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  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (466)
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    (462)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
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    Hattie bore eleven children. In the death of her first two, twins, Hattie becomes a shell of a woman. She is a victim of circumstance, from the times, from her relationships and from herself. Her husband August can't or won't be the man she needs yet he was the one person who shined with love, passion and tenderness toward the children.
    The writing was superb; the twining of the twelve tales worked. I felt the ending abrupt and a bit disappointing.And I am so glad to have experienced this book.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
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    (341)
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    (337)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "Quite a Good Story of Revenge and Salvation"
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    This book began very slow for me, not until about half way through did things pick up and a really good plot emerge. I am very glad I hung in there, worth the wait. The characters (even some of the "bad guys") were portrayed with depth and even compassion when appropriate. With all this killing and revenge a love story develops which was kind of sweet in the middle of all the violence. The listener becomes very attached to the main character Sonny. We cheer him on as he revenges his father's death, just killing and killing away. Yea this is a pretty good book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (368)
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    (368)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "No My Ears Were Burning"
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    I am shocked that I disliked this book as much as I did. I typically am a fan of this author. I am not sure what Mr. Isles was thinking as he wrote and wrote and wrote this way too too long book. The plot kept going round and round and never really got off the ground. The characters were not very likable and often acted in ways that were inconsistent. And yes I agree that the narration was worse than horrible. The fake southern accents were insufferable and Mr. Ledoux over acted with many of the characters. I just couldn't wait for this book to end. I suffered for over 30 hours hoping that something would improve and it just never did. UGH.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (787)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Big Brother Employer"
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    The Circle is the leading tech company in the world. This cutting edge company is perfect in every way. The "campus" is just beautiful. Everything is state of the art. Every employee is friendly, upbeat and psyched to be part of a new movement, a new way of being. It is considered such a privilege to work for the Circle. But not everything is as perfect as it seems to Mae. She has doubts now and then....does she remain a loyal employee?
    This book is cool and interesting. For the most part it held my interest. Of course is designed to make the reader think about the nuances of progress, the age of the internet and specifically all of the information sharing the goes along with our " logging on".
    Eggers book is not perfect, but it is thought provoking and worthwhile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wiley Cash
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Erik Bergmann, Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    This Dark Road to Mercy is a tale of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, a story that involves two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a little town not far from the Appalachian Mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor-league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Easter offers chance at redemption; but no spark"
    "Should Have / Could Have Been a Good Book"
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    This book lacks depth and heart. The overall plot has promise but the author just takes it nowhere. The characters are cardboard and shallow. The story is underdeveloped and full of innuendo that goes nowhere. The narration is less than stellar and most likely it's just me, but I find Jenna Lamia's voice irritating. So this one is a waste of time & credit, a giant snooze-fest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (521)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Russell says: "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."
    "Is Evil Something You Are or Something You Do?"
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    A quote of Patrick Bateman, the young, handsome,successful Wall Street main character. This book is shocking, the graphic violence and sex extreme yet well written and quite interesting. A cutting commentary on culture, consumerism, life in the 80s and relationship.
    I imagine few have the stomach to finish this book, so be forewarned. What does it say about those of us that liked this book? I'm not sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nickolas Butler
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

    Janice says: "Thirty-Something angst"
    "OH WOW, LOVESONGS"
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    This is a terrific book! Since other reviewers have outlined the plot, instead I'll just review the high points, and there are many. It was very clear early on that this book was written by a man. Each character has a clear voice and although there are women characters in this book, this story just exudes testosterone. And I mean this in a very good way. At times I thought I could smell Henry's sweat or taste Leland's tears. The prose is rich and it gives to the listener.
    I knew the characters and felt for them. This story about marriage, friendship, loyalty and unrequited love is a winner. Hooray to this author! I had no problem differentiating characters, there were several narrators and each voice / character is introduced in the beginning of each chapter. Enjoy this book..... it's a good one!!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Deadly Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gordon Grice
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Award-winning writer Gordon Grice takes readers on a tour of the animal kingdom - from grizzly bears to great white sharks, big cats to crocodiles. This audiobook overflows with astonishing facts about Earth's great predators and unforgettable stories of their encounters with humans, all delivered in Grice's signature dark comic style.

    Suzn F says: "OMG.....Yikes"
    "OMG.....Yikes"
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    I know now that the following is not safe and never was: Walking in the woods, Walking in a meadow, Swimming in rivers and in the ocean, Visiting a zoo, Picking up a stick that has been in a pile, Making a mudpie in your front lawn, Petting your dog or cat, Visiting a rainforest or a desert, Cleaning out your attic, Sleeping in your bed and so on. Basically you can be mauled, maimed, stung, bitten, pierced, gorged, chewed up, a worm can enter your privates, you can contract parasites, skin diseases and on and on and on.
    I was amazed to find out that over 40 thousand people are killed by snakes annually worldwide; Mr. Grice says this statistic is under reported.
    So ok world...... I'm ready to take you on and just not think about all the many many dangers I learned about in this book. The author made sure he didn't forget to mention even one natural danger, but hey we don't care; do we?
    This is a fun, informative and interesting book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deepest Secret: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carla Buckley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Eve Lattimore’s family is like every other on their suburban street, with one exception. Her son Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, which means heavy curtains and deadlocked doors protect him during the day and he can never leave the house except at night. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world.

    Suzn F says: "Engaging and Interesting Story"
    "Engaging and Interesting Story"
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    I found this book to be completely engaging. Aside from the focus of the plot, i.e. the mother-son relationship, the son's rare genetic disorder, the marriage, the teen daughter's angst, is the peek into the lives different neighbors, all seen at night through the eyes of the young boy. I thought this perspective especially creative and unique and for that reason along with the compelling story-line, I believe this book deserves 4 stars.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (293)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "Almost a 4.5 if I could"
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    There is so much to like about this book. The southern charm, the tragic story of a marriage between a strong woman and a completely dangerous yet outwardly appearing upstanding man. The portrayal of power and control in an abusive relationship is realistically illustrated here. I was engaged every minute and hooked in the plot until near the end when the main character's relative shows up. Unfortunately this character has little substance, is sometimes inconsistent or weak within the plot and to make matters worse the narrator's otherwise perfect rendition falls apart here too. Regardless this book is still a winner in spite of these flaws.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Visionist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Urquhart
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer, Peter Ganim, Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope. It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of "Visionist" and bringing renown to their settlements.

    Suzn F says: "Insight into the Stark World of the Shakers"
    "Insight into the Stark World of the Shakers"
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    This compelling story is told in three alternating voices, Polly, Sister Charity and Simon Pryor. Fifteen year old Polly and her little brother Ben are brought to the City of Hope, home of the Shakers. They are left there by their abused and distraught mother.
    Polly is haunted with the belief that she set fire to the family farm, most likely killing her abusive father while he was passed out in his bed.
    Polly struggles in the Shaker community to prove her purity all the while consumed with guilt; she considers herself a murderer.
    When she displays what the elders believe is a mystical vision, Polly becomes the "Visionist" the colony has been waiting for. Polly struggles to become the perfect Shaker, yet she refuses to confess her "sins" to the elders. Polly faces suspicion and scrutiny and yet Sister Charity her best friend is willing to risk everything for Polly. Simon Pryor wants to rescue Polly, her mother and brother and hopes to reunite the family.
    This book was interesting, well written, well researched and expertly narrated. This first time author created engaging characters that made this book so good. I just didn't want this book to end
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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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