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  • The Darkness of Sunnypoint

  • The Sunnypoint Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Audible Original Kids
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Moving from the big city to the picturesque town of Sunnypoint seems perfect for Dillon and her mom. But the new house - a big, old Victorian - creeps Dillon out, especially the old trunk in the attic that seems to move by itself. As if that weren't bad enough, the tight-knit popular girls at her new school hate her instantly. Dillon finds solace with the quirky kids - Quinn, the film nerd, Birdie, the back-of-the-class wit, and Kumail, the history fanatic. Together they find a mysterious necklace in the trunk, and when Dillon wears it, all of her wishes seem to come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy and fun!

  • By Angela on 10-24-17

Good for young teens

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

It was pretty good. Nothing like an old house with secrets to stir the imagination. Most of the characters were well played. I wasn't crazy about the narrator guy - he sounded like a lesser version of Carl Sagan. His inflection was bothersome.

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live Theater at Home

  • By Linda R. Harrington on 04-14-18

Ugh - hated it

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

It's amazing to me how far from others I feel about this story. Billy Crudup was great - absolutely excellent. The story - dull and all over the place. I seriously didn't get it. It's not that its too complex, it just has no direction. I'd love to hear Billy narrate a better story. The end.

  • Stick Fly

  • By: Lydia Diamond
  • Narrated by: Justine Bateman, Dule Hill, Michole Briana White
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

How well do you know your family? Your social class? Your race? Sensitive "Spoon" LeVay and his brother "Flip" see their weekend at the family home on Martha's Vineyard as a perfect opportunity to introduce their girlfriends to their upper class African American parents. Instead they stumble into a domestic powder keg that exposes secrets of prejudice, hypocrisy, and adultery. This fantastic new play comes from the pen of one of the country's most provocative new playwrights!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Tricia on 02-03-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I thought the performance was good but Taylor was too breathy and emotional - not passionate, just annoying. She calmed down at the end but in the beginning she was too much.

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  • Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3

  • By: Karin Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Becky Doughty
  • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Just days before Christmas in the mountain town of Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client's body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer's next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of Wicca and witchcraft - reminders of a past she buried long ago - and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator :(

  • By Helen Bannon on 08-31-17

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

What disappointed you about Anna Denning Mystery Series Box Set: Books 1-3?

Anna, the main character, is a whiny person but I think the narrator made it worse. This book did not capture my attention as I was easily distracted doing other things while listening and catch up with the story in progress. Anna is predictable and simplistic. But I think it was less about the writing and more about the over-exaggerated style of the narrator in every single sentence.

What could Karin Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the "mysteries" more mysterious!

How could the performance have been better?

Over-exaggerated - over performed. Not sure how to say it but it seemed like every sentence was emotional instead of just matter of fact. Not casual enough.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,691

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Nix the panda

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you try another book from Mark Manson and/or Roger Wayne?

No

What could Mark Manson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

No panda

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

The voice of the panda (or whatever animal it was) is SO annoying. I appreciated some of the points of this book but it droned on and annoyed me more than anything else. I am sure others enjoyed it but it couldn't keep my attention.

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  • Locked On

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,274

Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • labored, intensive, mostly dull.

  • By Aaron on 08-30-13

Overwhelmed by characters

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really. There are far too any side stories and characters - very hard to follow

Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney ? Why or why not?

Yes

Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes but a little too dramatic during interludes

Could you see Locked On being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Good lick with that- too many characters, acronyms and foreign names. Loses interest because it's too complicated to follow

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,860

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

I'm hooked

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love the characters- the humor- and storyline. It's creative, suspenseful and lots of mystery. The narrator makes the book come alive. Highly recommend!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like both Hadren and Royce!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

One week- I have a hour commute twice a day. This book makes traffic ok!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful