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Scott

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  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
    • Narrated By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (475)

    Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes - the moment she hears him speak of his crimes - she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case.

    Margaret says: "Memoir of Molestation"
    "Profoundly Depressing and Ethically Problematic Storytelling"
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    Performance
    Story

    The author has every reason to convey the awful reality of what was done to her as a child. And that's mostly what you get - an exceedingly drawn out victim narrative.

    The true crime connection to Ricky's story is interesting but not enough to sustain an entire book. This probably would've been more effective as a feature article in a magazine.

    Finally, the author take SIGNIFICANT liberties in speaking for others, which I found ethically problematic. She tries to justify her "imagining" other victim's and criminal's thoughts by citing trial transcripts, news articles, and a play(!?) ... Nonetheless, it's troubling to call these sections of the book "non-fiction" and I'm surprised the editors and publisher didn't hold her more accountable for that.

    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (568)

    Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation.

    Donna says: "A FIVE"
    "Please Get To the Point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A very long-winded psychological thriller that underwhelms. The protagonist constantly reminds us that she is being less than honest, and thus half the content is a slog through needless exposition. There is no big twist ending and by time we see the "mystery" solved, I simply stopped caring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Egg and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano, R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

    Chris says: "Awesome! Great Twists! "
    "Big Things in Small Packages"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are some highly effective short pieces here; very thought-provoking and whimsical. I appreciated the ones with twist endings, and the Twilight Zone tribute was the highlight of the collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greenglass House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Milford
    • Narrated By Chris Henry Coffey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    It's wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler's inn is always quiet during this season, and 12-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo's home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house.

    Lori says: "Thoroughly delightful experience!"
    "Charming Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very enjoyable young adult/children's literature, including a twist I didn't see coming. The unique cast of characters are fun and inviting, and the setting really sets the story in motion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1649)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Mel says: "Classic Gothic Ghost Tale"
    "High Quality Ghost Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You can see the ending coming from a mile away, but that doesn't make it any less creepy and satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1081)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    steve says: "So good, it’s scary."
    "Creepy But Likely Contrived"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This feels like a descent haunted house story, but what really sets it apart is trying to convince yourself that it really happened. I'm left unconvinced, as any speculative person would be. Regardless, the process of playing out the potential truthfulness is worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cujo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (712)

    Cujo is a 200-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Gut Wrenching, SOAP OPERA"
    "Visceral Terror In a King Classic"
    Overall
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    Story

    Circumstance and fate intertwine in this sinister story. The most terrorizing element of the novel is how King uses a diseased animal on a rampage to allegorically punish an unfaithful wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (608)

    In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection. At the time, the detective was a relatively new invention; there were only eight detectives in all of England and rarely were they called out of London, but this crime was so shocking that Scotland Yard sent its best man to investigate, Inspector Jonathan Whicher.

    Jennifer says: "Tragic Murder at dawn of detective bureau"
    "Intriguing Mystery and Historically Insightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting case study and historical account of early detective methods. The prose has a tendency to wander away from the core subject, but even these detours tended to hold my interest ... At times it reminded me of the Serial podcast, had their subject matter taken place in the late 1800's Victorian England.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magpie Murders: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (4853)
    Performance
    (4465)
    Story
    (4442)

    When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

    Sara says: "A British Whodunit"
    "Meta-Murder Mystery Masterpiece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Agatha Christie fans will devour it up, and most abundantly appreciate what this story accomplishes. It pays homage to her substance and style, while simultaneously taking the formula into a whole new, innovative direction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Left Hand of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1619)

    A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

    kwdayboise (Kim Day) says: "Almost 50 and still amazing"
    "Classic Science Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Powerful examination of the human condition conveyed through our ability to connect with an alien species.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dandelion Wine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (595)

    Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author’s most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

    Julia Blake says: "Thought Provoking Story"
    "Delightful and Timeless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nostalgic of a bygone and much more innocent time. Put this on a summer reading list, to be enjoyed on a porch with a glass of cold lemonade as the late afternoon summer sun begins to descend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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