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  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "Quirky story, but shallow characters."
    Overall

    While this story remains fairly interesting because of the bizarre chain of events claimed by the author, the characters feel 2-Dimensional and I found myself rapidly losing sympathy. It is worth listening to, (be aware that descriptions are often graphic, but not gratuitously so) but not one I would enthusiastically recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Past Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ken McClure
    • Narrated By Robert G. Slade
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    After neurosurgeon John Macandrew performs a routine operation, the patient undergoes a severe personality change. The diagnosis is a rare condition that leaves its victims confined to mental institutions. Blamed by the patient's husband for the dreadful outcome, Macandrew retreats to his native Scotland. There, he makes discoveries about the illness and the chemical that induces it. But someone is using the chemical to regress selected individuals and gain eyewitness accounts of past events.

    A User says: "Past Lives"
    "Great Idea, but fell a little flat in the end"
    Overall

    The narration on this is pretty good, and I liked the premise of the story. I felt like the story fell a bit flat, but it was OK. Not my highest recommendation here, but it's worth a listen if the idea intrigues you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killers Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Povey
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When an unlikely (and nameless) hero stumbles into the path of a serial killer, he has no choice but to defend himself, and ends up killing the killer. Shocked by his own strength, he then goes through the dead man's wallet and finds the damnedest thing: a personal ad inviting the killer to join a party hosted by Errol Flynn. Errol Flynn? Isn't he dead?

    May says: "Tried a bit too hard"
    "Not fantastic, but OK"
    Overall

    Narration is pretty good, but the plot was predictable and a bit trite. It doesn't expect much of you, and as long as you're not looking for something exceptional, it's a decent listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cement Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    One of the world's most acclaimed novelists, New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan has earned the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. After their parents die, four children are left alone in the family house. They are free to live however they choose, but they must preserve their terrible secret.

    Alastair Binnie says: "(Almost) unbearably dark"
    "Not so happy with this one:"
    Overall

    This book was difficult to stick with. The plot was thin at best and never really takes an interesting turn. It was predictable and flat, with characters that are not engaging. I found myself not caring what happened one way or another. I think I finished it out of sheer stubbornness...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Body Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Laurie Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Since the publication of his first novel 30 years ago, Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life real figures. The Body Artist is DeLillo's haunting and profoundly moving new novel.

    John says: "Excellent in every way"
    "DeLillo's usual excellence"
    Overall

    With DeLillo's usual expertise, this story is an excellent slant on the grieving process. I felt that I wanted to listen to it again as soon as it had ended, afraid that I had missed so much of the important details. This is definitely one that bears repeating and I would highly recommend it. It is not one to be casually listened to in the background, however. It required concentration. I found myself rewinding whenever I got to engrossed in traffic while I drove...but well worth the effort!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6230)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2415)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "LONG!! History of Greek family"
    Overall

    While the subject matter was very intriguing to me, I found myself disappointed in the first half of the book. I repeatedly had to convince myself to stick with it. The entire first half is an involved family history, which doesn't really add anything to the matter that is perportedly under discussion: the narrator's gender identity. While I understand that the idea is to explain the background and origination of the genetic deviation, the fact is rapidly lost in a not-so-interesting discourse of 2 generations prior to the one in question. The second half that actually deals with the narrator's life is interesting, but fails to really make up for the lost time in the first half of the novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (359)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Great story...exceptional narration!"
    Overall

    While the subject matter has certainly been addressed and re-addressed, the fresh voice of the narrator makes the story feel new. The characters are engrossing and at no point do you feel ready to jump ship...this reading keeps you involved from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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