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  • The Bone Collector

  • The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Connor O'Brien
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes listeners on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, narrator is horrible

  • By bradley on 07-09-14

First and last time I’ll skip reviews before purchase.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I don’t know that the narration was entirely monotonous. He did seem to turn the last word in most sentences into a question, and made every character sound like a goofy cartoon. I’m guessing, based on the lack of natural cadence, that English is not the narrator’s first language. I’d pay for the book a second time if it were re-read by a natural storyteller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bag of Bones

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best I've read by Stephen King.

  • By Joseph on 11-06-08

It was a long road to get there.

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I usually avoid audiobooks narrated by the author. Mr. King’s stories have been narrated by the best in the business and I worried I’d loose some of the magic. I found I liked hearing him tell the story after all. As far as the story goes, it took a long time to get “there”, where you need to know what happens next. It made me wonder a great deal about how much of this story represented his own marriage and love for his wife. I couldn’t help that, and it doesn’t mean anyone else will. It took a long while for the suspense and the background for the suspense to build. I might have second thoughts when I rent a cabin on the lake next year. Not my favorite King book, but I’m glad I read it.

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,139

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Creepy

  • By Mina00 on 08-09-18

Hard to unplug. The opposite of soothing.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I choose this book because of the reviews and I’ll agree it was hard to put down. It wasn’t the best choice for me, being caught up, on one hand, in a highly emotionally struggle with my aging mother that I had just decided to walk away from. On the other hand I have a daughter, just graduated high school, with special needs who will likely be not far from my side for the rest of my natural life. I tend to stay away from books who’s themes ring too close to home while enjoying a variety of genres.

The story was well constructed. The author got into the heads of and portrayed the mother and daughter characters in a way that made them and their actions understandable. Not particularly endearing, but the thought processes were believable. Let’s be honest, as mothers we are fallible. We have moments where we just can’t stand our kids, but they pass. Without giving the story away, this mom was stronger than I might have been.

The narration was excellent, by the way. She enhanced the story through her storytelling, never distracting from it.

I don’t recommend this book if you are an emotional wreck to start with. Although I think I came out of reading it okay, my next book will be fluffy and light. And I’m taking a recommended weekend away from my family!

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,724
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,685

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Begs the question...

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

It never ceases to amaze me when people with horrible ideas and little common sense land positions of power over anything other than a houseplant. I’d seen hints of Theranos here and there, but didn’t follow the story. The author kept me listening hour after hour...but not while falling to sleep as I usually do every night listening to an Audiobook. I didn’t want to miss a single point of this one while I drifted off. I listen to two books or more a week, mostly fiction, all genres. This non-fictional account was too hard to put down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oliver Loving

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Merrill Block
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

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
  • An incredible story

  • By ZippyBippy on 03-29-18

If you wonder how people survive these things.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I thought a book about brain injury would be a good transition after being immersed in a lengthy trilogy. There weren’t any reader reviews for Oliver Loving: A Novel, but the description intrigued me. I was expecting a story about the struggle to reconnect with a once lost son but it was so much deeper than that. If you’ve ever wondered how a family remains so strong, how people manage to keep going when bad things happen to them? Stefan Merrill Black knows that they don’t stay strong, and how they manage to keep going is just barely, and at best, quite poorly. The baggage we carry doesn’t conveniently disappear. This story is about the Loving Family struggles to fill the rolls forced upon them while trying to figure out who they really are. The story’s end is poetry.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Today Will Be Different

  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but narration was hit and miss

  • By Laurel Dean on 11-08-16

Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Took me a chapter, give or take, to get my head into the fast pace of Eleanor's thought processes, but I quickly developed a love of that process. She's not a perfect wife or mother or friend, but she's a lot more like me than not. I'll miss her!

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,142

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Perfect timing post election.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Once I started listening, post 2016 Presidential Election, I felt too raw and depressed to immerse myself in a story about racism. I didn't read the book description prior to downloading, instead relying on author recognition. I couldn't find a lighthearted audiobook that could hold my attention, so I kept on, in smaller dosages, building up. The last five chapters I listened to twice through so not to miss a single bit. I recommend this book, even if your sad and can't handle immersing yourself into the thought process of another racist rant or the blatant denials from those who can't recognize their own culpability in promoting it. You'll feel better, not bitter, when you're through.

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,054

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just terrible

  • By Daniel Vogel on 02-19-19

Goodie Good Good!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

I loved this story. I'd read Mr. King avidly in the eighties but sporadically since while I'd explored almost every genre these past 30+ years, and am always in the middle of one good book or another. I became completely invested in the characters and storyline of Mr. Mercedes, complemented by Will Patton's top of the line narration. I look forward to reading more detective stories by Stephen King. I've finished this audiobook only an hour ago and miss Bill, Jerome and Holly already.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,749

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Great story while technically way over my pay grade.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Listened on Audiobooks - I drive 4 hours a day. This story made the ranks of books I had to keep listening to even when I wasn't driving, and of those I will miss for a long time. The humongous amounts of descriptive narrative could have a negative effect on those who's head it sails over, like mine, but I just used those many moments to think of other things, like what I needed at the grocery store for example.

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Wrena on 01-28-15

The Horned Boy

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Was not what I expected but anticipated every drive to school to drop my daughter off and pick her up again as listening to this audio book is greatly

3 of 3 people found this review helpful