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  • 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 7,405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,677

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not put off by narration

  • By jaspersu on 11-13-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I had no idea about this shameful period in American history! If this book were fiction, readers would say it was too unbelievable.The author did an amazing job bring the Osage reign of terror to light in a way that is as engaging as any mystery novel. I taught history and had never heard about the origins of the FBI or this tragedy of the Osage. I am grateful to the author for educating me.

  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs

  • A Novel
  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Gentrified Harlequin

  • By Michele Kellett on 03-24-14

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

The story jumps around and is hard to follow at times. The story itself is just okay. I never felt like I couldn't wait to continue listening like with other books. I probably won't recommend the book to my book group.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,325

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Could Not Stop Listening!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

This book has it all - a great who done it, strong character development, and a well crafted theme. The writing is deceptive without being wordy. I'm recommending this book to my book group as it will surely prompt a good discussion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enchanted August

  • A Novel
  • By: Brenda Bowen
  • Narrated by: Sierra Boggess
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

Set on a picture-perfect island in Maine, a sparkling summer debut that offers listeners a universal fantasy: one glorious month away from it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a fun book!

  • By Elainedavis@pry... on 06-27-15

Shallow and Cheesy

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

I have over 150 titles in my Audible collection and I have never given a book a single star before. This story is incredibly hokey, filled with shallow poorly developed characters and a boring story line. I sped up the narration just to get through it quicker. Don't waste a credit on this book.

  • If I am Missing or Dead

  • A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
  • By: Janine Latus
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

In April 2002, Janine Latus' youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved", it read, "but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding

  • By James Gordon on 07-04-07

Compelling!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

Any additional comments?

This book was frustrating and yet the story was told in such a way, I could not stop listening. It was frustrating in that I wanted to scream to the characters, "Get out of this relationship NOW!" It was also sad in that this is not fiction. On the other hand, it is also hopeful. The author eventually sees the light and goes on to a successful life although it is a life without her beloved sister, Amy.

I felt background story leading up to Amy's murder was exceptional - full of detail and reflection by the author. I was, however, disappointed in that the book's description said it also dealt with understanding why these abusive relationships were tolerated so long. After Amy's murder, it just seemed to stop abruptly. I felt the author came up a little short in this area. I would have liked more insight into her mindset. She talked about wanting acceptance from men all through the book and clearly she blames her father, but I would have liked more analysis of this area at the end. I think it would be helpful for young women who could potentially end up in abusive relationships to see the abuser for what they are and to get out before things progress to something serious.

All in all, this was a great listen. The narrator is excellent and I believe that can make all the difference when listening to a book verse reading it.

  • Fifty Shades Darker

  • Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,061

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Point, Well Made!!

  • By Moki on 05-04-12

Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

What would have made Fifty Shades Darker better?

The sex in this book is not enough to warrant all the hype about the novel. This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever listened to or read. It reads like something a high school student might write wishing to shock the reader! I wish I had started counting the "oh my", "holy s*#%" and "holy f@#*" comments just to satisfy my curiosity as to how much these "literary" phrases were used! Not only was the writing sophomoric, it was clearly written by a much older person. The main characters engage in email conversations (complete with the headers and salutations read out completely - really?) People who graduated from college in 2011, as the main character did, DO NOT have conversations through email - they text! Also, I don't think there is a recent college graduate on the planet that went through four years of college without their own computer - please! This author is clearly way out of touch. Even the sex could have been more imaginative.

Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

No

What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

I thought the performance was very poor. The narrator made Anna sound like a Valley Girl ditz. The narration was so slow it drove me crazy at first. Then I discovered that with my new Andriod app, you can adjust the speed. I turned it up to 1.5 and it actually sounded normal!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,288

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-25-12

What did you like best about The Night Circus? What did you like least?

I had heard this was a great book, but it did not live up to the hype. I felt like the story was just wandering and the ending was just okay. On top of that the narrator used the same voice (old man like) for characters that were not supposed to be aging because of the magic of the circus. I found it confusing at times. The concept for the book is fresh, but it just didn't excite me much.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Dale?

He has a great reading voice, but he is clearly too old to be narrating for young characters.

Was The Night Circus worth the listening time?

Not really. I found myself wishing it was over instead of wishing it would never end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Half Broke Horses

  • A True-Life Novel
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621

Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" ( Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE"

  • By Kathryn on 01-10-10

Not sure that I would like this, but it was great!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-11

What made the experience of listening to Half Broke Horses the most enjoyable?

At first, I wasn't sure I liked the reading pattern of Jeannette Walls, but soon it became apparent that it contributed to defining the main character of Lily. I soon felt swept up in the story and couldn't wait to listen to more. The American southwest and an era I knew little about came alive in vivid color, smells, and so much more. This was a great listen.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Women

  • A Novel
  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190

Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Frank Lloyd Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of Boyle

  • By Rebecarol on 06-13-09

Whiney Women and One Cocky Man

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-11

The only thing I liked about this book was that I learned a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright and his work. Unfortunately, he comes across as a modern day U.S. Congressman with his "I do what I want" attitude about life and especially women. Frank's women all come across as whiney and manipulative. I also did not like that the book is told from the last wife forward. At times it was difficult to follow. This was complicated by the footnotes being read in the text giving the book as feel of backtracking even more. While this footnote information was generally educational, it disrupted the flow of the book. I could barely finish this listen and wouldn't except that I needed something to entertain me on a really long road trip! Don't bother!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Franklin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851

Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story in the south I know

  • By Jami E. Nettles on 01-10-11

Outstanding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is haunting and makes you think about the profound impact a single day or event or friendship can have in our lives. The relationships between Larry and Silas, the races, and life in the late 70s/early 80s and today make the story. On top of a beautifully written book, the narration is some the best I've heard - a pleasure on every level.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful