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  • The Headmaster's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas Christopher Greene
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Kevin T. Collins, Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (113)

    Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family.

    Kathi says: "Love, tragedy and descent into madness"
    "Interesting story from different points of view"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say it was time well-spent, but there were times I wanted to give up on it. I was glad I did not. I found the first part of the story difficult to listen to mainly because I detested the character telling it. As the book progresses and the other points of view are revealed, my opinion of him changed. That is not to say I began to like him, but I understood him better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was well done; every character was recognizable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was well written and imaginative. It is important to stick with it to the end, though. The beginning is difficult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8257)
    Performance
    (7614)
    Story
    (7630)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Another outstanding King masterpiece."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Will Patton did an amazing job of bringing this book to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was great to find out what happened to Danny after the Overlook was destroyed. It was not surprising to find that he was almost destroyed as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is impossible to choose. I loved everything about this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Order of Coffee and Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brian Spangler
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Angela's Diner has the reputation of a safe haven where patrons find a moment of peace as they linger over coffee and tears. For one young runaway, Angela's is more than a place to tell your tale - it's a place where with the magic of chicken and waffles, and a little bit of trust, may just save your life.

    Robin says: "Silly, Juvenile and Ridiculous"
    "Silly, Juvenile and Ridiculous"
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    What would have made An Order of Coffee and Tears better?

    The writing was juvenile, overly dramatic and repetitive. The premise for Gabby running away at 16 is far-fetched and being found in Philadelphia by the parents of her first love from Texas out of the blue? She seemed virtually unscathed after being a runaway for so long. Nothing in this story was at all believable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She couldn't decide who had an accent and who didn't. Poorly done. She attempts to portray a character who stutters and does a horrible job of it. Very grating narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I spent most of the time rolling my eyes at the story, the writing and the characters, or should I say caricatures. They had no substance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By TaraShea Nesbit
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Their average age was 25. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago - and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didn’t exist as far as the public knew.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tedious"
    "Disappointing and not at all enjoyable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. If I could review it with no stars, I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have no idea. For every book I choose that I enjoy there are two or more that I do not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have learned to read about the narrator before purchasing an audiobook and was impressed with Tavia Gilbert from her website. Unfortunately I found her narration too theatrical somehow as if she were trying to make the story more interesting that it actually was. If the narration is off, even a good story is hard to endure. And this was not a good story.


    What character would you cut from The Wives of Los Alamos?

    There are no individual characters in this book. That is the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    The genre is not the problem with this book; it is the way it is written. I have listened to the first two chapters and will not be finishing this book. I was disappointed that the story was told from the first person plural. I was bored and found no way to become attached to the story or this group of women. Too much of "their husbands", "their children", "their mothers", "their fathers". I am sure these individual women had very interesting stories to tell, but it was like they were strangers to the reader and would remain that way. I have no interest in continuing to find out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1242)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Moving, heartbreaking and thought provoking."
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    Where does Ordinary Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best books I have enjoyed on Audible. This is a beautiful story of family, loss, forgiveness and healing.


    What does Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration really brought to life the author's description and feel of a small town in 1961.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10707)
    Performance
    (9613)
    Story
    (9617)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Horribly Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot imagine anyone enjoying this novel about a will contest. I am a paralegal who focuses on estate administration and even I found it repetitive and ridiculously boring. Grisham focused on the technical aspect of the law too much and did not tell us enough about the man at the center of the controversy. How did his relationship with his children become so fractured? We will never know. Too many needless characters were introduced for no reason and served no purpose. I had to force myself to listen to the majority of the book, hoping against hope that it would get interesting or something would actually happen. Then, with 30 minutes remaining, the downloaded file refused to advance. After deleting it and re-downloading several times I was finally able to finish the book. I only finished it because I had invested too much time not to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Probably not. His early novels were good but I think his books sell now only because of his name, not because they are worth reading.


    What character would you cut from Sycamore Row?

    Memphis lawyer, Booker Sistrunk to start with.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3680)
    Performance
    (3394)
    Story
    (3394)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "One of Stephen King's best"
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    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I loved the storyline and the characters. They were wonderfully colorful and likeable. It's a love story interwoven with a mystery wrapped in nostalgia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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