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  • The Yellow Birds

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Powers
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

"The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal Honesty

  • By Melissa Phillips on 10-08-12

Great book, great audio performance.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I do not write many reviews although I listen to multiple audio books every week. This book was particularly well written and meaningful. The narrator was excellent, conveying the beauty of the author’s cadence and word choices. I highly recommend this book.

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,842

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

Christian book

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

This book was interesting and its protagonist compelling until three quarters of the way in, when it turned into a Christian, end of the world fable. For someone of the Christian faith, this will be fantastic book. For folks who prefer a nonreligious read, I recommend you take a pass on this one.

  • Emma in the Night

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,647

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: 15-year-old Cass and 17-year-old Emma. Three years later Cass returns without her sister, Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Pamela (@SpazP) on 08-23-17

One of my favorites of 2017

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This book is well written, suspenseful, entertaining and, sadly, accurate in its depiction of narcissistic personality disordered mothers.

  • The Book of Speculation

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Swyler
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,402

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I lost myself in this book

  • By Barb Freman on 07-30-15

Worth a listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I enjoyed the characters and dialogue of this book very much. It wasn’t necessarily a page turner but it was entertaining. Definitely worth a listen.

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

Excellent novel!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

This is the first review I have ever written. I listen to many, many recorded books. It can be difficult to find one that is more than just entertaining. This novel is very entertaining for sure, but so much more. The story has extraordinary depth and complexity. The author has created compelling, well developed characters whose actions have meaning and purpose. You cannot help being interested in them even if they are not particularly likable. Boyne also creates humor, sadness, joy and loss with an equally deft hand. I am sorry to have finished this one.

Happy reading!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Visible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Annabella Sciorra, Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hillarious & Disturbing In (almost) Equal Measure

  • By Amanda on 11-07-11

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Interesting plot, interesting characters, interesting themes and fresh, exciting writing. I finished the book in one day.

  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

I could not stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

This is the first time I have ever written a full review despite having been listening to audiobooks for many years. This book was so suspenseful, it's storyline so engaging and it's characters so well-developed, I could not stop listening. I liked it to the point of distraction! I highly recommend it.
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42 of 47 people found this review helpful