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  • Have You Seen Luis Velez?

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 601

Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind 92-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez? Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute perfection.

  • By squishy on 05-25-19

Insulting

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

If you believe that NYC is teeming with white people eager to gun down minorities and juries will let them get away with it, and the only person who will understand a POC is an elderly Jewish woman, this is the book for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: C. A. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

  • By Renee's Bookcase on 04-26-19

Book of the year

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

Do not miss this book! It is one of those that you hate to see end and when it does you immediately look to see what else this author has written. The writing, simply put, is fantastic. The author is both literate and clever. The title says a boy and his dog but it is about people: the nobility of striving and being honest and valuing relationships. This is a fantastic read.

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

Best book of the year

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

The coming of age story is a well-worn genre. It is hard to imagine a writer providing something new - until now. In "Boy's Life" Robert McCammon perfectly captures the experience of being a small-town 11-year old boy: the fears, the hopes and dreams, the obstacles, the friendships, the parents, and the curiosity about the other sex. The author delivers this in a pitch perfect narration.The narration of the day to day experience is extremely well done and entertaining. But, as you enjoy the characters doing the sorts of things that you might expect, and dealing with the problems that every family experiences, amazing things start happening. This is where the story really soars. This happens very subtly at first, less subtly later. And you say to yourself, I must have misunderstood - but you are willing to overlook them because the writing is so good. Only after a while do you understand that the appearance of a creature that can't exist or the magical transformation of objects is really no more amazing the magic of the transformation from child to adult. In the end, that is what the book is about. I have never encountered a better telling of this tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Cobbler's Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Perry Gordon
  • Narrated by: Michael Fischbein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A Cobbler’s Tale is an adventure story about Pincus Potasznik, a second-generation Jewish cobbler, born in a small shtetl in the province of Galicia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1910, at the historic height of the massive Eastern European immigration wave to the New World, Pincus decides to leave behind his pregnant wife, and three small children, in order to seek a new life for his family in the burgeoning Lower East Side of Manhattan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "There is only one way to change the world..."

  • By Kristi R. on 04-16-19

A Family Tale

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

You should know that this story is a family legend of the generation that moved the family from Poland to the US. The writing is simple and the hero’s and villains are sharply defined. It reads like young adult fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Journeyman

  • Matt Miller in the Colonies Series, Book One
  • By: Mark J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

American scientist Matt Miller is torn from his own century and dropped into Colonial America with nothing except a backpack. His phone, his money, and his identity are all useless and he quickly finds that he is foreign and alone in his own country. Matt must meet the challenge to survive in a newly forming society where he seemingly has no relevant skills and no one he can count on. He suspects that his 21st century knowledge of science and technology could make him a king in the New World, but he quickly finds that 18th-century America is a dynamic place where nothing is guaranteed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually cringe when I see that the author is also the narrator...

  • By D on 10-12-18

Please hire a narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Good read, similar to the Anger series. It has a few anachronisms. The major complaint has been raised by others. Performing is not be same as reading

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,131

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

Fun read

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is one of seemingly hundreds of the “End of the world as we know it” series that exist. Post apocalypse people have to figure out how to rebuild society. It is well done, even hard to put down. Not much new or surprising

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,208

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

I'm glad this overwrought story is just over

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is a suspense thriller with quite a few twists and turns. Some so obvious that they are painful, and others more subtle. So, I thought the story was pretty good. The main character has significant psychological problems and so makes for a great victim in that when bad things happen, no one believes her - not even herself. The problem is how you portray such a person under significant stress, without overly dramatic prose and overacting by the narrator. For example, at one point prior to her going off the rails, the character is unable to get cell coverage, so she throws her phone on the rocks. Not once, but repeatedly. Repeat that kind of complete irrationality with a breathless narrator who vocal range extends well into the "only dogs can hear" range a couple dozen times and you have the backbone of the book.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,506

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 09-12-18

Love it or hate it - More the latter for me.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

What did you love best about The Great Alone?

Description of Alaska

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Least interesting - the power of LOVE to solve any problem, because love, love, and more love. Oh, and men are either psychopaths or rich hunks or both.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of tear jerk scenes

  • Dog Logic

  • By: Tom Strelich
  • Narrated by: Tom Strelich
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Hertell Daggett is not what he used to be: once married, once a physicist, and once shot in the head in a New Year's accident. Or possibly Fourth of July, he could never remember - the doctors got the bullet out, but a few specks of copper remained floating in his brain, connecting parts no longer connected in the rest of us, filaments going back to the beginning of time. He remembers the songs of dinosaurs, the dry humor of mastodons, and the rubbery smell of trilobites. He'd once had a future, but now he lives on the outskirts of Bakersfield, a damaged caretaker of a failing pet cemetery. Hertell discovers a time-capsule, actually a vast time-cavern full of people who've lived beneath the pet cemetery since 1963.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and thought provoking

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-18

A Surpising Funny Insightful Fabulous Book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

If you could sum up Dog Logic in three words, what would they be?

The best book I have read in several years. I am amazed that it has not sold millions of copies.

What other book might you compare Dog Logic to and why?

There is nothing like it. It starts out like a standard "What is really going on here?" kind of story. The author does that masterfully creating fully realized characters with a great sense of humor, but the book really takes off into the phenomenal when things start to become clear.

Which character – as performed by Tom Strelich – was your favorite?

The main character. He is a sweet intelligent and sort of confused guy. But, ...

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

I don't know if it could be done. It is kind of like the movie "The Crying Game" in that it takes an incredible twist that no one would have predicted. But in TCG, the twist was the payoff. Here the twist is the point of entry.

Any additional comments?

Really, really, really good. Do not pass this book by.

1 of 1 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 65,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,193

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

Good read but ...

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

So I am a physicist. I LOVED The Martian. Great story and good science. Nothing wrong with this book. The science is mostly sound (except for some film flam about chemical processes) and the story was interesting but more mundane than The Martian. Cheeky but brilliant young women living in the edge of the law, gets into trouble, finds clever solutions. Good guys, bad gays, who dunnit, yada yada. As I said, it is a good book. Maybe the first book just set the bar too high.