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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,071

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Unremarkable

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book seemed to be something more for a young adult. Nothing surprising, it was very predicable. Ok mind pablum but I would not recommend this book.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,471

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Had Potential

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

It's unfortunate, the story line was captivating but the end of the book was very disappointing, it spoiled the book for me. I would not recommend this book.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,467

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Totally Enjoyable Book

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This book reminded me of Brighten Beach Memoirs. It had a little bit of everything for everyone, childhood, family, romance, life obstacles and even bullies. I love the book, I couldn't put it down. I Definitely recommend this listen.

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

  • By Linda on 11-22-17

Distrubing

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

While this book does not leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, it is a good book and well written. The narrator did a wonderful job at bringing the characters to life. Lots of surprises as it twists and turns.

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseatingly saccharine

  • By cathy journeaux on 04-29-18

Things are not always what they seem.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Good story line in this book, I would highly recommend it. The only thing a little off putting was the narrators voice for Maggie and Kathy. This book will keep you on your toes with new twists and turns, I could not put it down.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,724

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Deep Transformations

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I found the actual title of the book a little off putting. However, I was happy I got past that,the book itself was a wonderful listen. It depicts, that if wanted enough,people can over come many obstacles. It had some serious issues but was brought to life in an entertaining was. I would definitely recommend this book. Cathleen McCarron did a great performance, she brought all the characters life. Looking forward to another Gail Honeyman book.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,800

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

Meat and potatoes for the literary soul.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

I did not read the printed version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grapes of Wrath?

When Ma, as her family called her, took over the decision making for the family. It was not a one scene thing, it was a slow process showing this woman's true inner strength.

Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

I loved the wisdom that the preacher named Casey gave to the book.

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

At times it was sad and at times some situations made me very angry.

Any additional comments?

The Grapes of Wrath was a wonderful listen. It was well written and kept your interest most of the time. Having said that, this book at times was a little long winded but well worth the listen.

  • The Art of Raising a Puppy

  • By: The Monks of New Skete
  • Narrated by: Michael Wager
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Here is everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life, from monks who have been breeding, raising, and training German Shepherds for more than 25 years. Their extraordinary grasp of every facet of puppy behavior has gained them worldwide attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dog Person

  • By Robert on 05-11-12

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Where does The Art of Raising a Puppy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not meant to be an entertaining book but an informative one. It shows you proper, effective methods of raising your puppy. This book also explains why the monks use the methods they do. It is by far the best dog training book I have ever read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Raising a Puppy?

There are many, many things to remember in this book. So much so, that it would be impossible to remember it all but if you can take even a portion of it and apply it to your own situations, you will be far ahead of the game.

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

I have not heard a Michael Wager's performance before but in this case he did a great job. A teaching type book can become boring if not presented well. He has a pleasant and animated voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Puppy approved!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended book for anyone anticipating a new puppy in their home.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,978

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Intense

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

Where does Before the Fall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a better than average book and well narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Before the Fall?

The possible shark scene.

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

Character and life.

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

no

Any additional comments?

Good book with suspense and intrigue but a disappointing ending.

  • Guide Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Twenty-one-year-old Rebecca Hardin is determined to help provide for her family, living a hardscrabble life in 1910 in the Southern Kentucky hills. Her brother, Andy, died when he became lost in a cave five years earlier, and Rebecca feels responsible for his death because she'd told him to "go, get lost". The best wages at Mammoth Cave are earned by the guides, who receive a salary plus tips from the guests. But only men are allowed to be guides, so Rebecca cuts her hair, dons some of Andy's clothes, and introduces herself as Reb to the estate manager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as always

  • By Les Raymond on 08-25-16

Family Oriented

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Would you try another book from Kim Vogel Sawyer and/or Kate Forbes?

No

If you’ve listened to books by Kim Vogel Sawyer before, how does this one compare?

n/a

What three words best describe Kate Forbes’s performance?

unexpressive, noncreative and boring

Could you see Guide Me Home being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

This is not a bad book but it is more suited for young adults.