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Cheryl Beckett

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,936

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Anecdotal tripe

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Congrats to the author for pulling himself out of poverty and a dysfunctional family-through hard work and a series of fortunate events. But the attempt to analyze the social causes is weak. And PS, by any of the critical measures of social welfare that you purport to value, the USA is not "the greatest country on earth". Far from it.

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,963

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT'S ALL AS LEGAL AS LOTTERY TICKETS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-06-16

A great writer....just mailing it in

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Far from his best...I honestly think I could have written this. Nothing particularly original...performance was solid...but I was left with the feeling that Steven had to meet a publisher's deadline and mailed it in on this one.

  • City of Thieves

  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

A very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Well written, a good story and perfect narration. Ron Perlman was an inspired choice to read the book and this is now on my shortlist of favourite audiobooks.

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  • Dogs of War

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming, and we may be too late to stop it. Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mayberry plus Porter is always magic

  • By David Ginaitis on 04-25-17

Another series beaten to death

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

When did Joe Ledger turn into Buffy the vampire slayer. An entertaining NextGen techno thriller series is now the literary "Lost"...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,658

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heart as Big as Texas

  • By Mel on 10-17-16

Echoes of "True Grit"

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

One of my favourite audiobooks-for the combination of good storytelling, superb writing and great narration.

  • The North Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reader / Listener Beware

  • By K. Wade on 12-23-17

Dark, edgy, excitement...on a whale ship

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Combines a great story, good writing and wonderful narration- all that I can ask from an audiobook. One of my all time favourites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful