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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,224

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Extraordinary book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

One of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of listening to with such a wonderful mixture of feelings. It will be one I will always remember and love.

  • A Song of Swords

  • Whill of Agora, Book 3
  • By: Michael James Ploof
  • Narrated by: Saethon Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Upon the frozen fields of Volnoss, a strange rift has appeared. Eadon's legions have gathered; the final invasion of Agora draws near. Bound by his vow of fealty, Dirk Blackthorn finds himself at Eadon's side. His first mission; kill the entire royal family of Eldalon, leave none of Whill's kin alive. Deep within the heart of the Mountains Ro'Sar, King Roakore prepares to travel to Elladrindellia and reunite the boy Tarren with Whill. He hopes also to have the ancient dwarven tome, The Book of Ky'Dren, translated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is the worst ever.

  • By Sandra Bowley on 01-02-17

Narrator is the worst ever.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

What did you like best about A Song of Swords? What did you like least?

Still struggling with this book because of the narrative. I have considered not finishing it but will continue only because of the story, so I can continue with the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Song of Swords?

Nothing as yet, again my irritation with the narrator keeps me from enjoying this book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voices he used for the various characters were so inappropriate and irritating that it makes it almost impossible to enjoy the book.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the next book and hopefully a better narrator.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,258

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

So very different

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Such an exceptional story. One that I will always remember and listen to again and again.

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,200

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

A most enchanting book

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I love all genre of stories a have many favorites. The Graveyard Book is my number one favorite and will get copies for family and friends. Truly loved it.

  • The Autumn Republic

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390

Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Trilogy!!!

  • By Hassan on 02-12-15

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

One of the best trilogies so far. I really didn't want it to end. Loved the characters, the way the story flowed and the humor throughout.

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