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  • Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Esi Edugyan
    • Narrated By Kyle Riley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player, Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was 20 years old, a German citizen. And he was black.

    julie says: "Slow start, but worth the time."
    "Seductive and poetic!"
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    the narrator is phenomenal and captured the poetic nature of the book. the rich history of jazz in europe is mesmerizing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Spilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Asa Larsson
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    It's midsummer in Sweden, when the light lingers through dawn as winter finally ends. In this magical time, a brutal killer strikes, and the murder of a female priest sends shock waves through the community. Though she has no cause to get involved, attorney Rebecka Martinsson cannot help herself. And the further she is drawn into a mystery that will soon claim another victim, the more the dead woman's world consumes her - a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

    Susan says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Good page turner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story gave enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The side story with the wolf was really distracting and did nothing to further the story.
    The other side stories added to the story and gave all the usual possibilities for motives. Greed, sex, jealousy etc. they were all credible, so it kept u on ur toes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stick Fly

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Lydia Diamond
    • Narrated By Justine Bateman, Dule Hill, Michole Briana White, and others
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    How well do you know your family? Your social class? Your race? Sensitive "Spoon" LeVay and his brother "Flip" see their weekend at the family home on Martha's Vineyard as a perfect opportunity to introduce their girlfriends to their upper class African American parents. Instead they stumble into a domestic powder keg that exposes secrets of prejudice, hypocrisy, and adultery. This fantastic new play comes from the pen of one of the country's most provocative new playwrights!

    Turtle says: "Terrific!"
    "Terrific!"
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    This play captured so many aspects of race/ gender / class interaction with wit and grace.
    Interesting points in the play pointing out that at times you think your problem is race, but it's actually gender. Sometimes you think it's class, it's actually race etc.
    bottom line- we are all fragile humans, even the toughest amongst us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7224)
    Performance
    (6332)
    Story
    (6346)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall
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    All the dread and gore of war. Great details of lives on opposite side/ as seen by teens. The story well constructed like the city model.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16448)
    Performance
    (13703)
    Story
    (13697)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Gripping drama"
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    Story

    Page turner but non of the characters had any redeeming qualities. They were all so damaged.
    One of the narrators, the Megan character was not as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What She Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ellen Marie Wiseman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (431)

    Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

    Maryellen says: "Bad Italian accent ruins narration"
    "Interesting but predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Important story to give voice to the thousands of people mostly women who were committed against their will.
    The narrator was ok for the most parts but terrible when in the character of Bruno the Italian.
    Over all story predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (740)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "twists and turns that will keep you up at night"
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    Any additional comments?

    twists and turns that will keep you up at night to keep reading. the audio narration was uneven. when the narrator acted the male characters he was fine, but not so when he was doing the female characters.
    the story itself is a bit far fetched, but if you let go of that, it grips.
    the story has some chunks the are slow and seem to not progress the story much, (the group therapy stuff) although I can see they may be necessary for the "list of suspects".
    some parts of book read more like social commentary on class inequality, not helpful, like the fate of "mother."
    however some read like a travel guide of San Francisco. helpful if you know SF, which I know a little, so it was nice to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6589)
    Performance
    (5802)
    Story
    (5804)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "good social observation mixed with mystery"
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    If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

    emphasis on women


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book kept me up late! Good observations into women's lives and the nuance of upper mid class in Australia.


    How could the performance have been better?

    another narrator


    If you could rename Big Little Lies, what would you call it?

    appearances can deceive!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Audible and enjoy a variety of narrators. this was was simply awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6881)
    Performance
    (3606)
    Story
    (3635)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood!"
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    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood! read superbly by Neil Gaiman himself. words lovingly rolling of the tongue.


    Any additional comments?

    the fantasy story is also a lovely gentle nudge at London, a city I love, so this was a very enjoyable listen. "There ARE shepherds in Shepherds Bush.."and all the while the big question, why do we exist?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1393)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "what if at its best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful stories of the same person's life. "what if" this or that and would lead to another kind of life.
    I particularly like the fact that the writer showed us that the people of countries at war suffer the same. An excellent point.


    What about Fenella Woolgar’s performance did you like?

    very sensitive to the characters' personalities.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristina Ohlsson
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Fifteen years ago: A teenage girl is viciously assaulted as she picks flowers in a field one night in midsummer. The crime is never reported. Present day: A man with no identification on his person is killed in a hit-and-run. He is never reported missing. Across the city, a priest and his wife are found dead in an apparent suicide. Fredrika Bergman is assigned to the case. What she and her colleagues discover is that a sinister evil, the roots of which date back decades, is the link behind these seemingly unrelated crimes.

    Turtle says: "page turner into the night!"
    "page turner into the night!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Silenced to be better than the print version?

    be sure to give yourself plenty of time to listen to this.


    What aspect of Justine Eyre’s performance would you have changed?

    the Swedish accent did not help here at all, but distracted from the very good story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the background stories of the team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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