader saw coming from a mile away but none of the characters did, another "but wait how did she know..." or "how in the world did he not know??" because a large portion of the unknown is so obvious that its cliche. I thought I'd put this down once I had reached the middle, because to be honest I just didn't care about the characters or the story and I could see what every character couldn't from an hour in. But a lapse in downloading another book led me to finish it, and it ended as lackluster as I suspected. I would recommend this only if you're a sucker for any sort of love story, and possibly if you're an Eagles fan. Other than that don't bother. Of course I am one negative review amongst a ton of positive, so I could just have awful taste....

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (16887)
    Performance
    (15019)
    Story
    (15064)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A thrill ride."
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    This is a spoiler free review. First of all I have to give this book its just dues based on the fact that I have listened to it non-stop with the exception of two nights of sleep and a few bouts of work. This had me hooked from the beginning, though I felt a distinct alteration in my attention based on the three parts that the book is divided into. At first I was hesitant, though hesitantly hooked, as the marriage of Nick and Amy began to slowly reveal itself through the very opposite points of view of said parties. They have a marriage much like everyone else in which no one is a saint and everyone is certainly suspect when the he-said she-said thing starts playing out. The giant mystery unfolds itself pretty early on, but those few and far between gems that suddenly drop the floor out from the story and get you chomping for the truth are sparse at first. I did think to myself at one point that I was a bit tired of hearing the run of the mill American love story gone bad, but the ever-growing divide in the alternate narrator's stories had me deeply invested. And after the true crime dramas that have played out over tabloids and news channels in the past decade I found the increasingly incriminating nature of the first part deliciously devious. Someone seriously, seriously messed up, but by now everyone had started to look guilty. Part two came with a sudden and almost violent shift of the gears. I was enthralled, I was enraged, and I was loving every moment of the reveal, but here in the book is where things got slightly out of hand and somewhat unbelievable to me. Where I had taken the characters at face value and believed the author's every word I found myself questioning the reality and suspending disbelief more than I had in part one. What kept me grounded was the other characters and the giant question of how in the world this was going to wrap up. Part three offers the final resolution to a story that has to end with the biggest possible bang ever. No matter what happened the ending had to be awesome, and no, it couldn't end in that way, the slightly disappointing way, the way that it kind of had to end, the way that seemed obvious....but it did. I wasn't angry, and I don't even think I was let down, but I had seen this ending as a possibility early on and thought, "nah, Flynn has something awesome up her sleeve!" But alas.... Besides these few minor moments of disappointment the book really did deliver a whirlwind of a story that had me possessed, and I found the narration to be superb except for the occasional weirdness that came of the female narrator' version of men's voices.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1018)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "A little slice of the English countryside"
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    I bought this just yesterday looking for something light and fun to listen to and I was not disappointed. My only hesitation had been that the eleven year old heroine might be a bit childish, but I was very surprised to discover that I liked the intelligent tomboyish Flavia immensely. She is a precocious, mischievous little Sherlock Holmes who never once lost my attention. The stodgy English backdrop to this little mystery is full of wonderful characters that flesh out the scene and give life to Flavia's world. The mystery is reminiscent of a Holmes scenario and it too had me itching to get back to the audio book as soon as I woke up this morning. It's a very intelligent story full of interesting chemistry tid-bits and historical references that made me feel as if I'd found a delightful juvenile detective series on BBC to lose myself in for a bit. And I found the narration to be superb! I listened to the sample as a few reviews suggested and never once found Entwistle to disappoint. Im downloading the second book now without hesitation!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1156)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Delightfully devious."
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    Ok first of all, Jeremy Irons. Is. A. God. I would listen to him narrate the phone book to me, and not just because he's Jeremy Irons, but because he really and truly brings this book to life and I know he would make every name in the yellow pages ring with significance and meaning until I cried with the beauty of it all. His every intake of breath is part of the story, every pause is there for a reason, every single syllable is spoken in just the perfect way to put you inside poor Humbert Humbert's sad mind until you start mentally narrating your routine daily life with the same sinister intonations. I honestly believe Irons' narration is superior to his performance in Lolita the film because here you get frontal lobe seats to the nymphet obsessed HH just as Nabokov intended. Second, the story is, and has always been, one of my favorites. Its perversely delightful. All the wrong things happen in this story, and yet Nabokav does it with so much wit and frank honesty that you cant help but laugh out loud as HH details the seedy depths of his intentions and secret dreams. The writing is extraordinary!!! Nabokov submerges you in his prose and takes you to the intimate depths of a world where a pervert's fantasy becomes reality. This is truly a gritty experience that leaves you dusty from sitting between HH and Lola on their cross-country motel spree.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2791)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1153)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Beware the evil librarian!!"
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    When someone described this as the Da Vinci Code without all the action they hit the nail on the head. It starts off great and had me interested instantly. A young girl discovers an unusual book in her father's library and begins unraveling a mystery that spans the globe and dates back to the days when impaling one's minions was all the rage. There is a ton of travel, a wealth of brilliant accents, and a lot of suspense at the core of it all. The lack of action wasn't necessarily a detriment to the experience, but I kept chuckling to myself as the "action" parts unfurled: there's the eerie moment in the library, the edge-of-your-seat thriller that occurs while someone works on their master's thesis, a high-stakes confrontation by the card catalog, the man lurking in the shadows of a monastery, and of course, the evil librarian!!!! Its as high-octane as you can imagine the library can possibly get. And yes, the evil librarian does exist, is actually referred to as such, and he poses most of the threat for a good amount of the book. What I enjoyed about the book most was the characters; they're fully fleshed out interesting people that you grow to care for. This more than anything got me to the end. The details and the historical background in the story are no small feats to overcome; I spaced out on a large chunk of them more than once, though it didn't leave me guessing as to what was going on at any time. My only real complaint is Dracula. He's the orginal un-dead, the artist formerly known as Vlad the Impaler!! but man he's kind of wimpy in this. I wasn't expecting a campy Van Helsing showdown or fisticuffs, it just seems like Dracula and his dark forces do a lot of hiding around corners, watching from across the piazza, or more often than not, hanging out by the card catalog. When someone gets too close to the truth they rearrange all the cards and make it impossible for you to find the text book you need!!! Drat!!! No, I'm kidding about that last part, but there really are card catalog show-downs in this baby, so brace yourself. Despite this minor point I do recommend it for the lovers of thickly detailed books. Maybe better for long trips and hospital stays, I myself stuck with it through a bout of manual labor as ordered by a judge from the state of Ohio. Kidding!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (568)

    It was a case that haunts Bobby Dodge to this day - the case that nearly killed him and changed his life forever. Now, the gruesome discovery of six mummified corpses resurrects his worst nightmare: the return of a killer he thought dead and buried.

    Chuck says: "Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Great start, slightly disappointing end"
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    What does Maggi-Meg Reed bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She fits the main character very nicely and rounds her out as a street-smart girl of the appropriate age. Only once in a while does she go over the top and make it a bit cheesy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All in all I listened to this start to finish with few breaks in between. It definitely had me hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    I skipped the first book of the series and went into this one instead. As criminal mysteries go it was pretty good. The gruesome murder had me hooked right away and guessing all the time as to who had done it. The police work was mostly believable, though a few minor parts seemed unlikely to happen in the real world. There were some very interesting plot lines merging together to keep me hanging by every word, but in the end I was disappointed by the whole

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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