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Chris

Milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "Love this book, very enjoyable."
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    Where does Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10. I think this would make a good movie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It grabbed my interest and I couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to get book 2.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1296)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "A super book, spot on narration, great story"
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    Any additional comments?

    A mystery afoot in the life of Flavia, a young girl in a rambling estate in the UK of the 1950's, and though certainly the arrival of a corpse in the cucumber patch.

    Flavia is hands down my favorite character I love this little girl. She has a strong mind, a true love of chemistry, and a special fondness for poisons. Her mind is a joy to step inside, and her realization that her father might go down for the murder of the man in the cucumber patch is enough to put her considerable gumption and knowledge to the task of proving him innocent. The narration is perfect and I will for sure check out the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1975)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Brilliant performance and a surprising finish!"
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    Would you listen to The Good Girl again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrators were fantastic. The surprise ending got me. I'm normally so easily fooled. Action packed with some romance too. It kept my interest through the whole book. Well written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Laura Faye Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work... She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up...

    HaloLove says: "I ༻❣LOVED❣༺ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Great little story. Good finish"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed the book. Kept my interest the whole way through the book. Nice twist at the end. I will get the next book. Small town, murder, romance, action, what more do you want.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

    Kristina says: "Rating"
    "Good ending to the 3 book series."
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    Where does The Pagan Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This the final book in the series was good. The narrations was good but I really wished all 3 books would have been done by Phil Gigante. I would read them again. Good entertainment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (337)

    For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.

    a.hall says: "The Hollow"
    "Really liked the 2nd book in this series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Didn't like the fact there was a different Narrator than the first book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem.

    Diane says: "Excellent all around - great narrator"
    "Movie was better than the book. What a filp"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would get lost in all the words. Too wordy, I got the book because I saw the movie. Maybe I didn't enjoy it because the vocabulary, not sure. Good story, good performance, but really had a rough time finishing it. It seemed to go on and on and on.


    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
    (10153)
    Performance
    (9134)
    Story
    (9144)

    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)"
    "Great finish to the 2nd book,"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    This was a super book, kept my interest and thought the ending was perfect. I would recommend this to friends to read. The performance was excellent. His performance of the down South accent was very well done. Can't wait for the movie to come out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (455)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    Eva Gannon says: "Good Book Spoiled By Poor Narration"
    "A good story but it dragged on a bit."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found it to be a bit wordy but all n all it was good. I liked the story and the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11459)
    Performance
    (10406)
    Story
    (10432)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Goes on and on and on!"
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    What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?

    It rambles on and on, it was painful to get through.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I forced myself to finish. I put in so many hours I just had to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (714)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "Super story, enjoyed it immensely."
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    Any additional comments?

    I've seen both movies made from this book and wanted to read it. I enjoyed it thoroughly. A very good ghost story w/ out all the blood and guts and it's still scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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