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  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

  • A Novel
  • By: Joel Dicker
  • Narrated by: Pierce Cravens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 317

August 30, 1975: The day 15-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher's deadline looms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • big disappointment

  • By MHR on 01-05-15

Are you Kidding?

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

The book started out weak and I couldn't tell if it was the writing or narrator. The story was completely full of cliches and eye rolling dialogue. It felt like the writer just finished a college Fiction Writing 101 class. I stuck with the book thinking its has to get better but nope it was a waste of 17 hours!

  • Flat-Out Love

  • By: Jessica Park
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,561

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved this book!

  • By OutOfStyle1989 on 01-17-13

Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

Even though I predicted the entire plot of the this book in first 30 min of it I still LOVED it! Great characters and Julia Whelan was excellent as always!!

  • The Snowman

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,373

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse

  • By Russell on 10-14-13

Good Detective Story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-12

I'm a fan of the British and Swedish tv series Wallander and reading the description of this book reminded me of the show and I was right it was similar. The story takes place in Norway and the only complaint I really had was the character names were Norwegian and unfamiliar (even from someone who is Minnesotan) so it was hard to keep track of who was who. The narrator's voice took a while to get use to. The story was a little predictable but then twists and turns happen and you aren't sure what you thought was going to happen will happen or not.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,346

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Starts slow but keep with it

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

Reviewed: 10-30-12

The book starts our very slow and not until you're halfway through do you start to realize the plot is moving. Its not until the last couple of hours did I figure it out and even then had some good surprises. My favorite Kate Morton book so far!

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,586

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Complex story with good characters!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

I was surprised how much I liked this book and thought it was going to be some “Chic Lit” type book. It’s a much deeper and complex story than I expected with some wit and humor. I love how the connections of the characters develop and it was a fast pace book so I didn’t feel like the story was dragging on and on. The narrator was excellent (however at times some of his characters sounded like Alec Baldwin which was a tiny bit distracting).

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,796

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

If You're a Ken Follett Fan It's a Must Read

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

Reviewed: 09-26-12

I enjoyed this book a lot its very typical of all of Ken Follett books he is an epic story teller. I think I enjoyed Fall of Giants more though. Having been 2 years since that book came out it would have been nice just to have a clearer understanding of the characters genealogy. However IF you have not read Fall of Giants this book is still one you can pick up and enjoy without having read the previous book. I don't think the book focused enough on the holocaust but I think that is a point not many Germans from my understanding knew what was going on at that time.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Bungalow

  • By: Sarah Jio
  • Narrated by: Gin Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

In the summer of 1942, 21 year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiance, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this story.

  • By Mary on 07-30-12

I felt like it was a bad made for TV Movie

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

Reviewed: 09-13-12

I didn't get very far into this book at first I thought it was the narrartor but then realized it was the writing. I'm certainly no author but this just seemed like a script for a bad made for TV movie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,952

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Yuck!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-12

If you've read Gillian Flynn books before you won't be surprised to know how miserable and unlikeable the characters are but I think this book takes the prize of most miserable people. The book is filled with MEAN GIRLS which at times can take you back to junior high. EVERY character in this book is unlikeable. It doesn't help that the story is very predictable from the start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,432

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

My favorite from the series

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

I think this is my favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series. I really couldn't see how everything was going to turn out at the end and tie together. Some surprises along the way and a great narrator make this credit worthy.

  • The Legacy

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Webb
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmother's belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin Henry vanished mysteriously from the estate, an event that tore their family to pieces. It is time, she believes, to lay the past to rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Deborah on 02-02-17

I really wanted to like this book

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

Reviewed: 07-26-12

I really wanted to like this book, but alas; I did not. This type of book is the kind of book I usually go crazy for (I love British Historical drama and I love America pioneer life so I thought it would be perfect. I thought it will get better so I kept listening.but it just became more disappointing!

First, the story is not very convincing, or believable but only continue cause you want to know the secrets. Once its revealed you've already put the pieces together and know everything (granted there is 1 twist I didn't see coming). Second, the characters are irritating, especially the sisters. Third, the story is repetitive and just long and paced out badly. The narrator was good except her male voices were very annoying.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful