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Janet Crews

Youngstown, OH
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  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

Sobering account

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I am not a history buff. I chose this book because my daughter-in-law’s family has a ranch on the edge of the Palo Duro Canyon and lives in Amarillo. I couldn’t put the book down. Oh, what they lived through in that part of the US. It wasn’t enough to be hit with the Great Depression. They also had to live through all that sand and dust. Excellent book. I will read more of Egan’s work.

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please pay for a professional Reader

  • By sunstan on 12-07-14

Enjoyed the author’s narration

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I almost didn’t buy this books because there were so many negative reviews about the narration. Once I got into the book and into Genova’s cadence, I enjoyed it greatly. I especially liked that I was hearing the book read in the same way Genova was hearing it in her head as she wrote it.

Riveting story. I kept wiping away tears. May there be a cure in our lifetime!

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,807

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

She's not a twit!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

Despite what so many reviewers said about the lead character, I could identify with her. Sometimes you go along on paths that seem ill-fated to others because it feels like the right thing to do - before it turns oh-so-bad! I couldn't wait to dump my grandkid after the school commute each morning so I could start listening again. Will look forward to reading more from B.A. Paris. Thanks!

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,953

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it but figured it out too early.

  • By laurie hughes ross on 04-19-15

Engrossing tale

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

I loved "The Liar," couldn't put it down. Ms. Roberts has done it again. She knows how to take me away from my everyday life - Thanks!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,420

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

Enjoyed both content and narration

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

I'm a big Nora Roberts fan and enjoyed this book greatly. I was not familiar with Julia Whelan's name, but will seek out her work now. She does male and female voices equally well, and has an easy voice to listen to.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Floor

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,502

All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comic book tough guy

  • By Ed on 06-21-08

Great Southern Accents

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

Reviewed: 04-03-13

I'm a southerner, and I'll tell you Dick Hill nailed those voices! Great performance! Enjoyed the book greatly.

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,903

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Riveting Tale

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

Reviewed: 03-07-13

Highest praise for Jodi Picoult's "The Storyteller." Beautifully written, heart-wrenching, eye-opening. Picoult expertly weaves the threads together.

  • Until Tuesday

  • By: Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • Narrated by: Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Book

  • By Char on 08-05-11

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-11

Montalvan has written a captivating book that keeps me coming back for more. I wish every federal government official who is involved with deploying troops to Afghanistan and Iraq could read this. They need to understand what is happening to the men and women who are involved in the fighting!

Excellent book! Very enjoyable listening!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Boys

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout

  • By Dave on 01-03-06

Brilliant Writing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-09

This is my first exposure to Orson Scott Card. As a writer, I find his writing inspirational -- makes me want to stop reading and get back to writing. This book is a must-buy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful