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East Dubuque, Il
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  • The Painted Bird

  • By: Jerzy Kosinski
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Michael Aronov
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A guided tour of Hell.

  • By Shawn on 12-01-11

Too miserable for me

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-10

I liked the writer's style and especially enjoyed the surrealistic moments, and the narrator was odd but perfect for the piece. However...I had to stop listening at chapter 8. The litany of cruelty to innocence is just too miserable to me. I was thinking, "OK, I get it already!" and had two thirds of the novel yet to go...really didn't need to have any more animals tortured and children abused in depressing detail to get the point. Skip to the end...

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • The Fabric of Sin

  • A Merrily Watkins Mystery
  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar, and after seven centuries, the Welsh Border village is still shadowed by their mysteries. A few fields away, the Master House, abandoned and falling into ruin, has been sold to the Duchy of Cornawll. But renovation plans stall when a specialist builder refuses to work there, insisting it's a place that doesn't want to be restored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Phil Rickman

  • By Sharon on 12-10-13

outstanding, as always

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-09

I'm in love with the Merrily Watkins series as a whole, and this book delivers the goods once again. My favorite thing is how he weaves actual historical facts and figures into his stories. I read "O Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" in a collection of short stories many years ago and it haunted me ever since(even though I forgot both the name of it's author and the collection). When I heard lines from that tale coming from the mouths of this book's characters, the little hairs rose on my arms and neck! I've never known of anyone else who had even heard of that story! As always, I'm sorry that Rebecca Lacey didn't do the reading (she did the first and was excellent). Emma Powell is quite good, but Ms. Lacey was the best.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of Monsters

  • By: Clare Clark
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

It is 1718 and, in a small parish near Newcastle, Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 16, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, denying their union, she is forced to travel to London, a city that attracts and alarms her in equal measure. There, she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary, Grayson Black, whom she trusts to salvage what remains of her reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exotic Blend

  • By Gaither on 10-07-08

A good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-09

I found this book a fairly good read. I enjoy both historical fiction and studies on human psychology and this delivers both. Yes, there are disturbing passages, but, after all- it isn't called "The Nature Of Fuzzie Little Kittens"!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brida

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brida

  • By Jamie on 03-12-14

Very disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-09

I've been interested in this author's books in the past but this is the first one I've read. It may well be the last. I had to force myself to follow through to the end just to give it a fair shake ...but it never redeemed itself. First of all, the story sounded interesting, but, I'm sorry....where did these "witches" crop up who go on endlessly about God and the gospel of St. Paul(not a huge fan of women, by the way)and mention the Virgin Mary in all their invocations? And all the "soul mate" drivel?....gack...
Also, I think a narrator can make or break an audiobook and this one was not a good match for the story. Her style was alright for "What the Dead Know" but in this case someone who could actually do a nice Irish accent and imbue the characters with a little depth and warmth would have helped alot. Her monotone style didn't help an already...well I just don't have any words to properly describe what kind of novel it was, but the reading definitely didn't improve things.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

  • A Novel
  • By: Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now that I have you at my mercy. . .

  • By Brad W. on 07-02-07

excellent fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-08

I bought this book because the premise alone made me smile. The narration was great, espescially Dr. Impossible. I believe this is a book that benifits from being experienced in audio form, due to the wonderful reading styles. Great fun for fans of the old comic books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger House

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

For years, the Stranger House has stood in the village of Illthwaite, offering refuge to travellers. People like Sam, a brilliant young mathematician, who believes that anything that can't be explained by maths isn't worth explaining. And Miguel, a historian running from a priests' seminary, who sees ghosts. Sam is an experienced young woman, Miguel a 26-year-old virgin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This story gets more intriguing as it progresses

  • By Susan on 07-02-11

an OK read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-08

This wasn't a bad book, but overall I was underwhelmed. The narration was good, which gives it points as an audiobook, but the story fell a little flat. The background stories of the central characters and even the second-tier characters were actually pretty interesting. The problem was that they were infinitely more interesting than the two main characters, themselves. They were quite two dimentional, and I found myself not really caring what happened with them. And the constant relating of everything in Sam's narrative to a math problem....gack.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

The story involves a huge diamond, the moonstone, originally stolen from an Indian shrine. The gem is given to an English girl on her 18th birthday but disappears that same night. What follows is a spellbinding mystery that to this day has the power to draw the listener into its world of danger, suspense, and surprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Lisa on 10-19-06

most enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-07

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Woman in White", but I liked this one even better. Easier to get into, and the first narrator was really excellent. I was surprised at how funny and charming it was. Anyone who likes Victorian- type stories will love this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Second Glance

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Ella on 11-04-06

excellent!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-07

I put this one on my wish list, because I love a good ghost story, but I put off reading it for awhile, due to the description about a man who wants to die because his beloved was killed. I was afraid it'd be too sad. Boy, am I glad I finally downloaded it! The characters were well developed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the intricasies of the sub-plots and the way they wove around each other, little by little leading us to the final truth. Also, I really love a story that is woven around historical facts, such as this one was with the whole "eugenics" movement. I was shocked to find that that part of the story was true, and can't believe it actually happened here. Some may say that the story came together just a little to neatly, and with a few too many coincidences, but I loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

  • By: Clive Woodall
  • Narrated by: Ray Lonnen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

In the land of Birddom, a terrible danger is spreading. Magpies and crows, led by the vicious Slyekin and his assassin Traska, have taken control by hunting down and exterminating one gentle species after another. But in the face of slaughter, a brave robin named Kirrick leads the charge against Slyekin. Flying to every corner of Birddom, Kirrick rallies eagles, owls, and an assortment of other creatures to resist the menace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not a kids' book

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 01-23-06

Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-07

I was enticed by the comparison to Watership Down, but was quickly let down. This story was just very flat and one-dimentional, in my opinion. The characters lacked any kind of depth, and the plot was simplistic and predictable. The narration was quite nice, though.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful