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  • Winter's Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting and Powerful

  • By CrzGzr on 02-27-11

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Not worth the $3.00 I paid for it on sale. Narrator was distracting, story was even worse. Just terrible

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,845

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Story was well written and entertaining, although extremely predictable. You’ll know the killer when they are first introduced

  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Torn from today’s news

  • By Gary on 02-15-18

Absolutely Terrible! Don’t do it!!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

If you enjoyed the first two books in the series STOP. Plot holes and unnecessary deaths make this third book absolutely horrible and nullify the positive points of the first two books.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions: The Murder of an Angel

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Tandy Angel is losing her mind - or so she thinks. Even as she's forced to fight for the family company, she's imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she's convinced will take her life could be all in her head - or the very real danger that finally brings her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Christen Hamilton on 11-07-15

Horrible narration, only slightly better writing

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

The first two books in the series were good. Not great, but entertaining. The kind of mindless listening that requires little to no attention. The third book changed narrators. The voice is so sultry and arrogant it is hard to remember this book is actually being told by a teenager. Lots of plot holes, for example, brother Matty's dread locks are referred to over and over, however he shaved his head in a previous book which took place only months earlier. Easy enough to overlook, but the inconsistency made it difficult not to eye roll through this one. Lack luster story made it feel as though a deadline from the editors snuck up on the writers, forcing them to throw something together and hope for the best. This lack of effort translates into a weak story line and chaotic shifts of focus. Save your money, don't buy this book.

  • On My Knees

  • By: Meredith Wild
  • Narrated by: William Munt, Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Haunted by the responsibility of caring for her troubled family, Maya Jacobs gave the only answer she could when Cameron asked her to marry him. Years later, entrenched in a soulless professional routine, she distracts herself from the lingering regret of her decision with a "work hard, play hard" lifestyle that guarantees no man will ever find his way into her heart again.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disapointing with little to like

  • By Susan H. on 07-04-16

DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT ON THIS 'BOOK'

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

What disappointed you about On My Knees?

Boring and predictable. The story itself reads as if the author had a 'mad lib' style format. Fill in name of girl, name of guy, guys chases girl, girl denies her feeling, girl makes an ass out of herself, guy fumbles along trying to fix her. Its the same story we have heard over and over again.

Would you ever listen to anything by Meredith Wild again?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Mack and William Munt ?

Anyone except William Munt. He sounds EXACLTLY like the narrator from the movie A Christmas Story. Which would normally be endearing, but the age difference between the character (25ish) and William's voice (70ish) is very disturbing. Not to mention over performed, he is so dramatic and over the top its like listening to your grandpa exaggerate a children's book. Worst still is hearing this geriatric voice say words like 'c*ock' and 'pu*ssy' YUCK! I felt like I needed a shower after..... Just horrible!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from On My Knees?

All of them, total crap.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The 8th Confession

  • The Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

When a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless is found brutally executed, reporter Cindy Thomas knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been as saintly as everyone thought...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book Not So Great Narrator

  • By Diana on 12-06-09

Narrator and production are unbearable!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

I love this series, this the first one I have listened to. Boy do I regret it! The narrators voice sounds very old and beyond distracting and beyond unbelievable as the voice of a 40 ish woman. Then add in dramatic music at times and it was a train wreck! Seems to always play loud, dramatic and intense music at important moments and is very distracting. I was extremely disappointed.

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,467

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

Wait for a different narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

I've always liked Maggie Gyllenhaal, right up until she read this novel. The book is cheapened by her nasal, dramatic voice; she often sounds sarcastic,at times when the text doesn't call for such. Hard to get past her voice enough to actually enjoy such a great piece of literature.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,642

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is the most painfully obvious book I have ever purchased. The book is obnoxious to the point of madness, the word tidy (used as a noun, verb, and adjective) is used upwards of 300 times in the first 30 minutes. The 'instruction' for how to tidy is to clean out and throw things away... Shocking, that's what I've been doing for the last 20 years. I have heard good things about this book, but I was VERY disappointed. This book would be helpful to a child perhaps, but for anyone who has cleaned and organized anything before the information is redundant and useless.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marie Kondo again?

No

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

severe disappointment- Buyers remorse

  • Hard Love

  • The Hacker Series #5
  • By: Meredith Wild
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Stark, William Munt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Days after their wedding, Blake and Erica Landon embark on their honeymoon - a journey that deepens their bond and promises to fade the scars of their past. Just when their troubles seem safely behind them, scandal surrounding would-be Governor Daniel Fitzgerald's election threatens their newfound peace. Back home, Blake finds himself at the center of the controversy, haunted by the transgressions of his hacker past that he has no wish to relive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Male narrator killed the story

  • By Nicole Crites on 11-08-15

DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Any additional comments?

William Munt's voice ruined Blake's character for me FOREVER! For a charter that is supposed to be in his late 20's, William Munt's raspy, elderly voice killed it! His voice would be perfect for a Christmas story read from Santa's perspective, or an elderly man about to say goodbye to life, not a 20 something hacker! Read this book, do not, I repeat do not, listen to it! Don't let Munt's voice ruin it for you as it did for me!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful