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  • Bloodroot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Amy Greene
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Kirby Heyborne, Jessie Bernstein, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, Bloodroot is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss that haunt one family across the generations, from the Great Depression to today. The novel is told in a kaleidoscope of seamlessly woven voices and centers around an incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path.

    Martha Trupiano says: "Amazing story"
    "Amazing story"

    This book was haunting. The depth of characters was rich.It was wonderfully read my numerous voices. I have been an audible customer for years and this was one of the best.

    24 of 26 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

    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.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "What is the interest"
    Would you try another book from Paula Hawkins and/or the narrators?

    The narrators were the only redeeming aspect of the book. Otherwise it was a tedious story of a crazy alcoholic that is in a pity party.

    What could Paula Hawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The intrigue of who done it is lost to the pathetic protagonist.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl on the Train?

    Most of it.

    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure why this book is compared to Gone Girl. It is boring and mostly focuses on a pathetic figure that the reader has little sympathy for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Wow what a book"
    What did you love best about NOS4A2?

    The reader was superb and added so much to the book. The book itself with its twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. It was really scary!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rage Against the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Becky Masterman
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.

    Janice says: "I hope there are more of these on the way!"
    "Great "who done it" story"
    Where does Rage Against the Dying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book falls into a genre I do not normally read. Yet it was suspenseful, thoughtful inner voice part, added to a crime story.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character Brigid Quinn is the story. Her vulnerabilities, strong determination, and quirky aloofness adds much to the story.

    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and inflection.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end had a lovely reunion of the two main characters giving a real flavor of human character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blossoms and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor

    Japan, 1857. For centuries, Japan has been on its own; isolated by choice from the rest of the world. But the Western powers are now at its shores, demanding to be let in; the government is crumbling, and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born. And a young woman is readying herself for marriage in this, the most tumultuous period of her nation's history.

    Mary Catherine says: "Not for anyone that liked the Tales of the Otori"

    I read all of Hern's previous work and they were strong stories with poetic beauty. This book is awful, no story line, and a poor female reader. If I had not purchased the book before it was reviewed I would not have bought it. Be warned this is not good.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Simply the best"

    The narration, story was one of the best I have ever listened to.
    The creativity, and writing style of the author is exceptional. I was very sad to see it end.
    I can not recommend this book enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ladder of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kelly Lintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.

    Debra Hale Shelton says: "Poor narrator, unlikely plot"
    "Everyday waste"

    This book is a pathetic story that leads to no comment except why.
    There is no redeeming value to the books intent except to illustrate the mundane life of a woman.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is 47 years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

    jennifer says: "Fabulous book"
    "mj NM"

    An interesting book, with twists and turns. Kudos to the author to write such a complex plot where all of the story is through the mind of the main character. I recommend it as a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "sexual drivel"

    The use of writing through the main character's childish, sexual perverse mind was tedious and lead to no conclusion. I was amazed this book is getting any interest. I kept hoping it would improve.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"

    How can anyone listen to this dribble about the worst aspects of life in America! Nothing is funny or redeeming about this book. I have no idea what is the hot interest in this downer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "martha (Abiquiu, NM)"

    Prose is excellent. The characters are rich. Unexpected ending and a good reader. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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