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  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,917

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's normal?

  • By Kmrsy on 11-30-13

This is a beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Every family creates their own world, their own version of civilization . I could actually feel some of my family in this story - not the same circumstances but many of the same anecdotes. So beautifully written, incredible insight - I'll read whatever she writes from now on. Oh, and it made me teary at the end, but it was ok. It was okay Thanks for writing and reading this.

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,891
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,524

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

New voice?

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

I was into chapter three when I rechecked the title and author. It's not what I expected. Reads more like Lee childs. I think Grisham perhaps is going for a different voice. I was unable to recognize Grishams previous style at all. The reading made me wince quite a few times, even though I am sure I have listened to the reader before and enjoyed her performance . I have reread parts of Grisham novels for the pleasure of the biting and tense drama and points of law; this time I was rewinding to try and pick up and figure out the storyline again. You might enjoy it -it just didn't hit the right buttons for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Likeness

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,285

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really on a Different Level

  • By Michael on 07-05-10

Unusual

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

A little bit of a stretch. Held on til the end though. A good summation of what it was all about ...

  • The Taming of the Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'd better like repetition

  • By A customer on 09-17-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Phillipa has an extraordinary ability to bring these stories alive and keep to the historic thread of what we know. Bravo!

  • Three Sisters, Three Queens

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author behind the upcoming Starz original series The White Princess, a gripping new Tudor story featuring King Henry VIII's sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, vividly revealing the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII's kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By I like to shop on 10-05-16

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Phillipa is an outstanding writer, her books bring the past into the present and are rich with wonderful detail , stunning descriptions and very believable interpersonal struggles. More please!

  • 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 34,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,707

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

An extraordinary book

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

An extraordinary and insightful story of social and class division-told with an honesty that only strength of character and a strong sense of self can allow. Would like to see many more from this author.

  • Hastened to the Grave

  • The Gypsy Murder Investigation
  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

In June 1994 the Oakland Tribune cracked the story of a string of bizarre deaths in the San Francisco area. The victims were elderly, well-to-do, and, in each case, had been befriended by members of an extended Gypsy family - the Tene Bimbos.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Olsen??

  • By Poppy on 12-31-17

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I did not care for the writing on this one. I really wondered if this was ghost written. The reading was uncomfortable I really did not think I would finish it

  • A Strangeness in My Mind

  • A Novel
  • By: Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Since his boyhood Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of 12 he comes to Istanbul - "the center of the world" - and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza on the street and hoping to become rich like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Strangeness in My Mind: A Delight for my Commute

  • By Andrea Frank on 03-19-16

Different world but very much the same

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

This takes place in the Middle East from the POV of an everyday Joe. You tuck right in and follow him around as he maneuvers the trials and tribulations of every day life. Different from ours but somehow the same. It's all about the shared challenges we all face in our lives and the influences of family and secrets both open and closed. A single incident becomes the point of the before and after, and even as more than a quarter century passes it's still that pivotal moment in time. Nursed and practiced as though it meant one thing but in the end it reveals itself for what it became - the true meaning of ones life. A lovely story and I'll hear that sound of "BooaZaaa" In my head for a long time to come.

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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,504

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Well written

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

A true mystery inside an enigma. Woven around a brew of short sightedness , gossip, unfairness, mob think and class discrimination-the lit mirror in the end has a lesson for all. Bravo.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • A Lynley Novel, Book 19
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 821

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those who dislike John Lee...

  • By Julia on 03-09-16

A good story with John Lee at his best

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

The plot has many twists and turns. like any good mystery you might find yourself fingering the wrong person for the crime. John Lee did a great job in bringing characters to life with excellent inflection to keep them all distinctive.