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  • Little Deaths

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Flint
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

It's 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone - a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress - wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day Cindy's body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later Frankie Jr.'s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth. As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth's life is exposed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, this was boring

  • By Jamie Robinson on 01-31-17

Wow, this was boring

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Would you try another book from Emma Flint and/or Lauren Fortgang and Graham Halstead ?

The narration was great. The story was just incredibly boring and literally nothing happens for the majority of the book.

Has Little Deaths turned you off from other books in this genre?

If books from this genre are this anticlimactic, then I doubt I will read more. I basically listened to Ruth be miserable, Frank be aloof the entire time, and Pete was just creepy and clearly a novice, but not in an endearing way. Nothing happens in this book. The only thing that peaks interest is the disappearance of the children, and then at the end when we find out who committed the crime. The rest of the story is 9 hours of nothing.

What does Lauren Fortgang and Graham Halstead bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm a fan of the narrators. They performed the story well. But the story itself just dragged on and on.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Little Deaths?

I would cut all of the dialogue from the characters that serve absolutely no purpose. And I would also cut most of Ruth's wallowing, because it isn't even close to relatable. She may be unlikable, which is fine, but there is no depth to her, even during the portions of the book where we're supposed to be getting a glimpse into her personality and inner demons.

Any additional comments?

Do not recommend. At all.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,700
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,463
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,303

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

I loved the narrator - He was awesome. I felt like I could see the different characters in the book based on the voices he assigned to them. Wonderful!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Watney, of course. His humor is exactly what the character needed to keep his sanity.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He does such a wonderful job. I also listened to the short story The Hospital. He did a great job with character separation there as well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely caught myself smiling in certain parts of the book. I'm sure driving down the road with a big grin on my face made people think I was a little off.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. It's such an amazing story. By far my favorite book of 2015.

  • Dear Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Little
  • Narrated by: Bonnie Dennison
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 250

Former "It Girl" Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother's killer. The only problem? Janie doesn't know if she's the one she's looking for.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many witticisms, too little substance

  • By cristina on 08-14-14

Hate the narration

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

What would have made Dear Daughter better?

A different narrator

What could Elizabeth Little have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story itself was ok - nothing special.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator put more effort than necessary in being snotty and spoiled. I hated the "valley girl" sound. I probably should've have read this book instead of choosing to listen to it during my commutes.

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

Eh.