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  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,846

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't look!

  • By Lesley on 05-22-14

Just loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I don't know how anyone who likes this genre could not like this book. It's one of the best I've ever read.

  • Behind the Candelabra

  • My Life with Liberace
  • By: Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!

  • By Jeffrey on 05-26-13

I really don't like Scott Thorson

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Back in the mid-eighties, a friend of mine who worked at a local restaurant (and knew I adored Liberace) tipped me off that they were staying late for a private dinner for Liberace, following a local performance. As rotten as it may seem to ambush the poor guy after a performance, I waited outside the restaurant hoping to meet him. When he came out, I approached him and, rather than being irritated, he just beamed ear-to-ear, thanked me for my kind words, gave me a big hug, and just wanted to talk and talk. Standing against the waiting limo, though, was a younger man who scowled at me with a weird white-hot intensity so obvious that, after ten minutes or so, Liberace laughed and said, "You'll have to excuse my companion. He wants to get home, he's exhausted from watching me work." Now, after listening to Scott Thorson whine throughout an entire book about how Liberace stole his innocence and treated him abominably and drove him to drugs, and how Liberace was so insecure that he fed on adoration from his fans (like me, I suppose) when he found those fans so very annoying, I know just who that younger man was. What a self-entitled jerk. I read a few more recent news stories about Thorson's lengthy jail sentence for credit card fraud and can't help but wonder if that's the fault of the long-deceased Liberace also? I am ashamed that I bought this book and donated further cash to this sugar-daddy-seeking hustler who feels that he didn't get enough of a free ride off Liberace while he was still alive, so extended it with this book after Liberace was dead and unable to defend himself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

If anything can happen, who cares what happens?

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book started out really promising for me. I've lived my whole life in the Orlando area, and loved the bizarre take on Walt Disney meets Lord of the Flies. But about halfway through, it seemed to run out of clever ideas. The huge suspension of disbelief needed for the first half was fine because it made sense, in a deliciously twisted way, but then it just kind of fell apart. All the characters began doing such shocking things in such quick succession that the I was numbed to the shock value and actually bored enough to begin skimming ahead. If it was a film rather than a book, I'd say that it morphed from being a bizarre thriller to just being a B-movie slasher film.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Last Stand

  • Surviving America's Collapse
  • By: William H. Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John's years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding beginning.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-14-15

Survivalist fantasy cartoon

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

Any additional comments?

I just finished the remarkable "The Road," and was in the mood for another end-times story, but this was a really poor choice. I can't imagine this appealing to anyone but a hard-core survivalist who lives for the day all those neighbors who laughed at him for hoarding guns and gold and spam and toilet paper will be sorry and crawling to him for help. The characters have no dimension at all. The main character is a cartoonish Rambo who is humorlessly efficient (in everything except words - he makes constant references to his "S&W," when just calling it a Smith & Wesson would be one syllable less, but it appears important for tough guys to use letters rather than words in this "SHTF" scenario). The reader is probably appropriate to the material, but this unfortunately called for a monotone "knock this chip off my shoulder" delivery that I found as irritating as I found the story itself. I made if for the first half hour before writing the book off as a total loss.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,947

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

  • By PJC on 06-09-16

Almost too good...

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

Any additional comments?

What a terrifying yet beautiful story, I can't remember caring this much about the characters in a book. Fantastic, tight writing, every line seems important, and the reader was perfect.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Deliverance

  • By: James Dickey
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,688

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A river runs through it..."

  • By karen on 11-01-13

Listened start-to-finish in one sitting

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

What made the experience of listening to Deliverance the most enjoyable?

This is one of the best-written books I've read (listened to) and I can't believe I waited so long. I'm very familiar with the movie and knew what was coming at every turn, but was still so drawn in to the narration that I kept catching myself tensed up. I also have a new respect for how loyal the film was to the story (although far less detailed, of course), particularly the casting. The actors were so spot-on perfect for their book counterparts that it's hard to believe that the book wasn't based on the film rather than the other way around.

I bought the book yesterday evening and finished listening late into the night. This morning, it's still weighing on my mind.

  • The Summons & The Brethren

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller, Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087

The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Double Pack of Edge of Your Seat Suspense

  • By Paul Luthi on 03-23-13

Production values kind of ruined it for me

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Any additional comments?

I love John Grisham, and while not his best, these two stories are decent and the narrator is flawless. The main problem is in the mechanics of this audiobook. There are infrequent skips, and VERY frequent repeats (meaning, a line is spoken, then spoken again, like an old vinyl record with the needle stuck in a groove). Particularly in The Brethren, those repeats happen often enough to be really distracting. I believe I'd stick with the written version of these books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,118
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,139

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

What's not to love?

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Any additional comments?

I am almost familiar enough with this story to hear it in my head without audio, and I sure was pleasantly surprised to find that this narrator spoke the narration and dialogue almost exactly as I imagined it. The story, of course, is excellent (anyone who watched the film without reading the book can't begin to imagine the historical detail Mitchell worked into this story). I very highly recommend this one!

  • In the Tall Grass

  • By: Stephen King, Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099

In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trash

  • By Randall on 06-14-19

I've got a fairly strong stomach but...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

Any additional comments?

I should've heeded the warnings in other reviews. I'm a Stephen King fan, and didn't expect a lighthearted feel-good story, but this book was just too disturbing to finish (so I can't comment on the ending). It did start off very well and the premise itself was very clever, but about halfway through, I got the kind of sick feeling I imagine I'd get from watching a snuff film.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,213

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Excellent Storyline, Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of Grisham's best. The story is filled with twists and a final resolution that I never saw coming (I was convinced I had it all figured out about 3/4 through, but was dead-wrong). The narrator nails the Mississippi drawls as well as Grisham nails the Mississippi culture. Highly recommended.