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Oliver

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  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (936)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Dog stars"
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    A little sad in parts, but mostly up beat for a post apocalyptic book. I really enjoyed the book. It was very easy to listen to, and is very believable, I guess, if you think much about life after our civilization.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5963)
    Performance
    (5173)
    Story
    (5163)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Beautiful ruins"
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    It is a good book for sure. It is a little slow in parts, but not bad. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1088)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "The good earth"
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    I would recommend this book. Very easy listen, but very introspective. It made me look deep into human nature, child rearing, and self contentment. Very good book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lottery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patricia Wood
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (79)

    Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: she taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

    Lyman says: "lottery"
    "Lottery"
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    It was a pretty good book. Surely worth listening to, although the book was filled with profanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. As always, White's characters are indelible and the dialogue is dead-on, but Kill Me is fresh and thought-provoking in a way that's so uncommon in crime fiction.

    Deborah Mele says: "Great Read"
    "Fast moving book!"
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    I really enjoyed "kill me". Dick hill is a great narrator, he did a superb job. The story line was interesting, occasionally venturing into the slightly unbelievable. But the book kept my attention all the way to the end. I would recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2299)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1095)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "In Cold Blood"
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    What a captivating story. A real story, nonetheless. So well told, I will remember this book for years. Truly, one of the greats here on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Salvage

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Fusco
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    In his tantalizing debut novel, Paradise Salvage, at once a taut thriller and a lyrical coming-of-age story, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of 12-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence.

    Pamela says: "Who thought junk could be so endearing?!"
    "Great book"
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    Really a well told story. One of my favorites! I would recommend it. I loved the narrator, he did such a wonderful job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3738)
    Performance
    (1876)
    Story
    (1885)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "The Reversal"
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    I think this book is listed a Harry Bosch novel, but I don't think it really came across that way. A mix between Haller and Bosch. I am a huge fan of the Bosch series, but this book did not live up to the others in the series. The details of Bosch's character, his darker side, and his struggles with authority, did not really show up in this book. It was worth listening to, but nothing as good as the older bosch books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2998)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1235)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "The Lion"
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    For starters, I really have enjoyed all of DeMille's books. He is an excellent author. The John Corey series books are very good. The Lion was a good book. It was a continuation, trying to catch the terrorist, so nothing really new here, but it was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (971)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Oryx and Crake"
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    I expected something close to "cell", by Stephen King. A post apocalyptic tale of survival amidst difficulties. This book was sooooo slow, and the story was so jumbled up, it was hard to tell what was really going on. The premise was interesting, but the follow through was just not there. So disjointed and hard to follow. I did not finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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