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  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,537

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Tough Read

  • By KP on 05-07-16

Could we get a translator for the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

What disappointed you about A Brief History of Seven Killings?

The heavily accented narration in the first part was required so much concentration that I gave up after 90 minutes. A narrator should add, not subtract.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Someone speaking english.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Have no idea.

Any additional comments?

Can I have my money back? Or perhaps get the book read by someone who grew up in the area that 99.99% OF THE LISTENERS WILL BE FROM!

0 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Coward's Tale

  • By: Vanessa Gebbie
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Nine-year-old Laddy Merridew, sent to live with his grandmother for reasons he does not understand, stumbles off the bus in a small Welsh town where he begins an unlikely friendship with old Ianto Passchendaele Jenkins, the town beggar-storyteller. Through Ianto, Laddy learns of the collapse decades earlier of a coal mine called Kindly Light - a disaster whose legacy has echoed through generations, shaping lives in unexpected ways. And while Ianto spins the lively stories of so many men and women in this town, it's his own history in Kindly Light that is the story he can't tell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like watching life from an airplane.

  • By danpri on 08-17-13

Like watching life from an airplane.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

A detached and distant feeling pervades this audiobook. I spent the first few hours just trying to figure out who was who and what was going on. It was all too distant for me. So many characters with weird names. So many directions. At one point I went back online because I thought maybe this was a bunch of short stories.

Perhaps it all comes together after the 4th hour, but I had long since stop paying attention or caring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Finster Effect

  • By: Wednesday Lee Friday
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

What happens when a malevolent minister, a fast-food manager, a loyal dog, and the son of a kidnapper are forced to navigate an undead apocalypse and swarms of super-intelligent rats? The cannibalistic undead plague a Michigan town, prompting the National Guard to join forces with the Michigan Militia. A group of survivors attempts to make it to the Mackinac Bridge, while the god-fearing take on the godless in a bloody battle that is anything but holy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • “Faith is always rewarded in the end.”

  • By Teresa on 08-09-13

Everyone trying to hard....

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

It seemed like such an interesting concept, but within minutes I began to get a touch nervous. The narrator is one of those that work to speak every word clearly while also trying to "capture" her thinking of the books intent. Okay, so I can handle that except the book just veers into so many directions, with few seeming to really capture the character. The author goes into the head of everyone, from a young female to a dog to an older guy to a rat. Her focus on the condescending female felt the most real, although the dialog with her significant other make me think her relationship with men are few and far between. The dog and the Messianic rat were weird and annoying. Her attempt to get into the mind of the survivalist male was a fail. Pretty much gave up at that point.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breakdown

  • A Love Story
  • By: Katherine Amt Hanna
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

In a world ravaged by a deadly pandemic, former rock star Chris Price leaves New York and sets out on a long journey home to England. It’s been six years of devastation since the plague killed his wife and daughter, and Chris is determined to find out if any of his family has survived. His passage leaves him scarred, in body and mind, by exposure to humankind at its most desperate and dangerous. But the greatest ordeal awaits him beyond the urban ruins, in an idyllic country refuge where Chris meets a woman, Pauline, who is largely untouched by the world’s horrors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what expected.

  • By danpri on 02-13-13

Not what expected.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-13

The book description lead me to think I would be part of the 6 year journey but really, it begins at the "end" of that 6 years. From there it settles into a fairly long winded relationship type of book which does go into parts of the journey but really... it is more of a apocalypse type book as if written by Nicohlas Sparks. Lots of talk....LOTS.. and some of it overwrought.

With that in mind, it is well written and well narrated. If you do chose this book, make sure you ignore the first part of the books description and only read that second paragraph.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart Broke In

  • By: James Meek
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

From James Meek, the prize-winning author of the international best seller The People’s Act of Love, comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.Ritchie Shepherd, an aging pop star and a producer of a reality show for teen talent, is starting to trip over his own lies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too distant and complicated.

  • By danpri on 11-01-12

Just too distant and complicated.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-12

I always felt removed and distant from the story and characters. Regarding the characters, there were so many coming and going with intwined relations that if my concentration missed a little bit of the story, I was lost.

This was a plot heavy book, with such distasteful characters that I never connected.

Four hours into the book I was still wondering when it was going to get started. Sadly, I was unable to finish. This is not like a Jennifer Egan novel, who often has characters that can be tough to connect with, but is still beautifully written. It is just tough to connect with...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Round House

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,849

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!

  • By Tony on 01-14-13

A coming of age story in another culture

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

Reviewed: 10-23-12

A coming of age story for a young indian boy who has to come to grips with his culture and the larger world around him. A little bit mystery, a lot of culture, and intriguing look into a part of US history, family and the future.

This is not your "everyday" mystery and if your looking for John Grisham or some other plot heavy, thinly written book you may not be happy. However, if you like to step outside the usual mystery box this might be the ticket.

Be forwared: listen to the narrator online first as he is clearly Indian with the cadences and nuances that go with this style of communication. But if you like Mark Hammer, your are in like Flynn.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Memory of Skin

  • By: Russell Banks
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America

  • By Ellen on 10-15-11

Not for those who like Ghrisham or Patterson.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-12

Where does Lost Memory of Skin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Between the writing, theme, narration and provocation this is a top 10 of my over 500 audiobooks.

What did you like best about this story?

A subtle and sublime examination of an area of life not examined, but simply accepted by most. Like the Tortilla Curtain, it forces you to reconsider and examine preconceptions and assumptions. Jennifer Egan comes to mind.

Have you listened to any of Scott Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

If you think that Scott Brick is the best out there, move on. This is a far more subtle and engaging performance than Bricks over emoting.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Chiefs

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!

  • By karen on 09-17-13

loved it but maske sure you know...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-10

This is a paced period piece. I enjoy the narrators slow pace as he affects the setting of a deep south Georgia. You can really just put the audiobook on autopilot as you drive, or walk or do chores and by the end...you are looking for more stuff to do....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Grace

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, but worthwhile....

  • By danpri on 01-10-10

Complex, but worthwhile....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-10

I almost gave up on this about 90 minutes into the listen. So many characters and thoughts and apparent lines of plot. But once you get a handle on the basic characters, and have patience with the plotline, you will be rewarded.

I suspect the next book will be simpler for me with a basic knowledge and understanding of the characters.

Nice plot twists, great character development and investment in relationships. But this is the kicker for this book for me (a guy reviewing under his wifes username). There are plenty of great female authors that guys can enjoy. Tana French, Proulx, Ozeki, Gillian Flynn all come to mind. But few authors can capture a guys perspective and thought pattern as Louise Penny can.
Anyway, if you want to meet a thinking mans Harry Bosch in the arctic tundra, with well developed cohorts, this book is for you.





16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • A Quiet Belief in Angels

  • By: R. J. Ellory
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time.

  • By danpri on 12-25-09

One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-09

If Gillian Flynn and James Lee Burke had a kid that grew up a writer, this might be the book produced. Beautifully written with a storyline that kept me guessing until the final pages. Ended all to quickly. Dave Robicheaux in a period piece and a plotline that extends the length of his lifetime.

Narrator gets a 10/10 and is a top 5 narration as well, ranking with Stephen Hoye in Skinny Dip and McKintys books read by Gerald Doyle


If you like Burke, Connolly, Gillian Flynn, or Stieg Larsson you will be pleased to have downloaded this book!


5 of 5 people found this review helpful