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Glendale, WI, United States
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  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

Faint Praise

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

The title was perfect. The problem is that generating any real interest in this particular boy was nearly impossible. He was nothing special and not very compelling. The strongest reaction is, “So what?” The boy could have been anyone. The mystery was secondary and the final resolution dragged on and on.

Yet the author clearly has talent and considerable command of the English language. It just did not serve for this particular story.

The narrator was not wildly original and some of the alternate voices were silly. Yet he was clear and understandable; I’ll take that over theatrical any day.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tear Me Apart

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky, Rebekkah Ross, Jacques Roy, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT; Kept Me Guessing & In Suspense!

  • By DM Salazar on 12-25-18

Five Star Reviews Incomprehensible

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Multiple narrators annoying and distracting. Mindy voice just awful. Mindy as a character was crafted as just too perfect for words. Irritating in the extreme. The plot was predictable with very little suspense. The “adults” in the book had the communication skills of a pet rock. Disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • kaddish.com

  • A novel
  • By: Nathan Englander
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews. When his father dies, it’s his responsibility to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for 11 months. To the horror and dismay of his sister, Larry refuses - imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease her, Larry hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Perfect

  • By Phyllis on 04-04-19

Almost Perfect

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

The narrator had a little trouble with consistency between Ashkenazic and Sephardic pronunciation but was otherwise great. Some pronunciation choices made me cringe.

The ending was a bit disappointing, a little too G-Rated for a book that decidedly was not. Fun, entertaining and well worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Young
  • Narrated by: Alice Rosengard, Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family's vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family - her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child. Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story spanning three generations.

  • By LilMissMolly on 09-23-16

Partly Great, Partly Average

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Narrator voice for Lucy was spectacular but the voice of Justine was weaker. The mystery about Emily’s disappears was finely wrought and inventive but Father’s roll was obvious. Could see that coming from the first pages. Great prose if a little over the top in places. Despite a few problems, well worth reading and listening.

  • The Round House

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance takes a bit of getting used to

  • By Library on 04-22-13

Left Field Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I really wanted to like this book and I persevered through the end but it was a struggle. Perhaps it is cultural but I simply could not connect with the characters. The ending appeared out of nowhere and resolved nothing.

Narrator was perfect for the book.

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Fizzled Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

The characters, atmosphere, plot and pacing were excellent until the last few chapters. The ending felt rushed, almost an afterthought. It felt like the author was bored and ready to move on so we got a “Movie of the Week” ending. The conclusion was disappointing and took too long to complete. A talented writer lost her way before the final chapters.

Narrator was just perfect.

  • The Lies We Told

  • By: Camilla Way
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others.... Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him. As Clara digs into the past, she realizes no family is truly perfect and uncovers a link between Luke's long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke's life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 Stars

  • By Jamie L McHenry on 10-30-18

Appallingly Foul Language

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

An acceptable mystery and thriller showing the author’s potential was ruined with pointlessly foul language. Multiple characters in multiple situations using the F word added not one single thing to the story. It was not modern or hip or liberated. It was offensive and unnecessary.

Excellent narration save the grating attempt to sound like a child...

  • Scrublands

  • By: Chris Hammer
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demons from wartime reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is to describe how the townspeople are coping. But as Martin meets the locals and hears their version of events, he begins to realize that the accepted wisdom - that the priest was a pedophile whose imminent exposure was the catalyst for the shooting - may be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5

  • By Donna on 01-12-19

Fizzled Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Wonderfully complex characters in an interesting story. Evocative atmosphere with sophisticated writing. But the ending was just a little too neat and seemed to go “splat” after building so well. The motivation & behavior of the priest was a bit suspect as well. Spectacular narrator.

  • The Au Pair

  • By: Emma Rous
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs and the au pair fled. Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ridiculous

  • By ROBIN on 02-06-19

Acceptable Fluff

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

OK but not spectacular. Do not understand the high ratings. Limited credibility. Character motivations not sufficiently developed. The secret was not too difficult to solve. The “happily ever after” epilogue a bit too saccharin.

Great narrator saved an average book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

Best in Class

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

There is no hyperbole when using adjectives like brilliant, stunning, and remarkable. There is also no way to write a detailed review without risking a spoiler.

The two narrators were perfect. Their collective voices leant credence to the voice of the characters.

To quote a famous line from another novel, “Please, sir, I want some more.” I anxiously await more from this author.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful