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  • The Valley of Horses

  • Earth's Children, Book 2
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,657

Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration

  • By Rowena on 07-08-08

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This book was an excellent continuation of The Clan of the Cave Bear. I can't wait to start on the next book in the series.
My one warning is that this story has very graphic sexual parts, so I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,524

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clan of the Cave Bear

  • By Terri on 06-13-08

Fascinating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This book is a fascinating view into 'prehistoric' people and society. Of course, nobody can really know what life was like for these people, but Jean M. Auel does a great job writing a believable guess about it.
I felt like I got to know all of the characters and cared deeply for them. I started the next book in the series the same day I finished this one.
I highly recommend it!

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,357

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I especially liked that this story was written from Jack's perspective. His mother (Ma) had been kidnapped and held prisoner for seven years. Jack was born into this captivity and knew no other life until they escaped when he was five years old.
The book deals with Jack's confusion and fear of the 'real' world, along with Ma's readjustment to freedom.
I was glued to this book from the first word to the last. It's a wonderful statement of strength and resilience. I highly recommend it!

  • Fledgling

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Tracey Leigh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual Concept, Very Good Read

  • By B. W. on 09-15-08

Classic Octavia Butler

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I'm a huge fan of Octavia Butler and this story was every bit as good as I hoped!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,535

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What In the HELL Brother?!

  • By Naomi on 04-14-19

Another Stephen King Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I've never read anything by Stephen King that didn't keep me enthralled. The Outsider is no exception.
I love how the impossible becomes possible, and frightening. I was very glad that Holly (from Mr. Mercedes) was included in this story. It was like running into an old friend.
Will Patton is the perfect narrator for Stephen King stories. He does his usual amazing job with The Outsider.
I'd recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes to feel fear. Stephen King delivers it like nobody else.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,041

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I'm not a gamer, so I wasn't sure this book would be a fit. But it's so well written that I loved the whole thing.

Will Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators, and he did his usual wonderful job with this book.

I definitely recommend it to anyone of any age with a sense of adventure.

  • The Friend

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben. She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit - someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good psychological suspense

  • By Candice on 03-25-18

Intense

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

It's now 3 A.M. and I just finished this book. I simply couldn't stop listening to it. I wish I could give it more than five stars.
'The Friend' is an exercise in contradictions... love and hate, friendship and enmity, truth and less, trust and dear... all blending together until the inevitable explosion.
The characters were very well written and got into my head and heart. The ending was something I didn't expect, but was perfect.
The narration was very well done, you could hear the emotions in each character.
I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Doll

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She's diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life. Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls - one for every villager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Unexpected

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-30-17

Unique

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I enjoyed this story. It was unique and interesting. A story of magic used for good? For evil? Both? It is a story of discovery. Are we truly who we appear to be? Are we the secrets we keep hidden inside ourselves? Do we even know ourselves?
Angela Dawe did a wonderful job narrating this
I'll be listening to more stories by this author.

  • The Fire Seekers

  • The Babel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Richard Farr
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

An undeciphered language in Crete. A rash of mysterious disappearances, from Bolivia to Japan. An ancient warning at the ruins of Babel. And a new spiritual leader, who claims that human history as we understand it is about to come to an end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Lynnette on 02-03-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

The story is unique and interesting. I'm always looking for something new and this certainly filled that bill.
I was blown away by the narration. The characters come from all over the world, and the accents for them are all done perfectly.
I've already downloaded the next book in the trilogy, and pre-ordered the final book.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone of any age looking for something new and interesting.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,863

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Wonderful!!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

From the first word I was completely hooked. I couldn't stop listening to it. The story is wonderfully written and the narration is perfect.