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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader is amazing!

  • By Gilma M. Salazar on 06-07-19

Fun, Sexy, Smart

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

Elizabeth Gilbert never disappoints. She is smart and awesome. Her characters are fun, her turns of phrase and story telling made me write snippets on pieces of paper in my car. It's lush and alive and gratifying. I wish she had been the narrator. I'm excited for this launch!

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,680
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,657

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

AMAZINGLY AMAZING!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

It was written perfectly and the combination of all the characters was perfect. The narrators also did an amazing job will it. Keep more coming!!!

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!

  • By Diana on 01-20-11

Reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

Smart writing. Smart characters. Intruiging. Engaging. This is not a "background" book. You have to pay attention and it moves along at a nice pace. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to finding more from this author.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,422

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Really disturbing ending

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

A basic murder mystery, lawyers and cops jousting. It was the kind of book that kept my attention but you could go for moments without paying attention and still know what was going on. I hated the ending. So sad. Such a downer.

Would you recommend Defending Jacob to your friends? Why or why not?

An airplane book

Do you think Defending Jacob needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No thanks.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,882

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

I wish I'd never given 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

The last book I enjoyed this much was The Help. If I could go back on my reviews and just give 5 stars to books I enjoyed this much, there would only be 2- the Help and 11-22-63. I have never been a Stephen King fan. I don't like horror books. I don't care for scare, and blood and gore. I would not even consider myself a sci-fi fan or anyone remotely interested in time travel- though I do enjoy Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I bought this book because of so many good reviews. I was blown away. I loved listening to it. I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters. I enjoyed how the story moved along. I enjoyed the cultural references to the 50s and 60s and giving that time and place such reality. I've gone to 5 bookstores trying to find a copy for my husband to read as I SO want to talk with someone about this book.
I never liked Woody Allen movies and then along came

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Void Moon

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107

In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly rules!

  • By Snoodely on 09-26-09

Don't Do it

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

Reviewed: 12-28-11

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I could not believe that I actually finished this book. It was awful. I have enjoyed Connelly books in the past but this was horrible.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Snow

  • By: Steve Thayer
  • Narrated by: David Birney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In the midst of a savage Minnesota blizzard, investigative reporter Rick Beanblossom receives an anonymous note much like the one the Lindbergh family received when their infant son was kidnapped. Fighting the perilous weather and racing against time, Beanblossom desperately searches for clues in history's most infamous kidnapping that may solve his own painful loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SILENT SNOW

  • By Sandi J Wilson on 05-30-04

More Steve Thayer!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-10

WOW- this book really hooked me. I loved the way he wove the Lindbergh baby's disappearance with the story. Very captivating and hard to "put down." I found the characters complex and interesting. The mystery moved along nicely through past and present. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Steve Thayer.

  • Worth Dying For

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,852

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked!

  • By Dave on 11-17-10

Really bummed that this wasn't any good.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-10

I am a Jack Reacher fan. I have read most of Lee Child's books and have escpaed into the fictions easily and with enjoyment. The outrageous predicaments that he finds himself in are entertaining and sometimes silly and reminiscent of some James Bond situations. I bought this book as soon as it came out and was really looking forward to it. But it was a dud. I did not find the characters sympathetic. I found that I really didn't care what happened to them. I was half way through the first section of the book and when I got back in my car I accidentally skipped to half way through the second section- and I felt that I had not missed anything. The narrator was great but the story fell flat.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,984

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

I like James Lee Burke

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-10

Tin Roof Blowdown was my first Burke book and while I found it hard to follow at first, I got into it and enjoyed getting to know the characters. I've read later Burke books and listened to Neon Rain thinking that it help fill out the characters, but I must admit that I like the complexity of the characters in the later books. I like Dave better as a sober man. Will Patton is great and I couldn't imagine listening to other Robicheaux books without him. This book was fine but the later books are better.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Pyramid

  • The Kane Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,166

Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much appreciated

  • By B. Turner on 05-28-10

Kids LOVED this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-10

All 3 kids read The Red Pyramid with great enthusiasm. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful