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  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

  • By: Hannah Tinti
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past - a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A literary work with a plot line

  • By Truth Speaker on 05-09-17

I love the characterization in this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

The characters are all very believable, even the minor ones. I also like the basic structure of the story. The past/present format works very well with this tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read this year.

  • By Jonathan Purcell on 10-15-17

I really enjoyed this book all the way through

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Just right for an audio book. The story is well paced, good character development, and a positive message. I hope we get a second book from this.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,060

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Mixed feelings on this one

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

This book would have been much better had it been MUCH shorter. It was just sooooo long! After investing hour upon hour into the book, I really wanted to make it to the end, so I kept listening...and listening....and listening.....

Postives: Interesting premise for a story, a women being transported to a similar parallel type universe she calls 1Q84. The characters were interesting and well developed. The telling of the story was simple, yet effective.

Negatives: Long, long stretches with nothing, and I mean nothing, really happening. The ending left many unanswered questions. Just not a well wrapped up book at all.

Bottom line: If you have alot of time on your hands and want an unusual listening experience, maybe go for this one. If I had it to do over again, I would not have bought this book, personally it just wasn't worth the time investment.