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  • Terror by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Caffey, James Pence
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In one evening, Terry Caffey lost everything. His wife, Penny, and his sons, Matthew and Tyler, were brutally murdered; his home was burned to the ground, and his 16-year-old daughter, Erin, was in jail, charged with thiree counts of capital murder.

    Jill says: "Wonderful book"
    "Couldn't get through it... too much bible-thumping"
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    What disappointed you about Terror by Night?

    The story was diluted with all the god-talk. It got so annoying and repetitive that I couldn't finish.


    Has Terror by Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Usually true crime books told from the perspective of the victim are fascinating, and this one was at first, but I am not religious and the writer clearly is, so I couldn't relate to his version of events.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Poe Ballantine
    • Narrated By Poe Ballantine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    For well over twenty years, Poe Ballantine traveled America, taking odd jobs, living in small rooms, and wondering the big whys. At age 46, he finally settled with his Mexican immigrant wife in Chadron, Nebraska, where they had a son who was red-flagged as autistic. Poe published four books about his experiences as a wanderer and his observations of America.

    Mark says: "It is all about Ballantine and not the murder"
    "Creepy story"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was the author, and he was a little flat at times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There actually is a film ... same name. It's shot documentary-style. I enjoyed it... until the end. I saw it before I ordered the book. I would have loved some resolution... but it never came.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected - A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kelle Hampton
    • Narrated By Kelle Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Kelle Hampton's new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, she knew instantly that something was wrong. As her friends and family celebrated, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome - a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift. With lyrical prose and gorgeous photography, Bloom takes listeners on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life.

    Marian says: "The narrator talks too fast ,can hardly catch up"
    "The author is so whiny, I couldn't keep listening!"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I like books about parenting. I like stories about children with challenges. I didn't finish this book however - I got SO sick of the author's "woe is me" attitude! Mind you, this is probably how she really felt about the situation, and I'm sure if I continued to read she would have eventually shut the hell up, but I just couldn't take it anymore. Ruined it for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
    • Narrated By Gary L. Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IRONY of it all"
    "Not sure I buy it..."
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    Was The Most Dangerous Animal of All worth the listening time?

    For me, yes, because I am interested in the Zodiac murders and true crime in general. I had to hear what Gary Stewart had to say about his father. The writing wasn't half bad, and the story of his journey to find out about his biological father was interesting... but, I found the fact that he intermixed his father's story with that of the Zodiac a little contrived.

    On the one hand, he's telling a story about a kind of weird guy (his biological father) who came from a messed up, broken home, and did some pretty uncool things (like knocking up a 14 year old, practically suffocating his own newborn son, forging documents, and beating his subsequent wives). That in itself is kind of interesting. But he loses track of his father in the early 60s, and all of a sudden he's narrating the Zodiac murders (late 60s) as if his father was committing them. It doesn't make much sense... it's disjointed. His father apparently died in 1984 in Mexico, but we hear nothing of what he was doing between the mid 1960s and his death (besides killing people, I guess).

    There are a number of reasons to think that Stewart might be on to something - but he just doesn't back it up enough in this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Suzanne Berne
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Living in a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C., Marsha is nine years old in the summer of 1973. While the nation’s attention is focused on the breaking Watergate scandal, her quiet neighborhood is going through its own upheaval. Looking back as an adult, she remembers it as a time when her father’s abandonment of his family becomes entwined with the arrival of a new neighbor and the death of a boy who lives down the street. Deeply disillusioned by the changes in her life, Marsha takes it upon herself to find the boy’s murderer, which sets off a chain of tragic events.

    Melissa says: "Slow and boring"
    "Slow and boring"
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    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Berne’s story?

    I thought it was a true crime story, so I guess that's why I was so disappointed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20853)
    Performance
    (18696)
    Story
    (18764)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A real psychological thriller"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The writing - going between the main characters was brilliantly done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The sister. She was very believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (179)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Great book!"
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    Where does Lost Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the better ones for sure.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Even though there were slow parts, I definitely wanted to keep listening to find out what happens next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12085)
    Performance
    (10976)
    Story
    (11003)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Starts slow... ends with a bang."
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    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    The narration was good. The story was a bit too far-out for me.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie maybe. Sci-fi.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girls of Tender Age

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
    • Narrated By Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In Girls of Tender Age, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith fully articulates with great humor and tenderness the wild jubilance of an extended French-Italian family struggling to survive in a post-World War II housing project in Hartford, Connecticut.

    James says: "I changed my mind"
    "An interesting read"
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    If you could sum up Girls of Tender Age in three words, what would they be?

    I don't think I can.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it's true. And although it was about a murder, there were many other layers.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith?

    Maybe.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (371)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "A bit rambly"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is also the author. His tone is kind of annoying.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the stories, but less so the author's dissection of them.


    What three words best describe Andrew Solomon’s performance?

    Meh. Meh. Meh.


    Was Far from the Tree worth the listening time?

    I skipped over parts, so I guess not.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting but a bit too lengthy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18990)
    Performance
    (14764)
    Story
    (14707)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Classic Tina!"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Someday perhaps. For a giggle :)


    Any additional comments?

    It's basically a stand-up act, rather than an autobiography. But if you're cool with that, and you're a Tina Fey fan, you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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