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Free At Last

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  • Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
    "Narration so bad it's difficult to get through"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Laurie R. King, but this narrator is so bad he could be a satire. I stopped and started the book half a dozen times before I finally managed to not hear the narration. The book itself is great.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1285)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Sweet but shallow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or Rich Orlow?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Kent Krueger again?

    Maybe


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ordinary Grace?

    It just didn't have much substance at all to cut from.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a circus of one-dimensional characters: The beloved sister. The sorrowing mother. The Father-Knows-Best minister who has a perfect Christian response to every event. An Indian who has Indian wisdom; a man hurt in the war who is sad; a deaf girl who is lonely and needy; a blind man who is also lonely and needy; a rich family that is elitist; a gay boy who is embarrassed about being gay; a policeman who drinks; a stuttering boy who is mystically wise. Overall, the story is much like the foam on the glass of a 1950s root beer, except less refreshing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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