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  • Her Body and Other Parties

  • Stories
  • By: Carmen Maria Machado
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 238

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks needed

  • By Nora on 04-06-18

If you liked the movie "Mother"...

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

This book is like listening to slam poetry. The plots, if there are actual plots, have been shuffled and diced until all that is left is a fragmented mosaic of prose. Maybe that's the point. It makes no sense and feels like it's trying to hard to be abstract art. If you liked the movie "Mother", this book might be for you.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,790
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,330

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Spoken Anime

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Hearing this book is like mixing the first time you see high definition on your television wih the drama of a telenovela. There is a LOT of crying, gasping, grunting, and over-obvious internal dialogue, which is necessarily spoken. Once you adjust, you can appreciate the plot. As other reviewers have mentioned, the child character is particularly grating. As somone who appreciates graphic novels, I stuck with it and it was all worth it in the end. Also, pretty sure there was a walk-on cameo by Stephen King. Pretty cool.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,813

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Couldn't Force Myself to Finish

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Another story about a smart male detective trying to teach the ignorant petulant new female member of the team who is eager to please and dumb as a box of rocks. Maybe the woman prevails; I'll never know. After hours of listening, the misogyny was too much and I gave up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 518

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS FOR THIS 1

  • By Diana on 08-21-14

A struggle to get through

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

The main character is a squeamish, sensitive man and the storyline drags. I had to force myself to finish the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

  • By: J.D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 944

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • First audiobook I've ever stopped and deleted...

  • By West on 08-10-15

Couldn't Finish it...

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

What disappointed you about Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga?

The narration ruined this book for me.
The narrator uses a breathless stage whisper that evokes images of 1950's radio saga or ghost tales told by a camp fire- and not in a good way. Paired with the flowery knuckle-biting prose, "...that cursed journal...." I couldn't get images of a Marlene Detrich with her hand pasted to her forehead out of my head.It was all too much. The narration was made more grating as the speaker continuously takes short, sharp intakes of breath often paired with a growly vocal fry that accentuates her overly-theatrical style. I wanted to love the book. I really did. I could not get through it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,165

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 08-09-15

This is the first audio book that I've binge-listened to in a very long lime. Excellent plot and stunning insight into the mind of a stalker psychopath. I can't wait to listen to the next book from this author. The narration added to the experience and I'll be looking for more titles with this narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Good Story, Luke Warm Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Any additional comments?

Good story, engaging plot, but... the narrator sounds like Carl Kasell alternately impersonating John Wayne and a six year - old girl. It's not a deal breaker but significantly detracts from enjoyment of the plot.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,663

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Vibrant imagery brought to live in silken tones

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

Reviewed: 10-24-11

Although I'm not an ardent fan of fantasy, this story pulled me in with its grounding in reality and human emotion. The touches of fantasy provide an interesting subtext to a rich experience of inner sight and sound. I found the story to be a vicarious adventure of the "what if" variety - having myself, never quite fit into the banal real world. I would rank this story easily within the category of soon-to-be classics.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Brass Verdict

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,798

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Haller Is My Favorite Mystery Character

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

Agonizing, painful voice talent...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-11

I love this author and will suffer through lousy voice talent for a great story. I'm sorry to say that after listening to literally hundreds of audio books, I only made it through 15 minutes of this book. I don't wish to be rude, but to be honest, I'm blown away that the author would choose to have the book performed by someone with a lisp. I'm hearing impaired, the sounds of "s" & "th" are particularly difficult to hear. Despite this challenge I experienced every one of his maddeningly wet sepentine embellishments until I felt like he'd given me a wet willy. Don't waste your money.

  • The Bone Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story with excellent narration

  • By Rae on 03-02-08

Excellent Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-08

This book is intelligently written, engaging and keeps you listening. I thought the past and future vignettes were well done; never jarring. While I often wish for deeper character development, I was not disappointed by this book and the plot was intelligent and historically-oriented. I appreciated the multiple layers of crime, historical reference, and character relationships. Excellent listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful