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  • The Coroner

  • By: Jennifer Graeser Dornbush
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,017

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she is called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a book or advertisement for a Nissan Leaf?

  • By A. Hall on 02-27-19

The Coroner’s ending. 😖

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I liked everything about this book but the ending. Did Jennifer Dornbush just get tired of writing??? That really sucked.

  • American Dervish

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayad Akhtar
  • Narrated by: Ayad Akhtar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both completely foreign and painfully familiar

  • By Julie W. Capell on 11-09-15

Really good

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

I loved this book from beginning to finish, and don't know why I waited so long to read it. It's a book about love and family, prejudice and acceptance, and saying goodbye. I admit it, I cried. Not all the way through, of course. There was plenty of happiness. One of the best things about American Dervish was the learning moments. I feel ever so much more enlightened having read it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,343

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Oh, my heart

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

This was a novel from the heart, from an author I'd never heard of. But even in its immensity, even while I cried buckets, I couldn't stop reading. From the very beginning and all the way through, while I was telling myself I couldn't recommend it to friends because it would break their hearts too, I knew because of the love between the characters that this was a book that needed to be read.

I only THOUGHT I loved John Irving. This reminds but surpasses.

  • A Great Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Three Pines

  • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

Her best yet

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

I loved everything about Louise Penny's newest novel, including the narrator, who seemed to finally "be" Armand Gamache, which he wasn't in her previous book. We have our soft-spoken Gamache back, and no one can be more thrilled about that than I.
The book began with an old map that had been found behind the walls of the bistro. And we find that Armand has taken on the position of head of the Police Academy. We ultimately have several mysteries to figure out, in the very best Louise Penny lyrical style. There is nothing not to like and everything to love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Baggage

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 943

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she's never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date. A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who's there whenever she needs help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

TBR: Everything this author has ever written

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

This is the best mystery/suspense/thriller I've read in a very long time. From the beginning, you begin to suspect that Anna is a tortured soul...and soon you find out it started in her early adolescence. Luckily she forms an alliance with her older cousin Jeannie. As long as she has Jeannie in her life, she can get through...whatever.
Anna marries Ronnie, a man with depression problems of his own. One day, on February 17, which turns out to be a date that has plagued with horrible occurrences, her husband commits suicide.
To escape it all, Anna moves far from home to a college in West Virginia, where she takes a job she enjoys with a supervisor she likes and who likes her back. Then comes that dreaded February day - and tragedy strikes again.
And it just keeps getting better and better....

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,331

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Read this book! So powerful!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

If you're interested in WWII and the Holocaust, this is the book for you. If you loved The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, you'll love and be moved by this book too. Based on a true story and real people, I know it will suck you in right away. One of the characters, Kasia, was delivering a packet for the underground in her hometown in Poland. That was the day she got caught by the Germans. Her mother, not a member of the underground, was only bringing Kasia a cheese sandwich, when she saw her two daughters being arrested - so she went with them. What happened at the Concentration Camp, Ravensbrück, was truly horrifying. This is a page turner. And a debut! I'm hoping for more books from this author!

  • Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings

  • By: Stephen O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Lizan Mitchell, Michael Early
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A bold, deeply moving, and highly imaginative debut novel about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in whose story the conflict between the American ideal of equality and the realities of slavery and racism played out in the most tragic of terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!!

  • By MsMarsha on 01-05-18

Dream on...

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

Would you try another book from Stephen O'Connor and/or the narrators?

Maybe

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sally Hemings

Which scene was your favorite?

Every time Sally said, "You'll make me HATE you!"

Was Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Just finished listening to another Jefferson-Hemings novel. This one, much like a dream, recounted vignettes of their lives, wholly out of order especially at the beginning. This was disconcerting to me, but I finally got a handle on what was going on. There were also some completely fabricated scenes that could not have possibly happened during their lifetimes, like riding on a subway. However, since the author did read several Jefferson non-fictions before he wrote the "Dreams" book, it did contain plenty of truths, a few of which I didn't know. The problem was, though, were these truths? Or dreams? It was hard for me to tell, but I ended up liking the book. Was that because of the male reader Ballerini's beautiful reading? That, also, is up for debate. You could just wrap yourself up in his voice.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • December Boys

  • A Jay Porter Novel
  • By: Joe Clifford
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Jay Porter, the newest employee at NorthEastern Insurance in New Hampshire, is investigating an accident claim when he learns the teenager behind the wheel was arrested for minor drug possession and sentenced to a hardcore behavioral modification center. At the county courthouse, Jay meets Nicki, a young college intern, who tips him off to a possible scandal - first-time juvenile offenders being shipped to private institutions for political kickbacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Sort of Hero

  • By Lynn on 07-09-16

I didn't realize this was #2 in a series

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I was fortunate enough to be gifted this book by the reader, Tim McKean. Now, I think it might have been better for me to read the first book in this series first, Lamentation. But I didn't know it was a series.

Throughout the book, I waited for the hero, Jay Porter, to sort himself out and do right. Well, he did do right by some people, but he ended up not so hot in the personal category. That sounds vague - sorry, didn't want to send out spoilers.

One thing I might mention: The main plot line was the basically the same as one I saw on an old Law and Order, but without the hero almost getting himself and his friends killed, trying to make the situation right. Very exciting stuff, though. The Law and Order episode was downright boring by comparison.

The ending was perfection as long as you realize there will be a book #3 to tie everything up. I'll be back.

  • Most Likely to Die

  • By: Lisa Jackson, Wendy Corsi Staub, Beverly Barton
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

It's been twenty years since the night Jake Marcott was brutally murdered at St. Elizabeth High School. It's a night that shattered the lives of Lindsay Farrell, Kirsten Daniels, and Rachel Alsace. It's a night they'll never forget. A killer will make sure of that....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • corny

  • By Karen on 04-13-16

A good whodunnit

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

At first I thought this was going to be too YA for me. But turns out, the teenagers with their Valley Girl accents were a flashback. The real story started when all the girls were 38 and nearing their 20th high school reunion.

Pretty soon, one by one, the women were mysteriously dying. Thus began my trying to figure out which of the friends was the culprit.

I, like many other reviewers, figured it out well before the end, which was disappointing, but it was still a good book. There were new relationships formed, old relationships rekindled, and pregnancies begun. But let me tell you, I've been to many of my own high school reunions, and this book got me to feeling glad that I wasn't one of the popular girls.

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,059

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

  • By Sam on 08-05-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

It was a nice love story, but just way too predictable. Well, that's not fair, because I didn't guess the ending until fairly close to the end, but still.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful