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Harrison, NY, United States
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  • RFK Jr.

  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream
  • By: Jerry Oppenheimer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 32

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., inherited his assassinated father's piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation's foremost environmental activist and lawyer - the "toxic avenger" - battling corporate polluters. But in this, the most revelatory portrait ever of a Kennedy, Oppenheimer places Bobby Jr., leader of the third generation of America's royal family, under a journalistic microscope.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really terrible book

  • By Rosemary on 09-28-15

An interesting book about an uninteresting subject

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Very well written and well researched biography. Unfortunately, the subject is a very uninteresting and uncompelling fellow, who really didn't merit an entire book devoted to him.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Sunshine Away

  • By: M.O. Walsh
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when 15-year-old Lindy Simpson - free spirit, track star, and belle of the block - experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Sarah on 04-06-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Unbelievably compelling debut novel. Read it with my book club and we were all blown away and ended up having a great meeting. My only criticism, and it is small, is that the narrator should have had a southern accent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,295

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Great Book, Annoying Reader

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

I listened to this with my 3 kids, ages 14, 13 and 11. The oldest had already read the book but was eager to listen to it with us. We had a very long drive from New York to Lake Placid and back, and the time just flew! The story had us all enthralled. The reader, however, was a big distraction. My 11 year old daughter took special exception to the way the narrator imitated a 12 year olds'
voice, making her sound like a 4 year old. My older boy, the one who had already read the book, would throw up his hands whenever she voiced the part of the central character, Katness. According to him, Katness is supposed to be a very tough, cool girl and the narrator made her sound like a girly dope. Having said that, the story itself is so strong that it was usually possible for me to get past the annoying quirks of the reader and stay enthralled.

  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Roxana Ortega
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,665

Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, subtle, moving

  • By Laurene on 06-17-10

Loved this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

Great listen, wonderful characters, interesting plot line, and compelling reader. I would highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Olive's Ocean

  • By: Kevin Henkes
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book!!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-26-05

a little boring

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-09

Sensitive, reflective, well written, but dull. My kids would have been very happy to turn it off and not finish it but I made them listen to the end. We kept waiting for a payoff that never came...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

  • By: Scott O'Dell
  • Narrated by: Tantoo Cardinal
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on an island off the California coast. Left behind when the rest of her tribe fled, she waits, year after year, for a ship to come for her. She fights for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, and making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich in cultural details and extremely well read.

  • By Terri O. Johnson on 07-23-09

The best book they every "read"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-08

My four kids listened to this book together in the car, and all loved it. The narrator is pitch perfect--the story is wonderful. Will stay with you for a long time.