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Alicia R. Santiago

Queen Creek, AZ United States
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  • The Perfect Child

  • By: Lucinda Berry
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams, Erin Bennett, Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own. But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can see it coming... but how bad is it?

  • By shelley on 03-02-19

The Bad Seed meets the Cleavers

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

At times I was frustrated with the naivete of Hannah and Christopher. They seemed to make wrong choices time after time. I couldn't understand why Hannah didn't take the baby and move in with her mother or sister.
Overall, it was an interesting book with several disturbing moments. Great performances by the narrators.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

Loved this story!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I really enjoy the Tracy Crosswhite series and was hesitant to read this but wow! This starts off with Sam Hill as a child and takes you through his many challenges to adulthood. It's a wonderful lesson on empathy and does remind me of Owen Meany's lesson that the late, great John Irving created. A must read!

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,180

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Drawn out

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

What disappointed you about The Trespasser?

After anxiously awaiting the new Tana French Dublin Murder Squad book, I was so let down! It seemed this one just dragged on and on. Unlike some listeners, I had no problem with the narrator, though my favorite is the narrator of The Likeness. The story didn't take on life until the last 30 minutes. I didn't feel the suspense of the other Dublin Murder Squad series and found my mind wandering during this listen. The other books in the series had me so rapt in attention that I wasn't able to do anything else but listen. This book is a good listen if you have things to do and just need background noise - or to lull one to sleep.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things

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

I did enjoy how she read each character but still not as strong a narrator as Heather O'Neill.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

As I said above, the last 30 minutes but that was all.

Any additional comments?

Still looking forward to Tana French's new one and hoping she'll redeem herself and put more effort into the Murder Squad. Or maybe not try too much and let it flow as in her early works.