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Laurie A. Bobskill

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  • The New York Times Audio Digest, November 11, 2016

  • By: The New York Times
  • Narrated by: The New York Times
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Highlights
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    3 out of 5 stars 5
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    3 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible reader, monotone, same voice always

  • By Enriqueta on 11-19-16

I like Mike Moran

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

... a lot. But please suggest he look up the correct pronunciation of "quay" for future reference.

  • Winter's Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,467

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Want to see the Movie!

  • By Pamela M. on 11-11-14

Speechless

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I thought I'd made a mistake when I began listening to this exquisitely narrated book. The world of the Ozarks is foreign territory to me and the behaviors even more alien to my world. But the characters and their relationships are universal. I found that I couldn't put it down. And I loved the end.

  • See What I Have Done

  • By: Sarah Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Erin Hunter, Garrick Hagon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid, "Someone's killed Father." The brutal ax murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rambling saved by narrators.

  • By Allison Smith on 08-07-17

A haunting interpretation of a century-old mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-05-18

A Shirley Jackson-esque retelling of the Lizzie Borden story.
I'm glad I decided to overlook some unfavorable reviews and buy this book. Sometimes you can tell by reading a poor review that the book will be your cup of tea. That was the case with Sarah Schmidt's take on the New Bedford murders: I couldn't stop listening.
I've read several versions of this story over the years, and this was easily the best. Icing on the cake: pitch-perfect narration.

  • The Witch Elm Part 1

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal, unputdownable

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 10-15-18

Phenomenal, unputdownable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I skipped work to finish this. Excellent narration. This is the best Tana French story yet. It's difficult not to feel that you're inside the protagonist's mind, so when his perspective shifts, as it does more than once, everything you think you've figured out falls apart. The conclusion comes like a series of seventh waves. This book has been well worth the wait.

  • The Woman in the Woods

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
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    4 out of 5 stars 443
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    4 out of 5 stars 435

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child...someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not get into this book.

  • By J. Gregg on 06-30-18

Maybe John Connolly's best Charlie Parker to date

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

How does a native Irishman write so well about New England?
And how does he make us willingly suspend our disbelief?
And how does he make us care so much about his core characters?
Angel takes a back seat in this story, but Louis plays a great supporting role. And the telling of the "fairy tale" is superb.
Jeff Harding's narration is all but excellent. (I wish he didn't simper the women's and children's voices. Read 'em straight next time and I'll give you five stars, Jeff.)
Sit back and enjoy.

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  • The Westies

  • Inside New York's Irish Mob
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TJ English's best. Love his work.

  • By Kevin Armstrong on 09-11-17

Very good narrator, absorbing true story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-06-18

If someone were to write this tale as a novel I would not have believed it. incredible research.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gods of Howl Mountain

  • By: Taylor Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina. Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted 1940 Ford coupe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brrrr... amazing tale, masterfully told

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 06-09-18

Brrrr... amazing tale, masterfully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Brown's great little story of the mountain reads like a myth, although there no supernatural elements to it. There are no gods, and the struggle is not between good and evil. It's merely the struggle to outwit and prevail against evil. Gods of Howl Mountain is a perfectly rounded tale. And although most of the action is on the part of the male characters it's Granny--almost a Coyote figure--who is truly the protagonist.
And the epilogue is delicious.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Séance

  • By: John Harwood
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
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    4 out of 5 stars 128

Constance Langton grows up in a household marked by death, her father distant, her mother in perpetual mourning for Constance's sister, the child she lost. Desperate to coax her mother back to health, Constance takes her to a séance; perhaps she will find comfort from beyond the grave. But the meeting has tragic consequences. Constance is left alone, her only legacy a mysterious bequest that will blight her life. So begins this brilliant and gripping novel, a dark mystery set in late-Victorian England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Victorian Period Read

  • By twoseagreeneyes on 07-06-14

it's terrific when you discover a new "favorite."

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Reviewed: 03-31-18

I'm a big fan of Gothic mysteries, but I'm very very picky. Think: Daphne du Maurier. The stories have to have historical accuracy, an interesting plot, characters with depth, good dialogue, and an interesting villain doesn't hurt.
This is my second book by John Harwood, and I'm so tempted to run right through the list, but I know better and I'll pace myself.
The three accomplished narrators were excellent selection. Actually, each is a favorite of mine.
Even on a beautiful spring afternoon, The Seance raised goosebumps a time or two. This is one to savor.

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 757

The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A creepy story, with atmosphere for days

  • By Lesley on 10-13-14

Should take its place among the classics

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Truly good ghost stories raise the hair on the back of one's neck not by overt violence, but by hint and innuendo.
The Little Stranger is one of the best. it's right up there with Daphne DuMaurier's My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca and with Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
Sarah Waters is a fine writer. Her language, her character development, her ability to set scene and atmosphere and to allow suspense to grow slowly set her among the best writing in the genre.
And Simon Vance is, well, Simon Vance. His touch, his narration is so light and understated that it showcases this gem of a story without ever calling attention to itself.
I will be selecting another Sarah Waters book soon. But first I'll have to decompress with something a little lighter.

  • The Rabbit Factory

  • By: Larry Brown
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Set in Memphis, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory presents a wildly diverse cast of characters who are looking for love, but not necessarily in all the right places. Helen is a sex-starved alcoholic who combs the local bars looking for the one thing her sugar daddy can't give her. Arthur, Helen's aging sugar daddy, is very wealthy, but suffers from severe self-confidence issues. Believing himself unloved, Eric is a runaway who oddly becomes Arthur's adopted son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty tale and excellent writing

  • By erudite on 07-18-14

Best Larry Brown so far, and Stechschulte nails it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Larry Brown's intertwining plots are fantastic and his characters are so vividly real. And Tom Stechschulte's narration is superb. I loved his automotive sound effects, which were few but hilarious.