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  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Awesome characters, great suspense!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Gripping, I tell you. Gripping!

Take a stroll in this period piece that will have you guessing through and through. Every character was so multi-dimensional, so there were barely any lulls in the action and intensity. A great mystery thriller!

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,308

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

A different zombie tale - one with heart

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I can't watch zombie movies, but I can read just a small few of stories about them. Mostly because I don't like terror, but mainly because zombies are boring and get too predictable almost instantly. This story was different.

The slow build up to understanding what Melanie is and her part to play in the distopic future was the high point of this novel. While there isn't much time to understand the back story of each character, the book provides enough to create a keen sense of awareness of their importance since there is only a small handful of players in the entire story.

I couldn't put the book down since the suspense and detailed rendering of the "hungries" was so sublime. I thought it was an excellent read.

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,025
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,998

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

Exceptional read!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Darrow's story continues not to disappoint. So many twists and surprises, I continue to be delighted. I'm looking forward to book III.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,863

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Chilling and horrifying true story

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

This book broke my heart, again. It is such a sad story that rings true throughout so much of America's history. The details and the anecdotes are riveting. I wanted to turn away and stop reading at times, especially at the area of the Native Americans who died. A reminder of how we must stand up for what is right everyday. Side note: Ann Marie sounded a bit like Siri, but Will Patton was a great save.

  • Star Wars

  • Death Troopers
  • By: Joe Schreiber
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror

  • By Morelos on 10-16-09

These are the zombies you've been looking for

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

This book was very satisfying. There were a few loose ends that I'd like to have seen completely wrapped up, but the rest of the material story, effects, and action more than made up for it. This Star Wars story provides enough of the pieces with which we are very familiar and marries it to today's crush on the undead. I was pretty terrified throughout the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

The story swell to when you understand the sickness and what it's doing to the crew of the Purge. And of course seeing that a certain "scoundrel" would have an important role in the stories outcome.

Which character – as performed by Sean Kenin – was your favorite?

For once, the droid! I heart Waste.

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

Of course Star Wars delivers with its sound effects. Once you're back on the Star Destroyer, all bets are off with the action, suspense, and gore.

Any additional comments?

If the Empire is still experimenting with the Blackwing virus anywhere, I'm game on reading that book too.

  • Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,356

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough Sith

  • By Will Jadick on 07-30-15

This IS the book you're looking for!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Wow! If I could tell you how many times I was late for work trying to finish a chapter in this book! I immediately needed to go and watch A Phantom Menace again after this one.

Darth Sidious has gained so much respect from me. This book shows clearly just how calculated and strategic he is.

  • Hollow City

  • The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,567

This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peculiar and Suspenseful

  • By JACK on 02-19-14

Wow! Great twists in this sequel!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

I'm very impressed in how this story has progressed. The additional characters introduced made it great!

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,866
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,402

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

A bit on the juvenile side, but still a good read

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

This was a lovely story. I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. The peculiar children were just that, very odd and a bit wonderful. There were pieces of the story that I weaved in and connected before they are revealed, so there was some predictable happenings, but the story did leave some surprises.

The true age of the children was a nice touch, so I hope the read more on how that manifests in the next stories.

  • Never Fade

  • Darkest Minds, Book 2
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as Darkest Minds

  • By Jen on 11-08-13

Not as good as first book, but still a page-turner

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

I enjoyed the introduction of the new characters in this book. Ruby got on my nerves with her self pity, but Chubs and Liam didn't disappoint. Feel in love with Vida and all want to learn more about her.

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,182

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Great read. Did not disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Interesting. I enjoyed the different characters and the story line. Loved the weaving of classic children tales and parallels throughout the story.