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  • Killing Season: Part 1

  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Three years ago, 15-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Ellen was kind, studious, and universally liked. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her - until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the river's edge. Ben, now 17, is relentlessly driven to find answers to Ellen's homicide. Police believe she was the victim of a psychopath known as the Demon.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kristina on 10-03-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Young adult. Simplistic. Central character too perfect, no tension, too obvious girl, the teens are not monitored by parents (i.e. Mom lets girl stay in boyʻs bedroom for two hours with door closed - what?) Not what I expected from Kellerman. Wonʻt buy the next two.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic performance in dialect.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Huck, of course, because he had such a sense of adventure and got himself and Jim out of so many tight places. Ever cheerful Huck enjoyed every moment.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many good scenes to select just one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mark Twain at his best.

Any additional comments?

I think folks who are looking at this title already know Huck and Mark Twain. It is the performance that makes this so special. The perfect voice to color the story.

  • Open Season

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,126

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As refreshing as sunrise in the mountains

  • By AudioAddict on 10-02-16

Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

What disappointed you about Open Season?

The reviews I read made this book sound great. However, I found the story weak and predictable, the plot seemed familiar. The characters were shallow and somewhat silly, it was easy to guess what they would say and do. A young child was given the thinking processes of an adult and the language, in her thoughts, to analyze her feelings as if she were a counselor. Periodically the author made inane statements such as indicating that a funeral was for the dead men (most readers would assume the stars of the funeral were dead, right?). The funeral itself was idiotic.

Has Open Season turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I am not likely to select anything by this author.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Chandler’s performances?

I would listen to the preview more closely, I wasn't impressed with the performance.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed mainly because the reviews sounded good.

Any additional comments?

In general, I wish more listeners would write reviews. I appreciate reading the one star reviews when they are thoughtful (I hope mine is) so I have more than one opinion.

58 of 69 people found this review helpful

  • Junkyard Dogs

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691

Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last! What took so long to get this book??

  • By Kathy on 06-23-10

Fun, good mystery, easy listen

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book because I like the author and the narrator. The story carries you along and the plot line wiggles enough to make it interesting. I like the descriptions of the Wyoming country, the small town images are real.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

I enjoy Mr. Guidall's voice, he performs the characters "in character" but not to the point of using falsetto for the women. He is good at what he does!

  • The Drunkard's Walk

  • How Randomness Rules Our Lives
  • By: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,912
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627

In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interested in statistics? This is the book.

  • By Robert on 02-21-14

A Few Things Here Everyone Should Know

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

What made the experience of listening to The Drunkard's Walk the most enjoyable?

Statistics explained in terms anyone can understand.

What did you like best about this story?

The book is written in easy to understand language. Many concepts would be difficult to understand in textbook style or 50 minute lecture. The author uses historical references (and explains the historical beliefs) and modern examples to explain the concepts.
The voice is light and makes understanding some very abstract concepts easier.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is not a laugh or cry type of book. I laughed a lot because of the examples, I learned a lot from the book. I think I might cry when I think about how many people do not understand the concepts of randomness and statistical reference.

Any additional comments?

Fun and informative.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Never thought I would say "Couldn't Put it Down"

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

If you could sum up A Prayer for Owen Meany in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful, heart breaking, engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the scene/time changing, fluctuation; the effect of knowing the end or outcome of situations and later getting all the backstory. This method of story telling engages my brain and kept me fresh and interested throughout this lengthy book (it never seemed long). This was the story of Owen's life, but also the story many other characters who were well developed. In many ways it is the story of America in the 1950/60s. The author developed such a range of ideas, morals, generational differences and similarities, so it is difficult to figure out what I liked best.The reader is given reasons and resolutions to many things that happen, but is also left with enough questions that the story and characters continue to populate the mind.This book may cause the reader who was around during that time to take another look at what happened then and since then. The younger reader may get a different perspective not found in text book histories.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

The best thing about the performance was Owen's voice. But overall the voice, the emotion, the pauses at the correct moment, all were fantastic.

Any additional comments?

I found this book on a list suggested for a high school class and think it is an excellent choice for young adult readers. But there is so much depth to the characters and story, that readers of all ages will enjoy it and learn from it. Readers who experienced the 1950/60s will find a lot to like and to dislike in the tale; and see some truths they may have missed while "living through it".

  • Laughing Without an Accent

  • Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
  • By: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Narrated by: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

Thoughtful, engaging, and fun to read.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Laughing Without an Accent to be better than the print version?

I haven't seen the printed version, but certainly think the recorded version would be better since it was narrated by the author. A tiny touch of accent, correct pronunciation of places, names and ideas adds to the experience of the story.

What other book might you compare Laughing Without an Accent to and why?

I can compare this to short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri because both authors have a sense to two cultures and express the ideas, confusions, conflicts, humor and life experience in a similar respectful (of both cultures) way.

What about Firoozeh Dumas’s performance did you like?

I love her voice and cadence, she is easy to listen to. I think her soft tones and real emotions make the deep moments in the book more memorable. I enjoyed her ability to use a lighter voice and express joy and happiness appropriately.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Living between and within two cultures, with a smile.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful