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lyl

nashville, tn, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 25 reviews
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  • 69 purchased in 2014
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  • Prayers for Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    What if a total stranger was watching your every move? What if he read your mail, listened in on your phone calls, knew what you spoke of only to your most trusted confidants? What if he learned Your routines? Your weaknesses? And, most important, what if he discovered those things you love and cling to . . . and then he stripped you of them? And sat back to watch while you self-destructed?

    Katherine J. Mayberry says: "Finally--more Lehane"
    "Lehane never lets you down,"
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    If you want a thriller. with some depth to it, then Dennis Lehane is your man. Charactors are 3 dimentional, plots are interesting and the narrator is perfect. And if you like this author, try Tana French.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Love this series"
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    This book has mystery, suspense, great plot, and characters that are sure to become your friends on pages (that is what I call them). Love this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Galveston: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nic Pizzolatto
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
    "Need more from author and narrator"
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    Have been having a mediocre run of luck choosing audible books the past two months. And then I bought Galveston. Loved everything about it. This book could be used as good example of terrific writing vs mediocre. Usually find book noir boring, but not this time. Also had no idea he wrote True Detective for HBO. It is the only show I have liked this whole season (sept-feb). This guy is fantastic!!! I checked to see what other books the narrator, Mr Kramer has done and could only find two and they were in a genre I don't like. He is memorizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (867)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "This book was a wonderful surprise"
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    I bought this book because it showed up on Daily Deal. I have looked at its description many times in the past, but it didn't give me a clue as to what it is really about. One of the best books I have read in last 10 yes. Philosophy has never been presented in a more palative form!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (2174)
    Story
    (2166)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "This book really nails subject of slavery"
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    I am from the deep south and our home had several black employees. I came to truly love or understand that they were just like me under the skin: a person. This book gives you a real feeling of how the slaves and owners lived. Beautifully written but right in your face. No sugar-coating. And I would like to remind you that it all came down to money, free labor.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "An extraordinary life"
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    Zelda and Scott lived.in a society newly created - the Jazz Age. It is hard for us now to understand how fast and furious the Victorian Age dissolved and its mores were shoved aside. They knew everyone in the literary world worth knowing and we get to have a glimpse of them. In addition, this is the story of a marriage, and some interesting facts about concepts of mental health at thar time. I would like to add that I thought the narrator was outstanding. Will look for her reading other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    Susie says: "New favorite!"
    "If you love her, you love her!"
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    Another great one from Ms. Flagg. She introduces another section of USA, gives you interesting information about WWII and flying and, of course, great characters. Never let's me down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (3991)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2752)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Best Narration of book I have heard this year"
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    I read this book when it came out and gave it high marks, not so much for the story as for King's handling of the characters. There is no one better than King when kids' actions and dialog are being depicted .BUT, Steven Weber, as narrator, blew me away. Perfect pace and tone of voice for whatever level story needed at any given point. He actually scared me! I will be looking for other.books narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (962)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Love this book!"
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    This is my favorite Koontz book. Have read it twice over the years and now have listened to Audible version. It has wide appeal. There is a human love story and loving relationship between a dog and a man and a woman. It has a touch of sci-fi, and is definitely a thriller! How can you miss if you buy this book?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Land Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick D. Smith
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

    Janice says: "They paved paradise . . ."
    "5 Stars doesn't do this book justice!"
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    There are too few books on the history of early pioneer life in many areas of the United States. Florida is one of those areas. This book is a real gem. Great descriptions of daily life, geographical surroundings and the commercial development of the state. I loved every word! And George Guidall is the absolute best narrator. I don't even hear him, I just see, in my mind, the pictures he is painting with the words. Have one negative thing to say, ''what do you read after finishing a 5+ book''?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoned Pilgrim: The Hangman's Daughter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    1666: The monastery at Andrechs has long been a pilgrimage destination, but when the hangman's daughter, Magdalena; her doctor husband, Simon; and their two small children arrive there, they learn that the monks have far larger concerns than saying Mass and receiving alms. It seems that once again the hangman's family has fallen into a mysterious and dangerous adventure. Two monks at the monastery experiment with cutting-edge technology, including a method of deflecting the lightning that has previously set the monastery ablaze.

    Andy says: "Okay but not as good as the rest."
    "Good book - wrong narrator"
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    I enjoyed the setting, the plot, and the scientific knowledge known in that era, but I thought the narrator was a bad choice for this particular book. He sounded to me like he should be reading a hardboiled modern detective story. I thought it was the wrong tone for the book. It made it very difficult to stay immersed in that time period.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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