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  • The Feral Detective

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Lethem
  • Narrated by: Zosia Mamet
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigates the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and finds Arabella is in serious trouble - caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-11-18

finally.....something new and fantastic

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Do not pay attention to the negative reviews of this audiobook or the narrator. This is a great story. It's original and witty yet dark and consuming. The narrator does take a moment to get used to, but her tone and style match the story perfectly. Jonathan Lethem has a winner here, and Zosia Mamet is the perfect narrator. If you like stories of the bizarre, yet grounded in reality, The Feral Detective is the perfect novel. I've had some good luck with my last few audiobook selections, and after 72 audiobooks this year, The Feral Detective may just be the best one.

Overall rating: 4.78

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Katerina

  • By: James Frey
  • Narrated by: James Frey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018. At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • James Frey Fans Will Appreciate this Book

  • By Wendi on 09-12-18

burn the f*cking world down, writerboy...........

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

James Frey is a controversial figure in the literary world. He lies in memoirs and tells the truth in fiction, blurring the lines between genres and catching hell for it. His writing style is different, and he uses tons of profanity. All of that aside, Katerina is damn good audiobook. Say what you want about the man, but it's not everyone who can write a such a story about themselves, baring it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and then narrate it to perfection. James Frey isn't the best narrator, but he's the best narrator for this book. Props to the man.

Overall rating: 4.68 stars

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Punch

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Joe Henry was the glue that held his family together. Now, he is dead, and his wife and sons are coming together for one final journey to scatter his ashes. First, however, his loved ones have some things to work out. David, the older son, believes that any minute his life is going to fall apart and everyone he loves will leave him. His brother, Scott, can't shake the belief that at heart, people are inherently rotten. Doris, their mother, just doesn't believe in anything anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-18

The narrator really shines in this one

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This audiobook is a really good one. Noah Hawley’s The Punch reminds me of this year’s Pulitzer winner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer. The writing is crisp and clever. The narrator is key here and helps this above average story reach its full potential in audio format. He was phenomenal. The Punch is about love and loss and mistakes and family and regret. I think almost anyone can relate to the story in some way.

Overall rating: 4.38 stars

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Did It Have to End?

  • By Lauren on 06-07-18

Sequel to a Masterpiece?

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Us Against you picks up where Beartown left off, and while it doesn't quite reach the heights of its predecessor, it is a worthy addition to the series. Anyone who liked Beartown will be satisfied with Us Against You. I've heard some refer to Beartown as a masterpiece. I'm not sure if I agree, but I'm not sure if I disagree either. Beartown is one of the best books I've listened to this year. Us Against You is one of the better books I've listened to this year. The series is definitely worth the time and credits, even if you don't know the first thing about hockey. The series is about much more than just sports. The narrator, Marin Ireland, narrates both novels and is fantastic. She has become one of my favorites.

Beartown rating: 4.64 stars

Us Against You rating: 4.21 stars

Series rating: 4.47 stars


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Snapshot

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet, Another Universe

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-04-17

Short & Sweet

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is about as much as you can hope for in a story story. It was engaging from beginning to end, and it was original. The narration was great. Snap Shot is one of Sanderson's lesser known works, likely due to length. Still, it's worth it. I suggest it. Overall rating. 4.21 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond the Pale

  • By Nicole Del Sesto on 07-27-18

Shortlisted for the Booker...and for good reason

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Finally, something a bit different. Anna Burns' manages to do something different in an age when everything has already been done. It's nothing drastic, but Milkman really is a good book. I had my doubts at first, but I hung in there due to one of the best performances I've ever heard. Brid Brennan is a goddess when it comes to narration.

As I make my way through the Booker longlist, Milkman is my pick as of now. Sadly, I predict many people will give up on it too soon, as not a lot happens immediately. I also enjoyed The Mars Room and Snap. Warlight is my least favorite of the four contenders I've listened to. While I'm not sure if Milkman is the best written story of this bunch, it's the best audiobook. If there's a better one on the list, I'll be glad to hear it. Overall rating:

4.46 stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Warlight

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we follow the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant favorite

  • By R. Hughes on 06-10-18

The Booker Prize???

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Warlight was my third listen/read from the Booker Longlist, and I must say it was my least favorite so far. It's not bad, but it's dense, and I found myself having to rewind sections because I'd lose interest. Yes, Ondaajte is a good writer who uses good language, but sometimes that's just not enough. The narrator was good and portrays the mood of the book very well. I enjoyed The Mars Room more than Warlight, and I enjoyed Snap significantly more.

The first half of this book was decent, and I thought it had potential, but it lost steam around the half way mark. All in all, it's not really a memorable read/listen, though it does manage to convey that arthouse feel that a novel must if it is to win such a prize as the Booker. It was an average listen for me.

Overall rating: 3.44 stars

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snap

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

"Jack's in charge," said his mother, as she disappeared up the road to get help. "I won't be long." So 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn't come back. She never comes back. And after that long hot summer day, nothing will ever be the same again. Three years later, Jack's 15 and still in charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, mesmerizing

  • By brenda hubbard on 07-16-18

Snap........A contender for the Booker?

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This isn't the ordinary type book that ends up on The Long List for the Booker Prize. It's more of a mystery/crime type novel as opposed to the arthouse style novels that usually end up on these lists. It is, however, a very good book that is enhanced by stellar narration. This is one from the list I can recommend. I might not have liked it as much if I'd read it, but I didn't read it. Andrew Wincott is a top-notch narrator. I may seek out more books he's narrated based on his talent alone. Granted, he had a good story to work with. Belinda Bauer's Snap won't win the Booker simply because of the type book it is. They'd never allow a mystery/crime/thriller type book to win with all those arty novels to choose from.. But, it's a winner in my book.

Overall rating: 4.41 stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Survivor

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Paul Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,684

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clues to a mystery...

  • By Adam on 09-06-08

One hell of a ride

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This one doesn't start out bizarre and fast-paced, but it sure does end up that way. Hang in there. It does not disappoint. The narrator's voice sounds a bit robotic at first, but it's probably intentional, and it ends up being perfect for this story. This is a winner. Overall rating: 4.51 stars

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sympathizer

  • A Novel
  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Francois Chau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,216

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Vietnamese Novel(Port)Nguyen's Complaint

  • By Joe Kraus on 03-31-16

It all matches up

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The Sympathizer is one of those novels that takes you back to a specific era, and paints a clear picture of it. The writing is really clever at times and is full of metaphors and figurative language. I must say I was impressed. The narrator wasn't the best, but somehow he was the best narrator for this book, if that makes any sense. I can see why The Sympathizer won The Pulitzer Prize. It was no fluke. If you are considering this purchase, you've probably already made up your mind, as this isn't really the type of book a person buys at random. I do suggest it, though. Overall rating: 4.20 stars

3 of 3 people found this review helpful