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  • Penance

  • By: Kanae Minato
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The tense, chilling story of four women haunted by a childhood trauma. When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko, and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurred: Emily was found murdered hours later. Sae, Maki, Akiko, and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after Emily's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, cursed the surviving girls, vowing that they would pay for her daughter's murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Confessions...

  • By Jay Quintana on 05-10-17

​Didn't Really Follow Through

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

​I was hoping that "Penance" would be another "Confessions", but there was no follow through. The murder mystery didn't go anywhere in my opinion and unlike Kanae Minato's first book, there wasn't any morbid twist and turns. I was disappointed with the reader also. Instead of having a Japanese accent, Karissa Vacker had a southern accent and she sounded like that she grew up with apple pies.

  • 2312

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 658

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the past 5 years.

  • By Casey on 09-07-15

​What Sci Fi Should Be

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

​I was asking my friends on what I should be reading next because I haven't read science fiction in a long time despite how much I like this genre. They all recommended that I should try Kim Stanley Robinson, "2312". This is my first time at reading anything from this author and I am amaze on his writing. He build a vast new universe with so much details and new species that automatically catches your interest to go on at reading more.

Many authors tries to expand their worlds through multiple series, plots, subplots and so on. After a while, you tend to forget the main premise from the first book. With "2312", I'm glad that it's one note. It starts and finishes within one novel.

"2312" is what sci fi should be.

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  • The Nutmeg of Consolation

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 14
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 709

When last seen, Jack and Stephen had been shipwrecked on a desert island in the glittering South China Sea. The Nutmeg of Consolation opens as the castaways fashion a makeshift vessel from the wreckage, only to have it destroyed in a fiery attack by Malay pirates. Only the wondrous ingenuity of Stephen, along with the unexpected appearance of one of Jack's oldest allies, leads them to escape, and to dubious safety in a penal colony at New South Wales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I read novels with the utmost pertinacity.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

​Not Five Stars

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Maybe I have gunk in my ears and still sick from a cold, but book #14 wasn't that outstanding at all. Despite the bad recording from the audio production, which I can forgive, the plot was non existing to the series. I can only assume that Patrick O'Brian felt force to write "The Nutmeg of Consolation".

As for Patrick Tull, his vivacious voice is missing, unlike the past 13 books. This is one of the weakest books in the series. I'm sure that it will be better in the next novel.

Sadly, "The Nutmeg of Consolation" is not five stars worthy.

  • In My Father's House

  • A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family
  • By: Fox Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist: a pathbreaking examination of our huge crime and incarceration problem that looks at the influence of the family - specifically one Oregon family with a generations-long legacy of lawlessness. Examining the long history of the Bogles, a white family, Butterfield offers a revelatory look at criminality that forces us to disentangle race from our ideas about crime and, in doing so, strikes at the heart of our deepest stereotypes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad tale

  • By Pam Jacobs on 10-27-18

Rotten Family Tree

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I've always enjoyed reading and watching about true crime, but they always talk about the crime and they hardly ever explain what influenced the criminal. "In My Father's House" is a story about a real life family of criminals. Outstanding information how an entire family going back generations after generations of abuse, addictions and metal illness, pile up to a rotten family tree.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: David Atlas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

>In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite

  • By Lee Chemel on 10-25-14

​Too Anticlimactic

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

​I can see why "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" has gotten such great reviews. It really is beautifully written in an epic form about a POW being in camp and is a surgeon and whatever else. There is no doubt that this novel was well thought out and researched. 15 hours or 352 pages isn't enough time for character development. The book went on with so much detail, where most of the time, I needed backtracked where I left off. I wished that it was 200 pages longer and 10 more hours of listening. Each chapter were too anticlimactic.

  • The National Parks

  • America's Best Idea
  • By: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Ken Burns
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "See America First", and often...

  • By Christopher on 09-17-09

Boring, but Also Good

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I'm really a city slicker at heart. I like to be connected and really enjoy having room service, but I also like being outdoors and being off the grid from everything. "The National Parks" is a companion book to the PBS documentary with Ken Burns. I like history and to be honest I was expecting more of a tour guide pamphlet instead of a history lesson. Boring, but also good. I won't be reading this one twice though.

  • Grey Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to - and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Shouldn't Be Great, But It Is

  • By Scott Simons on 04-19-18

Second Tier

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

"Grey Sister" is the second installment for the Books of the Ancestor. I read the first book sometime ago and kept reminding myself to get to the second before the series gets too lengthy. Come to find out, Mark Lawrence is going to publish the third book in a few months. I finished "Grey Sister" just in time because if the third book was out already, it would been my next read. I'm absolutely infatuated with this series.

All of the female characters are cross breeds between Wonder Woman and She-Ra and there is no way in heck "Me Too" would ever happen in their universe. This is a great grand fantasy series for anyone who are having self doubt or low self esteem. The author writes so casually of this old time universe where women are in power and everyone else are second tier.

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - sheds light on horrific injustice

  • By A. Mackenzie on 03-16-18

Outrage

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

What has been happening in Mississippi's justice system is totally an outrage of our legal system. I've been watching and reading my share of true crime lately and every time there is a big mishap, I'm amazed how the courts and their so call experts are getting away with foolery. Each chapters in "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" is worth looking more in depth. They were well explained and not above your head with professional lingo. It was very easy to understand what was going on. At the end of each chapter, I got more upset that our system is slanted.

  • The Kelloggs

  • The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
  • By: Howard Markel
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America's most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America's notion of health and wellness and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good History, Best for Battle Creek Folks

  • By ftmgal on 08-26-18

​Soggy Bowl of Cereal

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I now understand why I'm the only second reviewer on Audible for "The Kelloggs" by Howard Markel. Two brothers hating each other. The youngest brother started the food company and the eldest was a famous doctor. Both brothers and their families were far extreme in whatever they did. The author surely did his research for this book. but after a while the information got soggy, like a bowl of cereal. The most weirdest parts were for sure about Seventh Day Adventist and how John Preston Kellogg was so controlling.

  • Confessions

  • By: Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (translator)
  • Narrated by: Elaina Erika Davis, Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Her pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge. After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old child, Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great revenge story chilling and engrossing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-15

Combo DTS, Please

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I really enjoy most writing styles from Japanese authors. They write very surreal and direct to the point. They're writing styles should be in their own genre. "Confessions" was a outstanding suggestion from a friend. I'm surprised that she was able to get through the book and even more so, she liked it.

Kanae Minato's book is more like a psychological horror than mystery thriller. If I pulled up to a drive thru and saw that they had Combo DTS (dark, twisted & sick) on the menu, I would be asking if I could supersize it. "Confessions" was supersize to my liking. I never knew that there is a movie also.

This book really filled up my appetite and left me with an upset stomach, where I felt like regurgitating what I just ate. I'm very satisfy.