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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7422)
    Performance
    (6747)
    Story
    (6758)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A Compelling Who Done it/Who Wrote it"
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    I care less about who wrote this book than the quality of the book itself. And this one is a winner. The story kept my interest throughout. It was culturally relevant; the audio version of a page turner. We felt as if we knew the main character LuLu even though she was dead from the beginning. Lulu the supermodel and her entourage made for interesting characters who were entwined in a mystery focused on Lulu's untimely death. This book has humor, pathos, irony and intrigue. I would have liked to give the narrator 5 stars but because his Jamaican accent was so awful I had to hold back one star. Otherwise the narrator did a superb job. Overall a really good read.

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (924)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Where do we go after death?"
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    This book is about family, love, first love, music, human weakness, illness, loss, grief, religion, faith healing, hucksters, personal growth and power and control. King serves it up in a book that develops methodically holding the reader/listeners interest throughout. The narrator brings the prose along with a hint of an accent when needed. I liked this book a lot. Not the crazy every moment scary books King sometimes writes but a solid good creepy one. A slow simmer to the burn at the end.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1017)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Ups and Downs"
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    Performance
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    This book was a mix. I appreciated Grisham's exploration of the beauty of the Appalachians and the rural folk who live there. I also thought the authors passion for the preservation of that environment as it is being ruined by coal mining, was a positive and of course important focus of the book.
    Now to the story.... sadly the main character was unlikable and somewhat poorly developed. She came off as a whiny and complaining yet naive and somewhat immature irritating young woman. Although there was some redemption for her in the end, I just couldn't buy it. The other minor characters were more interesting and made for the good in the story.
    What happened with this book? Why didn't it rise to the level of the last novel and so many of Grisham's others? Although not a complete loss, not so good either.

    5 of 8 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
    (20883)
    Performance
    (18724)
    Story
    (18791)

    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!"
    "TOXIC LOVE?"
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    Amy and Nick fall in and out of love. Then Amy is gone and here comes the famous twists and turns that make this book (now movie) so compelling. Overall yes it is a book that is different and will hold your interest.
    However the surprise ending just didn't do it for me. It seemed completely unnecessary and instead of making the book all it's cracked up to be, it detracted. So both worthwhile and a wee bit disappointing all at once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (392)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Yes Yes Finally a Good Book!"
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    After listening to too many so -so books that were not even worth reviewing, finally I've come across a book that I loved. This book held my interest throughout. The mystery was engaging and kept me thinking and the characters were well rounded. Yes this is a goodie, a real good mystery that will surprise you right to the end; and I didn't want it to end.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2999)
    Performance
    (2748)
    Story
    (2747)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Very Worthwhile and Entertaining Read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    In this book the characters are well rounded, I got to know each of them well.
    This is a story of community, gossip, friendship, parenting, and marriage.
    It is also a poignant and realistic portrayal of domestic violence. Ms. Moriarty gives us insight into one couple's relationship. On all outside appearances these two seem to have it all. They have plenty of money, a beautiful perfect home, darling children.. but wait something is wrong and that something is upsetting more than just the one family. The secrets and violence leak out into other relationships and it all makes for a engaging read/listen
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    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (942)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Just Loved this Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What a sweet funny and bittersweet story! Ms. Moyes does it again, she gives us an engaging lovely story with heart. I laughed, teared up and just didn't want to put it down. The author hits it right in the mark, the feelings and challenges of a single parent with "special and different" kids This book is not fine literature but a damn good listen. The narrator did a fine job; I really liked everything about this book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3172)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Yea, Not so Much"
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    Performance
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    This book was pretty boring throughout. Nothing like the series as many other reviewers have pointed out. Piper's self centered style is dry and matter of fact. I found it hard to make it all the way to the end of this book; I kept loosing focus. Not so good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "Quite a Good Story of Revenge and Salvation"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book began very slow for me, not until about half way through did things pick up and a really good plot emerge. I am very glad I hung in there, worth the wait. The characters (even some of the "bad guys") were portrayed with depth and even compassion when appropriate. With all this killing and revenge a love story develops which was kind of sweet in the middle of all the violence. The listener becomes very attached to the main character Sonny. We cheer him on as he revenges his father's death, just killing and killing away. Yea this is a pretty good book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (650)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "No My Ears Were Burning"
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    Story

    I am shocked that I disliked this book as much as I did. I typically am a fan of this author. I am not sure what Mr. Isles was thinking as he wrote and wrote and wrote this way too too long book. The plot kept going round and round and never really got off the ground. The characters were not very likable and often acted in ways that were inconsistent. And yes I agree that the narration was worse than horrible. The fake southern accents were insufferable and Mr. Ledoux over acted with many of the characters. I just couldn't wait for this book to end. I suffered for over 30 hours hoping that something would improve and it just never did. UGH.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (1006)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Big Brother Employer"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The Circle is the leading tech company in the world. This cutting edge company is perfect in every way. The "campus" is just beautiful. Everything is state of the art. Every employee is friendly, upbeat and psyched to be part of a new movement, a new way of being. It is considered such a privilege to work for the Circle. But not everything is as perfect as it seems to Mae. She has doubts now and then....does she remain a loyal employee?
    This book is cool and interesting. For the most part it held my interest. Of course is designed to make the reader think about the nuances of progress, the age of the internet and specifically all of the information sharing the goes along with our " logging on".
    Eggers book is not perfect, but it is thought provoking and worthwhile.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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