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  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book for a long time!

  • By jenny b/hudson oh on 07-01-18

Healing, beautiful, hopeful

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Rebecca Makkai is a brilliant writer. Her characters and their circumstances are incredibly fleshed out and nuanced. She paints in a broad spectrum of colors and shades, never in black and white, making Yale and Fiona's stories achingly real. The subject matter is heavy, but do not be deterred: this book is full of life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rotters

  • By: Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of 19th-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a 16-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school. Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Rotten At All!

  • By Tracy on 04-13-11

Heyborne's voices are good; his acting isn't

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Heyborne gives a very clean read, but that's not enough for me. I want to hear a great performance. Something raw and real and present. The characterizations are great, but I wanted more from him, especially from the first person narration.

  • Oliver Loving

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Merrill Block
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school's back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening - and the unspoken story he carries - will tear the town of Bliss, Texas, apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you wonder how people survive these things.

  • By DedeB! on 01-24-18

Beautiful performance, Poignant family saga

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Characters and family dynamics brought to life with stunning poignancy and beauty. Crouch delivers a raw, detailed, emotional performance.

  • The Ship of the Dead

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050

In the third book in Rick Riordan's epic Norse mythology series, Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Nicole on 11-13-17

Einherjar IS pronounced correctly

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

There is a review here that claims the narrator pronounces EINHERJAR incorrectly. That is not right. Rick Riordan includes a PRONUNCIATION GUIDE with the print version of the book, and the narrator accurately pronounces all words according Riordan's guide.

  • Oola

  • A Novel
  • By: Brittany Newell
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The first thing Leif notices about Oola is the sharp curve of her delicate shoulders, tensed as if for flight. Even from that first encounter at a party in a flat outside of London, there's something charged, electric about the way Oola, a music school dropout, connects with the cossetted, listless drifter of a narrator we find in 25-year-old Leif. In love, infatuated, the two hit the road across Europe, house-sitting for Leif's parents' wealthy friends and finally settling for the summer in Big Sur. Left to their own devices, a project begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and brilliant debut novel

  • By Thomas on 06-04-17

Strong Performance

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Crouch does a brilliant job giving voice to Newell's complex writing, easing his way through long, tricky sentences and milking the text for every drop of expression.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,176

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

One of the greatest novels ever written

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Gorgeous, passionate prose. This book makes you appreciate the art of the written word. Likewise, Muller's performance makes you appreciate the art of the spoken word. One of the most nuanced, pitch perfect performances I've heard. The definitive compliment to Conroy's painful, exhilarating writing.

  • The Outside Lands

  • A Novel
  • By: Hannah Kohler
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Michael Crouch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

San Francisco, 1968: Jeannie and Kip are lost and half-orphaned, their mother dead under mysterious circumstances, and their father - a decorated WWII veteran - consumed by guilt and losing sight of his teenage children. Kip, a dreamer and swaggerer prone to small-time trouble, enlists to fight in Vietnam; Jeannie finds a seemingly safe haven in early marriage and motherhood. But when Kip is accused of a terrible military crime, Jeannie is seduced into joining an ambiguous anti-war organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Prose, Passionately Performed

  • By GC on 08-31-16

Excellent Prose, Passionately Performed

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Rich, unique writing. Intriguing story. Passionate performances. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I can tell this one will stick with me for a long time. Very well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,733

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Brilliant work from Corbett and Brealey

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Riveting. Brilliant performances from Corbett and Brealey. Fisher's work was not nearly as strong. Little nuance in her performance, just a vague delivery of the words with a seemingly half-hearted commitment to subtext and intention. Her work pales in comparison to Corbett and Brealey, who are so fearlessly in the moment, connected to the scene, alive and sensitive in their deliveries.

  • Thy Neighbor

  • A Novel
  • By: Norah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 66

At 34, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents 13 years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does. Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents' deaths and deranged by his relentless sorrow, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Kris on 09-01-12

Incredible Performance, Disturbing Story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Incredible performance from Ballerini, hands down. The commitment, the depth, the attention to nuance, the delineation of character. Absolutely fantastic work.

The story was intriguing. Disturbing in the best possible way: it drew me in. Excellent writing as well. WELL DONE.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

Overflowing with Humor and Heart

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Simon's personality is so distinctly drawn--every nook and cranny, every nuance--and the narrator is so perfectly cast, that you walk away from the experience feeling like you've gotten to know someone REAL. You haven't simply been told a story; you've gotten inside Simon's head and shared his experiences.

Along with Simon, Albertalli has crafted a team of three-dimensional characters filled with intriguing qualities. You may think you've mastered them (as Simon does), but as the story develops many of them turn around and surprise you. In both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

A thoroughly engaging listen for Adults and Teens alike.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful