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  • LaRose

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; wonderful narration by the author.

  • By sgonk on 08-22-16

A Book You Will Never Forget

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I won't go into detail because I hate when reviews talk too much about the plot, but this was one of the best books I've ever read/listened too. I've been a fan of this author for years and LaRose was deeply satisfying on so many, many levels. Gifted author who has a talent of making you feel that you are a part of the plot and intimately knows each character without being overly descriptive. One of my favorite books ever.

  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Torn from today’s news

  • By Gary on 02-15-18

Wish I Stopped At Book 2

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

The first in the trilogy was amazing, the second decent, but this one was painful to finish. Not only was the ending abrupt and poorly thought out, but the entire book was overly detailed. Too much on the endless recipes, too much repetitive descriptions of people, places, and things....it's was hard to finish and left me very dissatisfied over all. I had such great hopes for this book, I even pre-ordered it!

  • The Passenger

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband's body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy - and dangerous - alliance is born.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Message to narrator

  • By Jodi on 03-20-16

Slow story and terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

I'm surprised at all the good reviews because this book is so dull I could not finish it. On top of the sluggish pace the narrator was miserable. She was ok for the main character but for everyone else she spoke in this weird, flat, monotone voice. Literally for everyone man or woman. It became so annoying I couldn't finish the book and returned it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,289

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Stopped 1/2 through and asked for a refund

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Ridiculous amount of violence against women and pointless torture. Yeah, we get the point no need to drill it in and give me nightmares. Really sorry I started this book and I'm glad I did not finish it.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,552

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Keep With It...

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

It was a slow start for me as Ove was so unappealing and at only 59, I found it a bit odd for someone to be so 'old'. But as the story unfolded and more characters were introduced, the book blossomed to the point that I was sobbing at the end. It was so well written and performed, you could feel Ove's heart starting to thaw. The character development was wonderful and with an added cat that was character unto himself, it was a very satisfying book. Can't wait to explore more of Fredrik's books.

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,798

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

They Just Get Better

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

I love this series! Between the twists and turns of the story and the continued character development JK just keeps spinning a better web. I only wish I had just begun this series and could read more. Now I have to wait for the next book....

More blood and gore than previous Strike books, but not gratuitous. The onion continuous to be peeled on the backgrounds of Strike and Robyn, which are diverse but clearly compliment one another. New characters that reflect past relationships just add more to the story and make it more colorful.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,704

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Book Won't Let You Down

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

I did not know the premise of this book when I ordered it and was a little shocked at the story line. But I love a good mystery and I love a book that keeps me guessing until the very last sentence. Well written, great vocabulary, and the science aspect was fascinating. Would have liked a bit more character development, but that's my only criticism. Can't wait for the the next book by this author.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Reconstructing Amelia

  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,492

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gossip Girl

  • By FanB14 on 04-16-13

What A Disapppointment

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

Initially I found the book interesting, but then it all went downhill with an ending that was simply ridiculous. There were too many holes, none of the characters made sense, nor did they warrant any sympathy, and the "Epilogue" was so predictable that it was almost not worth reading. In fact, about 3/4 way through the book I thought about returning it, which is not my style. So I finished it and felt like I had been forced to watch some sappy made for TV movie. Sometimes I wonder what publishers are looking for when they read first-time manuscripts.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,282

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Wish Alan Was My BFF

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Many of the other reviews are correct in that this memoir reads like a mystery novel - full of twists and turns, thrills, and gut wrenching horror. It was a gift that Mr. Cumming's shared his life with us and his outlook on the future and how he survived his childhood is inspiring. All I can say is that I wish I could meet him and become a good friend - he's an amazing person inside and out.

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,957

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterful writer, an uneven narration

  • By S. Weaver on 11-13-14

Amazing story, but lost me for a while

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

This book started with a bang and finished with a bang, but in the middle it went adrift. The tight story got overly drawn out and the character of Crispin, labored and dull, seemed to go on forever. It was actually so tedious at times that I considered giving up. But the author reclaimed the pace of the book toward the end and I'm glad I did not delete it from my library. Crazy story that twists and turns and takes you all over the globe and into future decades.