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  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

One of the best books of this year

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Excellent, nuanced and careful writing. Well-contoured characters. Amazing story. I got sad when I finished it because I've grown so close to the main character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wonder Boys

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

A wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasn't grown up. He's now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Writer's Book, But Not Just

  • By Aaron on 04-16-16

Very much a 20th century white-man book

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Beautiful writing; however, uninteresting characters, predictable trajectory, etc. A book of its time, but not timeless. Meh.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love Is Blind

  • A Novel
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Brodie Moncur is a brilliant piano tuner, as brilliant in his own way as John Kilbarron - "The Irish Liszt" - the pianist Brodie accompanies on all of his tours from Paris to Saint Petersburg, as essential to Kilbarron as the pianist's own hands. It is a luxurious life and a level of success Brodie could hardly have dreamed of growing up in a remote Scottish village, in a household ruled by a tyrannical father. But Brodie would gladly give it all up for the love of the Russian soprano Lika Blum: beautiful, worldly, seductive - and consort to Kilbarron. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captures the protagonist's struggles

  • By galcarm on 10-15-18

More of the same...

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Funny and well-written, as is usual for Boyd. Story is however fatigued, for Boyd has traveled this road before (and with more grace in _Any Human Heart_). Pity.

  • Case Histories

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trippy book

  • By mary on 01-20-09

Excellent listen; beautifully-written

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

What a storyteller! What a wordsmith! What a pleasure! Compassionate and compelling, with the right dose of cynicism and plenty of wit. Performance is fantastic as well.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,182
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,167

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Do not believe the hype

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I decided to buy this book based on previous novels I read by Tana French (I only really liked ONE of her novels), and a rave review in the _New York Times_ by Stephen King. Well, I was in for many hours of interminable descriptions and painful psychological analysis (some more credible than others). The book drags on and on and on, despite the narrator's excellent performance. The story is convoluted, the characters are sort of drab and uninteresting, the setting a little theatrical. If you are a fan, by all means, buy this book. If you are drawn in by the hype, don't. Towards the end I stopped caring at all. I just want to get it over it. :(

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18,547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,492

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

I don’t understand the hype

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Meh... I really don’t understand what the hype is about. Hard to get into this story. Too many “meta” references, which are meant to show off (author) and to make you feel smart if you get it (reader). Written by an editor according to a formula that sells. Narration is average as well, although slightly annoying at times.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Black Chalk

  • By: Christopher J. Yates
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 71

It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University - a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares. But then the game changed: The stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • bizarre, but i coyldnt stop listening

  • By L. Keepers on 03-17-18

Clever, however completely heartless and cruel

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I am not a sentimental human being at all, nor am I a goody two shoes. However, after reading his book I felt somewhat tainted. Very clever book, but utterly clinical and cruel. Read at you own peril.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Clever, but within the limits of he genre. Good writer, but do not expect anything earth shattering.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,887

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Moving, irreverent, profound

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Read his book. You will see the universe in a different light. It’s a marvel.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,773
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,701

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Decent story and writing - not new, nor original

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This is an OK summer read. An intricate story, although neither new nor original. It’s not a profound or interesting read; do not expect too much. This is not a 5 star book by any means.