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D. Knight

romans55

Nashville, TN USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 33 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 153 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2057)
    Story
    (2076)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Superb Narration Makes it Worth While"
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    You've either been Charlie, or you knew him. This does take you back to the awkward teen years. Not only is Charlie awkward, he is mentally and emotionally fragile. The story has redeeming qualities, although it's not what I'd run out and recommend to everyone.

    The narrator makes every second worth a listen. The scenes come alive under Noah's stellar performance. You never even realize that he is reading...he's just talking to you.

    I believe the book might have been "over-hyped", and whenever that happens, my expectations are high. Dealing with my own teenager's angst, emotional health, substance use and the like, I related to the character a little too much. Therefore, the emotional rollercoaster of high school are relived and some of us would just rather not revisit that. It's up to you. It is a short listen and like some movies, you can get lost in the performance even if the movie is just so-so.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12718)
    Performance
    (11650)
    Story
    (11715)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Sweet & Touching"
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    I listened to this long before all the hype from the movie (which I haven't seen), This is a wonderful story that is both sad and triumphant. While portions of the story definitely smack of the YA genre that Green is known for, it can appeal to all readers in my opinion. Young people dealing with real life, grown up problems, even facing death, may seem like a downer but the story is sprinkled with so much more than that. Another winner from John Green as he tackled heavy subject matter and had me crazy about these kids to the last page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4265)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2822)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Incredible"
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    This is one of those books that I'm so glad I listened to instead of read. I know that there were times that science would've gotten too much and I may have abandoned it. SO GLAD I listened to this book! It's incredible and fascinating. The contribution given unknowingly by one woman has changed research, science and the world. It is both sad and victorious, and yet she will never know of her contributions.

    I loved the author's weaving of the scientific side of things with the family and personal side of the story. I am so glad it was highly recommended to me as "one book i should read this summer". I did and I'm glad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1316)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "A Classic - Ahead of It's Time"
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    This book has been one of my favorites for years. It's been a long time since I read it and I was thrilled when it finally became available at Audible. While the content is indicative of the times, it may be uncomfortable for many. All in all the lessons learned and love-ability of the characters make this a classic story that you will never forget. How fortunate that we all know and love Atticus Finch, who gently taught his children what it meant to see beyond outward appearances, society's standards and racial tensions. An absolute MUST READ.

    PS. I have yet another reason to love Sissy Spacek. She was perfection.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5922)
    Performance
    (5522)
    Story
    (5523)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Is there anything SK CAN'T do??"
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    While I love Stephen King, this wasn't my favorite. BUT, it was a good book and I definitely don't regret the listen. I actually listened to the whole thing in just a few days because it kept my interest all the way through. Not your run of the mill bad guy, but certainly the usual retired detective that just can't stay away....made for a story that could have been written by most detective novelists. However, King always has a way of giving you the creeps, making characters and scenarios stick with you, long after the book is finished. As always, my "bucket list" author I'd love to have dinner with.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (387)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "Unique and Beautiful Writing"
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    What an interesting story written in such a lovely way. This book is different and the unusual cast of characters (voices) keeps the story moving (although you are kept wondering about the connections sometimes--but it's supposed to be like that, right?). To define love in such beautiful terms is refreshing and not the usual "sappy" romance. Both genders would like this book and I thoroughly enjoyed her lovely writing. Worth a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7612)
    Performance
    (6631)
    Story
    (6622)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "loved it!"
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    Well first of all BRAVO to narrator Julia Whelan. I enjoyed and got lost in the distinct nature of the voices,even forgetting that all were done by one person. I cannot imagine reading this book in print and getting the same effect as hearing the voice of Liz. Superbly done. Such a great story and although a little predictable here and there,you just didn't mind! I would say around mid-way, I was thinking "get on with it" and no sooner than I thought that, the story picked up again. Great to the last page. I didn't expect to like this so much but it was worth a credit for sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (391)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Worth a Listen!"
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    Worth the listen just for her wonderful writing! But....A little homage to Stephen King? Why? I'm not sure if references to Green Mile were a necessary part of the story and felt incomplete to me. It wasn't really expounded on as much and I wondered why it was even in there. However, I did enjoy this book and was drawn into the story. I love her writing and the performances were not at all distracting. I am able to listen while working and needed something I didn't need to pay close attention to in order to get the story. Somewhat predictable, this still fit the bill and I'm anxious to check out her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9423)
    Performance
    (8487)
    Story
    (8494)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Good Ole Grisham"
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    I just love his books. This was one that I zoomed through and absolutely loved Michael Beck's narration. It is nice to revisit characters from "A Time To Kill" and watch a new story unfold there. I really liked this book although to some, it may a lighter "read" than some of his other books. Don't try to keep up with all the lawyers. You'll eventually know the important ones. Bravo to Beck for keeping them straight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (2165)
    Story
    (2211)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "A Child's View of Heaven"
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    This book really grabs you and can easily be devoured in one sitting. It will keep you interested and at the end, still wondering what other revelations might be forthcoming. If you are one that takes the book of Revelation as literal, this book parallels much of that thinking. This is an awesome little book and a great addition to those seeking answers about Heaven. However, the book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn is the most biblically based book about Heaven that I've read. Check it out as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1519)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Gritty and Real"
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    If you've seen the television series based on this book, you will know the premise is quite interesting, gritty and an eye opening view of poverty. Vivid descriptions and heartbreaking circumstances keep you involved and caring about the characters. These fascincating stories were taken from her own memoirs and she takes us into the era beautifully. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next season on PBS!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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