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Ronald J. Chasse (jrchase6@aol.com)

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  • Neverworld Wake

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim - their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend - changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft - the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world - hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death. But as the night plays out, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking

  • By Keri Owen on 06-23-18

Clever

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I really enjoyed this book. Different and lingering. Not the kind of book you can’t put down but one you are thinking about when you do! Great story!

  • Girl Last Seen

  • By: Nina Laurin
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,524

I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to 13 years ago. I've spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement. But they were never quite the right age, with the right look, in the right circumstances. Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rambling... still rambling...

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-19-18

Choppy

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

It was a good read however, the backstory was choppy and some details were difficult to understand. Main character not developed enough. She seemed sketchy and without depth.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,440

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Just meh...

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Main character was interesting but story far fetched and lots of “somehow that happened”. Predictable and no real action. Some of it way too complicated to even grasp what the author was going for. But, it wasn’t so bad that I abandoned it so, that deserves three stars.

  • Beautiful Daughters, The

  • By: Nicole Baart
  • Narrated by: Meredith Orlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Adrienne Vogt and Harper Penny were closer than sisters until the day a tragedy blew their seemingly idyllic world apart. Afraid that they got away with murder and unable to accept who they had lost - and what they had done - Harper and Adri exiled themselves from small-town Blackhawk, Iowa, and from each other. Adri ran thousands of miles away to Africa while Harper ventured down a more destructive path closer to home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful tale of love and Memory

  • By Daryl on 12-14-15

Anti climactic ending.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Overall good story. Ending was a bit dull. Lots of details that ended up meaning nothing.

  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

  • By Meg on 11-03-17

Underwhelmed at the end

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

The storyline was great, definitely kept my interest. The character development was good, not great. He could have gone a bit deeper into the supporting characters but they were witty, real and fun to follow. The ending, being that there is a “mystery disappearance”, was underwhelming. Overall, the book dove mostly into the mind of the main character and her OCD and I wanted to say “ok, I get it, she has OCD”! But, it then never hit on the true origins of these behaviors. I couldn’t decide if the story was actually about the mystery or the mental illness but neither was developed into a great ending. I’m no writer, but even I could have thought of a more exciting ending in either regard. With that said, I really did enjoy the book and the characters so I still give it 4 stars. I’m going to try a few more of his novels as a result. Maybe a 5 is coming!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

I’m not surprised easily but this one got me. I didn’t see it coming. Brilliant writing! Good character development. Could have been a tad bit deeper into the characters but somehow the mild vagueness worked for these. Thanks for a great read! God bless.

46 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • A Criminal Defense

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader ruins it!

  • By Matthew Jarka on 05-15-17

Nice plot twist

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I'm difficult to trick so I had considered the twist but it was even more than I anticipated. Good story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Little Children

  • By: Jo Furniss
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 772

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children - until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost. Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that's protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By Ronald J. Chasse (jrchase6@aol.com) on 09-10-17

Anti climactic

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I agree with one previous review. If I had known it was a series, I wouldn't havre wasted my time. This book was anti-climactic and left you hanging off of a small retaining wall. (Easy to jump down without a thought, other than "what a waste of my time". I was shocked when it rather abruptly ended and went back on Amazon to see where I missed that this was a series, still couldn't obviously find where they revealed this information. I will not be running to grab the second book, if it ever comes out because I will easily forget the first.

114 of 118 people found this review helpful

  • Pukka's Promise

  • The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs
  • By: Ted Kerasote
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

When Ted Kerasote was ready for a new dog after losing his beloved Merle - who died too soon, as all our dogs do - he knew that he would want to give his puppy Pukka the longest life possible. But how to do that? So much has changed in the way we feed, vaccinate, train, and live with our dogs from even a decade ago. In an adventure that echoes The Omnivore’s Dilemma with a canine spin, Kerasote tackles all those subjects, questioning our conventional wisdom and emerging with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my Favourite Books EVER!

  • By Leslie-Ann on 03-05-13

Ted writes another knockout!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This book is as intriguing as was Merle's Door with its enormous information as well as heartfelt sentiment for those four legged angels who cross our paths! Few books leave me in tears when I am through reading them. This one does not disappoint! I'm such a fan of this author and his dogs!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dog Day Wedding

  • By: Rich Amooi
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Giovanni Roma was jilted at the altar. Twice. Meeting Natalie is an enchanting distraction - too bad she's engaged to another man. To top it off, Giovanni's mother has a mouth with no filter and is obsessed with finding her son a suitable baby-maker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Audio books I've ever listened too

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-01-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

The story was cute. Slightly unexpected ending which is refreshing. Kept my interest. Adorable characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful