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  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "Compelling & terrifying"

    For someone who was "familiar with the drug scene" meth is and was a truly scary drug. What this substance does to people and communities is terrible but this book goes FAR beyond the obvious. The effects of government policy and blatant corporate irresponsibility do damage individuals and the author does an excellent job of making connections. I could not stop listening to this (much to the annoyance of my family). Don't miss this one!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    Emily says: "read now to understand the past"

    I have to give the narrator props for this book. I have listened to so many audio books in my time that I can't even begin to count and those out there like me know a narrator can make or break a book no matter how good (or bad) it is. Robin Miles is so amazing. You completely lose yourself in the story and she bounces accents around without missing a beat. There is one character who naturally speaks with a native accent but tries to cover it up with a British accent. Miles is so good she can have an argument among characters who slip up with their own accents and she doesn't miss a beat (Download this book and you'll know exactly who I'm talking about). And you have to keep reminding yourself this is one woman doing all the narration. AMAZING. Oh, and the book itself, excellent. This is one of those occasions where a great story and a great narrator teamed up and got me to ignore my husband and kids for days. Do not miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "I really don't want to write this but......."

    Let me just say that I have really loved Jodi Picoult in the past and was really excited to see this on Audible. I have always felt Jodi went to great lengths to develop her characters and their stories. Unfortunately this book just went off the cliff. And the songs at the beginning of the chapters..... really, Jodi? I can sum this book up for you. Homosexual = Compassionate, loyal, loving, and honest. Christian = Hate-filled, oppressive, manipulative, liar. That's really what you need to know. The whole time I listened to this book I kept waiting for her to diverge from these blatant stereotypes, but she never did and then the whole thing got wrapped in 30 seconds in a nice, rosy little package. VERY disappointing, especially given her unique talent to give depth to people who aren't easy to understand (or sympathize with) in the first place.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Caribou Island: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Vann
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene’s marriage is unraveling. Alone now that the children are grown, Gary, driven by 30 years of diverted plans, is determined to build from scratch the cabin he has always wanted, believing it will recapture what once drew him to Alaska. Irene knows better. She suspects that the cabin is Gary’s first step to leaving her.

    glamazon says: "Stunning story!"
    "Thought-provoking, for good or for bad."

    I finished this audiobook a few hours ago and I'm still thinking about it. I'm an audiobook junkie (as my credit card bill will reflect) and listen everyday. This one is sticking with me, perhaps not in a good way, but I can't stop thinking about these characters. David Vann somehow has taken the most mundane situations and turned them into nail-biters. The funny thing about this book is you really don't even like most of the characters. I suspect this might be because I see myself in them and I don't like what I see. Caribou Island is a case study in the intensely difficult realm of personal relationships and he does not pull any punches. Also, Bronson Pinchot does a great job with the narration. It never pulls you away from the story, which to me is the best thing a narrator can do. Get this book. You won't be sorry. Or maybe you will be, but it won't be because of the writer.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over 30 years, and the author of several award-winning, even best-selling, nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system.

    C. Anne says: "Harrowing, Heart-Breaking"
    "Insightful, Scary....also one-sided"

    From the very beginning the author admits that his point of view is skewed. His son has been diagnosed with a a mental illness and, in an attempt to help him navigate his disease, he sets out to examine the way our justice system handles the (my description - not his) "criminally insane". Although he describes horrific conditions, ridiculous laws, and inadequate treatment options it doesn't seem he offers anything in the way of solutions. What I took from this is, society should be more tolerant of incredibly dangerous and violent schizophrenics, and also be willing to provide them everything they need: food, shelter, intensive therapy and and endless combination of the latest drugs. Toward the end he seems disappointed communities fought having a ALF (assisted-living facility) literally filled with murderers in their neighborhoods. One resident killed an ENTIRE FAMILY! Despite that, I enjoyed the book and the narration was excellent.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Great story, Awesome narrator"

    I read the first book in this series and it took a bit of time for me to warm up to it. I decided to listen to this one and it far surpassed my expectations. The story is instantly engrossing and, as most Audible listeners know, the narrator can make or break the story. He absolutely makes it. I have listened to this non-stop and am about to download to next. Don't miss this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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