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Meredith

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4266)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1649)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Adored it!"
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    Brilliantly narrated, with a compelling story and rich characters. Absolutely fell in love with this book. I'm not much for romance or sappy love stories (Nicholas Sparks makes me cringe), but this book managed to weave a love story from a fantastical concept, mysterious plot line, and genuinely interesting characters. Gorgeous work by both the author and narrators.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4556)
    Performance
    (2612)
    Story
    (2613)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Riveting! And then... ??"
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    I literally could not stop listening to this book. Great character development, plot twists, interesting premise... But then it felt like the author just got bored and decided, "well, I guess I better wrap this up..." and left us with THE most dissatisfying ending that I could ever have conceived. I don't recall ever feeling so "let down" by a book, especially one that I was raving about just hours before. As they say, it's better to have loved and lost... So I can't fault this book too much for the botched ending. The first 3/4 of the book were absolutely mesmerizing, and I don't regret purchasing it.

    As an aside, the book is set in Ireland. The main character is supposed to have a British accent, but everyone else is supposed to speak with an IRISH accent. The narrator's version of an Irish accent is an unpleasant blend of Cockney and Wisconsin... IF, that is, he remembers to switch from his standard British at all. It definitely kept me from feeling fully immersed in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1381)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Laugh out loud and cry like a goober in your car.."
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    ... At least, that's what I did. What an uplifting, delicious book! By turn hilarious and heart wrenching. George Wilson *nailed* the narration. I can't imagine that reading this book in print form would be half as enjoyable as listening to his excellent narration. Thoroughly entertaining. Within 30 minutes of finishing this book, I recommended it to no less than 5 people. And one of them was a stranger in line behind me at the gas station.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (2974)
    Story
    (2997)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Wow. Just... Wow."
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    This was the most riveting book I've "read" in a while. I turned on this audiobook to entertain myself on a solo drive from Raleigh NC to Miami FL (about 14 hours with no stops) and I found myself slowing down as I got closer to my destination in order to hear more of the story.

    The story... Grisly, but not gratuitously so. Authentic characters, great narration, surreal plot twists with a satisfying ending. The characters in this story are so deftly described that I fell in love with each of them, despite their twisted, tragic flaws. This book literally left me reeling... but in a good way. It took me a good day to shake it off -- I found myself thinking about the story as I went through my day-to-day life. Not for the sensitive reader -- lots of cursing, sexual innuendos, and gore -- but well worth the money, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34141)
    Performance
    (25298)
    Story
    (25641)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Ehhh... Clearly a Young Adult book."
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    I wasn't particularly impressed with Carolyn McCormick's delivery of The Hunger Games. ... But, then again, I wasn't particularly impressed with the book itself. The Hunger Games is clearly written for the young adult crowd. The plot line is fairly predictable, the writing is elementary, and the book itself borrows a little too much from Orwell's "1984" to be considered an original contribution to dystopian fiction. The young adult audience wouldn't bother me so much if the premise of the book wasn't so... well, RAW, for lack of a better word. I mean, if 15 other kids were trying to kill me, I think I would let a few expletives fly. The nonchalance with which the heroine faces the Games is unrealistic. Overall, I'd recommend this book if you're on a car trip with the kiddos and don't want to listen to KidzBop for 18 hours. Otherwise, buy a book for grown-ups.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17256)
    Performance
    (15329)
    Story
    (15282)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Breathtaking!"
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    I've recommended this book to everyone I know... and even to random people in the check-out line. Even after 20+ hours of listening (and of driving the long way to and from work every day in order to listen longer), I still didn't want this book to end. As one might expect from Stephen King, this book was extremely suspenseful, but it was also beautifully descriptive and emotionally engaging. It's been a long, long time since a book made me cry, but this one did. I don't even know what to say -- I can't recommend this book highly enough, and I definitely don't want to give away any spoilers to the story so I'll end my review now ;) BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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