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L. Fadden

Los Angeles, CA USA
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  • 7
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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,165

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

It started out alright

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

I can't understand all the 5 star reviews..I like the relationship between the brothers, the narrator was good and book started out with some promise. But it wasn't worth listening to at all.

  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,066

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

What a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

I don't understand all the rave reviews about this book. The reviews are so off the charts I felt I had to try it. The first half was really good, I was completely involved. I just don't understand what happened to the second part. It went from a well written book to a shallow young adult melodrama. Excellent narration though.

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

Great book, excellent narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-13

Mary Beth Hurt needs to narrate more books - I listened to her first with The Darlings by Russell Banks (also an excellent read).

The Good House was an engaging and fun listen.

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

  • By Laura on 08-23-10

Please hire a narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-11

Love C. Hitchens, enjoyed his previous book and this one but it is almost unbearable to listen to his voice. But great book otherwise and please get well CH.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The one goodthing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has ina desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • He phoned this one in

  • By L. Fadden on 03-15-11

He phoned this one in

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-11

It's really too bad MC phones in every third book. When he gives it the time and attention, his books are riveting and fun. But every so often, like with this one, it's a ridiculous attempt. I know he can do better, the book that comes after this one was much better. Save yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Object of Beauty

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted writer, characters and context feel true

  • By L on 12-07-10

Great listen.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-11

Clever, funny, smart and riveting. And not only a great narrator but perfect for the protagonist's voice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,911

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-10

One of the best books I've listened to this year. I highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bridge of Sighs

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Victoria Wright on 10-08-07

Loved it

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-10

Loved the book, loved the narration.

  • Homer & Langley

  • By: E.L. Doctorow
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World's Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers - the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good On So Many Levels

  • By Kris on 09-03-11

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-10

I finished this a few months ago and I still think about it. Fascinating story, well written. I highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jericho's Fall

  • By: Stephen L. Carter
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12

Stephen L. Carter's brilliant debut, The Emperor of Ocean Park, spent 11 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Now, in Jericho's Fall, Carter turns his formidable talents to the shadowy world of spies, official secrecy, and financial fraud in a thriller that rivets the reader's attention until the very last page.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible, terrible

  • By Tobi on 11-22-09

Terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-09

I've been a big fan of Stephen L Carter's previous books. He phoned this one in. I'm so disappointed.