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Truth Speaker

Asheville, NC, United States
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  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,759

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Becca on 07-30-17

Literary Nebbish

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This gay substitute for John Cheever or perhaps Philip Roth is self-conscious of it's depressing and self-deprecating character flaws. A happier ending is only slightly redemptive, but the language is well-constructed, and it is true to the tradition of literary fiction.

  • Summary of Beth Macy’s Dopesick by Milkyway Media

  • By: Milkyway Media
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gray
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Dopesick (2018) details the explosion of OxyContin use in Appalachia in the 1990s and 2000s and the widespread heroin addiction that ensued when medical providers began restricting access to prescription opioids in the late 2000s and 2010s. Journalist and author Beth Macy, who once worked as a reporter in Roanoke, Virginia, traces the efforts of local activists, doctors, law enforcement officials, and parents to combat opioid dependence.... (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.)  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't pay for chapter headings

  • By Truth Speaker on 12-02-18

Don't pay for chapter headings

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

This is not an Abridged version of a book. It's more like the CliffsNotes in outline form.
If you're studying for class, skim the damn book you read. If you're interested in the topic, don't pay for this less than nothing short piece of dry trash.

  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Daniel Silva!

  • By Wayne on 07-18-18

For fans of the genre only.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Tedious, endless details presented as if for their relevance in spy craft.
The book goes on, and on, with very little plot.
Beyond that, the narrator speaks in short bursts of broken phrases. His I,tonation never changes, every character has exactly the same voice, and his inability to read a sentence as if it has meaning is almost mechanical.
There will be some people who take in every single character as a familiar friend because they follow the series, for everybody else, look somewhere else.

  • The House of Broken Angels

  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly 100, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not death, and Not borders

  • By Clodhopper on 05-01-18

A Mexican James Joyce.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Charming, melodic and literary.
This book rambles through bubbles of time in a large, chaotic and unique family.
There is nothing but love for everyone of them.
The voice of the author reading his own work is enchanting.
This goes all the way to the top of my list of favorite books, and modern classics.
I suggest you not miss this.

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,813

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Not my genre, yet I finished it in a day.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

A totally entrancing story, characterization and performance. I'm not even quite sure what this would be classified as -- psychological thriller?
Whatever it is, it's a great listen.

  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

  • One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre
  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 799

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SKIP THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK

  • By Scott George on 05-10-18

possibly the worst audiobook I've ever had

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Theoretically, this novel is part of the Russian absurdist tradition. With a terrible narrator, and awful translation, and nonsensical plotting, it's not something I can even finish listening to.
I must have picked this up on a sale.
However little I paid, it was too much.

  • The Designer

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 797

In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she's stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation. Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Copper Is A Feminist Before It Was Cool—1944!

  • By Linda on 10-18-17

Simple Minded Pleasure Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

towards the end of this novel, the main character says " bad things have happened all around me, but I lead a Charmed Life." Precisely.
it's hard to say whether this is more aptly termed a romance or a young adult in genre.
Either way, it should come with a warning label for adult readers.

  • Paris in the Present Tense

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life, with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest living "novelist". Top 10 narrator.

  • By BellevueMike on 10-14-17

Possibly the most perfect literary novel ever

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Mark Helprin started his career as great writer.
His magical realism was buoyant with witty historical spoof, splendid side lights and cleverly woven story telling.
Gifted and craftsman like from the beginning, he has matured into something more.
Where once there was surrealism, there is now magic in the intense presence of every line.
The narration of this book is equally perfect, and the sum of voice and word as rich as French pastry.

  • The Escape Artist

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,038

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

very slow starting

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Good story, engaging. The director has an annoying tick where she makes all the readers voice a telephone ringing when it happens. And most of the readers, particularly the male voice in the beginning, are way too slow.
That said, once I got into it it was the kind of book that can make time go away while I'm driving.

  • Lies She Told

  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309

Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,.

  • By shelley on 09-23-17

Engrossing and Intricate

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

A well-crafted, finely plotted novel of parallel voices. I wanted this to keep me occupied during a drive, and it stayed on my mind even after I arrived.
I typically prefer literary fiction, but will happily see similar books pop up in my suggestions in the future if they are this well written.