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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,689

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

What did you love best about All the Light We Cannot See?

I was very absorbed in these stories. I loved this book so much I purchased this book for my Mom in large print.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 'Til the Well Runs Dry

  • By: Lauren Francis-Sharma
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

Lauren Francis-Sharma's 'Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed 16-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman, the risks and rewards in Marcia's life amplify forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most wells I knew as a boy…

  • By Louie Crew Clay on 09-08-15

Interesting life.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story and reader made me feel I was on this island. The main characters, time and location made me think how different our lives had been at the same year.

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Very interesting.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely recommended this book. A new direction and characters for John Sandford. I would read more stories about these characters. The book made me think what space travel may be for the future. The characters were so interesting even the characters from other star systems.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing made me want more.

Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

All the characters had personalities that drew me in to want to know more about them.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Don’t Ever Get Old

  • By: Daniel Friedman
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

When Buck learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, he decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But lots of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a Mississippi loan shark, a seven-foot-tall Hasidic Jew, and a bloodthirsty maniac hell-bent on rubbing out everybody who knows anything about the stolen gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a "Buck Schatz"!! And it's great!!

  • By Byron on 07-30-13

excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Don’t Ever Get Old to be better than the print version?

Excellent, would read and listen to more stories about Buc. Great story and the story teller has you visualize the story like movie in your mind.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept me wanting more of the story. It had unexpected plot and Buc' s thoughts added to a nice laugh.

What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

He is very engaging. He had me totally visualizing the whole story. Excellent.

  • Dog's Run

  • By: Nick Russell
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Life is good in Elmhurst, Ohio. The war is over, the economy is booming, and the future looks bright. But just across the deep ravine known as Dog's Run is a different life, one where times are always hard and dreams seldom come true. When Wanda Jean Reider, a beautiful young woman from the wrong side of town, is found dead in Dog's Run secrets begin to come out. Secrets that will expose hidden sins and a dark side of life carried on behind the manicured lawns and inside the back rooms of the stores along Main Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A captivating mystery in a captivating town

  • By Aaron on 03-31-14

very intense

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Dog's Run to be better than the print version?

A serious crime novel from the 50's. The story as it is read has the listener see the story like a movie. It is different style for the authors from his previous humorous books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dog's Run?

The time it took place.

  • Little Blog on the Prairie

  • By: Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and fun story for range of ages

  • By Champlain Mom on 07-04-10

love the book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Blog on the Prairie to be better than the print version?

I didn't think this book would any good. I would buy another story by this author. It was entertaining and a page turner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Blog on the Prairie?

The responsibility of all characters on farm.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last line of the main character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laugh and it gave me hope.

  • Jimmy the Kid

  • Mysterious Press-HighBridge Audio Classics
  • By: Donald Westlake
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Kelp has a plan, and John Dortmunder knows that means trouble. His friend Kelp is a jinx, and his schemes, no matter how well intentioned, tend to spiral quickly out of control. But this one, Kelp swears, is airtight. He read it in a book.

In county lock-up for a traffic charge, Kelp came across a library of trashy novels by an author named Richard Stark. The hero is a thief named Parker whose plans, unlike Kelp and Dortmunder's, always work out. In one, Parker orchestrates a kidnapping so brilliant that, Kelp thinks, it would have to work in real life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a hoot!

  • By A on 04-09-14

very funny

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Jimmy the Kid to be better than the print version?

It's Donald Westlake at his best. A great since of humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mom, is the person you encounter on any day in customer service work.

Which character – as performed by Brian Holsopple – was your favorite?

Holsopple made each person come to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Shannon Cochran
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 318

Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible!

  • By Sandy on 04-08-14

depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Ugly stories and dark depressing moody stories.

Has The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes this book is ugly people of life.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon Cochran’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories?

The whole book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful