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  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Wonderful non-fiction.....needs new narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think this book would be best in hardcover. Laura Caldwell wrote an amazing story and succeeds to show all of us that a little kindness goes a long way. Unfortunately, Laura Caldwell has a drone-like tone with zero inflection. I found myself drifting and having to rewind. I had to concentrate very hard to keep my focus on the story.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laura Caldwell’s performances?


    If you could give Long Way Home a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "The true story of a young man's life cheated by the justice system "

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    I grew up in Newton, MA and have spent many days at Cold Spring Park as well as Starbucks in Newton Center. Listening to this book felt very real to me. The narrator is spectacular and truly took on the characters emotions. I purchased this book because of it's ties to Newton but that was just a plus. Without the connection to Newton I would still have enjoyed the book. The plot is creative and the character development is subtle. Be sure not to discount anyone!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    The end was definitely most memorable. Just when you think you have it all figured out you realize you don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Worst book ever!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book had any plot or character development it would have been fair. Yes, we all listened because of the sex and the hype around the sex but all three books are really bad. There is absolutely no plot, relationships are simplified, and there is no character development. I have to hand it to E.L. James for at least being smart about people buying sex, but as a writer she is really bad.

    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A plot would be nice. A little reality would be nice too. How unrealistic a 21-year old virgin and what's more unrealistic is she likes kinky sex right from the start.

    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    She was fine but the men should have been read by men.

    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?


    Any additional comments?

    Poor, poor writing. The word "bemused" and "murmur" used way too much.
    The entire series was so unrealistic and unbelievably boring. Even the sex became boring. Don't bother to read these books. If you want to read about sex there are many alternatives.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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