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  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,722

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

What a Great and Entertaining Fairytale

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Loved this story. intricate but not overly busy storyline. Good characters I could see in my minds eye. The plot wrapped up nicely and not thrown together. I enjoyed every minute.

  • Those Girls

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's fists. One night a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control, and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good, not good at all

  • By Najima Rainey on 07-15-15

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Moves at a quick pace. Engaging storyline. I really felt for the characters in their dangerous ordeals

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  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,820

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Some real gems - some meh....buy it for the gems

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

As with all short story collections, some are shining gems, some diamonds in the rough and some are lumps of coal. It's always a mixed bag. The gems made this worth the purchase - you will know them when you hear them and they will stick with you as all good Stephen King stories do.

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,092

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Love it! Can't wait for the next

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Loved Mr Mercedes, loved this one and can't wait for the next. Detective genre is good here and just a little tiny bit of the old Stephen King "monsters + inside us" flavor is seeping into this one now so we can see what to expect with the next. Keep em coming!

  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,156

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

Was Hoping for More and Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I love Dean Koontz books but this one was just all over the place with a few shining moments here and there. Did you ever read a book where you felt like shouting, "yah, yah, just get to the point!" - that is what happened so many times along the way. I wanted to bail out a number of times before the end and made myself finish. I had kind of guessed that BeeBee Blair had something different going on with her imagination part way into the book but it kept on getting buried under layers of stuffing and fluff to make the story more exciting? Don't know if that's what he was going for but it would have been better if he had just gotten there and built on it. Not anywhere near an "Odd Thomas" level of tension or linear storyline or quality. Just not and thus the disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,087

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing

  • By Adrienne on 08-15-16

Well Played Sir. I like this Det Ret

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

Non horror genre writing isn't new for Stephen King but the Detective gig is and it was well done. The story left me wanting more and I'm glad there is more. As always, Will Patton does a superb job - I could listen to that voice read cereal boxes, smooth and expressive. On to the next story with this Det Ret

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,749

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Just too disturbing for me

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

Reviewed: 03-21-13

The story is well written, details fill spaces so that you can see the events and people and with that, your dislike turns to discomfort to revulsion. The character is so far gone into sociopathic behavior - there is nothing left to feel but that you never want to meet them and wonder if you already have met someone like that. Ugh - it was so dark and disturbing, I was happy to finish.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,881

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

As in Reality - No Happy Endings Here

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

Reviewed: 03-21-13

From the very beginning, you want to tell her "No Don't!" but again and again she DOES. It's a slippery slope from the beginning. Poor thing, she must do what she does. Peyton Place has nothing on this sordid community and the people who fill it. The story is bound to end badly and is easily seen from the start but you just don't know exactly how horrible it can get. The writing is precise and compelling with every ugly emotion and detail right out there for you to cringe at. Not a story for people who are looking for any sort of happy ending, but like a car accident - you simply have to look.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,019

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Another Great Longmire story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-13

This one really fills in the blanks on Vic and some of Cady and Walt's father/daughter relationship details. As usual, lot's of great story twists and turns, fast paced. I'm a Walt Longmire fan so there isn't much that would make me give the books a bad rating!

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,735

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Sweet, Tinsel Town Fairy Tale of days gone by

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

Reviewed: 10-17-12

Could be a movie, about the movies and the train wrecks the whole business leaves in its wake. The characters are full of spicey differences and the name dropping references are fun for those of us who even know who they are anymore. The visuals of the Italian seaside villages are dreamy and the narration is perfect in every way. A Medateranian vacation. Make it a film, I will go. Its just a zen kind of story, drink tea, relax and listen.