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  • The White House Boys

  • An American Tragedy
  • By: Roger Dean Kiser
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than 30 unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough. Brutal. Realistic. Vivid

  • By Karole on 01-14-13

Ashamed

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

Reviewed: 04-27-19

Well written, well narrated. Painful but uplifting. Makes me ashamed of humanity. This should be required reading for many.

  • Lisey's Story

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a love story--it's a horror story--it's both

  • By Lesley on 01-30-07

Huh. ...

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Not what I expected. It was a little slow for me to get into and at first I wasn’t sure I liked the narrator. It may have been a little drawn out at times, but overall I really liked “Lisey’s Story”. It really does capture intimate elements of a mostly good marriage and all the love and tragedy and uncertainty that goes with it, mixed with a dose of wonky supernatural that feels dreamlike and wispy. Yea, I liked it a lot.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,895

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trite, predictable, and unworthy of my money.

  • By Robert Powers on 06-18-18

Perfect duo - King and Patton

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I ended up loving this book. The audio performance is excellent and riveting. King does such a great job with his characters, giving them depth and feeling and carefully meshing plot with character. I live when you start out hating a character and end up loving them. I like to see individuals grow and change. I suppose you could read some societal commentary into this in how our legal system is rigged toward sensationalism, but in the end, it’s just good writing and a really fun and interesting read.

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  • Days Without End

  • A Novel
  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205

Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, disturbing, amazing

  • By Donna Deal on 07-28-17

Not what I expected, but amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this. However, the narrative is so mesmerizing that it just flowed through me like warm water. The story is sweeping and consuming and harsh and nuanced. I could never tell where it was going - things would circle back, go in new directions, then find familiar ground again. Just really fascinating and also beautifully read. Loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,803

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Hurts

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

Sad, thrilling, moving, amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Yea, I loved this book. The author speaks through an amazing character. I was so drawn in to this you boy’s perspective, his frailty and his fear. I loved the introduction to farm life - an incredible portrayal that brought back so many memories of my own childhood. Some of the important events were too coincidental but it was still so good. The narrator could have toned down some of the portrayals a bit but I got use to them and it did help clarify the characters. Tough ending, with hope, but not fanciful optimism.

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,450

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

Good McDowell Story

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Once again, great characters and interesting fun. India is a great character and the relationship between her and her father was great. The story line was probably not the most original but there was enough nuance and imagery that it was enjoyable and interesting and evocative.

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Really good horror

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I suppose I’m not a great critic but this was a really good read. I didn’t the like narrator though. Still, I like McDowell’s writing. His characters are interesting and garner sympathy and hatred at realistic levels. Details are good, side trips are interesting and the horror, while significant, is woven in in bits and pieces so it doesn’t overwhelm the story. Good stuff.

  • The Amulet

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

When a rifle range accident leaves Dean Howell disfigured and in a vegetative state, his wife Sarah finds her dreary life in Pine Cone, Alabama made even worse. After long and tedious days on the assembly line, she returns home to care for her corpse-like husband while enduring her loathsome and hateful mother-in-law, Jo. Jo blames the entire town for her son's mishap, and when she gives a strange piece of jewelry to the man she believes most responsible, a series of gruesome deaths is set in motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good 38 years later.

  • By Jon Weimer on 12-11-17

Guilty pleasure

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I enjoyed this book in the same guilty way I enjoy looking at a totally destroyed car after a bad wreck. It could be considered too formulaic by some but it kept me going and I wasn’t sure how it would end. In that respect, it was good horror. Good characters.

  • 1916

  • A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
  • By: Morgan Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • more than the year 1916

  • By connie on 04-13-09

Good fictional telling

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I thought this was a good story, knitting together the historical events into an interesting and human story line. I’m finding historical fiction fun now because I can jump off the book to look up info on the actual events or characters described. This seemed to be accurate and helped me consider the perspective of the people at the time and the forces they had lived under for so many hundreds of years.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,567

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Intriguing! Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

The concept of this book seems rather iffy but I have to say I really enjoyed it. The narrator did a good job presenting it and despite her English accent, I didn't feel like the Brits had a corner post-earth colonizing. I'm impressed that the writer was able to bring me along with the spiders, the parallels to human conflict, violence, dominance, and finally empathy. The most unique thing was the perspective that the arc ship had its own time. They took it with them. Millennia passed and lives intertwined, passed and caught up with each other, and it made sense in this context. Kinda cool.