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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77,703

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was there...

  • By Linda Ottey on 08-19-18

just relax and enjoy this story...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

listening to audiobook was like listening to a good story told. not a book or a novel or a piece of work, like we call so many .... it was just a great story being told. I really enjoyed it. it gets one of my super rare 5 stars because it was good all the way through!

  • Lasher

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755

Rowan's attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. Its many voices - of women, of men, of demons and angels, present and past - haunt and enchant us. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lasher's story continues...

  • By Bob-o on 11-21-15

so disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I am a lifetime lover of the vampire chronicles. But I suppose all good things must come to an end. I found this book excruciating to drone through. Usually I find it a waste of time put so much in to a book and not at least know the ending -- but in this case, I just didn't gaf, I simply couldn't handle another repetitive word and I never finished.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55,497
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,278

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

not bad - surprised me

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I went into this book thinking (based on the subject) it may not be the read for my taste, but it was actually good. Enjoyed all the way through and was truly interested in the characters without judgement.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,477

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

Something different. Good book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

In really enjoyed this book.. It it really the story of a girl as she grows into a woman and all the things that come along the way. Her story is unique though and will certainly hold interest. -- this book is worth the time and credit

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,901

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

An interesting twist

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Here is a new spin on and old tale. The book reiterates much of what we know about the story of Achilles, adds some new stuff to the tale; and includes a love story between him and a boy he chose to be his companion when they were both kids.
I enjoyed the book and found it worth a credit.

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  • Royally Screwed

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Shane East
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant - hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead she throws a pie in his face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A TRUE ADULT FAIRYTALE

  • By Vicki on 10-24-16

A good read to a predictable ending

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

These type books are almost always predictable. With in a page or two, you meet the the two you know will fall in love and live happily after ever. And that is not so bad -- we WANT happily after ever!
So withe these books, the key is how well the story is and how its told leading right to the ending we all know and want.
This book did it well. I enjoyed it.

  • Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Miss This Masterful Modern Morality Play!

  • By Liberty on 12-01-16

very dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Very disappointed in both the new Anne Rice vampire books. It was literally a chore to get through them and it took me well over a month each compared to my usual one or two days for such a book.

There is a plot and story-line no doubt, but it is no where near the fantastic vampire stories told in the past. Basically it is the same characters sitting around most of both books talking about and discovering their creation -- and it's a long boring discussion.

I tried with great hopes, with both books. If another comes out I just do not think I can stand to hear another work. Both books a total waste of time.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,542

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Could not get into it even after about seven hours

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Could not get into it even after about seven hours. Just wasn't my cuppa tea . But the reader was good

  • White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661

Audie Award, Paranormal, 2016. Angel finds herself in redneck hell when hordes of people descend on her hometown for the Deep South Zombie Fest - complete with zombie 5K runs, shamble-a-thons, costume contests, zombie paintball hayrides, and mock-zombie hunts. She intends to avoid the whole mess and focus on her upcoming college midterms - with the help of her stash of illicit zombie drugs - but that all changes when a decapitated body turns up at the edge of town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angel falls apart

  • By Mike on 10-10-15

Not as good as the rest

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Not as good as the rest, but I guess that is to be expected in a long series. They do typically tend to get cheesy by the third and fourth book. Too bad.

  • Manwhore

  • By: Katy Evans
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,476

The first in a sexy new series by Katy Evans, New York Times best-selling author of the REAL series... This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name, though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG!!! Another cliffhanger? C'Mon!

  • By E TAYLOR-BROWN on 05-14-15

Squeeze cheese

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

Cheesy and predictable...even more so than most books of this type. There is only one surprise throughout the entire book and that's when it stops abruptly with no ending. Yes folks if you grudgingly somehow make it to the end of this book thinking you're going to at least get some closure however predictable it may be, think again... you have to buy the next book. No way I'm going to that again !!