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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,163

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-04-18

A lyrical mystery and I enjoyed every sentence.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

The ending was a surprise. I know you will love this story and it's characters.

  • Against the Day

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 53 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 01-28-07

Ridiculous Book

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Dick Hill is a gifted narrator, but the sound engineering for this book is deplorable. His voice goes from stentorian to inaudible in the same sentence too many times. I might have stuck with this very odd story if the listening had been more agreeable, As it is, I couldn't get through the first hour.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Best Kept Secret

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204

Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Running out of material?

  • By laall on 05-08-13

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Alex Jennings is a gifted narrator. I'm enjoying this series for the richness of the stories, but Jennings adds a priceless touch to the experience.

  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,140

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

??? What is this book about???

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

I usually love Dean Koontz, but I just couldn't figure out this book. Disjointed and nonsensical. Please bring back Odd Thomas.

  • Home

  • Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,896

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Win comes home. So does Harlan Coben.

  • By Carol on 10-26-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Steven Webber's outstanding performance and Harlan Coben's marvelous writing had me hooked in the first paragraph.

  • Wesley the Owl

  • The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
  • By: Stacey O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoir Marley & Me a runaway best seller, biologist and owl expert Stacey O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl - and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved the story of Wesley the Owl

  • By Cheryl on 05-21-09

I LOVE this book!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

I learned so much reading this story- it's sincere, informative and heartfelt. The author is a highly educated woman who adopted an abandoned owlet before his eyes were even open. She structured her life around keeping him safe and cared for. It is a remarkable tale that will stay with you for a long time.

  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All

  • Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer
  • By: Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
  • Narrated by: Gary L. Stewart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lindsey C on 05-27-14

Engrossing! I Couldn't Stop Listening.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

A moving, engrossing memoir, read by the author in a simple, heartfelt manner. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Crazyladies of Pearl Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Lee Leoncavallo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Legendary writer Trevanian brings readers his most personal novel yet: a funny, deeply felt, often touching autobiographical novel destined to become a classic American coming-of-age story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A walk down memory lane

  • By kimingham on 07-06-05

A Perfect Book

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

From the beginning, I was captivated by the natural, artful flow of this book. There is a genuineness about the story and characters that made it easy for me to picture the settings, the faces and the events. Trevanian gives us vivid humor, frustration, hope, and so many other emotions all throughout the book. The ending perfect, just perfect. I couldn't ask for a better audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,521

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Everything About This Book is Worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

In his remarkable performance, Michael Beck colors each character with authentic overlay and unique qualities. He is a fine narrator. Mr. Beck does justice to John Grisham's captivating story of Mississippi culture, personal eccentricities, and one man's quest for justice. I highly recommend this book.

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,732

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 11-02-15

Just Couldn't Get Into This Book

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

Reviewed: 12-08-13

Even the excellent narration couldn't keep me interested in this book; 2 hours into the performance and I was still unattached to the characters and their lives. It just wasn't to my taste.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful