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Robin

Huntingtown, MD, United States
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I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive audiobook cover art

Best Audible Book I've Listen to Yet

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

It takes a lot for me to give five stars all the way around, but this book did it for me.

At first I was scratching my head at the selection of the narrator (not realizing it was also the author) because of his voice and slight slur. But the voice--and the slur--really captured the mood and the character of Doc, the main character. Not to gush, but...Steve Earle was awesome!

The story had sweet moments without being sweet. It had tragic moments without being a tragedy. The narrative carried me along on a wave and sometimes Earle sneaked in a surprising phrase or juxtaposition that just made me belly laugh.

Know what I didn't like? It was just too short. Well, not really. It was long enough to tell the story effectively. But I just wasn't ready to say good-bye to the characters.

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Down River audiobook cover art

A Place Where There Are No Contractions

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

What made the experience of listening to Down River the most enjoyable?

Down River takes place in a part of North Carolina where no one has ever heard of contractions. No, they have not.

At first the story and the tone is a bit ponderous. That never entirely goes away and is somewhat reinforced by all the bickering between characters. But the story does pick up steam, which helps to carry all that weight toward a satisfying end.