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  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,065

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

  • By PJC on 06-09-16

Can I get my money back?

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Worst. Book. Ever. I've never used the guaranty for getting my credit back, but I'm about to ask.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clan of the Cave Bear

  • By Terri on 06-13-08

Old favorite

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I read this book as a paperback years ago and still enjoy it from time to time. So well written!!

  • Warlock

  • A Novel of Ancient Egypt
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa to become a hermit. He devotes himself to the study of the occult and, armed with extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into a warlock. After years of study, he discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor sequel

  • By Matthew on 08-06-09

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Awesome story! Great performance! I love this series! It's gruesome at times but faithful to the cultural context of ancient Egypt.

  • All Things Wise and Wonderful

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,099

This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, Poor editing

  • By Sassy1980 on 09-11-13

Love these books!!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Classic stories that never get old! Still makes me laugh hysterically at points...cry at others.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,931
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,767

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great book but the narrator makes it even better!!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

This book was fantastic!! Can't wait to see the movie!! Although I don't expect it to live up to this...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 780

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plain good!

  • By Susan on 08-05-10

A Rather Confusing Read

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

This book confused me. I couldn't quite decide whether Katie really was psychologically unbalanced or a pathological liar; Jodi Picoult doesn't answer this question for me at any point during the book.

If you see Katie Fisher, the sweet, unadulterated Amish girl, then she's simply confused and naive. When confronted by an unwanted pregnancy, it tips her into a world of mental instability.

If, however, you see Katie Fisher as a girl who feels trapped by her circumstances sneaking off to taste the English way of life, perhaps you see the other, sneakier Katie who just wants everyone to see her as "perfect" and willing to lie through her teeth to maintain that.

On one hand you have the premise being laid down that the Amish will forgive any sin (real or simply admitted to) if one will only confess and then wait out the finite time of the "Meidung" or shunning.

On the other, there's this whole web of lies. Or are they lies? Are they really Katie suppressing the memories? Why would she feel the need of suppressing the reality (of a baby), or memories, if an illegitimate birth will eventually be accepted and the child loved (since children are precious to the Amish according to Picoult)?

This book raised question after question after question and I never felt like the book answered any of them!

Ultimately, I never did connect to Katie emotionally. I felt like her perspective was too clouded.

The ending to me was not surprising and -- again -- it only begged more questions than it answered. It made no sense in the context of the most fundamental paradigms of the Amish driven home throughout the book.

The more sympathetic plot was that of Ellie. I was MUCH more interested in HER character development than that of Katie (if you can even say that her character was developed). Her intentions and motivations were clear and understandable. I liked Ellie.

In the end, I was left with a feeling that I kind of liked this book, but not a whole lot. I am fascinated with the Amish lifestyle and books about it...I fear I am one of those Englischers, described derisively by the Katie's mom, who want to come live with the Amish and pretend that they're Amish. That's me. But the book, in general, left me feeling dissatisfied.

  • The Red Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, unsympathetic heroine

  • By Karin on 09-12-10

You Gotta Read It...Resign Yourself

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

What did you love best about The Red Queen?

It's hard to say. It wasn't a book I loved. It was -- on one hand -- KIND OF interesting to read the story from Margaret Beaufort's perspective, but on the other, it isn't a particularly sympathetic one. Because it's part of a series, you really should read it, but it's not the best of them so far.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Check it off the list. Since you know how it ends, there was no real climax.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Bianca Amato does a great job of reading a rather unimpressive book. Great affect, great interpretation...just not fantastic material.

If you could take any character from The Red Queen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Elizabeth Woodville!! HA HA!! Sorry, but the white queen SO outshines the red one...

Any additional comments?

I love Philippa Gregory! But I have to admit that this wasn't one of her better books. I have to agree with other reviewers I read (before purchasing the book) that the events have been recounted in her other books and the perspective of Margaret Beaufort is singular (her divine duty and/or right) and uninteresting. And yet, I still assert that you have to read it as part of her Cousins War series! But don't let the worst of the reviews dissuade you...you can't NOT read it!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Stolen Life

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jaycee Dugard
  • Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408

"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Daniel on 07-27-11

A Hard, Powerful Read

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

What made the experience of listening to A Stolen Life the most enjoyable?

What set this audiobook apart was listening to Jaycee Dugard read it. It was almost like sitting in her living room hearing her tell her story.

What did you like best about this story?

I absolutely loved Jaycee's indominable spirit. It was the only thing that got me thru the awful, heart-rending stories from the first years of her captivity.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when she was reunited with her mom. Her fears and doubts about whether her mom still loved her - whether her mom would accept her girls - I cried the whole way through it.