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  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Phenomenal Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Imagine if Peyton Place and The Creature from the Black Lagoon had an offspring ...This saga blew me away. I loved immersing myself into the community and family portrayed here. This is a sinister soap opera that will make you wish McDowell had lived longer to contribute more brilliant collections such as this.

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • By: Katherine Paterson
  • Narrated by: Robert Sean Leonard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By R. G. Pickering on 09-16-16

Beautiful and Timeless

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Pulls and the heart-strings with very raw emotional moments. This is a good one to do in one sitting.

  • Winter's Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,865

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Want to see the Movie!

  • By Pamela M. on 11-11-14

Interesting Journey

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Both the journey and the destination are important in this story. Overall, very good plot and pace. I had a hard time relating to many of the characters, but that didn't stop them from feeling real.

  • Vox

  • By: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women only have 100 to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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

  • By Morgan Bell on 08-29-18

Laughably Bad Writing

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Imagine a mid-talent harlequin romance novelist attempting to write The Handmaids Tale. For starters, the protagonist is not very likable, nor does she possess the empathy and vulnerability of the female protagonists in books this is being compared to. Few of the characters are consistent, with the exception of the one-dimensional villains … But the most ridiculous aspect of this book is “Lorenzo,” the beefy Italian hunk doctor who drives fast cars. Hes not only a soap opera cliche for the protagonist to irrationally swoon over, but becomes necessary for the protagonist to get to her “happy” ending. In other words, she needs the men in the story to save her in the end, literally take a bullet for her ... Contrast that with The Handmaids Tale, wherein Nick could be June’s savior, but could just as likely is carting her off to her doom.

Spoiler Alert: The entire premise mirrors a James Bond-esque plot. The evil government plans to turn the nation into mindless, silent idiots in an elaborate bio-medical conspiracy … Why not just commit genocide then? Why the ridiculous Bond villain extravagance? Also, chimpanzees don’t have claws, you can’t read a couple textbook chapters on brain surgery and expect to be able to perform a lobotomy, and those two key characters (without any prior foreshadowing) who suddenly and very conveniently know American Sign Language??? Puuuleeez … Profoundly ridiculous stuff here.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Intriguing and Lighthearted Murder Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

'The Word' doesn't meet the exceptional standard set by 'Magpie Murders,' but is still very entertaining and worthy on its own. The mystery is intriguing and the characters captivate through their subtle eccentricities.

  • The Sinner

  • By: Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FIVE

  • By Donna on 06-04-17

Please Get To the Point

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

A very long-winded psychological thriller that underwhelms. The protagonist constantly reminds us that she is being less than honest, and thus half the content is a slog through needless exposition. There is no big twist ending and by time we see the "mystery" solved, I simply stopped caring.

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  • The Egg and Other Stories

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Great Twists!

  • By Chris on 07-20-17

Big Things in Small Packages

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

There are some highly effective short pieces here; very thought-provoking and whimsical. I appreciated the ones with twist endings, and the Twilight Zone tribute was the highlight of the collection.

  • Greenglass House

  • By: Kate Milford
  • Narrated by: Chris Henry Coffey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

It's wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler's inn is always quiet during this season, and 12-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo's home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly delightful experience!

  • By Lori on 02-19-17

Charming Story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Very enjoyable young adult/children's literature, including a twist I didn't see coming. The unique cast of characters are fun and inviting, and the setting really sets the story in motion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,920

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Gothic Ghost Tale

  • By Mel on 01-25-12

High Quality Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

You can see the ending coming from a mile away, but that doesn't make it any less creepy and satisfying.

  • The Amityville Horror

  • By: Jay Anson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good, it’s scary.

  • By steve on 11-02-12

Creepy But Likely Contrived

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This feels like a descent haunted house story, but what really sets it apart is trying to convince yourself that it really happened. I'm left unconvinced, as any speculative person would be. Regardless, the process of playing out the potential truthfulness is worth the effort.