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  • The Good Lord Bird

  • By: James McBride
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abolition Huck Finn arouses interest in history

  • By A. Hatch on 12-13-13

Not to be missed!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

entertaining, and touching. worth every minute! history brought to life, embellished or not. recommend highly!

  • Hope's Peak

  • By: Tony Healey
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Detective Jane Harper can't shake the image of the young woman discovered in a field - eyes closed, a crown of woven vines on her head. She expects macabre murders like this in her native San Francisco, not here. Jane and her partner, Stu, vow to catch the killer, but in this town, that's easier said than done. The police department is in the grips of a wide-reaching scandal that could topple the entire force, and Jane and Stu face a series of dead ends. Until they meet Ida Lane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read... couldn't stop listening!

  • By Amy Wofford on 09-27-17

Base book, base people, waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Listened to this book while vacationing in Africa. The crime/mystery portion of the story is probably acceptable, but the love story portion is silly. Loser people acting out a slasher story. The book was free for Prime members.

Advice - don't waste your time on this book.

  • His Bloody Project

  • Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae
  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country's finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and enjoyable book

  • By Anne K on 01-12-17

Scottish Murder - study of mind & culture

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Quite liked the story. Found the cultural examination of Scotland life interesting, as well as the historical perpective of Scotland's parallel societies, and what life was like among the "have nots". Well worth your time.

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  • Salt to the Sea

  • By: Ruta Sepetys
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Historical YA Fiction

  • By FanB14 on 02-19-16

Beautiful story, artfully read.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I learned of the book from the Wall Street Journal, which named the book as one of 2016's best books. I like historical fiction, when done well. Enjoyed the book very much and would recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII, trying to understand the hate, love, sadness, multicultural attitudes, and trials that existed during that time period.

  • Tinkers

  • By: Paul Harding
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223

An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique but valuable read

  • By Joanne on 02-19-11

Ugh - simple plot beautifully written

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Tried to finish the book, got bored, and decided to listen to it on Audible instead. Great book for those wanting a book with a remedial plot, but written well with very descriptive language. I would pass on this one - glad it's over.

  • Noggin

  • By: John Corey Whaley
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award-winning Where Things Come Back. Listen - Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that. The in-between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Noggin

  • By Zack Blake on 07-12-15

Loved It

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Great book. Some adult themes - beware if you plan to listen or read to your child, as you will need to explain some sexual items. Funny and very well written.