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  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Not Mark Twain's Missouri, but he would be proud."
    If you could sum up Sharp Objects in three words, what would they be?

    Cut's so good.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharp Objects?

    As a Missourian (like the author), the depiction of what it's like to come back to the small town where you grew up, was so moving and entertaining, that I hope Flynn never stops using Missouri itself as a character.
    Gillian Flynn's ability to create characters so vivid, and familiar, it is astonishing.
    To pick a single memorable moment is so difficult, but, I think the moment that devastated me most wasn't the shocking details of the child murders, Camille's cutting, or even the creepy and irksome behavior of Amma, the younger sister.
    The moment when Camille returns home late, hoping for a sleeping house, her mother sweetly and disarmingly, beckons her from the shadows to share a night cap with her. The conversation they have, which ultimately results in the admission that she never loved Camille, is so disturbing, and unsettling, that I had to put the book down for a while.

    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to verbally make you feel the characters scars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Contrived, Gut-wrenching, Predictable. That Order."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only recommend books that I love. Not books described in the headline.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Not likely.

    Could you see The Storyteller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh, sure. It very likely will be. It's the kind of fodder that even Harvey Weinstein salivates over. The problem is, it's already been done. Many times.

    Any additional comments?

    Narrator, Suzanne Toren's, Minka, was the only truly compelling, albeit excruciating part of the book. Honestly, if I had known more about the book, and that it concerned holocaust stories, I probably wouldn't have bought it; due to the over-saturation of the subject. Some would probably argue that stories like this must always be given it's platform, generally, I agree, however, there's only so much you can stomach after having done so, just for the sake of it. Most of the character's are all cliche's. I love damaged people as much as anyone, but, a guilt-ridden, non-religious Jewish woman, who declares her employer, Mary, a former nun, as her best friend? Really? That is truly just as sad as being involved in a dead end relationship with a married man. Not because she's a former nun, but because she is a terrible friend! I would probably find a former nazi nonagenarian to hangout with too! Joseph, the said former nazi, obviously picked Sage because he knew who her grandmother was. How could Sage not figure this out, in the first act? Then there's Leo. Yeah, the white night, Leo. I guess we needed to Sage end up with a man she truly deserves. Too good to be true.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "I Seldom Rave........but I won't blather much."
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable, Ravenous, Satiating.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Learning that the building was not on the grid, and that the buildings power was coming from another source.

    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Commitment to character and personality.

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

    No, the best books should eek themselves out little by little. Don't be in such a hurry. Anticipation is the best slice of life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Hunt Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Barry Lyga
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jazz is a likable teenager. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows that he has a conscience, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.

    Michelle says: "Loved This Book!"
    "Underwhelming, Predictable and Dull"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better listening experience would have been a story that wasn't so repetitive in the lead character's inner dialog. It became tiresome, and stale.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Barry Lyga again?

    I doubt it.

    What three words best describe Charlie Thurston’s voice?

    Buzzing, Ratcheting, Sticky

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Hunt Killers?

    There too many scenes with his rather nauseatingly preachy girlfriend. I would cut all of the preachiness, or at least the long argument in the Jas's hideout.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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