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  • The House in Poplar Wood

  • By: K. E. Ormsbee
  • Narrated by: Brian Holden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

For as long as the Vickery twins can remember, they’ve only ever been able to leave the house together once a year, on Halloween. The rest of the year, Lee and his mother serve Memory while Felix and his father assist Death. This is the Agreement. But one Halloween, Gretchen Whipple smashes her way into their lives. Her bargain is simple: If the twins help her solve the murder of local girl Essie Hasting, she’ll help them break the Agreement. The more the three investigate, however, the more they realize that something’s gone terribly wrong in their town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance of a poetic book

  • By K. Jones on 11-20-18

Wrong target audience

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Sorry for the low rating, but I’m not the right audience for this genre or age group of a book, so the story made no sense to me.
The narrator did a great job and read the story well. I may enjoy more by this narrator , but not more of this genre. I don’t do Fantasy , am a much older reader than this would target , so please consider that when purchasing.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago? Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very well written But a sad story about aging.

  • By A. Dangerfield on 09-04-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Love this author , her first book was great but this is even better. The story of 2 elderly ladies in an assisted living facility, and a mystery that develops one day with a new resident. It reminds me, in a way, of her first book, as it also has 2 main female characters who are searching for the answer to a mystery also. I won’t give away any more than this, as it’d be hard to review without telling the complete story. It’s very good and the narrator’s voice is terrific.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,411

David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtly Funny Musings on Life Experiences

  • By FanB14 on 09-03-12

Classically funny

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Let’s face it , you cannot go wrong with any David Sedaris book. Impossible. They’re all funny, all interesting , and his voice is perfect to tell his own stories. He never sounds like he’s reading them, but more like he’s talking to you from your living room, just telling you funny stories. I’ve listened to them all and this is one of my favorites.

  • The Best Cook in the World

  • Tales from My Momma's Table
  • By: Rick Bragg
  • Narrated by: Rick Bragg
  • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

From the beloved, best-selling author of All over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, his mother. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Tales

  • By Noreen on 05-08-18

Rick Bragg is incapable of writing a bad book

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

If you’ve heard Rick Bragg before, you know what a joy it is to listen to his calm southern voice. This book focuses mainly on his mother’s cooking and even goes a bit further back to tell you where she received her cooking skills. I enjoyed all the fill in areas , talking about the family and all their quirks, and their ability to make some mighty fine sounding food with very little ingredients. No fast food here, this is real home cooking with everything made from scratch. Very well done book, having the hardback and audio copy. The only possible complaint I might have is that some of the recipes may be a bit harder to follow, as any cook that’s cooked for decades knows, it’s very hard to give precise directions about amounts used of certain items when you just toss it all in a pan and see what happens. I liked My Southern Journey a bit more and would like to request that his older ones please be put out as unabridged. Who’d want to cut out any of that beautiful voice ?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,790

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Classic Sedaris

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I’ve listened to all of the Sedaris books and find this one to be top notch. I don’t think you’d find a better one. I enjoyed a few of his early ones, mainly talking about his family when he was a kid. Some of those stories are hilarious. This one was nice because it focuses a lot on family once again, but they’re all at a much older stage now ( in my age range ) , so the logistics have changed. A more mature look, and one subject that was tough to discuss, but I think the author pulled it off with grace and dignity. Well done 👍🏼

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,424
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,695

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not put off by narration

  • By jaspersu on 11-13-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I’ve been a true crime junkie for decades and also like reading about historical events, especially those involving the western area of the country and anything having to do with it.
This book fit the bill in all areas. It was a true crime book, took place in Oklahoma, and had to do with a very little known fact about the Indians , and yet another terrible injustice and mistreatment towards them.
Our people and government kept pushing them further out west til they ended up giving them Oklahoma, which sounded like an area that was quite rocky and wouldn’t serve much purpose. Well, once they got there, what did they do but find oil on the land. Once that was found, let’s just say the atrocities reached a whole new level resulting in many deaths by multiple means and many trials to find out who the guilty parties were.
Excellent writing and narration , being told half in a female voice and half male . I tended to like the male voice better but it’s because I like mostly make narrators. Other than that, top notch and well done.
Thanks to the author for bringing this story to light.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,487

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

5 Golden Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Excellent writing with an excellent narrator. Based on the true story of the main character , who traveled all over the West , reading the news of the world to the small town folks who had no way to get the news many times other than word of mouth. The next part didn’t happen to the true character but many kids were captured by Indians.
One day he is approached to take a girl back home to her family , who had been captured by Indians 4 years earlier. Terrific story !

  • At Home with My Daddy's Stories

  • By: Kathryn Tucker Windham
  • Narrated by: Kathryn Tucker Windham
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

She is a living icon of the family storytelling renaissance in America. And to hear her tell it, Kathryn Tucker Windham owes it all to her father, the small-town banker, school-board chairman, and Sunday school superintendent who always came home with a story. These stories celebrate the father he was and the stories that are his legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Julie on 09-10-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I hope there’s no such thing as wearing out an audiobook ! I have listened to this author’s audios so many times. Sadly, they’re all short but worth every dime to listen to her calm Southern voice tell of times long ago when she was growing up. Each has a theme of sorts. This is a tribute, of sorts to her dad. EXCELLENT.

  • "Please...Don't Kill Me"

  • The True Story of the Milo Murder
  • By: William C. Dear, Carlton Stowers
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Dean Milo was a phenomenally successful businessman. Along the way, he established a lengthy list of enemies. His fast-track ride to the top came to a violent halt on August 11, 1980, when Milo was found dead in his luxurious Ohio home, shot twice in the head. A blank telegram form lay nearby.  This is the gripping story of the remarkable collaboration between Texas private eye, Bill Dear, and the police detectives of Akron, Ohio, that led to the convictions of the people responsible for the death. It is also a tale of the human weakness, desperation, and overwhelming greed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best true crime stories

  • By Rhonda on 04-25-18

Interesting true crime

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

This happened in our vicinity many years ago. I couldn’t remember all the details so it was good to listen to it again to refresh my memory. Well written and well narrated. Good job to author and narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

  • True Crime from Texas Monthly
  • By: Skip Hollandsworth
  • Narrated by: Bruce DuBose
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Cowboy Bob was a master bank robber, robbing countless banks for thousands of dollars and confounding cops along the way. He would rob banks without a weapon, without any apparent muscle or accomplice, and he'd steal license plates to throw police off his trail. The police had a lot of questions and theories when it came to Cowboy Bob, but the last thing they would have suspected was that he was a woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but good

  • By Julie on 04-09-18

Short but good

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I like Skip Hollandsworth’s writing. This short story was the melancholy tale of an unusual bank robber’s short and tragic career. Good little story. Excellent writing and narration.