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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

What an awesome story. Pulls at the heart strings more than a few times. I really loved the friendship's between the misfits. Also, you couldn't have chosen a better narrator than yourself. Awesome job.

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Just wow

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

This story is so shockingly sad. My heart goes out to the many families lost due to another's greed.

  • The Summer Children

  • The Collector Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

When Agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused young boy on her porch, covered in blood and clutching a teddy bear, she has no idea that this is just the beginning. He tells her a chilling tale: an angel killed his parents and then brought him here so Mercedes could keep him safe. His parents weren’t just murdered. It was a slaughter - a rage kill like no one on the Crimes Against Children team had seen before. But they’re going to see it again. An avenging angel is meting out savage justice, and she’s far from through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it but....

  • By Kamz on 05-31-18

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Overall it was a good read. I didn't get why the author added Spanish speaking in there without a translation so I'm not sure what I might have missed. I also think the whole lesbian scene could have been deleted. I have nothing against it, it was just irrelevant to the story for me. Parts of the story were very emotional and had me tearing up. I have enjoyed the series thus far.

  • Poisonwell

  • Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 3
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

If there is anything more dangerous than the Plague itself, it is the journey that awaits those sworn to stop it. Tyrus, the renegade magic-wielder exiled from Kenatos, knows this firsthand. His original mission through the Scourgelands met a tragic end, leaving him as the sole survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Needs edits and different narrator.

  • By Chelsea N. on 06-15-15

Much better

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I was a little nervous when I saw that Sue Pitkin was the narrator, as I did not enjoy her voice in book 2. She redeemed herself in this one. The story was very good as usual Jeff Wheeler. Thanks for taking me to another land.

  • Fireblood

  • Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 789

In a world beset by plagues, Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to end the devastation. Yet when he first ventures into the Scourgelands to uncover the secret of the plagues’ origin, he barely makes it out alive after being ambushed by a mysterious, unseen enemy. Tyrus knows the plagues will rise again - more powerful than ever before - and he is determined to complete his mission. To aid in his new quest, he summons his nephew Annon and his niece Hettie - both of whom possess an innate magic called the fireblood - and a pack of unlikely allies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, mediocre characters, + cliff hanger.

  • By Phillip on 01-23-14

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Michael Page did an Awesome job narrating this story. I only wish he would have completed the series.

  • Dryad-Born

  • Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Rumors stir of a hidden child who can stop the devastating plagues — and the race to find her has begun. The ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, and the people pledged to stopping him will do anything to make sure they’re the ones to reach her first. Because even though young Phae may be unaware that she is the long-lost daughter of Tyrus — the Arch-Rike’s rival — there is no mistaking her gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Horrible Narration

  • By Al on 04-18-14

Not sure

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I don't want to say that this was the worst of all of your stories Jeff. I couldn't make up my mind if it was the story or the performance of Sue P. Her voices were so annoying on most of the characters. At times I had to go back and listen again in agony to figure out which character was supposed to be talking. I love listening to your stories while I work, but I may have to pass if Sue P. is reading anymore. It was horrible to say the least.

  • Her Last Goodbye

  • Morgan Dane, Book 2
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls' night out...and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband - also the prime suspect - hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence. As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea's family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good second book in Morgan Dane series

  • By shelley on 09-28-17

Very Good Read

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

It just keeps getting better. The first book was good, but this one had me on my toes with emotion.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82,371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81,986

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

What a story!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I loved this story all the way through. This story will make you look at past life circumstances in a different light. The story was funny and had moments where I wanted to cry. Well done Noah!

  • The Light of the Fireflies

  • By: Paul Pen, Simon Bruni - translator
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns. He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone's been acting very strangely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David Shear on 04-11-16

Very odd

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

All the deception and lies. It's like the whole family had mental issues. I'm glad the boy finally got out, but it seems he had to learn real fast how to survive in a world he never knew. The story captured my attention enough to complete the book, but overall I was hoping the girl got out.

  • On the Meldon Plain

  • The Fourline Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Pam Brondos
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Natalie Barns is falling apart. Since returning from Fourline, she's tried desperately to focus on the world in front of her - the one of classes, money, and family. But the wound in Natalie's shoulder from her final encounter with the Nala radiates pain constantly throughout her days, while her nights are tormented by terrifying dreams of the Nala - and of Soris, the rebel fighter she failed to protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fourline Trilogy, book 2

  • By Customer H on 03-28-18

Good story

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Good story. I was glad Natalie got to go back in, however, it irritated me at how clumsy she was. I know she's supposed to be smart but she does lack in the common sense dept. I can't wait to read the next in this series.