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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,107

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Did not live up to my expectations

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I think Audible has become a victim of grade inflation. The overall scores far exceeded the merit of this book. The author’s ability to write colorful yet believable characters is admirable but the plotting is problematic. It became repetitious after somewhere in the middle of the book and I lost interest. I laughed in sympathy at another reviewer’s annoyance at the over use of the “oh my gods” exclamation. I don’t think all of the dialogue was bad but it was awkward and stilted at times.
Despite these negative aspects, the basic premise is intriguing and refreshingly original. Maybe with a better editor Adeyemi can develop her full potential and become a great novelist.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Twist of the Knife

  • A Novel
  • By: Becky Masterman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn, now happily settled in Tucson, doesn't visit her family in Florida much. But her former partner on the force, Laura Coleman - a woman whose life she has saved and who has saved her life in turn - is living there now. So when Laura calls about a case that is not going well, Brigid doesn't hesitate to get on a plane. On leave from the Bureau, Laura has been volunteering for a legal group trying to prove the innocence of a man who is on death row for killing his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but worth your time and patience

  • By Christopher C. Thomas on 04-22-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

I have read all three books in this series. I really enjoyed the first two - I thought the plots were suspenseful and the characterizations were fairly original. Unfortunately I can't say the same about *A Twist of the Knife*. The self reflections and internal musings on Brigid's part got annoyingly repetitious - to the point where I wanted to say *alright, alright, we get it! Now move on.* Also, I got sick and tired of hearing about all the Quinn family's dysfunction. The specifics given to the reader/listener did not sound all that dysfunctional, for one thing. For another, I didn't get why *Mom* is blamed for everything. It seemed to me that as far as specific behaviors, *Dad* was more inappropriate, what with his throwing things and sharing the grisly details of his police work with children under 12 years old. All of Brigid's angst about her family of origin and how it impaired her emotionally was just not convincing. And saying that, I thought a lot of things in the book were less than credible. For example, - and I'm going out on a limb here - I think I have read that dropping a hair dryer in the bathtub isn't lethal. (used to be but safety measures now prevent)
My last complaint is that the narrator doesn't get the tone right for a first person characterization of a seasoned and tough retired FBI officer.
On the positive side, I do like Carlo's character and I'm grateful that Brigid didn't call him *perfessor* one single time in this book. I wish that his part in these books wasn't limited to the role of supportive spouse. He has a very interesting back story that I think could be used to great effect.
I can't say that I won't read anymore books in this series because the first two were great. I AM going to remove the Brigid Quinn series from my *buy new releases immediately* list.

  • Man Overboard

  • An Ali Reynolds Novel
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his 40th birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a racehorse refuge, refuses to take "case closed" for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative

  • By Jean on 04-20-17

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I am more than willing to suspend belief when reading detective/suspense/mystery novels. Their purpose is escape and if a book succeeds on that score i'm a satisfied customer. "Man Overboard" started out with promise but then it went overboard - pardon the pun. It has a poignant premise - the scars left on the children of suicides.
I have worked as a psychiatric RN in California for many years so I can say with confidence that neither the behavior of the mentally ill characters nor the treatment depicted are remotely believable. For one thing, no one can lock up an adult in a psychiatric facility for 10 years - 10 weeks of involuntary hospitalization is almost a stretch. Also, a person's mental health doesn't deteriorate this rapidly and it is pretty hard to kill yourself by cutting your wrists. JA Jance always has lots of money available for her characters to throw at problems but I hate to have people expecting anything near the quality or personal involvement should they need to avail themselves of psychiatric treatment. If only it could be like this.
Anyway, so I'm a wet blanket. I guess we don't read Jance for the realism.
The story was pretty suspenseful and it was touching to see Stuart make positive strides in his interpersonal behavior so in the long run I wouldn't tell others to skip "Man Overboard" as long as their expectations aren't too high.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,948
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,864

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Not perfect but close

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Actually I don't know how close to perfect this book is. The novel itself has some minor flaws (e.g. Male characters lack nuance) but keeping in mind that it's a YA first novel I wouldn't hesitate to universally recommend it. If you're a stickler about no curse or vulgar words, you might want to skip it. This would be your loss however. And although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I would argue that this is the way people talk these days and this story would be inauthentic (is that a word?) if it was "cleaned up".
At any rate, the novel itself is very good, the message it conveys is essential in these times, but the thing that sends it to the top for me is Bahni Turpin's narration. I can see why she was awarded narrator of the year (not sure what year). Her voice is pleasing and lyrical to begin with, but after you're immersed in the story, she is so good that you don't really even notice her (which I consider the highest compliment to a narrator). She gets all the characters right, no matter their age, gender, race or socioeconomic background. I admire her so much that if she is the narrator for an Audible selection, the chances I will pick it go up like a thermometer on a hot day.
So I say, use a credit on "The Hate U Give", enjoy it and then think about it.

53 of 66 people found this review helpful

  • A Redbird Christmas

  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quintessential Fannie Flagg.

  • By Buford on 12-15-04

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

No one does heartwarming better than Fannie Flagg, at least if they do, I haven't heard about them. And contrary to my expectations at least, although she can get a little cornpone, it is with so much charm that it is easily forgiven. Her characters are imperfect but lovable, and this particular story, although sentimental, is never mawkish. I think everyone yearns for the type of community that pulls together to help their weakest link. This is the story of a middle aged man with an alcohol problem and a little girl who is abandoned to people who can't afford her and don't want her. All the quirky residents of a small Alabama town on the gulf take in these two lost orphans and....well lots of things happen to them but rest assured the ending is happy despite some losses they have to endure. It is a perfect story for the Christmas season.
(My only complaint is that it is a little high priced and does not have the "whispersync" feature.)

  • Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Salt Hendon Series, Book 1
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

England, 1763. The Earl of Salt Hendon and squire's daughter Jane Despard share a secret past of mistrust, heartache, and misery. Forced into a marriage neither wants, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Enter Diana St. John, who will go to extreme lengths, even murder, to hold the Earl's attention. Can the newlyweds overcome past prejudices and sinister opposition to fall in love all over again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful dark romance with lurking villain

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 11-05-15

Ok for Romance fans

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16


Personally, I do not care at all for the Romance gene. My opinion is: a little description of intimate love making goes a long way and in most romance novels it goes way too far. I think it has been described as "a poor woman's porn". And with that comment I'm pretty sure I offended anyone reading this review. I apologize - to each his own, or as the French say "a chacun son goût".
At any rate this is an archetypal romance novel - the hero is handsome; deeply, but repressively, in love with the heroine who is not only otherworldly beautiful but also good and kind and modest of her own beauty and goodness. If this has not made you nauseous yet - the bad guy (or as in this case "bad gal") is completely and irredeemably evil, as in selfish, mean spirited, abusive, cruel, and in this case, delusional. Fate had intervened to keep our protagonists apart for four years but because of a totally implausible will, they are brought back together into matrimony. So we have to read about their marriage bed antics until really, I was embarrassed - for myself, for the author and for anybody who actually likes this garbage.
So no, I cannot recommend this book. The reason I chose it is the author has another series, the first of which I got on sale and enjoyed so much that I downloaded the three extant books in the series. I didn't realize that the series I liked is classified by the author, or more likely, her publicists, as mystery instead of romance. The rest of Lucinda Brant's oeuvre is in the romance genre.
Long review short: if you are a fan of romance novels, I'm pretty sure you will like "Salt Bride". If you like to read novels with a little bit of plausibility as well as a plot that isn't completely worn out, stay away from this woman's work, except for her "Deadly" series which are her "mystery" novels.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,898

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Finally finished this after three or four tries

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I came back to this audiobook after getting hooked on the TV series. I initially chose it a few years back because of the high ratings it gets on Audible. My problem is that I am not a big George Guidall fan. I admire his ability but his style grates on me – sort of like Scott Brick does for some listeners.
Having said that, I agree with all the other rave reviews that this is a well written book. It is evocative of the Bighorns and small town living. Walt Longmire narrates the story and he is an appealing hero - he has enough flaws to make him likeable and human and a self effacing tone and a dry sense of humor that is attractive. The plot is well conceived and believable (given the genre.)
I recommend this audiobook with the caveat of listening to the sample before buying to see how you feel about the narrator.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,806

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

Well written

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

This book was well written. I have never known much about Margaret Mead and although "Euphoria" is fiction, my understanding is that it was drawn from her life. Now I would like to know more about the real person.
So that's all positive, but this novel is largely about spousal abuse and that's a subject that's hard to read about. It's so infuriating but also sad how women let themselves get trapped in sick relationships. I know, I know...they don't "let themselves"; it's a much more complex dynamic than that would imply. Still it is frustrating subject to read about (listen to).
Also, the sad ending ticked me off.

  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,733

There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

  • By Douglas Vincent on 03-30-15

OK but not as good as Walter Isaacson's biography

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

The two authors of "Becoming Steve Jobs" make a big deal of writing a more sympathetic and authentic biography than any of the previous efforts made. Personally, if I had read "Becoming Steve Jobs" first, I would not have had a good opinion of the man. Walter Isaacson is a better writer and nicely balanced tech information with Jobs’ personal life. While he did not white wash Jobs’ less attractive personality traits, he didn't emphasize his faults to the extent that made you glad the guy died young.
Dylan Baker did a great job narrating while George Newborn was a little monotonous - or maybe it was the author's tendency to focus excessively on the technical aspects of the computer software and hardware industry. There were times I almost fell asleep listening to this book, which would not have been good, because I listen while driving my car.

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  • A Cool Breeze on the Underground

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met a P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room. Now it's payback time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read

  • By Cody on 05-18-15

Funny, suspenseful, good characters

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I was introduced to Don Winslow by reading "The Power of the Dog" which is a tour de force in a genre I would call reality fiction. That book was obviously well researched and I learned a lot about the history, and hypocrisy of the "war on drugs.” "A Cool Breeze on the Underground" is the first in a series that I found hugely enjoyable although not as hard hitting as "The Power of the Dog" or even Winslow's more recent fiction that is set in southern California.
Hard hitting or not, I recommend "A Cool Breeze on the Underground" and for that matter, I recommend all of Don Winslow's fiction.I wish he was still writing the Neal Carey series in addition to his other excellent fiction. The story grabs your attention and keeps it to the end and along the way you will find humor as well as some thought provoking subject matter.
Joe Barrett does an excellent job portraying the somewhat quirky characters.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful