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  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,602

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

It seemed to go on forever...

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

...and I don't mean that in a good way. Usually I enjoy Tana French's style of writing, but I felt my life being squeezed out of me by a crushing load of similes and metaphors in this lengthy, meandering book that's in need of some tightening up by a good editor. I gave Performance 2 stars because of the good work of Stephen Hogan, although even after almost 20 hours I still had trouble telling the girls apart from the narration. Lara Hutchison was simply over-the-top and incredibly irritating to listen to. Part of that could be the seemingly endless repetitions of supposed teen-aged slang and phrases and text shorthand spoken out loud. The mystical parts were never explained and didn't seem to add anything at all. I don't understand why they were included. All in all, my least favorite Tana French book & one I would not recommend to anyone.

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

I THINK IM IN LOVE WITH JOSEPH LISTER

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Absolutely marvelous. Fascinating juxtaposition of scientific genius interwoven with the personal life of one of surgical medicine’s greatest men. Meticulously researched, entertainingly presented—DEFINITELY FIVE STARS ACROSS THE BOARD.

  • So Much for That

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Shep Knacker has long saved for “The Afterlife”: an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with “talking, thinking, seeing, and being” — and enough sleep. When he sells his business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it’s never the right time to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • haunting...read this summer on the beach!!

  • By Linda on 07-06-10

Just awful

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Tedious diatribe on everything the author finds offensive in the American economic system—and, believe me, there is plenty. No one to root for in this mess of nihilism. Skip this one. I wish I had.

  • As Close to Us as Breathing

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Poliner
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut, shoreline, affectionately named Bagel Beach, has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multigenerational Family Saga

  • By Sara on 03-18-17

A Bit Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

Editing this book down to maybe 2/3's its size would have made it more absorbing listening.

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  • The Perfect Son

  • By: Barbara Claypole White
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

From a distance Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he's a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Kathleen L. on 08-13-15

High predictability, low impact

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Unrealistic portrayal of a family; characters are black and white. Little plot development and what there was you could see coming from the earliest chapters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bull Mountain

  • By: Brian Panowich
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,346

Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations the Burroughs clan has made their home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family's criminal empire, Clayton takes the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Good Listen

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-13-16

DISAPPOINTING STORY; EXCELLENT NARRATOR

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

What would have made Bull Mountain better?

I kept waiting for it to go...SOMEWHERE.

What was most disappointing about Brian Panowich’s story?

Disjointed with skips from character to character, decade to decade.

What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I would not have continued to listen had it not been for Brian Troxell's excellent narration. Many times I forgot I was not listening to multiple readers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Abominable

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

The year is 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers - a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American - find a way to take their shot at the top.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great detail

  • By David Shear on 10-30-13

TEDIOUS

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

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

This book could have been half the length. I know Dan Simmons writes long books, but I enjoyed DROOD, THE TERROR, THE END OF SUMMER, AND THE WINTER HAUNTING very much. The action in ABOMINABLE only picked up (or only started) in the last 3 to 4 hours of an almost 30-hour long book.

What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

I've read extensively on mountaineering, but hour after hour of excruciating, seemingly pointless minutiae in this novel made me desperate to finish, hoping against hope that MAYBE the effort was worth it. It wasn't.

Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first Kevin Collins narration I've listened to; I would listen to more. He did well with the material he was given.

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

All of the above: anger that I was spending so much time listening to a book I didn't enjoy, sadness that my life was slipping away waiting for a story line to start, disappointment that it nearly didn't. And it wasn't much of a story line when it did.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,833

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

ASTOUNDING!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Flawless in composition, lyrical in language, superlative in narration. After 7 decades of reading, it is difficult to name a favorite book--but I think this is now mine.

  • In the Kingdom of Ice

  • The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took a long time to develop

  • By Brandon on 02-20-15

Exceptional! Highly recommended.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

Incredible story from the annals of polar exploration that was unknown to me until now.
Better than any novel. Super.

  • The Prestige

  • By: Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a Kind.

  • By Andrew on 06-22-07

HARD TO PUT DOWN

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Very clever; told from 4 viewpoints and the brilliant Simon Vance narrates each character to near perfection. A good listen.