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Holly Abery-Wetstone

West Hartford, CT USA
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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,530

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Better than Grisham

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Wow, this book kept me on tenterhooks all the way to the end. The story about a college student with a difficult family and autistic brother solving a 30 year old murder is engrossing

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,079
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,390
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,313

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

The French Resisters Explained

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

A character driven story about two sisters in WWII France. Interesting examination of how the average citizen experienced the Nazi occupation and the hardships they endured.

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,312

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

The war in Viet Nam unveiled

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

The horrors of the Viet Nam war retold by a soldier who was there. Moving tale of an unjust war and slaughter of many young lives.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,352

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

WOW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

I resisted listening to this book for a year because I thought the subject matter would be depressing. Then my book group picked the book and I was forced to read it. Boy was I ever wrong about the book! Despite the topic Room was really very life affirming and quite beautiful. I think it is crucial to listen to this book rather than read it because the child's narration makes the story exceptional. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Snowman

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,488

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse

  • By Russell on 10-14-13

Classic Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

Written in the same style as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series this book kept me guessing "who done it" until the very end. A great read!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
    
    
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    Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
    3,120 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • By: David Wroblewski
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Ella on 10-22-08

Way to Long

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

The amount of detail and descriptions of mundane daily life put me into a coma. The sense of foreboding I got from the begining failed to spark my interest but made me care less about the characters. I still can't get over how stupid the main characters were, I can excuse a 14 year old mute boy but his mother was as stupid as a stick. I don't know how this book has become so acclaimed becuase I hated it.

  • The Cookbook Collector

  • A Novel
  • By: Allegra Goodman
  • Narrated by: Ariadne Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging read

  • By Freida on 08-19-10

Loved the Book Hated the Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

The book is brilliant but the narrator's voice more befits a romantic novel vs. this one. I agree with another reader that the male voices all sound the same, NY City Jewish accent.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,627

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Less Believable Than the Earth is Flat

  • By Jeffrey on 07-30-18

Too Much Violence

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

The premise of this story is great but the body count is way too high for my taste, I cringed as each person befell a bloody death. Many were not necessary to carry the plot of the book which is very interesting. A good read if you have the stomach for it.

  • Dirty Blonde

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her 30s, and she feels like she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Blonde of little brain

  • By Babs on 03-13-06

Drive Around the Block to Hear More

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-06

I actually drove around the block to hear more of this engrossing story of the trials and travails of a female federal judge. The story was interesting, pretty accurate from a legal standpoint and the narrator was a perfect choice. The ending was weak but the rest of this audio book is a must listen.

  • Straight Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Sam Freed
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good

  • By Jeffrey A. Sherman on 01-09-04

Straight Man

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-03

This is the funniest book I have listened to since John Grisham's Skipping Christmas. It is a hilarious account of the trouble a middle aged college professor can find while his wife is away for several days. Russo's writing combines humor with the trials and tribulations of growing old or should I say growing up? A must listen!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful