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  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (244)

    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
    "Interesting book, very poor narrator"
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    This book is interesting. Sam Brower did his homework and with help from Krakauer tells a compelling true story about a depraved religious leader, Warren Jeffs.

    The problem here is the narrator. He is bad. I normally can put up with a lot and that includes a wide variety of narrators. Not this one, though. It was as though he went to Elocution School for the first session, then quit. He heard them say, "Be sure to enunciate every word." But then he misunderstood every other thing they said. He sure does enunciate. He would say the word enunciate like this: EEE-nun--see-ate. I am not kidding about the long EEEs or the emphasis on the first syllable. He says every single article A as long A, never, ever the short a, as in uh. Never. Try it sometime when you have to present to others for an hour. After 15 minutes I am thinking people will start to look at you funny and wonder why you are talking so weird. So, while listening to this narration, I would find myself counting the As instead of listening to the book. He would pronounce other words oddly as well. For instance, "hor-OAR" for "horror," emphasizing and lingering over the second, emphasized syllable. To say that his narration ruined an interesting book is an understatement. I would give him zero stars if I could. Sadly, a decent book and compelling story which many of us could learn from was spoiled by the exceedingly poor narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "You could do a lot worse!"
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    It would be easy to overlook this rye look at life by Alexander McCall Smith. The series is wonderful and there are 9 books now in the series (Audible has 8). Smith is never mean spirited and you get to know the foibles of the characters so well. I love this series and think you will too if you like stories about everyday people and their oddness. Highly recommended for great character studies (even dogs!) and for excellent writing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3811)
    Performance
    (2714)
    Story
    (2719)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "omg, get this book immediately"
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    For some strange reason, I missed this one throughout my school years and then college and grad school. Not sure why but wow! What a novel. Do not miss this one. You will lie awake thinking about it years after you "read" it. Owen is a guy who does not fit in the group. This story is about why he is the way he is. So wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1430)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "not so hot"
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    Really chick lit and perhaps this is why I did not like it. Writing not good and narrator was poor. She tried but was unable to do voices so you never knew who was saying what. Also she was melodramatic. You can skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherless: Fatherless, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Dobson, Kurt Bruner
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The year is 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson - a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career - is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend's church.

    carla says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Beware! Just Stops"
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    I double checked looking for the 3rd file for this book, but there is none. It just stops! You get that "the book has been broken into parts to make the download faster" stuff, but there is no 3rd file to download???? There should be 3 of them. I am supposing three. But only 2 show up when I look for the book in my library.

    Interesting although you have a nagging suspicion that someone is trying to make a point throughout. Also VERY drawn out. VERY.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1876)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "okay"
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    Moderately funny. She is no David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I got the book because someone said if you like Sedaris, you will like this one. Not true. I did laugh out loud on a few occasions but Jenny Lawson is no David Sedaris. A bit too self conscious perhaps. Hard to put my finger on. But he is a genius. She is not. So enjoy but do not expect too much. I think I am disappointed because she did not live up to the Sedaris bar. That is unfair, alas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4983)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1871)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Held my interest"
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    Not much happens in this one yet I must say it nonetheless held my interest.
    Generally well done and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (671)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Another win for Hiassen!"
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    This book is every bit as good as the others in this "series" of madcap happenings in Florida. Well written and always wryly funny, I can't get enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6206)
    Performance
    (5374)
    Story
    (5367)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Wow! What fun!"
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    I loved this book. It never failed to keep my interest. It was a wonderful love story and a sad one. I felt the titillation of looking behind the curtain into lives both public and private. What a good writer Jess Walter is! I am impressed.

    The book jumps from character to character and from time period to time period and yet it all fit together. I was never lost. Loved it. If you were around in the 60s, I think you will remember and love it even more. I can't say more without giving away plot. If you love Italy or romance (I do not mean so-called "chick lit") or old time movies or the 60s, you will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (408)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "So much better than the 1st in this series!"
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    This book was relentless and exciting. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the last book in the series. This book was the 2nd of 3 in the series. The first book in the series was, frankly, much too much internal dialog and I panned it. This one was like it was written by a different author. It was interesting and came to a logical, if bloody, end. I am thinking the author was "getting his feet wet" in the first installment. Something like that. My recommendation is to skip the 1st book and start the 3 book series here with the 2nd one. You do not need the 1st book to understand this one, so why bother with it? I wish that I had done just that.

    A word to others. The violent parts--and there are several--are very bloody. If this sort of explicit description turns you off, you had better avoid this author.

    I look forward to reading more McKinty and I never thought I would say such a thing after reading the first novel in this series, Dead I Well May Be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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