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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,953

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great potential, but fell short

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-19

Recycled Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Lacks the originality of storyline that I like when Stephen King is “refreshed”. I think Stephen realized this part way into this recycled mush and so they brought in Holly from the Mr Mercedes series (which I liked)...maybe this was to allow further stretching of the TV series? I encourage Stephen to have his son hit him with some fresh ideas (Sleeping Beauties also better than this one). Sorry Stephen sometimes those publishers deadlines work against your creative potential.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,375

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Well told though predictable.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Though ending is predictable certainly gives insights into Chinese adoptees, peasant life and Chinese tea (almost to a point of advertisement for tea). Satisfying story, well told despite one annoying "young person" voice ( I'll let the listener discover themselves). Movie scriptable and likely given the author's prior experience.

  • 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 24,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,614

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

Wow...This One Changes Perspective

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

I've listened to a few of Jodi Picoult and though realize she may be considered somewhat formulaic courtroom drama pieces they are always educational and don't have black & white characterizations. This one rises high above her others in my opinion. She has taken an engaging story narrated by an excellent performer and not only educated me but has made me examine my beliefs in a very constructive way. Please listen and expand your thought.

  • All the Single Ladies

  • Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Rebecca Traister - introduction
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Award finalist Rebecca Traister, "the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country" (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, destroyed by narration

  • By Theresa Holleran on 03-06-16

Educational but a bit repetitive

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

See title referenced and quotes somewhaat limited to help with writer's view...but educationable. Yo

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tibetan Peach Pie

  • A True Account of an Imaginative Life
  • By: Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't a book, it's a complete experience

  • By David Shear on 05-31-14

Is the swan dead?

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

What a great listen and chance to remember and learn a portion of some of my all time favorite novels.
Thank you Tom Robbins for all those delightedly clever stories and may your heart remain "as light as a feather"đź‘Ź

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,638

Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Troubled characters, elegant writing...serious

  • By AudioAddict on 02-18-16

Moral Dilemmas Nicely Put

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

If you could sum up The Children Act in three words, what would they be?

Advocates work hard... (but that barely scratches the surface of the intelligent discussion of the wife's work)

What did you like best about this story?

The case discussions of the child advocate (wife's work) that addresses both sides very well with only minimal favoritism, which fills out an otherwise oft told tale of infidelities, disappointment, and miscommunication.
...though its concludion was not as upbeat as wished it is unfortunately honest.

Have you listened to any of Lindsay Duncan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of but performance was very good .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The wife's dedication to her work and to the protection of children (for once showing government interference with family can have an upside)

Any additional comments?

The wife's (advocates) character suffered a bit of weakness near the end, which as I say may be honest but would like it to be more hopeful (and have her be a little more hamnistic when called upon as it her later noncommunication didn't really jive with her care and concern shown earlier?

  • 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 30,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,521

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
  • Slow

  • By Anonymous User on 06-24-18

I'll Never Stand in front of a Mercedes Again

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

What did you love best about Mr. Mercedes?

I am not sure why for years I avoided Stephen but since the Kennedy book I have been buying. He writes clean dialogue that is easily followed, "page turners" but with every story different without the typical pulp cliches. Always current and yet also some very pleasant learnable moments no matter the age of the reader/listener. This would also be a good binge watch on Netflix.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

Too many to mention. Each character "pops" (terrific for screenwriters and actors).

Which scene was your favorite?

When the "team" enters the basement and accesses the murderer's computers and then of course all the dialogue between the retired detective and the inteligent young neighborhood African-American (I liked thinking that is possible and where I want to see America continue to go.)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No just total enjoyment...looking forward to the next.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Stephen King!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Giant

  • A Novel
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beauty of the reveal

  • By Pete on 03-17-15

Ishiguro stumbles on a fable...

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

What did you like best about The Buried Giant? What did you like least?

I'm sure if I took the time I could relate the symbolism of this fable to religous factions, political factions...but after taking me on a somewhat promising journey it left me somewhere short of a desireable destination

Would you be willing to try another book from Kazuo Ishiguro? Why or why not?

I have read/listened to his others and thought them brilliant and loved them..but this is not sadly Ishiguro at his best ...a mash of King Arthur tales and fables it just didn't deliver and I would encourage him to return to a more realistic genre that he knows.

Have you listened to any of David Horovitch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure the reading wasn't the problem here and David has a nice comforting "followable" voice.

Could you see The Buried Giant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure if they totally added some form of an ending.

Any additional comments?

Meh! Not for those who have read Ishiguro and know what he does best (cuz this ain't it).

Homicidal
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    1,089 ratings
    Overall 2.7
  • Homicidal

  • By: Paul Alexander
  • Narrated by: Paul Christy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 962

Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why was this written?

  • By Ian on 07-25-13

A build up to no ending

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It starts like an Erik Larson novel but ends like a dropped dictation.
Some confusion (maybe due to what California calls their forensic pathologists) but I would NOT describe them as "deputies"? Physicians do autopsies...that can be different than a medical examiner. Several times in the story he states "autopsy performed by Deputy ......", how about "Doctor"?

What do you think your next listen will be?

One not by this author.

Which character – as performed by Paul Christy – was your favorite?

I don't think he performed a character...it was more like a 24 Hours or 60 minutes report?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really...any newspaper story or Vanity Fair article on serial murder would be probably more fullfilling.

Any additional comments?

Wasted credit unless it was free?

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,495
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,515

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Never closes the loop...

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

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only for Facebook fanatics to tell them to back off...

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it go somewhere unexpected...this was really an extended short story...with a long lead up and went nowhere.

What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

Initially the voice gravitas reminded me of "In A World" which I had just seen and it was distracting but after awhile it didn't bug me.

Did The Circle inspire you to do anything?

Appreciate Dave Eggars early books more... when he had something to say.

Any additional comments?

I guess my expectations for Mr. Eggars was higher to approach the "societal dive into globalization of personal experience" with a new perspective. Social media will be around a while...he should have taken the time to flesh out a more complex or at least exciting story line.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful