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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,471

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

From Boring to Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The only reason I finished the book was because I wanted to read the ending. I almost quit many times. It is depressing, boring and too long. Her drawn out descriptions of love between a mother and daughter seems to go on forever. There are some parts of the story that are not at all believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,475

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Too predictable!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I listened to the very end and wasn’t surprised by the outcome. The author tried to create suspense by the dialogue used by the main character.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,388

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

EXCELLENT

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Any additional comments?

This author tells it like it is. NO whining allowed. It is everything we know, and more, but don't want to admit. I praise him for having the courage to explain his life. America would be a lot better off if other people and leaders would step up to plate and face reality instead of making up excuses.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,436

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

If only people today had such manners and grace.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Any additional comments?

This book is a wonderful story that includes history and suspense. I enjoyed all the characters and how they intertwined with each other and the plot. The narration was excellent.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,390

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

COPYCAT BOOK....

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

What did you like best about Behind Closed Doors? What did you like least?

I liked the love shown between the two sisters. I did not like it because it is yet, another book to copy Gone Girl. It became boring.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Add something else to the story besides constant, depressing ways in which the male character takes control. I realize that is the whole purpose of a thriller, but it got boring.

What does Georgia Maguire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a a good voice and kept me listening. I am not sure I would have keep reading it if it were in print.

Was Behind Closed Doors worth the listening time?

Not really

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,150

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not so much jumping around, shorter, different narrator . Someone at the publishing house taking time to read and edit it.

What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

The story could have been good if hadn't jumped around so much.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her accent was not English.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't even like it. It had suspense and I liked that, but it was painful to finish.

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this book to anyone.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,763

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

I enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It had a good plot with some twists and turns and was about people that seemed real.

Which character – as performed by Zach Villa – was your favorite?

I liked them all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I thought it was a very good book and I was pleasantly entertained.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,278

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

.Grisham needs to get off his soapbox

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes...Grisham needs to get off his soapbox and go back to telling a good story. Or, if he insists, write about authors who used to write good stories and now pick up up hefty check for writing junk.

Has Rogue Lawyer turned you off from other books in this genre?

No...just from Grisham

Which scene was your favorite?

none

Do you think Rogue Lawyer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Please no !!!!!! Unless it is well written.

Any additional comments?

This book tries to get better when it finally turns into a story, but the first half is dreadful.

  • The Taming of the Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747

Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'd better like repetition

  • By A customer on 09-17-15

Why was this given so many stars by readers?

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

What did you like best about The Taming of the Queen? What did you like least?

The history.
Too long, boring, short subject matter.

Has The Taming of the Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

I am not sure....but I do know that I will read the reviews more carefully instead of looking a the star ratings. I can barely get through it.

Which scene was your favorite?

None

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Substance... it was like those drugstore romance novels (which would be fine) but marketed as a quality historical fiction book.......where was Fabio?

Any additional comments?

I am finished with PG books until she writes one that of quality.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,410

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Could not finish it.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

What disappointed you about Pretty Girls?

Not believable ...especially the the sex narration. A women author would not write in that way.

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

The dialogue and the way the women lived wit the Indians .

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the narration was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pretty Girls?

The whole thing. I would give it to a female author if the story was the same.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful