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  • The Listener

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This book is full of heart and soul, magic and love. Not hocus locus magic, but the magic of love and the stuff that connects us to one another. A young boy first learns that he can talk telepathically with those possessing the same ability. When a couple of grifters decides to kidnap the children of a wealthy businessman. The resulting story is how he is able to help others with his gift and how all of us are connected and things do happen for a reason. This is a great story with good character developments; I highly recommend this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 223

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Beautiful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This story, is, of course, Sam, from birth on through many years of his life. He is born with an eye abnormality which does. Not hinder his eyesight, but, make him stand out different from everyone else. Because his parents are devout Catholics ( his mother prays the Rosary daily), they first fight to send him to a Catholic school, then navigate through a whole host of bullying. Bullies are everywhere, even in a religious school, and, like most bullies, things go bad in the end for them, as it’s often the case in real life. Also, not all bullies are children, and Sam learns how to live his life despite the constant bombardment of people who first judge him only by his eye condition. Sam is highly intelligent, motivated and with a couple of real friends, has an interesting life including love, loss, triumphs and losses. This is a very interesting story where everything appears to be related and happen for a reason. Good read!

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

Interesting, fast paced

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This book is an apocalyptic adventure that does not have zombies. The shut down of the world as we know it begins with a CME (coronal mass ejection) which takes out all electricity. Survivors are forced to survive first in military camps, but, after a huge fast spreading unknown virus appears, things get worse. Since there is no cure, most of the survivors of the CME are wiped out leaving only small groups here and there struggling to survive. Our main characters, Billy, Jake, Amber and her daughter Lizzie meet up with one another one by one and as they learn to trust each other they begin to form a family. While trying to reach a safe place far away from the crime that’s going on they struggle to find food, water, guns, ammo, vehicles and gas. In their ventures they meet a few nice folks and a lot of insane folks out to take their good or their lives. This is book one, I read book two first and I thought it was much better, and book tree is on it’s way. Like one other reviewer said, this is a handbook for the apocalypse, but entertaining and fast paced. The narrator is good. I hope book three gives more insight to the mysteries hinted about Jake.

  • The Sandman

  • A Novel
  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 200 chapters . . .

  • By itinerant on 05-01-18

Long, drags, and a bit confusing at times

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

This one starts out with great promise, but, as you get in to it Elgin’s to drag along. Maybe it was that there were so many characters, that there were too many sub-plots, or the best of it was lost in translation. I’m a big fan off Nordic Noir mysteries but this one was hard to get pasttth firew hours. I have listened and listened over and over o make sure I’ve not missed something but I just can’t seem to get past the first few hours. There were so many characters, all with confusing connections too the tale it was hard to keep. Up with things. To be fair, it may have gotten better the further the story developed, but, like I said, I couldn’t get past the first few hours and it began to become unenjoyable. It will be returned.

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does what sci-fi does best...

  • By NMwritergal on 04-06-18

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Dread Nation begins with a child, Jane McKeene, who was born in Kentucky on a plantation called Rosewood just two days before zombies, or “Chamblers”” as they are referred to, appear in the Gettysburg, PA battlefields.
To feed the constant need to defend the living from the dead,
a law called the Native and Negro Education Act is enacted to create schools to train children of a certain ethnicity in the art of combat so they can be used to protect the privileged. Those who are successful at the schools are selected to be assigned to protect wealthy families as “attendants”. Jane, who is the daughter of a wealthy white woman is a Negro. Jane sees attending one of these schools as a way to improve her life because outside the home of her loving mother Jane is subject to the harsh reality and unjust discrimination of being a Negro. Jane is educated at home by her mother but longs for something more, so she joins Miss Preston’s school in Baltimore to learn combat arts.
Jane excels at the combat school but just before she is due to complete her training she discovers a secret plot. While Jane is investigating this secret plot she is caught and along with two friends is sent to a remote town run by crooked politicians. The leaders of this new town are in it for profit under the guise of creating a new safe haven for the privileged from the walking dead.
June soon discovers the dark secrets of this new town are far worse then she originally suspected.
The story continues as Jane makes new friends in unlikely places and fights for a way to overcome the evil plot behind all the mysterious incidents going on.
The story is told through Jane’s eyes along with correspondence between her and her mother. The narrator was absolutely wonderful!
Although the book reads like YA, it is interesting and fast paced enough to appeal to adults as well. I highly recommend this book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,419

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the reviews that claim it's confusing...

  • By Claudia H on 01-12-18

The plot thickens...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I have to agree somewhat that this book gets a little confusing, but bear with it as it becomes more clear as the story unfolds. I don’t really know how to describe this book. A marriage that should be perfect but is far from it. The husband Richard is controlling towards his wife Vanessa or Nilly as he calls her, even brutal at times. She plans her escape and he finally lets her go when he finds a new romance. Also Vanessa tries to warn her replacement wife, she tries to share her knowledge with the plot thickens in ways you could never predict. This was a good book with so many twists and turns it does at time become a little confusing, but, stay with it and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome read. The narrator was great. I recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Speculation

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Swyler
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,966

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I lost myself in this book

  • By Barb Freman on 07-30-15

The power of love and coincidence

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

An elderly bookseller finds an old damaged book in a lot of books he purchased. Since it is not able to be sold because of the damage, he sends it to Simon Watson as his grandmother is mention in the book. The book, is a story about two star crossed lovers who belong to a traveling carnival.

Simon is a librarian in a small town library and is not only in danger of losing his job due to budget constraints, but, has the added stress of coming up with enough money to save the family home from crumbling in to the sea.The home, located on a remote bluff on the Long Island Sound is deteriorating rapidly.

Further drawn in to the story are his girlfriend and fellow librarian, Alice and her family. Alice and her family are not only close long time family friends but also next door neighbors.

When Enola, Simon’s sister and a tarot card reader with a traveling carnival shows up after a six year absence with her boyfriend in tow, strange revelations begin to unfold. Simon begins to worry that his sister may soon follow their mother’s mysterious drowning death.

Soon Simon finds out he and Alices’ families’s stories are intertwined.
Alices’s family, the book, the carnival, the star crossed lovers, tarot cards, water and even the old book seller are related.

This is a lovely story written with great descriptions throughout. It shows how love and the consequences it brings can affect lives for generations. The relationships, power of love, and the magical coincidences revealed all pull together to make this a wonderful, well written story. I highly recommend this book! The narration is wonderful and right on the money!

  • Apocalypse

  • The Days of Elijah, Book 1
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

After a massive wave of disappearances, 26-year-old CIA analyst Everett Carroll finally believes what he's been told about the biblical prophecy of the rapture. But will he be able to survive the gauntlet of destruction known as the Great Tribulation? Seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven vials of God's wrath are about to be poured out upon the earth, and woe to the inhabitants thereof! Global currencies have collapsed, famine and plague have claimed the lives of millions, and the world has crumbled into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Kevin (Slingshot) on 01-24-17

eschatological fiction

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This was pretty good if you keep in mind it’s fiction; otherwise you may get caught up in different beliefs concerning what you believe and what the story presents. The story starts off right after the “Rapture” and follows a tight group of doomsday prepares as they struggle hide under the radar of the new world order. With the help of an aging holy man they come to accept Jesus Christ while at the same time facing mandates from the new world government concerning new laws, I.e., everyone must register to be marked (more a tracking device) without which you cannot purchase food, gas, etc., etc. This book only carries you through one seal or tribulation, leaving room for sequels. Fast paced, interesting and characters are developed well. Narration was perfect for this type of story. This book definitely deals with end times as it quotes from the book of Revelations interpreting this book from the New Testament as a prophetic rather than a historical piece.

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  • Twilight Eyes

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining

  • By Joe on 11-04-08

Read a long time ago.....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Read this book a long time ago, but I enjoyed listening to the audio version. A young man, who comes from a family who all have supernatural gifts. Our hero ends up joint the circus, falling in love, and discovers there are others with his same gift and that the circus may just be the most natural place for folks who have special gifts. Ere is a mission he undertake and in the end wins when up against unthinkable evil. I enjoyed this book again and would recommend it!

  • The Girl in the Moon

  • Angela Constantine, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

When Angela was young, before she came to realize she had a rare ability, she was a rather ordinary girl. At least, that was what everyone said. But Angela is anything but ordinary. The daughter of a meth addict, she is convinced she was born a freak. Haunted by an abusive childhood, she was forced to become a woman far too soon. And in the process, she became more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense and heart-pounding!

  • By Michelle on 03-14-18

Very graphic violence

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

This was a fairly good read; it covered it all, poor abused girl gets free from abusive home life, supernatural powers, mystery, spires, terrorists plots and lots of very graphic violence. The violence for me was a little too stark at times, but perhaps it was needed to tell the story. I didn’t dislike this book enough to return it, but, could not rate it higher. At times there were so many characters it was hard to keep track of them. A girl from an abusive home, one where she lives with her drug addict mother, is abused until she finally comes of legal age to leave and she finds solace in her beloved late grandparents cabin; they had been murdered several years Pro or and left the cabin to her. About this time she discovers she has an amazing power to look in to someone’s eyes and tell if they are a murderer and the deeds they did. The story then turns to several different paths as she hunts them down and issues her own brand of justice. All the plots tie up neatly in the end. The narrator was good. I would recommend this book, just beware of the violence.