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  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,977

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14


1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Good reviews led me to this book, but it was not for me. Dull characters, no conflict of any kind, and completely sappy story. Author should write for the Hallmark Channel. Narration was overly dramatic. I had to struggle to finish it. Sorry I did as it just wasted a few more hours of my like.

  • The Sculptress

  • By: Minette Walters
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of 25 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor narration

  • By Kathy on 05-09-13

Good story, poor narration

3 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but only if they can overlook the tedious narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sculptress?

The last few sentences...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

Anyone British. Most Americans do dreadful British accents and Sandra Burr's accents were labored and forced. I was always aware that she was an American "acting" the part. It was distracting.

Could you see The Sculptress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It has already been filmed as a BBC film.

Any additional comments?

This book made me want to read more Minette Walters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,509
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,526

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Don't waste your time!

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-10

If I could give this book no stars, or even negative stars, I would. It is a horribly written book, filled with one-dimensional characters and an implausible plotline. It doesn't help that I grew to dispise the main character, Skeeter, who is so self-centered that she can't see that she is exploiting the black maids for her own gain, and Skeeter is supposed to be the protagonist! None of the characters evolve in any way. The racists stay racists, the downtrodden stay downtrodden and only Skeeter gets exactly what she wanted. No learning, no insight, no point to this incredibly bad book. It's a mystery to me how it has sold so well. I guess there is a lot of truth in the "dumbing down of America". This author clearly wrote this book with no research, no personal experience and with no regard for her subject. She just wanted to make money. Shame on her! I will never read another of her books. I wish I recoup the time I wasted hoping this book would get better, but my time was sadly lost for no purpose.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful