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  • Live by Night

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lehane shows off his skills.

  • By Richard Delman on 11-15-12

Did not like

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

This book was a common book I felt I read it a hundred times. I am sorry I stayed with it thru 23 chapters.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,816

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Kate Morton will transport you

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-15

This book captivated me for days. The characters intertwine and danced in my head until I could sort them into their correct relations. The twists were many and proved me wrong time and again. The narrator was fabulous changing voices and never confusing the listener. I truly enjoy every book Kate has written she is truly a great story teller.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,853

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

An insite to the world of teenages facing death.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

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

Yes, I like the writer, he made you feel that it was his experience too, not just his characters.
I have had cancer and it is scary, but I am twice the age of the characters, and my fears were different than what a teenage would face.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

When the characters met and bonded over the book

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

I liked her voice and intonations.

  • The Mad Sculptor

  • The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 312

Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: SKYSCRAPER SLAYER, BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again - and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed these murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Mad Sculptor

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 08-03-14

too disconnected

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone from New York, or older than me.

What was most disappointing about Harold Schechter’s story?

It did not hold my attention, I felt like it was a few stories held together by a thin thread.

Which scene was your favorite?

none comes to mind

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

history of New York true crime story

Any additional comments?

it wasn't horrible just not engrossing enough to keep my attention.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,082

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration but depressing story

  • By DQmaine on 02-02-17

good story and characters

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

probably not, because it was too long, and some of the story lines dragged on

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

the museum visit, the working with the brother in the antique shop, and running into his friend after so long a time, finding the picture

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

nothing memorable

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

no it was too long

Any additional comments?

the characters were memorable and I admit I missed them for days after the book was finished, wondering what they were up too.