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  • The Color of Lightning

  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post - Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

  • By Marlice Peabody on 02-20-17

Brutal and tragic

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Historical fiction about frontier life. Gruesome details. Nobody wins. Hopeless. Not my cup of tea.

  • The U. P. Trail

  • By: Zane Grey
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Considered by many critics to be the very best Zane Grey Western, The U. P. Trail narrates the story of William Neale, a young engineer working for the Union Pacific railway. He must contend with Indians, bandits, badlands, and bad weather to get the train to the destination. And in the midst of all this, the love of his life is kidnapped! The railroads were expanding to link the nation, with the celebrated golden spike marking the spot in Utah where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific would meet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Jean on 12-18-16

Great story--stiff reading

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Story is a classic and the characters are well developed, but the plot is unbelievable in the number of times one woman could be captured and rescued. Reading recalls the radio shows of old in its tone, but is so halting and stiff that it distracts from the narrative.

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  • A Line Made by Walking

  • By: Sara Baume
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Struggling to cope with urban life - and life in general - Frankie, a 20-something artist, retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill", vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by countryside and wild creatures, that she can finally grapple with the chain of events that led her here - her shaky mental health, her difficult time in art school - and maybe, just maybe, regain her footing in art and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, But This Lacks Elegance...

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Pointless ramblings

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Plot (if there is one) is swallowed up by the pointless ramblings of an an interesting mind

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