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  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book for a long time!

  • By jenny b/hudson oh on 07-01-18

Haunting Tale

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Rebecca Makkai is a brilliant storyteller, and I didn't want her sad, haunting story of the effects of the AIDS crisis to end. Michael Crouch's expert narration deserves an award. He inhabited every character, and flawlessly went from one to the another. This beautiful novel, and Michael Crouch's performance will stay with me for a long time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,789

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unknown History

  • By Kristi on 06-15-17

Inspiring journey!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Lilac Girls is an inspiring story into the lives of courageous women. I felt like I was walking with them through every heartache and hardship but also their hope for the future. All 3 narrators were exceptional, and the author Martha Hall Kelly has a wonderful voice of her own. And yes Ms Kelly you have inspired to find out more, and I will never forget these women. Thank you.

  • The Best Man

  • By: Richard Peck
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth - Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact the first male teacher in the history of the school. But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By Brandon on 02-19-18

The Best Story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

The Best Man is a sweet modern version of Happily Ever After! Michael Crouch's skillful heart felt rendering of the wonderful Archer and his world made me care about this unique cast of characters. The story is funny and sad and needs to be told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

  • By: Leslie Connor
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth - and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Inspiring

  • By KB on 11-13-17

Excellent lesson in life!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Michael Crouch skillfully and lovingly voiced each character especially the honorable Perry Cook. This wonderful book gives us unique very human people in an unusual situation , and challenges us not to judge a book by its cover.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wink Poppy Midnight

  • By: April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Alicyn Packard, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, with wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst into the audio in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dr Suess way of repeating words is distracting.

  • By Brandi Hart on 04-18-16

Mesmerizing tale

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I walk when I listen to audiobooks, and I had to keep on walking to get to the end of this compelling story. The excellent performances added to the intensity of the tale. Michael Crouch was perfect as Midnight, the young boy caught in the middle. The female narrators also captured the mystery of Wink and the cattiness of Poppy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soar

  • By: Joan Bauer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Jeremiah is the world's biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball, and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when he's told he can't play baseball following an operation on his heart, Jeremiah decides he'll do the next best thing and become a coach. Hillcrest, where Jeremiah and his father, Walt, have just moved, is a town known for its championship baseball team. But Jeremiah finds the town caught up in a scandal and about ready to give up on baseball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By ernest drown on 12-12-16

Heart with wings!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

If you love baseball and people with courage and heart, you will love this book. Michael Crouch draws you into the story with his voice. His Jeremiah makes you laugh and cry. He expertly introduces you to the other cast members who are sometimes quirky, endearing and frustrating. You will fall in love and will stand up cheering!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,604
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, powerful, joyful book!

  • By Jeff on 04-10-15

I am in LOVE!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

I love this wonderful book, and all the unique, real characters, especially Simon. I laughed and cried as Simon navigated his world trying to be in love in a straight world, and for a high school kid even today, it is not easy. Michael Crouch's performance as Simon is perfect. He was so into the soul of Simon, that at one point in the book, I had to stop walking in my neighborhood I was crying so hard about a heartbreaking moment for Simon and his contrite friend. I am the mother of a gay son, and this important book helped me understand him on a deeper level. Thank you, Becky Abertalli and Michael Crouch!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful