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  • Red Mountain

  • By: Boo Walker
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Red Mountain in eastern Washington is home to a community of eccentrics. Otis Till, the area's visionary winemaker, has been known to howl at the moon - fully nude. Single mother Margot Pierce moved across the country to build an inn, but so far all she does is binge on gelato, the Hallmark Channel, and fantasies of murdering her ex. High school senior Emilia Forester is the daughter of celebrity parents struggling to build her own life outside of their shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Loves2Read on 05-11-18

Vulgar

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Very vulgar. Profanity from the very beginning and not well written enough to put up with it, as say Stephan King’s might be. Will scratch this author from my list.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,907

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

FABULOUS

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

I absolutely love this book it was so moving and honest I would recommend it to anyone

  • The Perfect Horse

  • The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

An article stretched into a book

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Oh wow ! Such filler. So boring. Not well written . Tangents that veer off topic for chapters at a time. Ugh ...I have four hours left to go, I can't do it. (Won't know how this story ends and don't care anymore) Definitely won't be reading any other works by this author. Life is too short!
Can't say I'm a fan of the narrator in this particular book either. His pronunciation and cadence are odd to my west coast ears.
Not a total bust though, the production quality is great.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,359

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

So bad, kill me with a spoon. Why are we forced to give 1 star?

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Narration was ridiculous. Dialects , accents and men's voices were atrocious. Every imitation of a mans voice, but one , made them sound like dolts. Really , how disrespectful to the gender in general. Are all men stupid in her life?
Writing was very poor. This is one of those strung out books, starring a never ending whining shallow protagonist . So very repetitive and not one likable character, Anyone can write a book these days. Plot so lame useless. Oh my goodness I hate this book. Embarrassing that a publishing house accepted it. Waste of a credit. Waste of time .

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,871

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

Degrading

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

This was so off track for me I wish I could get my money back. This is the kind of ethnic trash that immigrants like my family find so very offensive. Can't relate- like my aunt has said - its such a shame someone is making money off such vulgarity. Proves we are not all alike. Very good book for people that believe ugliness in itself is profound. I would not be surprised, on top of it all, to find out someone got a grant to write this. What irony!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Treason

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347

Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely enjoyable

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-12-09

This one will stay with you!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

I have heard OSCard believes this may be his favorite child. He has great taste. Wow is this story weird and terrific! Best for adults/older teens because of the relationship stuff. Narration is perfect. Sound quality clear and beautiful. I'd give it a five star but the story ends! Such a bummer, what was he thinking ? It should keep going and going!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wednesday Sisters

  • By: Meg Waite Clayton
  • Narrated by: Julie Dretzin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

For 35 years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Denise Wallace on 06-26-09

Uh? No.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

Sorry: ridiculous storyline, predictable, shallow trying to be profound. People with real lives will listen to this and shake their heads. Can not express how much of a waste this book was. I had to read this for a book review club, thought I might have to shoot myself, I could feel my brain cells dying with the turning of every page. I thought the characters some of the most lame and pathetic personalities ever! With so many terrific books out there !? This book is embarrassing, oh my goodness(!) don't waste your time!!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • David and the Phoenix

  • By: Edward Ormondroyd
  • Narrated by: Edward Ormondroyd, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When David finally has a chance to climb the mountain behind his new home he has no idea he is about to meet a fabulous mythical creature. When the Phoenix decides to take a hand in David's education the adventures - and the hilarity - really begin. Alas, the wonderful visits to griffons, sea monsters, and banshees will come to a crashing halt if the scientist stalking the Phoenix is successful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Ruined by this audio.

  • By Reademandweep on 08-19-03

Loved this book as a 1st grader! Not so much now..

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

I waited soooo long for this book to be revived since it went out of print. Good book for small kids (under 10). The narration however , I'm sorry, is: hideous. Ruined the audio for me. Ridiculous voice for the phoenix and read by the author. Really! So obnoxious and over-done. Such a shame.

If you can stand the goofy voice quality of a creature that is supposed to be awe inspiring your kids will have fun with the story (think stuck-up arrogant Barney), but honestly I would suggest YOU read this book to your child or THEY read it for themselves.

Funny that as a kid I had more respect for a lead character in the book than the author shows himself. Quite a let down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Mended and Broken Heart

  • The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi
  • By: Wendy Murray
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Francis of Assisi is Catholicism's most popular saint. Tens of millions of spiritual seekers summon his name and example. But the real Francis - both his complicated personality and his complex theology - have been misunderstood for centuries. In 1228, Pope Gregory IX rushed to canonize St. Francis only two years after his death. Soon thereafter, the Church eliminated significant aspects of his biography from the public record.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho-hum, didn't grab me.

  • By Ljsc on 07-16-12

Ho-hum, didn't grab me.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

Can a book about a Saint be described as cute? This was a "nice" read, in a sweet-not-quite-syrupy tone. Simple and one dimensional. It had a quality of being a compilation of small neat church approved stories strung together in response to a class assignment. It is written (and to my tastes narrated) in rather drab style, lacking strength and any sort of literary passion.

Difficult for me to finish because after many pauses I couldn't remember if I had finished it. Perhaps we don't have much information to choose from about Francis of Assisi? That seems impossible. A man such as he was, to have had such an impact on history, lead me to imagine that a biography of St. Francis would come close to revelation. I was expecting more. I don't have a significantly enriched idea of who he was, now, after completing the book, than before I started.

I'd classify this as an overview. It wasn't a complete waste of time but got close in places.
I highly recommend you listen to the sample of this book to make up your mind about the narrater before you finalize your purchase.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496

Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for anyone trying to understand Rez Life

  • By Richard W Smith on 01-03-16

Stand out book, refreshing pace, quirky narration

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

This was really fun. Quick painless listen, I listened to it all the way through without a stop. Enjoyed the emotion, and point of view. Believably sincere and endearing narrator. Not overly vulgar story of teenage years. Happily not a memoir written by someone steeped in victim mode. I've recommended this many times in the month after listening to it.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful