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  • The Gargoyle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Davidson
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Hell is a choice"
    "Catholic Angst and Redemption"
    Overall

    The writing was pretty descriptive rather like a feast of words. The other stories within this story were wrought together very well.

    I did get a bit impatient with the way it dragged on, especially with the main supporting story about the nun and the mercenary.

    I would give it 5 stars but then I do not like tragedies; I thought the ending was just hopelessly twisted. Is it just me or do the tragedies win the most awards?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1159)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Great story, disliked the narration"
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    A lot of people seemed to like Sissy Spacek's narration, perhaps I am spoiled by all the better narrators I've encountered but I disliked the narration.

    I've read the book so many times over the years and was excited to get the audio. Sigh. Personally I thought the Southern accent was almost non-existent which is a real shame.

    Excellent story but I'll read the book instead of listening to this audio again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rabbit Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Larry Brown
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Set in Memphis, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory presents a wildly diverse cast of characters who are looking for love, but not necessarily in all the right places. Helen is a sex-starved alcoholic who combs the local bars looking for the one thing her sugar daddy can't give her. Arthur, Helen's aging sugar daddy, is very wealthy, but suffers from severe self-confidence issues. Believing himself unloved, Eric is a runaway who oddly becomes Arthur's adopted son.

    Blake says: "Larry Brown didn't proof it"
    "Gritty tale and excellent writing"
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    I, personally, liked the narration but a southern accent has never bothered me. The story IS about the regular people, the ordinary people, mostly uneducated, mostly poor--those people whom we could be except perhaps for an accident of birth.

    You don't see many--any?--acts of extraordinary valor or integrity here, just the dark side mostly. This is not a book about heroes, it's a book about real life where there are very few heroes. I **love** the writing, that's why I reread it every few years. One would have to appreciate fine writing to enjoy this book. (Don't read it if you are depressed!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Homesman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    Sharon says: "Wait, What? The story disintegrates 3/4 way in."
    "Rich characters, good narration"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed listening to this book so much that I purchased the other books on audible by the same author. The narrator does a good job. I would happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys rich characters. Buy it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shootists

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By J. P. O'Shaughnessy
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a man of principle and the only surviving gunfighter in a vanishing American West. He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, on the day of Queen Victoria's demise, there to be told by a doctor that he must soon confront the greatest Shootist of all: Death himself. In such a showdown against such an antagonist, J. B. Books cannot win. Most men may end their days in bed or take their own lives, but a mankiller has a third option, one which Books decides to exercise. He may choose his own executioner.

    erudite says: "Loved the story, disliked the narration"
    "Loved the story, disliked the narration"
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    The story was great. Loved it. The narration though left much to be desired and detracted from my enjoyment. The narrator did a good job with the voices but I think the editor must have botched the job. I could hear papers rustling in the background, every now and then the narrator would suck his teeth or completely mispronounce a word. Not his fault, he is human. Do they not edit these things? Appalling treatment of a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (907)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Entertaining tale, Excellent narration"
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    I was pleasantly surprised to find the tale entertaining and it was further enhanced by the narrator. I bought the other two books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Pat Brown, Bob A. Andelman
    • Narrated By Pat Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him - but the police dismissed her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life's work.

    Clydene says: "The Hero's Journey or Heroine's Journey"
    "Pat Brown, Please hire a professional to Narrate."
    Overall
    Performance
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    It is an interesting read, but maybe the book version would be better because Pat Brown does a bad job of narrating it. When I first heard it I thought, "This cannot be a professional narrator, it's probably the author. WHY? Why do you guys do this?"

    Long pauses and the same voice for each character make it a rather tedious listen.

    SPOILER ALERT START

    I have to ask, were there ANY cases where they prosecuted the killer. Understandably this is about profiling and not prosecution but with all the conjecture and theories you get... nothing. Just one case, one. One. One would have been ok, but I would probably then complain 'Only one?'

    Besides, this doesn't tell us what makes the serial killers tick. For me it wasn't just prurient interest as in the What they did, but more about the Why. Along those lines I hope Audible will have the books by Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis and Dr. Jonathan Pincus some day.

    SPOILER ALERT END

    It's unfortunate that this book in the end appears to be a memoir of the author--"My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths and That's All". If you want to know the WHY as opposed to just the What, then this is not the book for you.

    I would give one star but it does have interesting tales and information so it gets two stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Roger L. Depue, Susan Schindehette
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    In this first-person account of becoming the FBI's top serial-killer hunter and a member of a religious order in an attempt to discern the true nature of good and evil, Roger L. Depue searches for an understanding of how evil develops. Between Good and Evil is Depue's look back at a life spent apprehending criminals, especially serial killers, first as a small-town police chief, then an FBI-SWAT team member, Behavioral Sciences Unit chief, and a developer of revolutionary law enforcement programs.

    Victor says: "an autobiography more than a career retrospective"
    "Self-Congratulatory All the Way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book should have been called The Great Roger Depue. I was looking forward to case history, psychological methods and actual reasoning but the book glosses over the cases and points instead to how great a man Mr. Roger Depue must be. I am sure he is great at what he does--after all he did 'profile' the bad guys pretty well--but dear gods, I wondered if he sprained his arm patting himself on the back quite so much.

    The narrator did a good job so he gets a 5 but the story itself isn't about a hunt for violent predators so it gets a 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5382)
    Performance
    (4879)
    Story
    (4943)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Some Endings are Better Than Others"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrators were excellent, I find that very important in an audio book. Some of the voices/accents were not the same in this book. Min, for example.

    Seemed like one of the villains was an afterthought in this final book: "Oh what should I do with him? Ok, kill him." It could have been a memorable death because the villain was a memorable character. Unfortunately, instead of a huge explosion it was a weak puff. Was it a lack of time? I wonder if that was the case with some of the other deaths and killing them was the quicker option: What should I do? Kill."

    I wasn't bothered about Rand or his three lovers. The other characters were so much more interesting to me.

    I suppose, with this book/series, most if not all the fans would have been a little disappointed no matter what was written. There are so many of us and we each identify with different characters.

    Still, what a ride it has been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill You Twice: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree....

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Great improvement in Cain's writing"
    "Can't stand the narrator, will get print version"
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    I cannot finish this book, the narrator seems to be whispering to herself. It's irritating. Why, oh why did they not get McCormick to narrate? I have to get the print version because I enjoy the series.

    Wish I had checked who was the narrator and read the reviews for book 4. I jumped to book 5; sounded more interesting than book 4.

    Gave the story a 3 because I did not finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heartsick

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (262)

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for 10 days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go.

    Karen says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "Interesting Story, Excellent Narrator"
    Overall
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    Gretchen is a villain I found both interesting and repulsive. It was an interesting story. I read the 2nd book first and it was good enough to get me to buy the 1st and 4th book on audible.

    Part of the reason I decided to go for the 2nd book was the narrator. McCormick does a good job. I enjoyed listening to her.

    Entertaining book if you like serial killer genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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