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Molly

Charleston, SC, United States
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  • Still Falling (Solstice 31 Saga: Book 1)

  • By: Martin Wilsey
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

Barcus is a working stiff looking for a good paycheck. When the Ventura and its crew enter orbit for a scheduled planet survey, the ship activates an automated defense system protecting the planet. Although the Ventura is destroyed in the attack, Barcus alone survives the harrowing fall to the remote planet surface. He struggles to remain alive and sane, and to discover why everyone he knew and loved on the Ventura was deliberately murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Space Man Vs. Medieval Planet

  • By sbenrap on 10-15-15

Nothing at stake in this book

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

I bought this book because the reviews were so positive and compared it favorably to The Martian, which I loved. However, I couldn't disagree more! Everything happens as if by magic with supposed advanced technology. There's an almost omniscient power at work so I never had any doubt that the main characters would survive or even be in jeopardy for more than a minute. I listened to the entire book mostly because I was too lazy to look for a different book and narrator was really good at keeping me engaged and hoping that something interesting might happen, but it never did. I guess the author is saving that for books 2 or 3.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Take Down

  • By: James Swain
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 848

There are hundreds of casinos in Las Vegas, and Billy Cunningham knows how to rip off every one. His scams are a thing of beauty - so perfectly orchestrated that onlookers believe he and his crew are winning fair and square. In a town where bosses will kill to protect their profits, Billy can't afford to make mistakes, but even the best-laid plans can go wrong...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Barely worth finishing

  • By Rankin on 08-23-15

Didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Narration makes or breaks it for me and I found the falsetto voices that the narrator used for the female characters to be irksome. The other parts were very well read and totally believable. The story was good up to a point, but the last few hours felt like an action movie that just wouldn't end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Such a Full Sea

  • A Novel
  • By: Chang-rae Lee
  • Narrated by: B. D. Wong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class - descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China - find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inventive, Engaging, & Surprising

  • By Dr. on 01-26-14

I really wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 02-07-14

I wish I could have given this novel a better review, but for me, it didn't live up to it's promise. I found it wordy to the point of tedium and then the ending didn't really pay off- It felt tacked on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,556

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Well, if you're not from Charleston...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-14

You might think the accents are southern, but if you've actually lived here, you would know they don't pass. Heddie has Brooklyn overtones and Sarah has a very generic southern accent but nothing like a true Charleston accent. Of course, if Heddie's accent was authentic, most people probably wouldn't understand half of what she said, and an authentic Charleston aristocratic accent is a rarity, even in Charleston these days. My other quibble is with a few botanical references Miss Kidd should have been aware of, such as lilacs and peonies do not grow here and never will, and oleanders do not have a notable scent. Other than those nitpicking criticisms, I LOVED THE BOOK, and found it absorbing to the extent that my family became quite annoyed with my being "checked out " most of the day, while listening to this book in marathon sessions. Also, in fairness, I must say that the annoyance that I felt with the accents probably would not be a problem for 99% of the population- unless your from Charleston, and in that case, it's worth overlooking!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

Another marathon Listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

I loved this story and was hooked from the start. I wish I had slowed down and savored it because it was over way too fast.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

  • By: Karen Kondazian
  • Narrated by: Robin Weigert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review

  • By Kate+Mitchell Powell on 12-25-13

Entertaining Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

I love reading about this time period and found the story engaging. I also thought the narrator did a really great job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,336

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Thoroughly enjoyed story and narration

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

I was a little unsure about downloading this because I read some negative reviews of the narration but I'm happy to say I couldn't disagree more. I loved the the voices Pittu chose for the characters and how the intonations and rhythms distinguished each one. In fact, I'm intending to search out other books that he's narrated as well as other books by Ms. Tartt. I particularly loved the voices of Boris and Hobie, because I found each so endearing and amusing. Also, some people have complained about the length of the story but I love a good long listen (more for the money!), and this was certainly entertaining throughout. The only thing that was a slight disappointment was that I often saw things coming before they happened, but likely that was intentional foreshadowing on the author's part.

73 of 86 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 50,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,953

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

couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 11-10-11

I bought this book for my tween child and decided to preview it for violence and sexual content. It was violent, for sure, but not in an overly gruesome way. The characters were quite chaste and the moral messages were strong.
I didn't expect it to hold my interest, but I really couldn't put it down. If this book was being marketed to adults, I might not give it such high marks, because I found it a tad predictable. However, for younger people, it's perfect.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Nightwoods

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing and powerful narration

  • By Molly on 10-20-11

Beautiful writing and powerful narration

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

Reviewed: 10-20-11

I absolutely love Fraizer's style of writing and Patton's narration. I found myself rewinding to hear passages over again because I was totally charmed. Listening to this book, I recall long gone relatives, who had a winking way of saying things that bespoke an intelligence that might not have been immediately apparent to outsiders, until they let go with a quip that summed up a person or situation perfectly. Fraizer deftly captures that dry humor and eloquence in the characters that populate this story, and Patton's delivery is flawless. Yes, It's a little dark but never gratuitously gruesome or especially difficult. In fact, I like the way that certain unpleasant things were implied and not dished out in detail. Also, part of why I love this book (and Fraizer's other books), is that the NC mountains are dear to me, and I can't get enough of his descriptions of the the mystery and beauty of the place, and the ways of the people, that have all but vanished.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Fiction Ruined My Family

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeanne Darst
  • Narrated by: Jeanne Darst
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations' grandeur, and the romantic belief that Darst's father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, however, it was abundantly clear to everyone but him that despite the many years enslaved to the writer's craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterically funny

  • By Molly on 10-19-11

Hysterically funny

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

Reviewed: 10-19-11

I found myself repeating chapters because I love the way she tells her story. This book is honest and witty. The author reads the book herself which is sometimes a mistake, but not in this case. She has perfect timing and a gift for mimicry. Loved every minute of it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful