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  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,767

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

Not as advertised.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

The literal underground railroad was a missed opportunity. This book didn't have a purpose. Disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Symphony for the City of the Dead

  • Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
  • By: M. T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: M. T. Anderson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history - almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943 - 1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens - the Leningrad Symphony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Eye-Opening, Emotional Tale

  • By A.L.R. on 02-05-16

A entertaining education on Shostakovich .

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

A thoroughly entertaining education of Shostakovich and the devastation reigned on the Russian people by Lenin and Stallin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Woods

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,228

As dusk approaches a Dublin suburb in 1984, mothers call their children home. But on this evening, three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of them. He is gripping a tree trunk, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective. When a girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox must investigate a case chillingly similar to the unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Slow and full of unnecessary chapters.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Struggled to finish. Knew all along who committed the murder. No resolution for the only interesting bit.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,999

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Great story Perfect Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

This was my second time listening to this book. We chose it for our book club this month. I love it

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,659

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Entertaining excursion

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

This was my first listen to a Neal Stephenson book and it was quite entertaining. It was slow to begin, and I was close to stopping it. Keep listening!

The story is intricate and has a number of well developed characters.

Suspend belief because there was a lot of things that would never happen in the real world. But this is fiction and so that doesn't bother me.

Two things did bother me. The author needs to find synonyms for "reckon". That word was terribly over used to the point that it became annoying.

The narrator had trouble with the accents. It would be better if he didn't even try. But it wasn't a huge distraction from the over all story. In the long run I would call it a good narration, but not perfect.

In the end this was a great story and I'm quite happy to have spent the time listening to it.

  • A Wanted Man

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,042

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back

  • By Bill on 09-16-12

One of the top 3 Reacher novels. For Sure.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-12

What did you love best about A Wanted Man?

Taut Storyline. Great Characterizations. Unexpected plot.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! Usually Reacher is in a new town with a person or group of people in need of his special talents. This was different in that there wasn't any one place that was the center of the story. Instead it was all about the action. I couldn't guess what would happen next and that is much appreciated from an avid reader (and listener).

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dick Hill does is usual masterful job of individualizing the characters so you know who is thinking and saying what.

Any additional comments?

I love the Reacher series and have since book 1. This one is definitely in my top 3 of the Reacher novels. Loved it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

Michael Connelly got back in the groove.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-12

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

It's a great story from beginning to end. It will keep you listening and involved with the characters as they solve the mysteries.

  • The Last Lie

  • By: Stephen White
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors, the couple hosts a dinner party. One of their guests, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Was she drugged? Raped? Lauren, a deputy district attorney, and detective Sam Purdy are both privy to facts they can’t share with Alan, but Alan soon discovers that he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the dinner party.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better in this series

  • By shelley on 02-10-14

Not good enough for a credit

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-10

I've been a Stephen White fan since his first book Alan Gregory Book. This book is a huge disappointment. It was slow, and tedious. At times boring. There was little action and a lot of self talk. The other characters could almost be figments of Alan's imagination as we never really got a sense of who they were except through Alan's mental take on them. I think new comers to Stephen White would think these characters to be flat cardboard cutouts. Maybe it's time to move on from this series into something different.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Storm

  • Destroyermen, Book 1
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885

Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You've been there before; a nice trip anyway

  • By David on 04-30-10

Great Story, but strange segues in narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-10

I'm loving the story. It's captivating and fun.

One reason for the 4 star rating is because the narrator moved from one section to another without even a breath in between. It's a bit confusing to be listening about one group of characters and then another group with no segue to mark the change.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sacrifice

  • The Fey, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: David DeSantos
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179

Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enhanced by great narration

  • By J. HOPPER on 07-07-10

I really tried to like this

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-10

I think this was a great way to introduce us to new writers. I'm glad it was free, because I would have considered it a waste of a credit. I have listened to part 1 and most of part 2 and I just can't go on. The characters are not developed enough to be interesting. Very little seems to have happened at all during this time. What has happened so far has been reduced to dry explanations rather than exciting descriptions of power hungry people taking over another country.

When I read or listen to a book, I make an effort to finish it no matter what. In this case I'm not going any further. I tried to like it, but it was a failure.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful