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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

  • By Jen817 on 12-27-18

Worth the 12 year wait

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This beautiful, meandering tale is crafted by a great writer and a great narrator.
Like the Thames, it flows in and out of your soul.
Kudos to Diane Setterfield and Juliet Stevenson for a great performances.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Readymade Thief

  • By: Augustus Rose
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

Lee Cuddy is 17 years old and on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia. After taking the fall for a rich friend, Lee reluctantly accepts refuge in the Crystal Castle - a cooperative of homeless kids squatting in an austere derelict building. But homeless kids are disappearing from the streets in suspicious numbers, and Lee quickly discovers that the secret society's charitable façade is too good to be true. She finds an unexpected ally in Tomi, a young artist and hacker.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Dona on 08-09-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Based on Robin Sloan's review I had great expectations.
Characters are poorly developed, writing poor quality, and plot fairly absurd.
Show, don't tell.
And give characters consistent personality traits.
I found myself rolling my eyes at the protagonist's actions.
Interesting info about the artist Duchamp was the only thing that kept me listening.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,883
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,366

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't live up to it's hype, for me.

  • By Mary Alice on 02-18-19

Non-Fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I'm a fiction reader.
This book was a collection of wonderful true stories written and narrated like great fiction.
Full of emotion and truth.
I laughed out loud and cried many times.
Highly recommend. I've already used 2 more credits to send this book to friends.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,255

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Kudos for a great debut novel

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Fun, well written, with excellent narration.
IQ, is a modern hero, brought to life by the creative writing of Joe Ide and amazing narration of Sullivan Jones.
Great production.
Well worth the credit.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Woman of God

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231

St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman?The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in history. It's a turning point that may change the Church forever. Some followers are ecstatic that the movement reinvigorating the Church is about to reach the Vatican, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies who aren't afraid to kill for their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My review of Woman of God.

  • By Virginia C. Bailey on 10-16-16

I should have known better.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Patterson's books have become a mill for making money.
Plot was absurd, characters never developed and basic rules of good storytelling ignored.
Don't waste your credit supporting bad writing that only gets published because a successful author's name is attached to the work.
For the first time ever I may request my credit back.
I highly recommend Jodi Picoults new novel. An true example of good writing.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful