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  • Stay with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Powerful!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 08-28-17

What a book

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This book made me laugh, shake my head, feel like crying, grow sad, and then gave me hope.

I feel so much empathy for Yejide. The characters were so richly fleshed out. I felt a similarity with Akin’s mother and my own grandmother, although my grandmother wasn’t so pushy.

I am going to recommend this book to all my reader friends.
Excellent work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,737

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Whovian on 08-31-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Good narrator, good balance of action and humour. But I was hugely frustrated at Alina sometimes, because she was really a wuss when she should have taken action. I mean, why didn't she kill the stag when she had the chance?! Jeez.

Anyway....I'm on to the second book.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,268

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Finished this book very quickly. It kept a good pace, and the characters were very well fleshed out. I will admit to crying a bit when Isaiah was mourning Marcus - his grief was palpable.

Only negative thing I have to say - I expected cursing, but wow, that was a bit too much. Just sayin'.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stiletto

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers - and the bureaucratic finesse - to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: the Checquy - the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and the Grafters - a centuries-old supernatural threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grafters take center stage

  • By Larry on 07-10-16

Terribly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

An excellent follow up to The Rook. Just as enjoyable. Hopeful that there will be another. The narrator is FANTASTIC.

  • When the Moon Is Low

  • By: Nadia Hashimi
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Neil Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Mahmood's passion for his wife, Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy middle-class world - a life of education, work, and comfort - implodes when their country is engulfed in war and the Taliban rises to power. Mahmood, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: She must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Written So Much As Sung!

  • By Gillian on 01-25-16

Wait a minute...

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

If you could sum up When the Moon Is Low in three words, what would they be?

Makes refugees real.

Who was the most memorable character of When the Moon Is Low and why?

I think Salim's forced entry into manhood even while still being a child is very real. He wants to be both a man and a son at the same time, to provide and be provided for. That was a struggle.

Any additional comments?

Waiting for the big reunion and bam! the book ended. Did the author get tired of writing? What an inexplicable, unsatisfying ending. Apart from the abrupt ending, this was a good book that really humanizes the refugee situation that's taking place right now, even though the story references the Taliban. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 'Til the Well Runs Dry

  • By: Lauren Francis-Sharma
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Lauren Francis-Sharma's 'Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed 16-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman, the risks and rewards in Marcia's life amplify forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most wells I knew as a boy…

  • By Louie Crew Clay on 09-08-15

Proud Trini

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

Where does 'Til the Well Runs Dry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm a Trini, so I may be biased....but I enjoyed it. Would recommend.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jacqueline, poor, poor Jacqueline, so full of promise. Young, but strong - I wanted to comfort her and find a way to give her freedom from the burden of responsibility.

What three words best describe Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin ’s voice?

Okay, I'm a Trini, and I'm sorry to say that the narrators really missed the mark with the authenticity of the accent. Ron Butler was better at it, but for those who know, it definitely was not a trini accent. That really put me off at the beginning, but I got accustomed to it as the story moved along. I'm only sorry that those listeners who don't know will think that's what the trini accent sounds like.

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

I wanted to jump into the story and smack Farouk upside the head. The most waste of time, useless, slacker, lame excuse for a father I ever saw. Didn't quite understand why Marcia kept making babies for him. Many funny moments, and many sad ones too. Those children weren't really allowed to be children - too much responsibility too fast. And lawd - Marcia knew hard times. Was she ever really happy?

Any additional comments?

I thought that the descriptions of Trinidad were very good, and painted a beautiful picture of simple rural life. The author tied in very nicely little historical snippets that any interested reader could go research. Would definitely recommend.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,174

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Boss!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

This was an incredibly exciting and enjoyable book. The characters were well fleshed out, the dialogue on spot and there was a lovely mixture of humor and action throughout. The exploration of the themes of religion and faith was well done, and mirrored real life.

I really enjoyed this book. This was not my first Sanderson, and it definitely will not be my last. I look forward to more From this tremendously creative and talented writer. For those who haven't, please read 'The Way of Kings' and 'Words of Radiance'. Fantastic stuff!

  • Feet of Clay

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,366

Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen. Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • bad audio

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-13

Classic Terry!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Read the book before, and this recording was icing on the cake. I got to hear Carrot say my favorite line "we can rebuild him; we have the clay".

Sigh. What's not to love?

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

Completely, absolutely fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

Where does Monster Hunter Nemesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up near the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Nemesis?

The fight between Franks and Earl was EXCELLENT! Plus, I was cringing because they were totally wrecking Julie's house.

Which scene was your favorite?

Lord... tough call. I loved it when Franks saw the MHI tattoo on his replacement arm - that was really funny. Also, when Franks was thinking that they would have charged him with child abuse.... that was shout-out-loud funny. The fight with Heather on the train was really good too. Werewolves rule!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

This book was perfect - action-filled, fast paced and really really funny. But waaay too short. I wanted more. I liked that Franks got his butt kicked. It made him even more the hero that he could suck it up and still win the fight. And boy, does he love a fight.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,975

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Ah.. the ending....

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with All the Gifts the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing how Melanie developed from a girl in a cell to a girl in the world. It's a story of developing self-identity. I loved it when Melanie sat down in Rosie with Caldwell, and had her explain what was what. I think that was when she showed that she had really matured.

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

She got all the nuances of the characters. She painted a great picture in my head.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ms. Justineau hugged Melanie for the first time, and how Melanie felt. Also, when Melanie assured her that she would take care of her, instead of the other way around.

Any additional comments?

I suppose this story is about unconditional love - what else could it be that allows Ms. Justineau to ignore the fact that Melanie was a flesh eating undead child? But Melanie herself causes the reader to forget that, because she is so human herself, and she knows no other way to be.

As the story progressed, Caroline Caldwell grew from a cold, scientific researcher to a cold, scientific researcher who was crazy. It was funny, actually, that she refused to see Melanie as anything but Subject No. 1, and all she kept trying to do throughout the book was cut open as many hungries as possible - she had more violence in her than Melanie did. So, who was the real monster?

Extremely enjoyable novel, with a different take on zombies. Yes, the hungries were typical, but I think most zombie novels focus less on the scientific/medical whys of the disease and more on the shoot 'em up factor. Great book - the ending was a marvelous shock.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful