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  • The Light We Lost

  • By: Jill Santopolo
  • Narrated by: Jill Santopolo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,359

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh.

  • By L. Shoemaker on 08-28-17

Such a cliche

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This book had a plot, writing style, and vocabulary that was trite, cliched and predictable.The supposed critical and emotional moments of the plot were made laughable by their predictability and the fact that it was happening to characters without any sign of intelligence. The dialogue read like a soap opera farce. Furthermore the narration was horrendous.Authors should never narrate their own books unless they are memoirs, or the author is also a talented voice actor. There was no difference between the voices of the different characters, and the attempted accents towards the end of the book were simply insulting. This is a book that has been done a thousand times and a thousand times better. I wish I had read The Bridges of Madison County again instead.

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,012
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,517

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

Unoriginal With Very Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This book was an exact copy of the Percy Jackson and the Roman series read by the worst narrator I have ever heard in two decades of being an audible member. It was the most unbelievable voices and horrible voice acting. It also seems that Rick Riordan has unfortunately run out of ideas or original story plots. It might be time he went back to writing murder mysteries.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole Town's Talking

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Novel

  • By Jean on 01-15-17

Not the best Fannie Flagg

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Worst ending I have ever read. This book is fairlu unoriginal and a copy of Our Town

  • The Light of Paris

  • By: Eleanor Brown
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Madeleine is trapped - by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears - in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside it looks like she has everything, but on the inside she fears she has nothing that matters. In Madeleine's memories, her grandmother, Margie, is the kind of woman she should have been - elegant, reserved, perfect. bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive Whinefest!

  • By Rebecca J. Leamon on 08-24-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

A fairly predictable and unoriginal conflict and plot. It would be entertaining if it hadn't been written a hundred times before with more than mediocre writing.

  • Something Rotten

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Diana on 11-11-04

Thursday Next: a hero for intellectuals

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

In this last installment to the Thursday Next series, our heroine is desparately trying to retrieve her eradicated husband. She spends her time embroiled in real world politics with a few bookworld characters popping in and out. While not as immersed in literary reference, it certainly takes a shot at the politics of today. Be prepared for a shocking conclusion!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,688
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,694

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Sean Calvert on 06-02-05

Full of symbolism, but not much else

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

In this prequel to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn the origin of Narnia and the Professor. However, Lewis becomes so wrapped up in symbolism and Biblical reference, that he misses the adventure. The book is dull, lacking in colorful characters and plot. The Magician's Nephew could have easily been shortened appeared as a single chapter in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and have been just as informative. It is not a necissity to even read this book to truly appreciate the the rest of the Narnian series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Horse and His Boy

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By CocoHunt on 03-02-16

Not Lewis' Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

While C.S. Lewis has definately written better Narnian adventures, this does not fall into the category of the worst. It is entertaining and full of action and adventure. The down-side is that we never see these two characters again as the series jumps 100 years into the future with the next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Redgrave Surprised Me!

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

Narnia Rises

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

An amazing adventure that introduces the reader to the next generation of Narnia rulers. This is a very welcome addition to the Narnian series. Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy are drawn back into Narnia by the summoning of Susan's magic horn. However, over one hundred years have passed since their last adventure, and the new human rulers have tried to wipe up "Old Narnia" and all of it's magical creatures--including Aslan! The four children must come to the aid of the deposed child, Prince Caspian so that he may rule over a free Narnia in Aslan's name.

  • Odd Thomas

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,569

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Doubting Thomas

  • By Denise on 12-11-03

A must read, even if you're not a Koontz fan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

Not a Dean Koontz fan, or suspense reader in general, I was drawn into his world by the awe-inspiring, never-set-down Life Expectancy. Afterwards, it was a quick decision in the affirmative to read Odd Thomas. Koontz provides an amazing array of characters centered around Odd Thomas, a 20-year-old man whose name, yes, really is Odd, and can see and somewhat communicate with the deceased. Coming from a home life one has to read to believe, Odd emancipated himself and has become the town's favorite fry-cook who looks to three adults--his boss, the sheriff, and a mystery writer as surrogate parents. While sounding quite comical, this book is beautifully written, heart-wrenching, suspenseful and love story. It has all aspects of every genre on literature. It even got this hard-core "chic lit" fan to shed some tears and pick up the sequel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Forever Odd

  • An Odd Thomas Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed Koontz

  • By Sittingduck on 12-27-05

A sequel worth reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-06

After Odd Thomas, I wasn't sure if Koontz could really take the character any further. However, in this suspenseful trek to find his kidnapped friend, Koontz gives the reader even more depth to Odd as well as creating a true villain, Datura (the meaning of that name, you'll have to read to find out). And as always, Koontz is prepared to shock and break hearts.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful