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Debra Celovsky

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  • Celine

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense - the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • <br /><br />Setting, characters, better than plot

  • By G. Minott on 04-12-17

O, my, so unfortunate

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I stayed with this in a kind of horrified fascination with the nonsensical storyline and the glacial narration. If you like writing that might include such descriptions as, “The words settled on the young mother like a flock of exhausted songbirds”, then this is the tale for you.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

The Word is Love

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

As in I loved every minute of the book. Clever plot, great pacing - and Rory Kinnear? His performance made this a book to be listened to. Truly a delight.

  • 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

Good story & an education

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Ocular albinism. A condition most of us have likely never heard of, but around which Dugoni writes a good story. Rather heavily weighted in Catholic theology, but the family love at the core was always a delight. Not sure Dugoni was the best narrator for his story, but awarding 4 stars anyway.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Deal of a Lifetime

  • A Novella
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn't your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he's taken a life but he won't say whose - not yet. One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She's a smart kid - smart enough to know that she won't beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Novellas Are Horrible!!!!!

  • By 3xcharm on 12-28-17

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Why was this book written? I'm stumped. It's the kind of book that leaves one irritated that one bothered to read it.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,787

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

There are books that stay with you because they remind you of the strength, the depths of goodness and perseverance
possible within human beings. This is such a book. Written with great skill and with a genuine tenderness and regard for both the main character - and his teammates - in this true story, I found it deeply moving. The narrator was also superb. Highly recommended.

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Good story, rushed narration

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Warning: possible spoilers! In her second novel, Jane Harper again exhibits the good bones of a story. Interesting characters, rugged country well-described. I was irritated by: 1) a rushed narration. Shanahan sounded at times like he couldn’t wait to get through the story, and 2) two scenes toward the end (Alice & Lauren and Lauren & Aaron) went on too long. It doesn’t take a reader THAT long to get the sense of a scene. The series detective is a good guy with integrity and an interesting backstory. Enough to make me look forward to his next case.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,256

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

A good example of how a narrator damages a story

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

If you have decided to give Finn’s debut novel a try, read it. Never have I been so irritated with a narrator. With the glacial pacing & overwrought diction, the audible version was at least a third longer than necessary. An interminable denouement. The entire experience felt like hours on end in a dark room with innumerable glasses of merlot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,730

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Shines in this popular genre

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I very much appreciate books that endeavor to remind us of the sacrifices made by men & women as they resisted the evils of the world wars. Quinn does this in searing detail. Some scenes went on a bit too long, the denouement, for instance. But those are forgiven in the sweep of a story that reminds us that war is always hell & freedom is never free.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,760

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Absolutely Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Tim Curry gives a flawless performance of this beautiful, timeless story. Perfectly paced, as well. Loved every minute.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,258

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

Just gritty enough

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Read The Life We Bury & liked Esken’s style. This is also a solid crime drama. He moves skillfully between the present & the near-present. I was not expecting the ending, but appreciated the rationale. My one quibble is that the Ordeal in the Snow scene went on a bit long.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful