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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (778)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "quirky"
    Overall

    Interesting story. One character had a nice rich deep voice. Others were odd and rather unsettling in their southern tone. Kept me captivated till the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20912)
    Performance
    (18751)
    Story
    (18818)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "had to stop"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was about about to finished part 1 on the audio. I was forcing myself to listen. So I went looking for a spoiler. I am not one of those who goes to the last page but I was wary of this book. People either hate it or love it. I personally decided that I did not want sick twisted thoughts from these people in my head. I quit it. Delete. Sorry that is a bit of a spoiler but I wish I would have known. So if you like grim towns, sorry people and a long, long running mystery of whiney dribbling bits of failing and pychos ....go for it.


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    Long what's the point if you switch


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Voices ok. Hated the character of Nick's father.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought it might but then no. I don't want to ever think about it again


    Any additional comments?

    The movie will probably be a great scary event.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3270)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2831)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Author never disappoints"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    If you like Kate Morton's other stories, you will like this one too. I always enjoy her characters and finding about what lead them to keep a secret for so very long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (830)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Thérèse Raquin in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Powerfull and interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kate Winslet


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Leading up to the accident


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

    When the mother finally understood and ac knowledged to herself that she knew what had happened to her son.


    Any additional comments?

    A classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16244)
    Performance
    (13504)
    Story
    (14129)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "What the whoooopppp!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If there hadn't been so much talk about this book, I would say skip it. But everyone is talking about it and curious.


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    The girl is a simpleton. Saying "oh my" every other line. No man talks like Mr. Grey.
    He might do those things but talk and act like he does. No way. It reads like some girls fantasy and not realistic.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She read the part of Anna fine but her male voice was just sad. Now the male dialog was ridiculus. So she didn't have much to work with.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a curiousity but really it is not worth it.

    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
    (35908)
    Performance
    (26912)
    Story
    (27296)

    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"
    "Interesting but"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    good sci fi story line.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    The giver. futuristic. all power taken away from people.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Interesting. Keep me interested


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the hype was great, Young teen type interest. Blood and gore with love. Not interesting enough to read the next two. I don't care who she picks. Who woould want to get married and have a family in such a world.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to tell people not to listen. It is interesting and entertaining but it just didn't knock my socks off. Also the people in the story act as if there is no God. He is never mentioned in any way, shape, or form. Not a world for me.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (6687)
    Performance
    (5951)
    Story
    (5950)

    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"
    "Imaginative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    fun, fantasy circus


    Any additional comments?

    I love books with imagination. I would love to visit this circus. I am still thinking about it.
    If you can't imagine all sorts of new things, think out of the box or love with all you mind and soul, move on to your small town books. This one is for those who love to invent and soar to new places with no bounds. Go for it and enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13519)
    Performance
    (9358)
    Story
    (9418)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Didn't know I would like japenese war stories"
    Overall

    I could not put this story down. Sure it's about something I would never have thought I would be interested in but Ms. Hillenbrand was inspired from above to write such a touching and devotional story. It is a must read for Christians.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7107)
    Performance
    (5049)
    Story
    (5038)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Good southern voices"
    Overall

    I liked the voices on this story. The storyine was interesting, sometime predictable. Maybe not a rich story but good nonetheless.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4646)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2102)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Voices"
    Overall

    The child's voice does not appeal to me.
    The mother's voice is soothing but it seems too old for the part. and too soft.
    The child's voice just gets on my nerves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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