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  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,931
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,972

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Why didn't I listen to this sooner?

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

What I love in a book- literary fiction and character development. This story ticks off all the boxes. In the beginning, I did make a few notes - who is related to whom, how they are interrelated. It helped as the story progressed.
But, I must confess, it reminded me why I no love longer live in a small town

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,571

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Not all heroes are nice guys.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Fans of the Butcher Boy series should enjoy this book. The character development continues throughout the entire story as the reader/listener realizes that not all of life is black and white. Peter Berkrot did an excellent job narrating, his voice and pace matched the story perfectly. I will definitely listen to this one again!
What perfect timing for a Thomas Perry release - days prior to a long road trip. I only listened to this on an old iPod plugged into my car. Without unplugging the iPod, I am unable to see how much of the story remains. Never knowing if the end was near was an added perk.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella." Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a MUST READ!

  • By shelley on 05-10-16

Wrong category.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

After reading the reviews mentioning Grisham and noting this book is listed as a mystery/thriller, I gave it a try. Certainly not what I was expecting. It wasn't a page turner for me! I've added it to the "abandoned" list.
If you are looking for a touchy freely feel-good story this might be it.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,758

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen... But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but very good.

  • By CR on 02-18-16

Various narrators make for a great listen

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Each narrator did a perfect job becoming the characters in The Widow. I'm sure I would have still enjoyed this story with one good reader, but the casting made it hop to the top of my list of favorite listens.
Once I begin to listen to a book, I make it a point not to read any reviews until finishing. After finishing, though, I immediately look to see what others think. I was most disappointed that many criticized the comparison to other books (criticizing the critics) rather that discussing the book on its own

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ables

  • By: Jeremy Scott
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814

It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading was way too fast! I love this book.

  • By javion on 05-18-15

review by Finn age 7

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

I like this book because its funny addicting I have read it 6 times it says that
special need kids can do anything a normal kid can do. and they have super powers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Church of Marvels

  • A Novel
  • By: Leslie Parry
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Dickens needed a NY location for a story..

  • By Sandi on 05-13-15

If Dickens needed a NY location for a story..

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Dickens would find himself right at home in these streets and alleys in turn of the century New York. Parry's description of the times, her character development and her unusual theme coupled with the narration make this a "stop what you are doing and listen!" story.
I wish that I knew where I found the recommendation for this book, because I would love to listen to some of their other suggestions. I will definitely listen to this book again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Intern's Handbook

  • A Thriller
  • By: Shane Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a movie script

  • By Sandi on 04-14-14

Reads like a movie script

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

After reading The Intern's Handbook, I realized that I've read many books told from the assassin's point of view: the Dexter series, Tim Dorsey's Serge series, the Butcher Boy series by Thomas Perry. I was hoping to add this to that list of favorites, but it falls short. The book is more action scenes than story. How many times can someone be hit, kicked, shot and stabbed and then return to the office the next morning? As a movie, it will probably be a box office hit, as a book it doesn't quite make it.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Far from the Tree

  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Masterpiece

  • By C. Beaton on 12-14-12

I learned so much, I want to learn more.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-12

Andrew Solomon covered so much information in this book, but I wished there was more. The sign of a great scientist, he left me with so many questions: what about the children who aren't from affluent families? What will happen as these children age?
The author, as a narrator, was disappointing. I couldn't help but imagine him standing at a lectern presenting a paper to a large group of students. Instead, I wanted to envision him interacting with those he interviewed.
His material engaged me. His presentation didn't. I heartily recommend this book in spite of "the reader"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

This collection of stories continues the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved fictional detective. In these intriguing tales, Holmes and Watson solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange, and encounter mysteries as diverse as vanishing staff, secret plans and eccentric lodgers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody does it better!

  • By Sandi on 04-23-12

Nobody does it better!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-12

Any additional comments?

I have many versions of Sherlock Holmes in my audio library, but Derek Jacobi is the perfect narrator! This is one version that I listen to over and over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful