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  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 398

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • frustrated

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-13-18

Love

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Not surprisingly, this Anne Tyler novel is as splendid as all of her other books. Wonderful. Kimberly Farr is equally excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neverworld Wake

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim - their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend - changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft - the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world - hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death. But as the night plays out, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, addicting yarn that will keep you up all night

  • By AS on 06-11-18

A rare talent

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The third novel from Marisha Pessl is as transcendent as her first two. Wonderful. Thankfully the narration is as excellent as the text. Well done to all involved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Killer

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Reykjavik, August 1941. When a travelling sales rep is found murdered in a Reykjavik flat, killed by a bullet from a Colt 45, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied occupation force. The British are in the process of handing over to the Americans, and the streets of Reykjavik are crawling with servicemen whose relations with the local women are a major cause for concern. Flovent, Reykjavik's sole detective, is joined by the young military policeman Thorson, the son of Icelandic emigrants to Canada. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous in this series

  • By Super Sue on 07-04-18

Splendid

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Every bit as successful as all of the other Indridason books narrated by Guidall. Engrossing.

  • The Mars Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

Featuring original music by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon! It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing novel !

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

I can't think of any way this book could have been

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

As a great admirer of Kushner's previous novels I was expecting to love this and I did. Unflinching, unvarnished - like being inside the characters heads. A superb achievement. She did a wonderful job with the narration as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You Think It, I'll Say It

  • Stories
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 363

Throughout the 10 stories in You Think It, I'll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we're all thinking - if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Potato Chips, You Can’t Read Just One

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-04-18

Sittenfeld at her best, the narration not my favor

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The stories are as good as short fiction gets but I actually enjoyed her narration of two of these stories at the New Yorker Fiction podcast much more than the versions here. Regardless, it is a great book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lonely Boy

  • Tales from a Sex Pistol
  • By: Steve Jones
  • Narrated by: Steve Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Ask anyone who knows about music, and they'll tell you: Without Steve Jones punk rock would not exist. This is not hyperbole. No Steve Jones, no punk rock. Period. The prototypical street urchin turned Sex Pistols guitarist was the sole inspiration and creator of the punk movement that began shaking the culture in late 1970s London and is just as strong today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Steve Jones Even More Now!

  • By Ewenanne on 01-30-17

Nicely done

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I found it hugely entertaining to have a counterpoint to John Lydon's view of the same events. With that said, I struggled to get past the fact that Jones has never once come close to matching the impact he made with the Pistols, while Lydon has in PiL.

  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

  • The Rise of Motörhead
  • By: Martin Popoff
  • Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Through interviews with all of the principal troublemakers, Martin Popoff celebrates the formation of the band and the records that made them legends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great.

  • By Nicolai Aasen on 01-16-18

Nearly ideal

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

This particular Motorhead book is quite well done and it is always interesting hearing the divergent opinions of the main characters. I personally would have liked to hear more from Lemmy, but that's a small problem.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow District

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk, the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War, when a young woman was found strangled behind Reykjavik's National Theatre. Konrad, a former detective, is bored with retirement and remembers the crime. He grew up in "the shadow district", a rough neighborhood bordered by the National Theatre. Why would someone be interested in that crime now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A slow burn!

  • By Rosemary on 12-12-17

Top drawer, as usual

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Mysteries are generally not my genre of choice by I have loved each and every Indridason book without qualification and this was no different. George Guidall's fantastic narration really brings the work to life as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried

  • My Life as a Revolting Cock
  • By: Chris Connelly
  • Narrated by: Chris Connelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

When hardcore industrial rocker and Ministry supremo Al Jourgensen recruited Chris Connelly as a singer for the Revolting Cocks, the young Scottish lad could hardly have imagined the mayhem that was about to ensue. As an integral part of Jourgensen's Mad Max-like mutant family of musicians, Connelly joined a drug-crazed travelling circus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Debauch Fantastic!

  • By ifthenwhy on 10-29-15

Connelly is very very good at this

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

He really should write books more often. The book itself is highly entertaining and the narration is hilarious. This book also confirmed everything I always suspected about Ministry. Thanks for a great book Chris.

  • The Burning Girl

  • By: Claire Messud
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138

A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Notable more for the ideas an insights than story.

  • By Edward J Bridge on 11-05-17

I loved everything about this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-17

A noticeably different offering from Messud that was in every way as good as her best. A excellent job narrating by Morgan Hallett as well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful