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  • The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    Grasshopper.Craig says: "Great naration"

    Ellroy's rendering of post-war LA and its cops and their culture enthralled me as much as anything in this very entertaining book. That, together with strong, full characters, a believable plot and well-pitched narration, make this one of my favorite selections so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying To Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Best-selling author Robert Goddard presents an intricately woven and perfectly satisfying mystery with Dying to Tell. Autumn has come to the small town of Glastonbury. Lance Bradley is contemplating his own idleness when he receives an unusual phone call from the disabled sister of an old friend. Apparently, Lance’s old friend Rupert has gone missing and there are some pressing debts left unpaid. Travelling to London, Lance falls victim to an unfortunatestring of events before he realizes the only way out is to dig deeper and uncover Rupert’s secret.

    John says: "A great use of a credit. Highly recommend."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really enjoyed my first Goddard read, "Long Time Coming," and so had high expectations for this book, but the story was a bit too contrived and the narration was poor -- not well-paced or nuanced.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator

    What didn’t you like about Gerard Doyle’s performance?

    Slow, somewhat flat.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wish You Well

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Norma Lana, David Baldacci

    It is 1940 and a tragedy sends Lou and her little brother, Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwest Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The story is told with both heartbreaking elegance and large doses of touching humor as the lives of Lou and Oz are changed forever.

    John says: "Not your usual Baldacci"
    "Interesting subject, disappointing writing"

    I gave up on this book after a couple of hours, a rarity for me. The writing is heavy-handed, over-worked. I just couldn't listen to any more despite a keen interest in stories about mountain life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Bradley, Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick, James Bradley

    In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima - and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak and raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in a moment that will live forever.

    Doug says: "Flags of Our Fathers"

    The story of the individual "Flag Raisers" and the heroism and sacrifice of their fellow Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima is compelling on its own. It doesn't need to be pumped up by overly emotional (amateurish) writing and completely over-the-top narration. I couldn't wait for it to end.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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