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  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

An angry rant

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

An angry rant read with a New York accent. Couldn’t wait for it to end.

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  • A Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Melissa F. Miller
  • Narrated by: Karen Commins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

It's been six months since an airplane crash altered the course of attorney Sasha McCandless' professional and personal life. She's busy building her solo law practice and tending her budding relationship with federal air marshal Leo Connelly, who helped her stop a madman. When Sasha drives from Pittsburgh to rural Clear Brook County to argue a run-of-the-mill discovery motion, she finds a town bitterly divided over the issue of hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale beneath it. Outsiders from the oil and gas industry and environmental activists threaten to rip apart the fabric of the small town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story, narration annoying

  • By MMB on 11-17-16

Again the awful voice actor

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I’m addicted to Sasha McCandless or I would give up listening to this dreadful series of recordings. Southern twangs, Valley girls, and incomprehensible mash-ups of northeastern city accents all in characters in Pittsburgh? Why oh why? And can someone give the voice actor a hint about pronouncing the legal Latin? It is painful.

  • Irreparable Harm

  • By: Melissa F. Miller
  • Narrated by: Karen Commins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

There's a smartphone app capable of crashing a commercial jet. And it's for sale to the highest bidder.... Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize: After eight years of long hours, she's about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up. Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. She gears up for the inevitable civil lawsuits. But, as Sasha digs into the case, she learns the crash was no accident.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the Aroostine Higgins series

  • By Wayne on 11-07-15

Cringeworthy voice acting

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Really enjoyed the plot but the miscast voice actor was painful. Pittsburgh with a southern drawl? Ouch.