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  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

You Can't Go Home Again

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

According to Thomas Wolfe no one can go home again, but when you left under strange circumstances, you probably will benefit from returning to understand what happened. That's the crux of this tale; a man taken from his hometown under suspicious circumstance is asked to return in his role as a police investigator to investigate the suicide of his childhood friend. He's greeted with intense hostility, suspicion, and anger, so naturally he wants to leave. Then who will solve the mystery behind an unexpected suicide? Well, of course, he stays, and boy am I glad he did! This story goes to the past and back again throughout - a writing form I generally find irritating - so well, that each step takes us a bit closer to a resolution. It builds past problems with modern ones, and step by step finds a uniquely satisfying and unexpected conclusion! The people are so real I felt I knew some of them from my own hometown from the old pals to the town drunks they were solidly woven into a story that kept me wanting more! There were a few gaps, and I'd like to have learned more about the environment around the town and why it was so dry. Still, it matters less, and I learned much more in the long run!

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

I liked it, but.....

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This had a fairly intense story about a group of women sent on a hiking backpacking adventure as a form of building a better working relationship. From the get-go they were more adversarial than necessary - they should have had some bonds, they worked together! They were all a little snarky and not all that likable. That seemed rather harsh. So, they have to trudge through a wilderness, that we don't learn much about. I'd have liked a little more detail in the description - take me to the place where they hiked! I love a police investigator who has flaws, but is a good solid person, and Falk is that. The story had some gaps in it, but the characters were very well drawn. So, it was a good listen, but not a great story - a good story, though and well worth a listen.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Rules of Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Fun and Bitterweet

  • By Mel on 11-17-17

Before it was Practical

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Practical Magic was one of my top 10 favorite audio books, and now this prequel fills in many of the subtle lines between the stories. Long before Gillian and Sally were calling the house on Magnolia Street home, there was a story of Franny and Jet. Set in the turbulent 60s their stories were mingled with the changing social atmosphere of rebellion and discovery. This book is a love story of family and their dedication to one another and to those who loved them along the way. It's an enriching tale, and I immensely enjoyed getting to know the other people in Jet and Franny's lives. However their story might have been just a tad less magical and a scooch more heartbreaking.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,732

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Connelly - a little different

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I'm sure writing about the same characters over and over can get a bit boring, so Connelly branched out or over to The Late Show. I hope if he continues this series the characters are a little more three dimensional; they just seemed rather flat to me. Over the years I've come to understand some things about Harry and Michael, but not one character here really caught up my heart. The story was okay, not stunning but okay. It's not a waste of time because there is a story and there are characters trying to piece their lives together. It just seemed a little disjointed and I'm not so sure I'd like these people. If you like Connelly, you'll probably like it; if you like police procedurals, it's okay. Overall, though, it's just okay.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,550

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

A Massacre By Any Name - Is Still A Massacre

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I've studied US criminological history for 30 years, and I'm no longer surprised by the social acceptance of the murder of ethnic social groups by predominantly white Americans. The justifications are many and varied from religious overtones to racial bias. While we've logged the obvious racial subjugation of blacks in the US, the Native American still faces historic and real time legal challenges. I listened to this story while driving through the American West; I felt the sorrow and shame we continue to place on Native Americans. I also see new forms of acceptance and respect. Few stories in my schooling ever addressed Native American history, but today people are becoming more and more aware that their history is the history of the United States. Parts of it should never be sources of pride, but instead be lessons of tomorrow. Killers of the Flower Moon awakens all my protective instincts. We can't rewrite history or pay for it or change it's outcome, but we can and should accept the moral messages so that this sort of massacre never happens again.

  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in this series

  • By MJ on 10-19-14

Living Proof

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

This is living proof that John Sandford is the BEST, and this is the best Virgil Flowers of all! I love this guy, anyhow, but this story was mysterious and humorous, too. The characters are so lively that I'm pretty sure I've known some of them in my own past. Virgil is just one hell of a guy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,642

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Taking down the big guys

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Like many of Baldacci's books, this is all about taking down the big bad guys. I like that! I've seen the damage coal companies have done, and I was glad to see it addressed and well-researched. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep this story going, and the characters were appropriately presented. There were several story lines involved that intertwined, but sometimes it was less satisfying than it could have been. It's a good book, would probably make a good movie. It's not great, but it's entertaining.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Learn a little here and there

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

I like a story where I can learn something. The history in this story is really enjoyable. I got lost with some of the characters, had to rewind and listen to a couple of parts again, but overall, this was quite enjoyable. Certainly it was different, and I'm going to listen to the rest of the series just because I want to see how the author handles her storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,542

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

ho hum

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

I didn't hate this book, but I liked Discovery of Witches much more. There was a little too much bouncing back and forth in time; some really predictable situations. On the other hand, the incorporation of history into the tale is very well done. It just seemed to go on forever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,790
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,765

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

Harry, you rock my world

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

I'm glad I don't live in Chicago for a few reasons, but if I did, I'd love the musems and I'd hope to see Harry Dresden along the street. I'd know him immediately! He'd be the tall, sexy, guy in the long black coat, wearing a Fedora, and holding a staff, and he's crackle with power.

I was really worried about him; he seemed hoplessly gone at the end of his last book. Now, I'm awfully glad he's back. It'll be interesting to see how he deals with the changes in his life in the next story. I'm thinking he really needs to find a little bit of happiness sometime soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful