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  • Wish

  • By: Barbara O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 300

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, feel good story. Such a relatable tale of a girl and her troubles, and how she deals during prime adolescence.

  • By Cassie Thomas on 09-07-16

Aloved story, a common wrong going, then right.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

You are a child, a girl in fourth grade. The badly woven nest always insecure falls to the ground, the nestling fears much. Her fear whispers, "beware there be dragons here.!" even her fledgling sister has found wings, this Youngling is... is all alone in a place, she doesn't want to be here; away.!
The Momabird hardly cares, she has her own demons, her mate is missing, she feels alone, she is angry, " it's not fair, I'm lonesome.!" "No fair.!"

Aaw, but this weakly woven nest has fallen not in the street, or the wilds of some place, it's in small, lovingly tended garden where even the wind blown seeds of weeds are tenderly tended to grow...

The soul is affection, the who we are, And the body? Bodies are mortal, they fear an end, survival requires an ego. Ego is survival's champion, it's knife is anger, rage it's keenest blade. This is an equation in need of balancing; and so, a story to tell...
It, the story, will pull you in to feel as the Youngling Feeling; you WILL
Like it. !

  • The Sum of All Fears

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884

Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears

  • By Ray on 11-14-11

Were this Sci-Fi, it would be "hard Sci-Fi."

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

A multilevel story by which a writer lays an adventure that is so close to how the world is that one feels people's lives as if they were experiencing the events so well that one learns how it is for a person like Jack, his wife, and associates. The point of my life is reveled through the living of life.
At 20 years I look at myself when I'd been at 10,
and the world makes more sense, I've matured through living 10more years. The same is true at 50 thirty years after. Tom Clancy's novels add years more of life, and wisdom without growing older.
"The Sum Of All Fears" has both entertained, and I am more knowledgeable about life; wiser as well.

  • Allora

  • A Silver Ships Novella
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Until the Confederation created Allora, it had produced SADEs (self-aware digital entities) for hundreds of years with enormous consistency and harnessed their capabilities to power the society. But this particular young SADE was disturbed by her confinement. Trapped in metal-alloy housing on the bridge of a luxury passenger liner, Allora sought to possess the same freedom enjoyed by humans, who came and went from her starship with abandon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 10-18-17

A excellent writer, but this one is something less

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

A patch that bridges novels of how the heroes became so with a new story direction to include a newly important charictor. If you are following "Silver Ships" storyline do catch this story

  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1

  • At the Edge of Empire
  • By: Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Twenty minutes after his murder on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1896, 17-year-old Zebulon Finch awakens, resurrected to suffer an eternity upon the planet. But of all people...why him? Is it because he was a violent Chicago gangster and this is his chance at redemption?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A dark tale composed of rich language; captivatin.

  • By Larry on 03-25-19

A dark tale composed of rich language; captivatin.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Born in a the prison of a statis starved mother ad boy flees too young into the mean streets of the city of the middle 1800s American East. Bitter with his life young Zebulon Finch is sucked into an underworld lifestyle that leads to the violent death of the life he's living.
Dead on a lake bottom his body is dragged up on a dock. He's cold, feels no pain, and a dead body; only he isn't. Zebulon sees, hears, feels touch, his mind works as if he were a living 17 year old...
At first he just goes along as a speachless victim living his almost life in a cage trying to get ahold of his new reality as not living person. In slow measures his almost life adventures unfolds, a dark yet fastenating tale. 17 years old forever unkillably cursed to live; almost worth it as he tries to set his world aright from his beginnings before his murder.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,196

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

I was blindsided with wonderful.!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Bless yourself with this brilliant language, and storytelling.
I read/listen to hard Sci-Fi, and adventure action stories. I'm accustomed to the dry monotone of action, I came close to not continuing the story. To my surprise the story language and tone grew on me. Fine writing in a feminine mode; eg colors, & feelings, a way of seeing the world as a woman in 1950s-'60s culture. The world was MATURING then, post WWII, & fast, a different world growing from the war time of gritting it out to the "peace, & love" movements of the baby boom.
Bless yourself with this audio "The Shape Of Water."
I felt like I was being supported away on a stream of classical music. The end is a truly fine feel-good. - You Will Enjoy This One ! -

  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By Rebecca Enzor on 08-02-18

The story, pacing, and reading came to perfectly<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Action was not over the top, - an exception.
As an USArmy Infantry combat veteran I'm pleased to report that the firefights were spot on for a running jungle fight. This was not a battle in another Nam, but a world around a far star. I felt like I knew that crusty Bird Col. as one of my own chain of command back when. The dark humor, chronic use of the hard stuff, an anesthesia for PTSD, his dreams, the intrusive memories. The tools of war change, but grunts are grunts.
Nam was not a good experience, but "Planetside was. Hell, even the military intelligence was the typical half ass correct. Same-old, same-old.
I'll remember" Michael Mammary" fine teller of war-storys, and R.C.Bray well done
Thanks.!

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Super author team fails

  • By Jesper on 05-03-17

I just discovered Van DYKE, <br />& Larson I like! <br />

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

A Sci. Fi. version of a totalitarian power versus freedom fighters trying to free loved ones, and small tribes from being swollowed up. Free nations, are at war with the bad guys who turn captured civilians into biologically modified fighters.
It's not the story that's so great it's in the telling, and writing, the human draumas.
I will be reading more by this author. Good story writing here.

  • They're Watching

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,438

Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z

  • By Mel on 05-16-12

As I've come to expect Gregg Hurwitz is a story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

teller with a bit of magical In the timing at mood, and drauma, thank you Sr.

  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,133

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expect the Best

  • By David Shear on 09-06-13

Jack Reacher is a hero out of a Greek play.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Lee Child weaves an adventure as well scripted as the best action story tellers, and like with the best of them I the reader/listener learn how to evaluate my fellow human. Not just what goes on in one's mind, but how people become who the are.
"Reacher" is not only a natural as the identified with hero, but there is an imperfection. Jack R. Will prevale, he is a good man who's usually a step ahead of me, my deductions in solving the problems presented the Novel. Truely I can't say, I don't know how Lee Child does what he does, but I feel Reacher is a better me, he is who I am, but better at it. We, he and I are both veterans of combat, but he unlike me has none of my survivor guilt. What wounded Larry made Jack stronger, and of course, Jack's early life left him with reflexive fighting skills., and a desire to engage himself way beyond the norm.

  • Without Remorse

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079

His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan.

  • By Daniel Beck on 02-07-12

I have the pleasure of recommending a fine story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

writen by an able story teller. The best protagonists are along the lines of a Greek tragedy. Strong in manly way as the hero warrior who has an Achilles heel that one weakness, less a wrong about him thsn a heart felt glitch. An unstoppable hero who is snagged in by the law of the land. He is doomed to do prison time. Only the gods can rescue our noble warrior, and they do.