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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 28,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,981

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

It Reads like a Classic

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I needed to do a double take on when this book was first published because it really reads like a classic. I'm surprised that I liked "Where the Crawdad Sing" enough to give it 4 stars. The story reminded me so much of "To Kill a Mockingbird." I'm not trying to compare the two because there is no comparison from Harper Lee's work, but Delia Owens seemed to wrote another adaptation to a classic.

This novel was published about six months ago in 2018. Owens' writing style read something like it was written in the 60's. Very well done from this author. I now have high expectations for her future projects.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,801
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,667

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

​Could had Listened All Day

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

​If it wasn't for dinner plans, I could had listened to "Educated" all day. I started this book Saturday after breakfast and before I knew it, it was time to go. I sat through over nine hours just listening to Tara Westover's life and her faith. She is a remarkable human being with a very violent upbringing, but yet, as you read her story, she doesn't have any pity or excuse for herself. She is also extremely modest on her achievements. I was planning to read "Educated" throughout the week, but yet, I finished it before the weekend was over.

  • The Thirteen-Gun Salute

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 13
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 693

Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin set sail aboard the Diane for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. If their mission fails, English merchant shipping in the area will be threatened. At the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, the stage is set for a duel of intelligence agents, pitting the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin against the French envoys, who are already entrenched in the Sultan's favor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Jean on 09-07-11

​Enjoying the Aromas

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

For over two years, the Aubrey/Maturin novels has always been my to go to series when I don't know what to read next. As I become closer at finishing these books, I'm starting to appreciate them more. Instead of drinking a Big Gulp and getting a brain freeze, I have started sipping and enjoying the aromas. "The Thirteen-Gun Salute" is the thirteenth book in the series and there are only 7, (plus 1 unfinished) stories left. I am already feeling anxious that it is ending too quickly.

  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,758

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

Excellent Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Bernard Setaro Clark is an excellent narrator. He was the perfect voice for "Kill Creek". His voice is extremely spooky and violent to bring out the fear in the novel. "Kill Creek" was a decent horror story. It caught my interest with the first spoken word. It's somewhat difficult to bring out the fear in written words because I'm so visual. That's why I listen to audiobooks and this reader made the story happen.

  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with great performances!

  • By Amazon Kunde on 08-11-17

​Most Annoying to Listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

"After On" is a satire on Silicon Valley, data mining and AI. There are some funny parts and I got a few chuckles, but overall, I found that I was wasting my time for 22 some hours. When I saw that Leo Laporte was one of the narrators, I was looking forward to his performance because as a geek, Leo is a rock star, but he only reads this book less than a few minutes and then goes away.

The writing from Rob Reid has a lot to desire and I didn't find any of the voices that pleasant to listen to. To be frank, this book was too long and way too distracting to follow. This audiobook was most annoying to listen t​o.

  • The Prey of Gods

  • By: Nicky Drayden
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry that has found a welcome home there. Yes, the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ​I was in Awe

  • By Tim on 12-26-18

​I was in Awe

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

​"The Prey of Gods" is a bizarre story. Set somewhere in South Africa in the high tech world, where robots are taking care of our needs and a trans woman appears as a pop singer. There are also robots and a girl becoming into power. This is an out of the ordinary concept of science fiction.

I wasn't excepting much from this author and to be honest, I thought that the first half was just okay. The second half of the book really surprised me. I was in awe how complicated the plot really was. There was so many social cues being addressed that I needed to listened and pay attention on what was going on. I'm looking for more from this writer.

  • Friday Night Lights

  • A Town, a Team, and a Dream
  • By: H. G. Bissinger
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

The 25th anniversary edition of the number-one New York Times best seller and Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time, with a new afterword by the author. Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa - the winningest high school football team in Texas history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Keep This In Mind When You Listen

  • By K. on 09-21-18

​Enough Depth Beyond Football

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

​I thought that I would like "Friday Night Lights" by Buzz Bissinger because often times, it is mentioned that this is the great sports book ever. I couldn't relate to the Odessa and their high school football team. Mainly because I don't live in a small town and football was never the main event of the week. The story has enough depth beyond football. I liked how football revolved the town together and how one sport can make or break them economically. I liked hearing about life after high school football. The constant racial slurs got old really fast, but I didn't grew up in a small town, where race really mattered.

  • Wrecking Crew

  • Demolishing the Case Against Steven Avery
  • By: John Ferak
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112

In 2016-17, while working for the USA Today Network’s Wisconsin Investigative Team, author John Ferak wrote dozens of articles examining the murder case again Steven Avery, who had already beat one wrongful conviction only to be charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. In Wrecking Crew, Ferak lays out in exacting detail the post-conviction strategy of Kathleen Zellner, the high-profile, high-octane lawyer, to free Avery. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Excellent...

  • By Magaae on 12-19-18

​Recap of Season Two

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

​"Wrecking Crew" is a recap of season two of the Netflix's docuseries of Making a Murderer about Steven Avery. I'm not sure who to believe, if Avery is guilty or he was setup from the District Attorney of Calumet County, Wisconsin. The best chapters are toward the end of the book. Ken Kratz, the former district attorney is way more disturbing than Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey. I'm not sure why haven't more women aren't speaking out from sexual harassment against Ken Kratz. If they ever find out who really killed Teresa Halbach, I can see Kratz being charged for tampering evidence in the case. Ken Kratz as a district attorney is frightening because there is no recourse for what he has done.

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  • Dreamland

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Finally Told

  • By Perkyanne on 04-09-16

​Most Prevalent Information

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

​I wasn't aware of "Dreamland" until John Temple contacted me through Goodreads. He wrote "American Pain", which is an awesome book also on the same subject. John suggested that I should read Sam Quinones' book also on this plague that is spreading through our country. I couldn't put this book down and I'm absolutely scare for anyone that is hook on any kinds of drugs, illegal or prescription.

I live in Orange County where the moderate income is way above the average and I've been noticing a lot more tweakers on our streets. I've also seen pain killer addicts taking my order at restaurants, service centers and at checkout. Orange County has one of the biggest opioid and heroin problems in the nation, accordingly to 89.3 KPCC reporting. These addicts are becoming scenery with our nice weather. Orange County really hasn't done anything to inform and educate the public on the opiate epidemic.

"Dreamland" by Sam Quinones is the most prevalent information book to our time. I got chills while listening to about Black tar heroin, crushing down Oxy and shooting, and the endless stories of overdosing. Just a few days ago, the morning news was reporting that Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug.

  • Bruce Lee

  • A Life
  • By: Matthew Polly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

The first authoritative biography of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans. Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age 32, journalist and best-selling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. It’s also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book about an amazing human

  • By David Quigley on 10-11-18

​Mythological Legend

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

​The life of Bruce Lee has always been an interest for me because his movies was apart of my childhood. I'd probably watched all of his movies at least twice. Bruce Lee is almost like a mythological legend in the Asian culture. He could be your long lost ninth cousin that you never knew and will never meet. Somehow we are all related to Bruce Lee because of our ethnicity at being Asian.

Matthew Polly's autobiography of "Bruce Lee" was honest for this man of steel. Polly doesn't sugar coat anything on this star, martial artist , womanizer and role model to many. The most interesting part was how he died. Upon his death, there were a lot of rumors going on and even after decades later, all of the rumors perceived to be true until the publishing of this book.