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Roseau, MN United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • 20 titles in library
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  • The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (149)

    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    Grasshopper.Craig says: "Great naration"
    "Black Dahlia"
    Overall

    I woudn't recommend this book for anyone who cannot handle violence in their literature . . . that being said, the book was very compelling and didn't just cover the tragedy of the murder of a young woman; it also gave us a look at the darkness of the lives of our main characters. Being able to get a picture of what drove the characters to be portrayed in the manner they were helped the book flow better and gave insight to their actions. After reading this book I was driven to do internet searches and learn more about the true crime that occured - I had never heard of the Black Dahlia before. I did feel a little lost in the final chapters of the book as I felt they skipped around a lot; however I did walk away from the story feeling like justice was served in the story (and hopefully in real life). I have recommended this book to several of my friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "A new spin on Dracula"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the mystery of the beginning and loved how the storyteller spun his web to capture my attention and make me want to not stop listening. The story is a whole new spin on the tale of Dracula and doesn't fall into the stereotypical "neck biting" character who mesmerizes women. The actors that were used to to narrate the story were exceptional and gave this story that extra special something. The author was able to keep the multiple characters tied together even though they went off into their own areas of the book and after finishing this book I felt like there was closure to every aspect. . . there was no feeling of being left hanging. I enjoyed the descriptiveness of the writing and at times felt like I could feel the damp walls of the cave and smell the musty air. I also enjoyed the multiple plots within the book. I recommended this book to my son and after reading it we have decided we need to visit some of the countries that the characters went to . . . This book isn't a one time read, it is a read "again and again' book. It is a permanent part of my library and has been recommended to many friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hoot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Chad Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

    Native Texan says: "Clever and surprising!"
    "It was a Hoot!"
    Overall

    This was a wonderfully entertaining book and it kept changing enough to keep my interest. The base story itself teaches several lessons about doing what is right and forging new friendships in the strangest of places. This book has several key characters that act in the most unexpected ways resulting in a book that isn't the "same old, same old" whereby one can anticipate the plot - rather one may think they know where the plot is going and then it doesn't - I loved this book and the ending was perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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