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  • A Land More Kind Than Home

  • By: Wiley Cash
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good it made me cry!

  • By Cindy on 11-26-12

Predictable and boring

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Kept listening because I thought it had to get better. Same old story of redemption through loss that you've read 100 times. Boring characters and boring story. Did I say it was boring and that the book bored me? Honestly, how did this get published?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,200

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Best book I read in 2016

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

The character development is incredible. The story is heart breaking but riveting. I finished the book 4 months ago and I still think about the characters often. The charachtb came alive.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Boy

  • A Novel
  • By: Abigail Tarttelin
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson, James Langton, Abigail Tarttelin, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he's the perfect son. Max's mother, a highly successful criminal lawyer, is determined to maintain the facade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years. Now that the boys are getting older, now that she won't have as much control, she worries that the facade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband, Steve, has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full-Cast Audio you won't want to miss

  • By The Reading Date on 05-18-14

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

This book is a great story as well as imparting a lot of education to the reader. I very touching story with great character development.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Not Ourselves

  • By: Matthew Thomas
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 981

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Depressing

  • By Emily Yolkut on 01-12-15

Perfect in every way

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

My mom has Alzheimer's and this book deceived so well the feelings and emotions. But this book is so much more than a story involving a character who develops Alzheimer's. It a story of deep, abiding and respectful love; dreams; disappointments. I loved this book so much. The narrator is fitting. Her voice gives Eileen a smoky quality that adds to the story.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,282

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

One of the best books ever!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

The book drew me in. I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. I was completely involved the the characters' lives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boris. He was the perfect flawed philosopher.

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

The cadence and tone of the characters.

If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

The goldfinch is perfect. I love that it's a real painting.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book!

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,758

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

It could have been so much more than it was

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

What would have made The Luminaries better?

Without the "magic". It seemed like an unexplained solution to what could have been a really good story.

Has The Luminaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What aspect of Mark Meadows’s performance would you have changed?

I would have had him not read the longitudinal coordinates. It was very off-putting in an audio book. I wanted to get rid of the book in the first 5 minutes.

What character would you cut from The Luminaries?

No one

Any additional comments?

It was a well woven story that got clunky at the end and left me feeling disappointed that I spent 30 hours listening to it.