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  • Freshwater

  • By: Akwaeke Emezi
  • Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side". Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok.

  • By Likes to workout on 07-02-18

Excellent Book; Good Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Really enjoyed the story. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the narration. Sometimes the very flat, calm, matter-of-fact style was the perfect dictation to a confusing, otherworldly story, sometimes I felt it detracted from the narrative power of the words by not adding a more powerful aural component. Overall, very very good.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Acceptance

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown - navigating new terrain and new challenges - the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In the final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound - or terrifying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and compelling but what was that?

  • By Laura A. Sedor on 10-14-15

A Letdown After Strong First Book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I recommend reading/listening to the first book in this series without reservation,it is quite enjoyable and very well narrated. The second book is mediocre, a bit more forced in its narrative, but I bought this third hoping the second was a bridge from strong start to strong finish. It was not. This third book feels like a fan lit club got a hold of the rights and each wrote a chapter trying to out-weird the previous.

It makes little to no sense, and does not satisfactorily close gaping plot holes or tie up story lines (seriously: Its a magic wormhole, but not a wormhole, but look—time travel! She becomes a giant amorphous monster covered in eyes. He does something vaguely described but that’s supposed to be the climax of the book. The end?!). Makes little sense and left me perplexed and disappointed after such a strong series start.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,984

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Enjoyable Enough

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

An interesting if predictable story. The writer’s craft is somewhat weak and simple and has some misogynistic overtones.

Narrator can’t sing (there are two sections where he tries and it’s a painful minute or two that you can skip without missing anything relevant), but does have a pleasant voice speaking and good narrative cadence and expression.

  • Gosnell

  • The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
  • By: Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer
  • Narrated by: Ann McElhinney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Gosnell is the untold story of America's most prolific serial killer. In 2013, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing four people, including three babies, but is thought to have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands more in a 30-year killing spree. ABC News correspondent Terry Moran described Gosnell as "America's most prolific serial killer".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult But Important

  • By There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast on 10-23-17

Misleading Titled Poorly Written and Performed Propaganda Piece

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Pro-life propaganda with over-the-top bluntly written attempts to elicit emotional responses. Not about a “serial killer”, but a corrupt physician who performs improper abortion procedures. Very sorry I wasted a my BOGO credit on such trash.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful