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Virginia S.

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  • The Glorious Heresies

  • Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
  • By: Lisa McInerney
  • Narrated by: Shelley Atkinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone, and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over. One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is wonderful. Thestory; baffling<br />

  • By Virginia S. on 01-15-19

The narrator is wonderful. Thestory; baffling<br />

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

The story was so confusing that it made it hard to appreciate their lovely accent in which it was read .

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the Year

  • By Sharon on 07-11-18

Fantastic!

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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: 10-31-18

I just loved this book. I listened to the entire book in 2 days because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. It was full of unexpected turns of event and very exciting I can't wait to listen to another with the same author and narrator!

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,967

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

AWFUL BOOK

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I don't recommend to anyone. Although suspenseful, it is primarily about torture. I couldn't finish it.

  • Triptych

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,602

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert

  • By Patricia on 12-13-15

Terrible book, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

The narrator sounds like he's imitating Jack Webb. The story - I only listened to the first chapter - was pretty awful

  • The Looming Tower

  • Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Wright
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supremely thorough and interesting

  • By Josh on 10-05-17

a MUST READ.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

staggering information about how the pig-headed CIA's refusal to share information with the FBI allowed the tragedy of 911 to occur. shocking!

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,211

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

So disappointing! Don't buy this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Terrible - boring - not funny. Nothing like you might expect. Apparently the author has become an angry old man.

  • Ask Me About My Uterus

  • By: Abby Norman
  • Narrated by: Abby Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In the fall of 2010, Abby Norman's strong dancer's body dropped 40 pounds, and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. She was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain, but the doctors insisted it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with antibiotics. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic memoir and history of female pain

  • By kateRb on 03-29-18

I have no idea why this book is so highly rated

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I must remind myself to never buy a book that is read by the author, and not a professional narrator,and this one is no exception. Her story is unique but there is too little of her personal experience and way too much history about medical issues regarding women and technical detail that, while moderately interesting, make for dull listening. I do not recommend this book unless you personally have endometriosis

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  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,758

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

fabulous book!

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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: 03-29-18

this was an amazing mystery with many surprises along the way I thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Gorilla and the Bird

  • A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love
  • By: Zack McDermott
  • Narrated by: Zack McDermott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. This was it - his big dreams were finally coming true. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from "The Producer" to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By Nick on 01-06-19

Do NOT buy this book

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

The author is a terrible narrator and should not have decided to read it himself. He speaks in a flat monotone throughout the book and does nothing to make the repeating and fairly identical episodes of his breakdowns differ from each other. He also comes across as a selfish jerk who is too quick to forgive himself for making the same mistakes that result in another bipolar episode. I frequently read books about people with mental illness, but this was the worst one I've read and totally lacked any clarity.

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  • For the Dead

  • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

In Bangkok, Thailand, an American travel journalist and his Thai family find themselves inadvertently entangled in a web of dirty cops and far-reaching corruption when their daughter’s ill-gotten cell phone displays photographs of some very crooked cops, all of them thoroughly dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Tim Hallinan's world. We just live in it.

  • By Richard Delman on 12-22-14

great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

another fabulously exciting book about poke Rafferty! you cannot stop listening to this until it is over!