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  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Over-written and over-delivered!"

    The plot's fine, but the writing is so staggeringly melodramatic--with long, cliched descriptions and forced language--and made worse by the overly dramatic reading! Wanted to scream several times. Stuck with it just to find out whether my own prediction of "whodunnit" turned out correct.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Terrific narration, gruesomely funny story."

    One of the best narrated audiobooks I've ever listened to! Tightly, wryly written with great turn-of-phrase. Yes, it's quite gruesome in spots, but the humor and dry wit gets you through those places. The narrator uses tone of voice and artistic pauses to perfection. A "fun," decidely different read--especially for a murder mystery/cop story. Will definitely be listening to this one again, soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"

    I repeatedly experienced what NPR Radio calls "driveway moments," sitting in my garage or work parking space, unable to bear the thought of turning off this audiobook. I found myself thinking about the characters during the day when I couldn't be listening and praying for their outcomes. The marvelous writing allows such an attachment to the characters that my heart would pound in anticipation of the next scene. And the author uses the clever time traveling literary device to play out the story in a riveting way. Even when you know what is going to happen (because Henry has already knows about it from the past or future) you hang on every word to hear it happen in the main timeline.

    This is one I probably listen to again, something I rarely ever do.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "One of the best ever"

    One of the best books I've listened to, ever! As the war progressed, I eagerly anticipated Anne Garrels daily reports on NPR and was fascinated by her astute observations and analysis. This is the story-behind-the-story, the experiences and personal emotions that shaped her view of what was really happening before, during, and after Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Garrels husky, familiar voice reading her book makes the words come to life in a phenomenal way. Months later, I find still find myself thinking in quiet moments about some of the vignettes and scenes she described: fearing discovery of her unregistered sat-phone, saving an injured man in the street after a bombing, trying to get her visa extended at the Ministry of Information even as the American tanks were about to enter the city... This book makes a lasting impression. Truly an addition to the "must-listen" list. Thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Noel Riley Fitch
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Her name is synonymous with the art of cooking. Yet few know the richly varied private life of the legendary Julia Child. Go beyond the kitchen to discover a truly American icon in Appetite for Life.

    Jane Mcdowell says: "More than I wanted to know"
    "Fascinating, though a little long-winded"

    A wonderful insight into the background and makings of our friend, Julia. But I, who insist on only unabridged versions of books, wish this had been a bit shorter. The lengthy descriptions of Julia's grandparents and great-parents was of limited benefit later on.

    All in all, though, a fascinating insight into this great, boundary-busting grande dame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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