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  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,390

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dinner To Remember!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 02-23-13

Excellent!!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

The ONLY reason I gave the story and overall ranking a 4-star review is b/c the PERFORMANCE (narration) for this book just had to be a mark above the rest!!!!!!! I can't imagine having only read and not listened to this book. The narrator was BORN to read this story to us. Very entertaining.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Bound

  • Elder Races Series #1
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044

Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woo Freakin Hoo!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-14-11

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-11

If you are looking for a book that has it all, look no further: romance, action, sex, humor...what more do you need? This narrator has become one of my all time favorites. She's clear without annoying diction, and vocally portrays the characters perfectly. And the story is fantastic. The author pulls you in to the action and arouses your curiosity immediately, and the sex and romance scenes are not boring or redundant. I could not wait for my next set of credits to kick in before buying the sequel!!

  • Darkling I Listen

  • By: Katherine Sutcliffe
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Even though Brandon Carlyle's acting career seems to be stalling, it hasn't stopped an anonymous fan from becoming a malicious stalker. Hoping to get away from it all, he returns to his Texas hometown for some peace and quiet. But when he meets a sexy journalist, he isn't sure if she's the woman of his dreams, or the woman of his nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is how to write romantic suspense

  • By Diana on 04-30-08

Wasted not one, but two credits!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-11

This narrator was terrible. The story, predictable. I really tried to listen to it...really...I tried. I ultimately listened to the last chapter and that gave me the whole story. I'm so sad I wasted 2 credits.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go to Sleep

  • By: S. J. Watson
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is 47 years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By jennifer on 09-16-11

Very clever...

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

Reviewed: 08-18-11

This was one of the best suspense type books I think I've ever read! Just when I was convinced that I knew what was going on, something swayed me back in another direction. This one truly kept me guessing. Great writing, great story, and the perfect narrator for the main character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forever

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meandering Tale, Abrupt Conclusion

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

ugh!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-11

Well. I have to say THE reason I am giving this book only 3 stars is because of the ending. If this were not the conclusion in this series, I would easily give it a 5. I cannot BELIEVE this series has ended with so much unfinished business. Really, Maggie? A 4th book could easily be conjured up with as many questions as I still have about this story. To be fair, the book is great, but the ending just leaves me hollow and desperate to know more about ALL of the characters and their relationships. I hesitate to say more about what is left unsettled, fearing I may ruin the read for fans of this series. Maybe Maggie Stiefvater will read this review and have mercy on us, and create book #4.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Sunshine

  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolutely riveting, addictive tale

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-08

Drawn out and then some

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-10

The actual meat of this story was great; but the filler was horrible! The relationship between Sunshine and Conn was intriguing and should have been further developed. But what really lost me was all the trivial "commentary." I had to listen to this one in double time to get thru it. This really could have been a great story, if it weren't for so much filler. AND, the narrator did NOT match the character at all.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dead in the Family: Advance First Chapter

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Charlaine Harris delivers the 10th novel in her number-one New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series, which has been adapted into the smash hit TV series True Blood. Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover, Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why no pre-order ?

  • By Daniel on 04-28-10

Is that it?????

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-10

Oh, how I pined for this book...the waiting for more Sookie and Eric was very difficult! And then to be so let down. I feel like this was a rushed project that didn't get the time and depth the readers were looking for from Harris. Of all the books in the series, this one is on the bottom. I'm very sad. Looking forward to the next one, though...

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,185

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

Not worth the time.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-10

I am historically a Picoult fan, but this was not worth the time it took to listen to it. The narrators were fine; the story lacked...something. Wish I had spent my time focusing on The Help, or Secret Life of Bees, or something by Charlain Harris!

  • Dead In the Family

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #10
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,937

Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking - Not Worth The Wait

  • By Christine on 05-06-10

A little disappointed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-10

I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse series. LOVE it. I could not wait until this book came out. I am sad to say that this was not my favorite book in the series. If you are a fan, you should still read the book...it's not poorly written. I just wish there had been more to Sookie and Eric's relationship at the end of the book. It seemed like a very fast read; over too soon with not much punch. Having said all this, I still very highly recommend this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,527

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

WOW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-10

This book was recommended to me over a year ago. It did not appeal to me, so I put off listening to it. BIG MISTAKE. What an awesome book. And the narration was the best ever. Give this a chance! It is a very entertaining read!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful