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  • An Untamed State

  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, But Disturbing.

  • By Kat on 05-30-14

Drawn out, monotone

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I guess I was expecting an action type thriller book; this is definitely not it. I do not recommend this book if that is what you’re looking for. If you want to hear repetitive, boring characters... Needless to say, I did not even finish the book after giving it 5 hours.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,338

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Ann on 03-06-11

Will this ever end!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

First of all you have to pump the speed up to 1.25 or you were totally lose your mind. I have plenty of long books, so that’s not the problem. The narration is the problem. Plus this is a story being told by a man, not a woman, so it makes no sense for her to be narrating it in the first place. At least a third of this book could have been edited out. The author takes forever to get to the meat and bones of the story and by the time she does, it’s really hard to be interested anymore. I can’t recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,016

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

So much work went into this

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Michelle McNamara did an amazing job with this piece of work. She was like a dog with a bone and wouldn’t let it go. I really hope it didn’t lead to her premature death because that would be so more than sad. I finished the book yesterday and today, April 25, 2018, they announced the capture of the Golden State Killer. They’re pretty darn sure this is the guy and I really doubt that they would be so adamant it if he wasn’t. I hope Michelle is doing cartwheels in the sky and this gives some peace to her husband.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Women

  • By: George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042

All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of an Anthology

  • By Susan on 03-21-14

When will I learn…

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

To never buy books with short stories in them! The majority of them never have a satisfying ending if one at all. It is a potluck of narrators with these stories. I am reprimanding myself to never do this again!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Taxidermist

  • By: Dana Hammer
  • Narrated by: Dana Hammer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Spring Etienne is a pretty, charming 15-year-old psychopath who will do anything to bring herself out of poverty - including seducing a lonely older man. Hank is indeed a lonely older man - but he is also an incubus who feeds on the dreams of his victims. Together, they form a bizarrely functional, darkly comedic couple. When a murder forces the couple to flee to Hank's homeland in Germany, they are drawn deep into the world of the incubi - a world where Spring fits in very, very well.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Was suckered in by the sample...

  • By Kate 33 on 02-25-18

Was suckered in by the sample...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Title of the book really has very little to do with the ‘story’ as does the sample reading. I will give Ms. Hammer credit for being so ambitious as to write/narrate/publish her work. Unfortunately it did not work for me. The story meanders off into a ridiculous story line more likely conceived by a 15 year old. Don’t want to spoil the ‘plot’ as no one would believe it anyway, so purchase at your own risk.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead People Suck

  • A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed
  • By: Laurie Kilmartin
  • Narrated by: Laurie Kilmartin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father's time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • you'll laugh and cry a lot

  • By Janet on 02-15-18

Wonderful, hysterical and brings back memories

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I am a 65 year old orphan who ‘lost’ mom when I was 35 and dad when I was 43. Everyone has stories, but if you can keep your sense of humor while all the blocks are falling down around you, you have a much better survival/recovery rate. Seems twisted at times, but if you keep searching for the souvenir shop at the mortuary, you’ll find it! Maybe you had to be there...

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • What the F

  • What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
  • By: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 897

Nearly everyone swears - whether it's over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies, and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we'll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew...

  • By Sharey on 04-16-17

Could not tolerate the narrator/author

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I could only stand 20 minutes of this. Felt like it was going nowhere. Skipping ahead through chapters it was all sounding repetitive—or maybe it was the narrator’s voice that just gave it a non-interesting vibe.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Positive

  • A Novel
  • By: David Wellington
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan's hand marks him as a Positive. At any time the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his 21st birthday without an incident, he'll be cleared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty years on, everything's great. Or is it?

  • By Lesley on 10-31-15

Why isn't this under YA?

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I only have 5 hours left and I seriously can't take it anymore! The beginning third wasn't bad, plot was was rolled out and off you go into the next third where things start to fall off the rails. Don't want to 'ruin' the story, but as mentioned already, an insecure 19 year old is leading 500 people off into Ohio 'wilderness' in the last third of the book. This is where I totally lost interest. Pub summary should edit out its comparison to Mad Max, WWZ and I Am Legend...oh, and especially that part about being "the ultimate zombie novel of our time".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Best Friend's Exorcism

  • A Novel
  • By: Grady Hendrix
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since the fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act...different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries - and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In My Top 5 Audiobooks

  • By M Dougherty on 11-18-16

This should be under YA

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

And not a good one. Melodramatic reading and fairly lame teen story line. Had I known this, I definitely would not have purchased it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Amazing saga!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

OK, this may seem like a long book when you look at the total hours involved, but it just flies by! Very well done. Keeps your interest to the very end. The evolution of a family and it’s town from the early 1900s to the 1960s. If you are looking for a lot of ‘horror’, this is not for you. It is very subtle and creeps up on you, the best kind!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful