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Charles V.

lincolnton, NC, United States
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  • 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 17,699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,222

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

A Wonderful Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This psychological thriller is quite a ride- full of twists and turns and surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hop on board. You’ll enjoy the trip.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lucky Boy

  • By: Shanthi Sekaran
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Roxana Ortega
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Solimar Castro Valdez is 18 and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US-Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost - and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Timely plot, but just average writing

  • By Bonny on 02-23-17

Lucky Boy was Not So Lucky For Me

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

This book is a story of immigration. It has a main plot and two subplots. The author should have skipped the subplots as they were left unresolved anyway and were only incidental to the story. This way the book would have been half as long and not a complete waste of time The best thing I can say about it is that it was the second half of a BOGO offer. Why then, you may ask, did I spend 16 hours listening to it. Just stubborn I guess.

  • The Little Red Chairs

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite prose

  • By Sharey on 05-04-16

A wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This book is wonderful and the narration is amazing. A long ride but well worth the journey

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,513

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

A disappointing listen

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Nothing worse than a whodunit that doesn’t tell who done it. If you like the thrill of the chase this may be for you. I found it a bit tedious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II audiobook cover art
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

A Forgotten History

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This book is wonderful! It provides an insight into WWII that I have never been given. My parents married in 1941 and spent the war in Newport News, Va where my dad worked in the shipyard. I came along in 1949 after they had returned to NC. This audio book helped me relive their early years. It is beautifully produced and chock full or eye witness interviews. I can’t speak too highly of it

  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,994

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis

  • By Ethan M. on 05-01-12

Fascinating History

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

One would not think a book concerning th discovery and rediscovery of an ancient poem coupled with an historical treatise spanning a millennia could be fascinating, but it is. So much so that I listened twice, back to back.

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,847
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dee is amazing

  • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

A Magical Book Wonderfully Read

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

This classic novel is gripping and entertaining. Ruby Dee’s narration makes this one of my all time favorites.

  • Walking on Her Grave

  • Rogue River Novella, Book 4
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

The sleepy town of Solitude, Oregon, has turned into ground zero for a turf war between the manufacturers and distributors of a lethal new drug. When a teenage witness disappears, social worker Carly Taylor must find him before he's silenced permanently.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perry mason summaries

  • By K. Mathis on 07-28-15

Not my cup of tea Trite and predictable.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Began this novella but had to abandon it after the first hour. Narration was the big problem but the plot is weak and formulaic also. Not my cup of tea

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

An Absolutely Wonderful Book

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This novel is superbly crafted. The plot in itself is an addictive story of coming of age in New Hampshire but the symbolic details and thought provoking exploration into such subjects as religion and spirituality, the Viet Nam war, the Reagan era, fate, circumstance, and destiny, among others makes this book even more compelling. Lastly the narration is spot on. I fell in love with Owen Meany the book and Owen Meany the character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Prayer for Owen Meany?

It is no secret that Owen dies- you'll know it from the first line if you pay attention. But the telling of his death and the circumstances surrounding it is gripping.

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I shall

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is 23 hours long so no

Any additional comments?

None

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,070

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Not the Kind Worth Hearing

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

If you are a fan of murder mystery then you should enjoy this book. It's full of murder and full of mystery. And I must admit I listened to all of it and it held my interest. Having said that I have to add that there are only two characters who are remotely likeable and they are minor. The plot is twisted as comes with the genre but also filled with convenient circumstance. The narration is second rate at best. But in the end everyone gets their just desert and it's all neatly wrapped up. Now on to a better listen.