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  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,227

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

A long slog without a payoff

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I had heard this book very positively reviewed by several people but I found the whole thing very unsatisfying. One depressing story after another with none brought to resolution, There are lots of time shifts which in an audio book are hard to follow. All in all, blech!

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

Maybe I was expecting a steel magnolia

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

What Sally should have done was write this book and then put it in a desk drawer. I'm sure this was cathartic for Sally but it just got too whiney and self-consumed for my taste. There are some parts that are somewhat humorous i.e. her tale of The Way West but everything else in her life seemed so fraught. She talks about all the laughing she did but shares very few tales for the reader to laugh with her.

Then she should have written a whole new book for publication that has more of a steel magnolia vibe, some humor and a much lighter touch.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,829

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

First person narrative...loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book wrapped me in its literary arms from the beginning. Well developed characters populate this book. Be sure to listen to the author's note in the last chapter. He tells how the basic framework evolved and developed. This book is very atypical for this author but very very good.

  • Pretty Girls Dancing

  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,806

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life - a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It's ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Girls Dancing, Great listen!

  • By Linda on 02-06-18

Sad teenager...Demented kidnapper...Bad marriages

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Yuck! Two hours into this book I just wanted it to go away. Here is one device authors use that I do not like: getting into the mind of the perp and the whole drama of girls/women being held and abused. I really like mysteries where we really don't know what happened to the victim.

Now if I can find the place on Audible's site to return it?!

  • Silence

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006

Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do. With masterful plotting and unnerving psychological insight, Thomas Perry delivers another mesmerizing thrill ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SILENCE

  • By shelley on 01-13-18

Believe it or not you will root for the perps

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Silence has a very intriguing and complex plot and I binged on it. This is the only book I have ever read in which I was rooting for the perps as well as the good guys. That takes clever writing and makes me want to read more of Thomas Perry's books. However I certainly could have done with a bit less back story on the main characters. To me the backstories were the slowest parts. But I loved the ending! Perfect!

This book was recorded in 2007 and yet to this Californian's ears I had some real problems with Kramer's pronounciations of streets/towns. I cannot not believe that Tantor Media did not redub the mispronunciations of the reader. Here is the list of mispronounced streets/towns:
La Cienega (C-N-ega accent on "N")
Sepulveda (Sa-pull-va-da accent on "pull")
San Rafael (he did get it right once--San Rafell--but wrong about every other time)
Simi (seamy)
San Luis Obispo (San Lewis A-bispo).

I realize that most people live in areas without Spanish names but if you are a reader for a book set in California you might want to bone up on pronunciations.

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,924

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Loved, loved, loved this book

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

This book robbed me of half of a night's sleep. I had started the book. It was 2 am and I decided to listen for "just an hour." Then I had 4 more of those hours, then got up and finished the book. I laughed occasionally, wept ALOT and had to ice my eyes to try to get rid of the puffiness!
A day later I listened again to parts during which I may have nodded off and missed. I love the way the romance built and the 4 voices were terrific.

  • Naughty in Nice

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923

Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery for the delicately nurtured

  • By Marie-Anne on 11-11-11

Predictable but oh such fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

I must admit that this is like a Italian meringue, sweet, light without much substance. But it sure is fun to listen to. I will say it got a little too Perils of Pauline-y for me at one point but, quelle surprise, it all comes out OK .

  • Corrupted

  • A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344

Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior, and she doesn't like to fail. Now a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa Scottoline Outdid Herself with 'Corrupted!'

  • By Tracy P. on 12-21-15

Scottoline's BACK with a humdinger

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

The plot here is so heart-rending that I tear up just thinking about Part 1 of the story. Any author that can make me care that much about a fictional character, is a master indeed. She also had me rooting in the court room scenes (and please, attorneys, don't burst my bubble by telling me how unrealistic it might be)

This would be a wonderful book club book especially if there are attorneys in the book group. Kate Burton (daughter of Richard, right?) does a very good job. Jennifer LaVoy of book 1 was called on to do a far broader range of characters which she did masterfully. But Burton does everything the book calls for very well.

I love you Lisa Scottoline!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayed

  • Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Maria Bello
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398

Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that's more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fastpaced & fun

  • By Beerloversguides on 11-04-15

Not nearly as good as Accused

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

This book is written in the voice of an associate, Judy at Rosato & DiNunzio the all-female law firm and the subplot continues from Accused, book no 1 in the series. The narrator is not even in the same league as book no 1 AND in fact, Scottoline uses the exact same plot device at the climax of this book as she used in book 1. I swear I could copy and paste a line out of book 1 and out of book 2 and they would be identical.

There is a subplot that has to do with coping with breast cancer and all its attendant therapies, misconceptions about attitude's role in healing (bottom line: attitude does NOT affect healing-see American Cancer Society page on this) and ideas about "fighting" cancer. It makes me wonder if Scottoline was undergoing treatment while writing this book. "Chemo brain" might well have caused her to forget that she had just used the same plot device in book 1. ( am not being sarcastic here but simply trying to figure out why the slip by this fabulous author,)

What's good: surprise villain, great characterizations and a oh so intriguing ending.

  • Accused

  • Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,780

New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another great Philadelphia tale with women

  • By Toby on 11-08-13

I would rate the narrator a 10 star if possible!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

I love the main characters in Scottoline's books..female lawyers. There are such great endearing supporting characters which I find women mystery authors (Sue Grafton, Kathleen Taylor) deliver so well. Scottoline's Phillie background is portrayed flawlessly, lovingly and with great humor.

And then there is the narrator, Jennifer LeVoy...holy moly she is SO, SO good!!! Well maybe her British accent could a little help but the rest of her voices were terrific.

So if you want to have a truly great book for binge listening this would be the one to buy.