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  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,486

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I have tried to listen to this book a couple of times and just could not get into it. Sometimes, it takes me a a couple of starts to get into a story.

Once I did get into it, the story was really good and I was pleasantly surprised. There were a couple of slow parts, but don't let that detour you from listening to it.

I think it's worth a credit.

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,062
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,488

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

Best Read by Author Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I rarely purchase audiobooks read by the author. They just usually seem to just read the story, which makes it seem boring and dull. Donna Tartt did an excellent job in this book. I thought her narrating really added to this story, which is what a narrator should be doing.

Although, she was great at the reading, it did take me a short time to adjust to it. I cannot really pinpoint exactly why, and it was only with the main character. So, if you are listening and at first have trouble, don't stop because it does grow on you and that goes away.

I really liked this book and it is now on my favorites list.

I liked The Goldfinch better, but this book was well worth the credit. I recommend this book.

  • Alchemists’ Council (Booktrack Edition)

  • By: Cynthea Masson
  • Narrated by: Bridget Wareham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

As a new initiate with the Alchemists’ Council, Jaden is trained to maintain the elemental balance of the world, while fending off interference by the malevolent Rebel Branch. Jaden navigates alchemy’s complexities, but the more she learns, the more she begins to question Council practices. Erasure - a procedure designed not only to remove individuals from Council dimension but also from the memories of other alchemists - troubles Jaden, and she uses her ingenuity to remember one of the erased people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I don’t understand....

  • By lemon_drop on 09-12-18

I don’t understand....

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Pun intended. It was different and hard to follow. Could of done without the sound effects.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Magician: Apprentice

  • Riftwar, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,395

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Just as good as I remember

  • By Sean on 11-15-17

Why had I not listened to this sooner?

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This book had sat in my wish list for a long time. It’s so good. Starting book 2 right away. It’s so worth a credit even if you are not into this genre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,938

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

To think I almost got my credit back

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I love this book. I almost stopped listening but, decided to keep listening and so glad I finished it. So good, it has everything in it.

You will not regret this book. The story will stay with me for a long time.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,452

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Story is good if you can handle the breathy narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

At first I liked the story and narrators. About halfway thru the story the one narrator got breathy and got to n my nerve. I'm trying to finish it cuz I like the story line. It's like someone scratching on a chalkboard.

  • Spilled Milk

  • Based on a True Story
  • By: K. L. Randis
  • Narrated by: K. L. Randis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When social services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit of safety and justice, Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, better than the read .

  • By Mary T Buerkle on 04-08-17

Authors should not do their own narrating.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I don't know about well spent, it was hard to get through because the author was reading instead of narrating. Good story, but different narrator please. If you can get past the first few chapters and adjust to the speed narrating its a sad but well told story about abuse.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spilled Milk?

Brooke was a very brave girl who suffered things that she should not even known about. Very sad and I did cry.

What didn’t you like about K. L. Randis’s performance?

Not a thing. It was like she was reading aloud, too fast and without emotion. A good narrator would of made this a great book.

Did Spilled Milk inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to write this review because authors should not narrate.

Any additional comments?

none.

  • See Me Not

  • By: Janelle Harris
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell, Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

How well do you really know your Facebook friends? My husband loves me. I love him. But, a secret is eating us alive. It's not the one I keep from him. It's not the one he couldn't keep from me. And, someone knows everything. A stranger. A stalker. An online nightmare. I've got mail.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No review here

  • By lemon_drop on 06-30-17

No review here

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

I tried 3 times to start this book and could not get farther then 15 minutes. The narrator was just terrible. Don't waste your time or money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,107

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Can't wait to start book 2

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Kept me listening and didn't want it to end. Starting book 2 now. If you are looking for something with a little bit of everything. This is it. I did have to go back to the beginning and re listen to the financial part, so I could understand how it tied in. Great listen!

  • Murder in Room 305

  • By: Gary C. King
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

A shocking true crime story of sex, greed and cold-blooded murder! Veteran true crime author Gary C. King spins a gripping real-life tale of a woman caught in a deadly web of lust and violence...a riveting story of love gone horribly, tragically wrong. Kathryn Ann Martini graduated from Yale with a bright future in the banking business. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, she had everything going for her. Until she met Michael David Lissy, the sleazy proprietor of a scuba diving school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Room 305

  • By MeDi on 02-24-17

True crime in Oregon.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

What did you love best about Murder in Room 305?

I like the author and have listened to some of his books. I like his style of writing.

What other book might you compare Murder in Room 305 to and why?

Lots of true crime books would compare.

Have you listened to any of J. Scott Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not, and I really liked his performance. I will be looking for more books with him as the narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder in the Pacific North West.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful