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  • When Evil Came to Good Hart

  • By: Mardi Link
  • Narrated by: JoBe Cerny
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

In this addictive true-life whodunit, author Mardi Link details all the evidence to date in the case of the Robison family murders. She crafts her book around police and court documents and historical and present-day statements and interviews, in addition to exploring the impact of the case on the community of Good Hart and the stigma that surrounds the popular summer getaway. Adding to both the sense of tragic history and the suspense, Link laces her tale with fascinating bits of local and Indian lore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Compelling True Crime Read...

  • By Douglas on 07-03-16

ALMOST unbearable narration

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

There just didn't seem to be great deal to plug into with this story. The most difficult aspect of this experience was the narration, however. While his voice is great on its own, his cadence is simply frustrating. It is filled with meaningless pauses, leaving one to believe that a sentence has been concluded, for instance, only to go on, and on, and on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 938

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Would you try another book from Michael McDowell and/or Scott Brick?

Id give McDowell another chance. Im a fan of Brick's work.

What was most disappointing about Michael McDowell’s story?

Although its a subjective experience, i wasn't scared, or nervous or even interested in what was going on with the characters for most of the novel. I would say that the last 2/3 offered me nothing.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

he is a solid performer and generally does not disappoint.

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

Nope

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Consumed

  • A Novel
  • By: David Cronenberg
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • reading was great but not my kind of book

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-29-16

Like listening to a dementia patient

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Ive tried to like this book for hours and thought i would finish it just to honor Cronenberg, and perhaps one day i will. But for now, I gotta move on. Hurt wounds like he can't remember what he was just saying and, while its certainly interesting to hear him be peculiar, its also highly dismissible. As for the story, ehhhh......there only seem to be a few parts that stray from the "how bizarre can this interaction get?" trope, leaving the dialogue flat, the sex boring and repetitive, and the storyline seeming only to be a vehicle for more opportunities for bizarre interactions.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ill let you know when i get there, so close but it seems so far away.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

um, yes, although he is the most interesting part of the book.

Did Consumed inspire you to do anything?

shop

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,307

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Absolutely Spine-Chilling!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-12

If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

Erie, Disturbing, Delightful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

The unfolding of their madness. The character development in this story is so intricately laid out....it baffles me.

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Amy (performed by Whelan) was so sincerely #$^%ed up that it was bordering on intoxicating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Actually yes, when Amy is describing the "cool girl" syndrome. She describes it perfectly and in such as way that anyone who is paying attention would agree that t is disgusting to observe in nature.

Any additional comments?

Read it!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,885

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of your time. Keeps dragging

  • By Anne Banks on 11-10-18

Entertaining B movie type of read

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

Reviewed: 09-09-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I felt that the cadence of the performance was a bit irritating: it seems he rarely takes a breath to enrich the dialogue but will then slip into a relatively dramatic pause while in 3rd person narrative. It felt like the production team was in a rush.

Character development left a bit to be desired, as well. The archetypal free spirited-sun bathing in the nude-artist girl (Xela) was banal despite numerous attempts to portray her as "whacky" or "refreshing". Frankly, i dont know what the author was trying to make of her, but i wasnt a fan. I suspect it was more about the performance than the writing that made the characters as stilted as they were.

There were a few sexual dynamic references that seemed derivative, as if written (or delivered) by a man who has only heard of women, but has not actually interacted with them. You know, B movie kinda stuff.

There were, however, some nice touches to some of the characters. Veek and Tim were, in fact interesting.

The story, in and of itself, is fun. If you do any research on the book, you may find references to the tv show LOST, which i think is an ambitious comparison. But it does have a tone of magical realism and mystery. Give it a listen!

Would you recommend 14 to your friends? Why or why not?

I cant say that I would, but that says more about my friends than it does about the book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Porter’s performances?

Yes, I'm luke warm about this performance, but would give him another try.

Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

Read more fiction! I dont read enough of it and im a boring person without it.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,778

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

My best purchase.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-12

This book is not just for people who love dogs, its for anyone who has ever loved at all. Beautifully written and read. This story is a lesson in living and loving in the now. I was speechless after reading it and will recommend it to many!

  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,666

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let Me Hear Your Body Talk

  • By Cynthia on 07-06-13

Get it!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

this book is easy to follow and very engaging! Navarro and Karlins use real life examples to demonstrate their points and they are very thorough and descriptive in the process. A wonderful listen!