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  • 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 48,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,210

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

What did you love best about 11-22-63?

The different spin on time travel. Not punching in a date to go back to but having a set date so that if you wanted to get to a certain place in time, you have to actually live in the period to reach it. Complicates your activities and agenda a bit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

The build up to preventing Oswald from assassinating JFK was engrossing and you wonder if they're going to make it. Love that anxiety.

Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

I liked Jake Epping. Ernest, caring and selfless. Sadie bugged me a bit, but that's a matter of taste.

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

Would definitely give the miniseries a try.

Any additional comments?

Great story, was wondering entire time how it would shake out. Never read a Stephen King book before (have seen plenty of the films based off his books) but I now have a new found appreciation for his style.

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  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Delores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!

  • By KayeTidwell on 06-12-11

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Child the most enjoyable?

The narrator was very good at bringing to life the various characters. Made them individually stand out when there was a lot of dialogue between multiple characters.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a tough story. The abuse the children take at not only the hands of their mother but of other people in the town make you cringe many times. You do root for Tangy Mae and Tarabelle but there aren't a lot of characters to rally behind.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to state without giving away ending. I'd say if you stick with the story, you'll be happy certain characters find their way out of the misery.

If you could take any character from The Darkest Child out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I'd take all the children out, and probably stay away from their mother since I wouldn't be able to keep from whooping her.

Any additional comments?

Tough read, but like I stated in title, I stuck with it because the kids are so endearing and your heart breaks for them. You want to see one of them at least find some happiness and peace.

  • Once in a Great City

  • A Detroit Story
  • By: David Maraniss
  • Narrated by: David Maraniss
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

It's 1963, and Detroit is on top of the world. The city's leaders are among the most visionary in America. It was the American auto makers' best year; the revolution in music and politics was underway. Walter Reuther's UAW had helped lift the middle class. Once in a Great City shows that the shadows of collapse were evident even then. Yet so much of what Detroit gave America lasts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Detroit in its Heyday

  • By Elaine D. Kirchen on 10-28-15

Great introduction to complicated city

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

Easy to have going on in the background and thoroughly enjoyed the high level look into Motown history and its personalities. It targets a very specific time in Detroit's history, so if you're looking for a deeper understanding or background of the politics or the car companies you'll need to find other books. That said, this is a good place to start your exploration of Motor City.

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

Entertaining performance

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

Think 'The Great Gatsby' meets 'The Wire' in 1980s New York. Do with that what you will.

  • At the Devil's Table

  • The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel
  • By: William Rempel
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

In this riveting and relentless nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the harrowing story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man facing an extraordinary dilemma—a man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Lee Chemel on 07-05-11

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Bought this thinking I could listen to it in the background, but I found myself glued to it so riveting was the story. Reminded me of Netflix 'Narcos' and 'Argo' in the suspense category. Props to 'Jorge' for risking everything to bring down some awful monsters and to the US DEA agents for sticking with him to get him and his family out of Colombia.

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  • The Only Street in Paris

  • Life on the Rue Des Martyrs
  • By: Elaine Sciolino
  • Narrated by: Elaine Sciolino
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for Paris lovers.

  • By Anna on 01-18-16

Enjoyable journalist diary of time in Paris

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

Author admirably shared colorful descriptions of the inhabitants of her neighborhood. Listened while puttering around house in the evenings. Easy listening. 4/5 stars.

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