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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,541

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

What happened to the narration?

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

I am listening to the G o T books one after the other. Roy Dotrice's narration of books 1 - 3 was good, but more importantly, it was consistent. Despite the fact there are a zillion characters, it was possible to tell which character was talking due to Dotrice's consistent voice characterizations. In this fourth book, it seems Dotrice has suffered some memory loss! Not only does he voice key characters completely differently than in books 1 -3 (Arya Stark and Dolorous Edd, for example), but he pronounces names and places completely differently (Lady Catelyn and Gilly, for example). It's kind of distracting.

  • Out

  • A Novel
  • By: Natsuo Kirino
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot's ringleader but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Out...

  • By Christopher on 06-24-16

Great right up until the end! Then, not so much.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I really enjoyed this story right up until the last chapter. Without giving anything away, I was so disappointed in the ending - I almost felt betrayed! The premise was so unusual and the characters were very well-developed. The story should not have ended the way it did. Give it a listen, and see if you agree with me.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • What Was Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Klein Ross
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell, Amanda Carlin, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 990

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: She takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It's a secret she manages to keep for over two decades - from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends. When Lucy's now-grown daughter, Mia, discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Switching alliances

  • By Simone on 01-23-16

Good story, sometimes annoying

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Any additional comments?

The story was interesting, but I thought the narration for Marilyn was so annoying. It reminded me of my teenaged daughter when she is trying to sound like a stuck up person. I also found the character Marilyn annoying - maybe she would've been a little less so if the narrator hadn't read her the way she did!

  • Trail of Broken Wings

  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,176

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she'd fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a powerful story!

  • By gitty on 09-27-15

Interesting concept falls short

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

What did you like best about Trail of Broken Wings? What did you like least?

The topic/concept was interesting, but the writing was trite and juvenile.

What did you like best about this story?

The book explored the topic of domestic abuse in a way I hadn't seen it handled before. Each person in the family was affected deeply, yet differently, by the abuse. Each had coped in a unique way, and the manifestation of their past pain was shown by each in a her own way.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen Peakes?

Probably not...I really disliked some of her characterizations.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Eyes Wide Open

  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Philip Hodges
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Who am I? My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrendous story - makes me angry I wasted money

  • By Ronda Snyder on 03-19-13

Disappointing after a promising start

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

What would have made Eyes Wide Open better?

About halfway through the book, the whole story becomes so contrived. Dekker should have stuck to realistic fiction - made it a good mystery/terror book - instead of escaping through the use of ridiculous, convoluted, supernatural plot twists. I also got so sick of the preachy tone of many of the characters regarding what makes one human. But I really wanted to throw in the towel (and the book!) when Dekker decided, in the last couple chapters, to tell us that the whole story had been a religious/spiritual experience for the characters (and the reader). It was a total cop out!

What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker’s story?

The book really sucks you in, and you can't wait to see how the protagonists will prevail. But as the story progresses, it becomes more and more ridiculous - as if a 10-year-old wrote it and didn't bother with revisions. Absurd devices are used to drive the plot. In the end, Dekker didn't use the "it had all been a dream" escape (I would've preferred that!); it was even more contrived and juvenile. Ugh.

What three words best describe Philip Hodges’s voice?

Nasal, nasal, nasal. He had a cold. I kept wanting him to blow his nose or use some nasal spray, something. Also, and I have never heard this before in an audiobook, they didn't edit out three obvious errors the reader made - twice when he repeated whole sentences, and once when he cleared his throat.

What character would you cut from Eyes Wide Open?

Outlaw.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful