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  • Jesus Land: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children and a violent father.

    Susie says: "A Story of the Most Un-Christ-like Christians"
    "How I never want to go there!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Julia Scheeres and/or Elizabeth Evans?

    Maybe, but hopefully the rest of her life wasn't so harrowing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clarity of the thought process and flow.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Evans – was your favorite?

    Author.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25366)
    Performance
    (21084)
    Story
    (21069)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Very good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wasn't sure about getting into it in the beginning, couldn't't tell if it was going to just br rambling sand incriminations. It did develop well if I concentrated on keeping the timelines straight and differentiate between characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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