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  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Absolutely riveting!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I could not get enough of this story, and I am dying to narrate one of her next books! Sending my audition reel asap!

  • Vatican Waltz

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life with her elderly father just outside of Boston. When she loses her beloved grandmother as a child, her faith takes a turn for the devout, and she begins experiencing what she describes as "spells" - moments of such intense prayer that she loses herself. Uninterested in boys and a social life, she develops a deep friendship with the parish priest, whose ideas are often seen as too provocative by his congregation but who encourages her to explore her spells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Priest Her Vocation?

  • By jonmontanavega on 08-03-16

Beautifully Narrated

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending. I was very disappointed. It ended so abruptly and on a note that seemed very removed from the rest of the story and almost sacrilegious, given the overall theme of the book. It felt like the author needed to wrap things up, and rather than resolve the issues the main character was facing, he blind-sided the readers/listeners with something new, and then ended the book. There was no resolution to anything, and I was personally left with my mouth hanging open is disbelief for a few moments.

What could Roland Merullo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Resolved a few of the key mysteries and questions surrounding the main character. What was the real purpose of her calling to the priesthood? Why all the mystery behind Father Bruno? Why a sudden close attachment to the cardinal at the very end, for no apparent reason? Why the revelation at the end that had nothing to do with the rest of the story? The fact that she had the ability to heal her patients and/or remove their pain and suffering was severely downplayed. I was sure that was going to come up again later in the book, but it never does. I feel like that's a pretty significant aspect of the characters life that shouldn't have been brushed aside.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

Cynthia, of course. Cassandra Campbell's beautiful and fluid narration is the only reason I'm not returning this audiobook to get my money back. I was disappointed in the story at the very end, but I adored listening to Cassandra reading.

Could you see Vatican Waltz being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can see it happening, but that doesn't mean that it should.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to write about this book on social media. There were so many things about it that I found inspiring and thought-provoking, but the ending was just too disappointing for me to want to recommend it to others. There were also several points in the book that dragged quite a bit, but I was really interested in the story, so I kept at it. Very sad.

  • Calling Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope they make a movie!!

  • By Christina6marie on 08-17-15

A Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

I can't even begin to describe how this book moved me. Not only was the story beautiful and touching, leaving me anxious for more even without the use of cliffhangers, but the narrations were perfect. Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver delivered this story with all the feeling and love it deserved, moving me to tears more than once. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.