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orford, nh United States
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  • Soar

  • By: Joan Bauer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Jeremiah is the world's biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball, and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when he's told he can't play baseball following an operation on his heart, Jeremiah decides he'll do the next best thing and become a coach. Hillcrest, where Jeremiah and his father, Walt, have just moved, is a town known for its championship baseball team. But Jeremiah finds the town caught up in a scandal and about ready to give up on baseball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By ernest drown on 12-12-16

Wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

This is the most moving audiobook I have ever listened to. It's a great story about baseball and courage and love. A satisfying plot and cast, especially Jeremiah, a character you'll never want to forget. AND a superb, pitch-perfect performance by Michael Crouch, which just makes it almost too much. A perfect book for the kid you love, and perhaps a perfect book for us adults who need to remember the nobility of team sport at its best. Highest possible recommendation.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wish

  • By: Barbara O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 206

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, feel good story. Such a relatable tale of a girl and her troubles, and how she deals during prime adolescence.

  • By Cassie Thomas on 09-07-16

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

This is a tender, gently paced story about the power of love. Memorable characters. The reader did a beautiful job...just right. This and Leslie Connors's All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Smith make a wonderful pair. Don't miss either one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing Game

  • Hardy Boys Adventures, Book 3
  • By: Franklin W. Dixon
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Everyone in Bayport can't wait for the biggest event of the season: the premiere of G-Force - the newest ride by the world-renowned Piperato Brothers. Their creation is going to change the fortunes of Funsport, Bayport's small and recently run-down amusement park. Frank and Joe are friends with Daisy Rodriguez, the owner's daughter, and are first in line for the ride's launch. Purple lights click off, a huge whoosh emanates from the floor, loud music pulses....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good for what it is

  • By TaraK on 11-04-16

Ok update except ...

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Very nice reading of a good story, except for the sucky, sucky non-ending ending. Grr. This reader hates last chapters with unfinished business, especially when it is gratuitous, as it is here. Supremely irritating.

  • Jakob's Colours

  • By: Lindsay Hawdon
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Inspired by the lost voices of the Romany Holocaust, this heartbreaking and tender novel will appeal to readers who loved Sophie's Choice, Schindler's Ark, and The Book Thief. "Remarkable - brave, big-hearted and beautifully written" (Andrew Miller, author of the Costa Award-winner PURE) Austria, 1944. Jakob, a gypsy boy - half Roma, halif Yenish - runs, as he has been told to do. With shoes of sackcloth, still stained with another's blood, a stone clutched in one hand, a small wooden box in the other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, sad, not to be missed

  • By ernest drown on 02-24-16

Beautiful, sad, not to be missed

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

This is one of of the most powerful novels I have ever read, and it joins 5 other recent, wonderful war novels: Pax, Echo, The War That Saved My Life, The Book of Aron and Salt to the Sea. These all are worth your time. I didn't like the voice the reader used for Jakob...made him sound stupid and brutish to my ears. But you will NEVER forget the scene where Jakob tells his brother that he loves him for the last time.

  • Salt to the Sea

  • By: Ruta Sepetys
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Historical YA Fiction

  • By FanB14 on 02-19-16

Beautiful heartbreaker

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

This is an absolutely beautiful performance of a powerful, haunting story. Right up there with The Book of Aron and The War that Saved My Life and Echo....a quartet of life changing books about WW II, all recent. You'll carry these characters in your heart for a loooong time.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to you love something that hurts you?

  • By Anthony M Agostino on 12-13-17

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

This is a gem. Beautifully paced with some characters you won't forget. Beautifully read, just right. I personally would have liked two more chapters ... one final chapter from Pax, and another to tie up loose plot lines.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Talking to Strange Men

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but these agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play. Not that John Creevey knows this. To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men, and as he comes face to face with the fact of his beloved wife Jennifer's defection, he begins to see a way to get back at the man she left him for.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Talking to Strange Men

  • By Linda on 03-18-12

Gripping and subtle

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

What a gem this is! My favorite Rendell; the characters and plotting are superb, the suspense mounts to a smashing denouement.

  • Porterhouse Blue

  • By: Tom Sharpe
  • Narrated by: Griff Rhys Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

To Porterhouse College, Cambridge, famous for rowing, low academic standards. and a proud cuisine, comes a new Master, an ex-grammar-school boy, demanding Firsts, women students, a self-service canteen, and a slot-machine for contraceptives. There is considerable opposition to this challenge to the established order, in the form of Skullion, the intransigent porter at Porterhouse, who is determined that the hallowed traditions of the College will never change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable satire

  • By maxwell on 08-16-10

Laugh your a** off!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

A masterfully brilliant reading of one of the funniest books ever penned in the English language. A delight throughout; as good as Amis's Lucky Jim, which would be a good addition, btw.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Swimming Pool

  • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Just as Lois Maynard is about to sell the family's summer home, her domineering and troubled older sister, Judith, returns and a mysterious murder disrupts the household.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cast of unusually appealing characters

  • By ernest drown on 01-07-14

A cast of unusually appealing characters

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

Reviewed: 01-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The Swimming Pool the most enjoyable?

I've read the book many times; when read aloud, it unfolds in Rinehart's unhurried, beautifully nuanced style.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Swimming Pool?

Lots of cliff-hangers here; even knowing in advance who dunnit and what's coming, still a pleasure.

What does Laurel Lefkow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She reads beautifully, with just enough change to make all the characters individuals. Her own voice has just the cultivated, well-educated cadence and accent that Miss Maynard certainly had.

If you could take any character from The Swimming Pool out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would have to be the narrator, Miss Maynard, trying to cope with harsh realities, when her wealthy, privileged past had not prepared her for post-depression life with only three servants, or earning a living. Or murder.

Any additional comments?

As all of Rinehart's plots, this one has layers, like an onion. Murder to cover up a social scandal seems pretty old fashioned, but the book is memorable because of the cast of charming, believable characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Lamp

  • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by: Gary Dikeos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

William Porter has just inherited Twin Hollows, an isolated lakeside estate shrouded in mystery and doom. But William and his wife aren't easily swayed by ghost stories and whispered rumors. Until a shadowy apparition beckons to them from the undying glow of a red lamp. Is a stranger with a deadly purpose trying to frighten them away? Or are they being haunted by a chilling warning from the grave?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic murder mystery novel about Spiritualism

  • By ernest drown on 01-07-14

Classic murder mystery novel about Spiritualism

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

Reviewed: 01-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The Red Lamp the most enjoyable?

Like all of Rinehart, this is a beautiful period piece. It was first published in 1925, when paranormal activity and seances were a craze; several writers used the fad as a plot device. The Red Lamp should be as well known as Dorothy Sayers's Unnatural Death, since psychic research and seances are at the heart of the novel and the mystery, and not incidental, as they are in the Sayers book.

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

Dikeos has a voice that's an acquired taste, but he read this with intelligence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful