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Philomena

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  • Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By K’wan
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    Three years after narrowly escaping a one way trip to the gas chamber, the fugitive known only as Animal finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime: Harlem. Throughout his entire time in exile, the only thing that kept Animal going was the thought that he would one day be reunited with his soul mate, Gucci - but one bullet changed everything. When his enemies tried to murder Gucci, they crossed the line, so he vowed to cross them all.

    Tony says: "ABSOLUTELY AWESOME"
    "A Brutal Glimpse into Life in The Hood"
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    What does Cary Hite bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cary Hite's voice was an entertainment all on its own! I couldn't get enough of him speaking like a mad black woman. Especially when in the role of scolding a child, or telling a guy to get lost. He got the attitude just right!

    In the more serious male roles, he nailed it right on the head. He switched seamlessly from threatening, to pleading, to joking, to murderous...creating an atmosphere you could feel in your gut.

    He made it easy to think you're really listening to an entire cast of performers carry you through this story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second K'wan novel. The first was Section 8, and it was like nothing I've ever heard before. I was so excited to see more of his work available here on audible. K'wan's writing is outstanding. It's almost TOO real, and at times makes your heart skip a beat when you think that, just maybe, the gang members behind all the shootings you hear about in the news (especially here in Chicago) are people eerily similar to the ones in this book.

    In a way, it's as though one of those news paper articles reached out and grabbed you by the nose and pulled you inside - behind the scenes - where the killers are lurking in every corner, and god-forbid you do as much as accidentally bump their arm as you're passing by.

    This is a credit very well-spent. But fasten your seat-belt, because it's one hell of a ride.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coming of Age in Mississippi

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Moody
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. The week before she began high school came the news of Emmet Till's lynching. Before then, she had "known the fear of hunger, hell, and the Devil. But now there was…the fear of being killed just because I was black." In that moment was born the passion for freedom and justice that would change her life.

    Philomena says: "A Gripping, Visceral Account of 1960's Reality"
    "A Gripping, Visceral Account of 1960's Reality"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were many times during this story when I froze in place, put my hand over my mouth, and felt my eyes well with tears...but don't mistake it for some sort of a 'sappy sob story.'


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best credits I've ever spent. I couldn't take my headphones off! I even turned off my phone, so I wouldn't be disturbed. There is not one single boring word. The entire story is alive - pulling you in, triggering emotions you didn't even know you had, forcing you to experience an ugly part of American history, and opening your eyes to the true, dirty reality of racism.

    The narrator is fantastic - I cannot praise her enough. She reads it like it's her own personal story. Her voice is smooth and pleasant and displays a brilliant full spectrum of emotions. I could listen to her all day and never get tired.

    You will NOT regret this selection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15822)
    Performance
    (14036)
    Story
    (14075)

    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 Cocky Thriller that Escalates with Every Page"
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    What I loved best was the supremely masterful talent Gillian Flynn has for crafting out such a clever and tantalizing story. This is one author who shouldn't get lost in the mix.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's CLEVER. Gillian Flynn didn't just create any old psychopath. This one is remarkably intelligent, and I imagine could outwit the devil himself.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They were fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about their performance. Each one contributed equally to the story, and they were so believable, it required no effort on the listener's part at all to accept them as their characters from the very first words out of their mouths.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Gillian Flynn audiobook, and today I begin my third. This masterful author is not just imaginative, she has the highly strategic intelligence of a four-star Army General. Her writing is multi-layered, like a game of Clue, all stitched together with surgical precision. I've read/listened to thousands of books by hundreds of authors, and I'm telling you, THIS author is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3712)
    Performance
    (2998)
    Story
    (3021)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Flynn is ONE HELL OF A WRITER!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. Right away I was hooked. The storyline was taught, dark, and gripping. The characters were frightening believable, and although the book shifted from the present to the past, it was written well enough so that you always knew exactly where you were, and never lost your place in time. This is my first Gillian Flynn novel, and I loved it. There are few authors capable of this type of mastery over the telling of their tale. I kept my headphones on well into the night, unwilling to remove them even as I changed into my pajamas! I stayed awake under the covers in the dark, dying to know what's going to happen next, and didn't pause the story until the middle of the night. First thing in the morning, I threw the headphones right back on and didn't take them off until it was done.


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    This is such an incredible work, it's difficult to compare it to anything else. But a few stories do come to mind, because of the' poor family living in the country who suffer some extreme and frightening tragedy' theme. Those would be:

    Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek
    Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell
    The Red Tree, by Caitlin R. Kiernan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (1630)
    Story
    (1630)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Wish I would have read this 5 years ago!"
    Overall

    Now it all makes sense. When you find yourself in one of those incredibly horrible relationships with someone who you can't believe is SO COLD - give this one a listen and you'll immediately begin to understand why.

    This is a brilliantly written book by a skilled and insightful women. It offers numerous examples of sociopaths and clear instruction on how to recognize them in your own life. This should be required reading in as early as freshman year high school! We all NEED to know these things - and the information contained within this book can be lifesaving to those of us (like myself) who have had or may one day have the terrible misfortune of falling into a relationship with a charming sociopath who has the ability to sweep you off your feet...only to drop you off a bridge when the 'game' is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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