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  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,891

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Storytelling At Its Finest

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

Reviewed: 05-27-13

And the Mountains Echoed grabbed me from the start, and never let me go. Khaled's style of writing is superb; filled with profound insight, wisdom, and grace. Even as I am enjoying the tales, I can't help but also think of the man writing them, and how keenly observant he must be to the world around him. Fantastic book, and impressive author. I cannot recommend this enough! It's a bedtime story for grown-ups in the most delightful way!!!

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

I Could Listen to this Narrator Forever!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

What a smooth, deep, and spellbinding voice this author has. (I almost thought it was Jeanne Moreau, from The Lover) It's almost hypnotizing! The story itself is very well written, and filled with emotional depth. I love the many scintillating descriptions of Indian food that made my mouth water, and the way so many little stories are told along the way between the mother and daughter. The author has a remarkable gift of welcoming you into a foreign world and making you feel quite at home. This was a credit well spent.

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  • Mr. Monster

  • John Cleaver, Book 2
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sympathy for Socios

  • By Paul on 10-22-10

Even Better than the First!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

If you thought 'I Am Not A Serial Killer' was good - are you going to love this one! It's everything the first book was, only better, stronger, darker, richer, deeper...and about ten times more scary.

Here we see how rapidly John's sociopathic mind advances after his first kill. We know more about what drives him, what stops him, what he desperately longs for...and it's not pretty, I'll say that much. But what a thrill, what a psychological ride into the ominous caverns of a sick and clever mind. How did Dan Wells come up with this - it makes you wonder!

I've read a lot of books about serial killers, and some written by the killers themselves, and I've got to say - this one tops them all! If it weren't for the supernatural parts, you might think it was a memoir written by a real sociopath.

I can't wait to listen to the third - which is downloading this very second, even as I write.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • I Am Not a Serial Killer

  • John Cleaver, Book 1
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator.

  • By G. Mott on 03-31-10

Psychologically Stimulating & Very Well Written

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

This is just the kind of story I long for - one that makes you think and forces your imagination into the darkest crevices of the human mind. One that makes you just a little more leery of the nice teen boy who cuts your grass and shovels your snow. What's so scary about John Wayne Cleaver? Everything. But most of all, his very ordinariness. I have never come across a work that combs so thoroughly the inner-most thoughts of a sociopath - to the point that it makes me wonder about Dan Wells, himself! And with a nice lemon splash of the supernatural - it doesn't get any better than this. Except for the next book, Mr. Monster, which was even a darker shade of evil. Ohhhhh...these are well worth the credits, believe me!

  • The Buddha in the Attic

  • By: Julie Otsuka
  • Narrated by: Samantha Quan, Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 240

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of young Japanese brides, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating topic, irritating writing style

  • By Lydia on 08-26-11

Good Story - Annoyingly Told

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

Reviewed: 02-21-12

I'm not sure if this style of writing is common in Japan, but for my American ears it was horrible. There were perhaps twenty sentences in a row that all started with the same three or four words, which happened over and over again throughout the entire novel. It was so darn annoying and distracting - I had to force myself to keep listening, and didn't quite even make it to the end.

I thought it was going to be something similar to Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club - but it in no way compares. It could have, if the author used a different approach, but this is almost more like some weird kind of foreign poem that lasts for four hours - but it's not really a poem, either. I don't know what it is, but I know the tedious rhythm of it is a headache waiting to happen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,292

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Intellectual Humor at its BEST!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-11

I'm more disheartened than surprised that there are so many bad reviews of this completely one-of-a-kind masterpiece. If you're looking for 'easy comedy', or something deserving of a 'laugh-track', this is not for you. But if you're insightful, observant, and appreciative of odd-personality types, and can read between the lines...you're a few clicks away from the hands-down funniest piece of work you'll ever come across in your entire lifetime.

This is GOLD! And there's nothing else like it!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deliverance

  • By: James Dickey
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A river runs through it..."

  • By karen on 11-01-13

Hold Onto Your Pants - We're Goin' For a Ride!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-11

I remember the movie from long ago, and never even knew it was from a book...until now. And what a book it is! Once they get into the woods and on that boat, believe me...you are going for a ride right along with them!

You're going to feel thrashed around on that white river, you're going to smell the moss and molds of the forest, you're going to grab your side and wince when one of the characters gets hurt. You are going into a place where you'd never dare enter outside of these 'pages', so hang on, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,285

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

A Layer-Cake of Thought-Provoking Notions!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-11

Wow - this is one hell of a story! It's filled with moment's that make you pause and wonder, "What would I do if given that chance?"

One again and as always, the characters are so alive, you would think you actually know them from somewhere; like an old friend. This story is about so much more than Kennedy. It's layer upon layer of the human condition, with rich turns and challenges most of us would never want to face. The end brought tears to my eyes, and left me with such mixed emotions and internal conversations, my brain will be busy for a long time trying to sort it all out.

The narrator is phenomenal! One of the BEST I've ever heard! If there's an award, better give it to HIM! No one would deserve it more!

83 of 151 people found this review helpful