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Jerry

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  • The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horrible!"
    "Pleasant Surprise"
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    Would you listen to The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories again? Why?

    Maybe. The stories were well crafted and it was intriguing to watch the characters take shape, but knowing how the stories conclude would probably ruin a second listen.


    What other book might you compare The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories to and why?

    I can't recall reading anything that compares. Most of the characters are unsympathetic, selfish and unlikable, but the narrative is handled so deftly that you stick around anyway, if only to see if the unlikable characters get their comeuppance. By the end of some of the stories I was able to find shreds of sympathy for some of the most unsympathetic characters in the collection. Strange, really, but most of these stories were written (and narrated) very well. It's full of people being horrible to one another, but it's not (in most cases) for simple shock value -- it's organic and we get to see what shaped these vindictive characters.


    Which character – as performed by Shannon Cochran – was your favorite?

    None of the characters were really likable, so it's difficult to select a favorite. The narrator did a really great job with all the characters, though perhaps best with Jude from The Truth About Pretty Girls, or June from Unremarkable Heart.


    Any additional comments?

    The Audible Daily Deal occasionally pays off. Eighty percent of what I've picked up turns out to be crap. It was a pleasant surprise to find this collection offered. Without it I'd never have heard of Karen Slaughter. Now I'll be checking out her other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Priest's Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler, Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (93)

    Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother's life. Now he's a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost. Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man....

    Jerry says: "Excellent idea. Poor execution."
    "Excellent idea. Poor execution."
    Overall

    In an attempt to explore some wonderful themes (justice, vengeance, love and grace in regard to religious belief and societal laws), the Priest's Graveyard started off wonderfully, but went south pretty fast. Unique characters quickly morph into the cardboard cutout variety when their actions start to bend to the ridiculous plot.

    A vigilante priest who takes justice into his own hands is terribly intriguing. Then, as we watch him interrogate his first offender and are made privy to his inner turmoil via a painfully indecisive interior monologue, we see that it???s not really a moral struggle, but more the fact that this character doesn???t know what he???s doing or what he???s really about, even though he thinks he does.

    The same can be said of the recovering heroin addict and the ridiculous sequence of events that bring her to where she is. She???s another ditsy character that is at one moment full of conviction and self righteousness, and then the next second she's second guessing herself, and then she's full of conviction, and then second guessing herself, and then??? It???s tiring. We???re treated to monologue after monologue of the same thing from both main characters, especially in the last third of the book.

    Cardboard characters and ridiculous plot aside, the theme at the core of the book is one worth exploring. It???s just a shame that by the time the main characters begin to really reflect on it, I no longer cared about them, not even a little bit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child (editor), Steve Berry (afterword), Stephen Coonts, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Bond, Nick Podehl, Luke Daniels, and others
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    First Thrills will include never-before-published stories by New York Times best-selling authors including Lee Child, Stephen Coonts, Jeffery Deaver, Heather Graham, Joan Johnston, John Lescroart, Alex Kava and Deb Carlin, Michael Palmer (with Daniel James Palmer), Karin Slaughter, and Wendi Corsi Staub.

    Ladyfire says: "A Good Anthology"
    "Only a few decent stories in the bunch..."
    Overall

    I was amazed to hear the credits of some of these writers -- NYT bestsellers time and time again, but the fiction was pretty rank. There are only a few stories worth listening to. If you like the thriller/mystery genre and want some entertaining short fiction, I'd recommend checking out Jefferey Deaver's short story collections (Twisted, More Twisted, Nocturne). His was one of the better written stories in this collection, and it's not the best of his short fiction.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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