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J. Hasley

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  • Farmer Boy

  • Little House, Book 2
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 352

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the Western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits or, best of all, when the fair comes to town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful way to spend a childhood.

  • By Russell Bernard on 11-13-17

childhood treasure

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

one of my favorite childhood books. Didn't care for the narrator's voice or pacing. Was she trying to sound like an enthusiastic little boy? Not sure but it wasn't written in first person.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,944
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,923

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Chamber of Secrets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-16

Love the story. The narrator is fantastic. His voices give zest to brilliantly written characters

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 14
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741

The one good thing 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 in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary at best

  • By P.Keith Daigle on 06-23-10

9 Dragons

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

Reviewed: 04-28-12

Nine Dragons isn't a strong entry for Connelly. The story goes along well enough, but not great. I found myself less than absorbed. At the end--the who done it and why left me disappointed. Good writing couldn't convince me this this ending was plausible. I don't believe the characters would have acted as they did. One can't just pick a murderer when writing a mystery. The psychology has to be there. And in 9 Dragons, it's missing.

  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've been hit by a freight train

  • By Dave on 06-23-09

Perspective

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

The only thing that got in the way of listening to this book was stopping to look up the news articles and youtube videos I had never paid attention to at the time of the tragedy. Bullies in high school, road rage on the highway--these are things in our world, but not things I want to focus on. Then I read review about this book--about how the media had tried to drive our interpretations of this event. How the real stories was quite different. That got my attention. This is one compelling story. We are often curious about the reason for crimes. The media fed this frenzy. The finger pointing didn't point to the truth. The writing and the narration were both excellent. Anyone reading this book will imagine what it would have been like to be huddled under one of the library tables--and be moved....maybe even changed by it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162,980

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Ready reader one

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

I would have bet against liking a book about video games...and I would have lost the bet.
This book didn't draw me in with the history of the games, but with the current knowledge of what happens when our world is regulated. I read it because I like after Amergeddon-type chaos books. For me those stories are about survivors. It does not come across as a fantasy as much as a what could happen. It is not whiney about it. It's just the way it is. After that comes survival.
This book was one of my best reads of the year...in fact I voted it my best read.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,242

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Maybe it's me?

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

Reviewed: 12-18-11

I've heard so much about the Outlander for so long, I thought this was a sure thing.
I've listened to Davina Porter's narrations in the past, and enjoyed every one. I like the idea of time travel. Maybe I was expecting too much---but this book just didn't come together for me. I didn't find the heroine likable...and the further into I went, the more annoying she became. Jamie was interesting, but Claire's compass was too selfish. I see the numbers of people who just adore this book. All I can say is I tried, but could not get lost in the story.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hallowe'en Party

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver chaperones a Halloween party for a group of teenagers, one a talkative lass known for telling tall tales. In fact, Ariadne hears Joyce Reynolds brag that she has witnessed a murder. But when Joyce is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub, Ariadne wonders if the girl was too close to the truth, and too close to a killer. Unmasking the culprit is a job for Hercule Poirot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Piorot Mystery

  • By Tomsde on 02-23-12

Good stuff!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-11

Agatha Christie is one of the best....if not the best "Who Done It" writers who uses the common village and neighbors as both the background and foreground of her mysteries. I enjoy mysteries set in places with a cast of characters that all have a familiarity about them. Some place we could go...someone we might know---and yet throw a murder into the mix...and its actually wonderful to curl up in a chair with low lights and listen the story unfold.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

Best inside scoop to a trial

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

Reviewed: 09-28-11

This is an amazing story. The fact that it is true...never quite reaches believable. But it is. I was only 9 when the murders happened. I remember the pervasive fear. This book doesn't explain it all---How could it? Not even a book by Manson himself would accomplish that. But this book is as close the mark as we can get. It adds to the horror if one has actually heard Manson speak and realize how charismatic he could be. The authors turn the array of clues and facts into a compelling story. I think it's one of the best True Crime books out there and the audiobook is a job well done.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-29-06

Really?

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

I love Agatha Christie and I'm very fond of David Suchet---He is Poirot! However in this book, and this book alone, I felt like he was doing a caricature. I know that's a fine line-because one even gets the sense that Dame Christie meant him to be over the top--but the voice grated as well as the similar voice of the Railroad Director. On the other hand, I laughed every time I heard Mrs. Humphries voice. He outdid himself. Excellent. This isn't a bad book by any means...but nor was it one of the best.

  • A Sudden, Fearful Death

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry

  • By Nina on 05-07-05

Sudden, Fearful Death

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-11

Anne Perry writes a good murder mystery. I love all of the William Monk and Hester stories.
There is a kind of progression, but each can stand alone. If you don't like the first four, you won't like the next four. This book is one of the best of the series. Great characters. Compelling story.