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T. N. Taylor

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  • Tin God

  • Delta Crossroads, Book 1
  • By: Stacy Green
  • Narrated by: Johanna Fairview
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

The truth can be as deadly as any weapon. Jaymee Ballard trusted only one person in Roselea, Mississippi with the secret of her lost daughter. When that person is brutally murdered, it leaves her with heartbreak and a slew of unanswered questions. The eerie similarity to a murder of one of Jaymee's close friends years ago causes her to realize her past has come back to haunt her and may cost her own life. Years of deception and abuse leave Jaymee with few options and fewer allies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like it, but...

  • By Wayne on 08-18-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

The story was great. I couldn’t stand the narrator’s voice, though. I had to bump up the speed to make it tolerable. At regular speed it was just too slow, like being mired in mud.

  • The Mockingbird Next Door

  • Life with Harper Lee
  • By: Marja Mills
  • Narrated by: Amy Lynn Stewart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one of the best-loved novels of the 20th century. But for the last 50 years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Questionable

  • By Cynthia L. O. Leary on 02-12-15

Insightful. Can’t wait to read Harper Lee’s book again!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

To Kill a Mockingbird has always been both my favorite book and movie. I have no idea how many times I’ve read the book or watched the film. For the films 50th anniversary it was re-released to theaters and I got to watch it on the big screen, something I never thought I’d do.

Listening to this book was an emotional roller coaster for me. First and foremost, I will say I am completely jealous of the author’s relationship with the Lee sisters. Becoming such an intimate acquaintance with them is a dream come true for any Harper Lee fan. I want to know all the stuff she couldn’t write about!

I’ve always known Maycomb was based on Lee’s home town, Atticus on her father and Dill on her childhood friend, Truman Capote. However, listening to the stories and details of Harper Lee’s childhood and life growing up in Monroeville paints a more solid picture of life in Maycomb. I’m looking forward to reading Mockingbird again now that I’ve listened to this book.

It’s sad that Harper Lee chose to live the life of a recluse. As the author states so often in the book, Lee had a lot of stories to write. She had an interesting and unique perspective on things. I would have loved to have read more from Harper Lee, as would millions of others. She was afraid she couldn’t top Mockingbird. The sad truth is, she went to her grave never knowing if she could, and denied her fans the opportunity to be the judge.

I think this book is a must read for any fan of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is an intimate look into the lives and hearts of Alice and Harper Lee. Listening to this had me laughing one minute and tearing up over what could have been the next. It was educational; I’ve now got a list of books to read and people to research.

  • Just Add Trouble

  • Hetta Coffey Series, Book 3
  • By: Jinx Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Hetta Coffey is a woman with a yacht and she's not afraid to use it. A globe-trotting engineer with adventure in her soul, Hetta is determined to solidify her relationship with her long-distance boyfriend, Jenks Jenkins. What better place for a romantic interlude than aboard a yacht in Mexico's hauntingly beautiful and solitary Sea of Cortez? But where Hetta goes, trouble follows, and chaos is sure to ensue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny

  • By T. N. Taylor on 05-16-18

Laugh out loud funny

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

This bird is hilarious. The story is outlandish and unbelievable. Perfect light reading (or listening as in my case). I would have given it 5 stars but the Nacho issue wasn’t resolved and that made me mad. I hope Nacho shows up again.

  • Next of Kin

  • By: James Tucker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

A New Year's Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork - and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer's victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben's life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Excellent Loved It - Just Get It

  • By shelley on 10-23-17

Crappy ending

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I really liked the book. I never expected the killer to be who it turned out to be. I didn’t expect that plot twist. The reason I say it’s a crappy ending is because the issue of Ben’s custody is unresolved. That was just rude.

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  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,743

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

Crouch should be getting another award

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I love everything about this book. It is sad. It made me furious. It is funny as heck. The characters are the kids next door. Sometimes you want to bang their heads together and say, “Really? F^cking really?” I’ll have to check out another Becky Albertalli book.

Michael Crouch does a superb job performing the book. He emotes well without overacting. His character voices are not extreme, yet recognizably different. He enhances the tale without distracting the listener at all. Not a lot of voice actors have the narrative ability Mr. Crouch does. He’s definitely a favorite reader.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

  • By: Ernest J. Gaines
  • Narrated by: Tonya Jordan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960s. Miss Jane Pittman has "endured," has seen almost everything and foretold the rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At great listen

  • By Susan on 11-11-08

Why did I wait so long?

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I cannot believe I waited until I was 52 to read this (ok, listen to) this book. I was captivated from the very beginning. I’m just sorry it isn’t a true story. Miss Jane Pittman is an interesting character that “lived” through incredible times. Many of the things she discusses in her “autobiography” sound as though they are steeped in truth (the “high water of 27” for example and the Frenchman that built the first levees). I would love to learn more about the area and the period. However, if Miss Jane and her posse aren’t there in the history books, it just wouldn’t be as much fun learning that history. I wouldn’t have a vested interest. I wouldn’t be as interested in learning about the general history of an area or era as I would be in following the history of a particular family of individual through time.

  • Tallow Jones: Wizard Detective An Urban Fantasy Detective Novel

  • Wizard of Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Trevor H. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When Detective Douglas Jones' son goes missing under strange circumstances, everyone assumes he ran away. The first break in the case comes when a long-lost relative shows up with a new name and a strange tattoo on the palm of his left hand. His name is Tallow Jones. He is a private detective... and a wizard. A wizard is needed too, because in Atlanta, strange abductions are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it so f- darn much!

  • By Daniel Abrams on 02-01-18

Looking forward to the next installment

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I was pleasantly surprised and definitely impressed.

My go-to genre is “Blood and Guts.” I love psychological thrillers, police procedurals, murders, serial killers, and the like. I knew this was not going to be an intense read. That said, there were some really well thought out plot twists — I didn’t see Tallow’s real identity coming. (I thought he was someone else.) There were also some absolutely “coffee-out-the-nose” hilarious moments. I love sarcasm and there was much of it in Tallow Jones. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

I absolutely loved Agatha; she reminds me of a little girl I know. When I was reading the book, I actually read in her voice. The down side was when I was listening to the audio version, Mr. Tell voices Agatha like he does Tarah Woodblade. Maybe Trevor could get another narrator for this series to add depth and variety to the narrative.

Trevor has pulled me out of my niche. Other than reading Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” I hadn’t read much fantasy. Perhaps one or two other writers over my 52 years. However, thanks to Trevor’s incredible imagination and story telling abilities, I’ve delved more into the genre. I’ll never be a diehard fantasy fan; however, I no longer turn my nose up at “those” people.

I didn’t give it 5 stars because “Tallow” grossed me out. It’s rendered beef fat. You know, that stuff they made candles with “back in the day.” Nasty.

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  • Cause to Run

  • An Avery Black Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Blake Pierce
  • Narrated by: Elaine Wise
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

A new serial killer is stalking Boston, killing his victims in bizarre ways, taunting the police with mysterious puzzles that reference the stars. As the stakes are upped and the pressure is on, the Boston Police Department is forced to call in its most brilliant - and most controversial - homicide detective: Avery Black.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why is it all British for a Boston story?

  • By bootsmom on 02-18-17

Cannot listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

This is one I’m going to have to find the time to read myself. Whoever thought it was a good idea to have a Brit read this was way off the mark. The story takes place in Boston. Listening to a British accent, and not even a sophisticated one at that, reading this was completely grating on my nerves. The husband in domestic violence situation was a Bostonian with a Cockney accent. Nope. Didn’t work at all for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgetting Tabitha

  • By: Julie Dewey
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Raised on a farm, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a bucolic and sheltered existence. When tragedy strikes the family, Tabitha and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City, known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves. As they struggle to survive in their new living conditions, tragedy strikes again. Young Tabitha resorts to life alone on the streets of New York, dreaming of a happier future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Errors in production editing

  • By T. N. Taylor on 07-25-17

Errors in production editing

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I would have given the overall rating 5 stars as well; however, there were major errors in the audio production. Several times throughout the book music started playing over the narrator. The first time it happened, I thought my phone was ringing some weird new tone. It got frustrating because I had to either ignore the blank in the story (driving!) or stop the story and go to the kindle copy to read it. Then, during the part about going to San Francisco to find gold, an entire paragraph was left out of the narrative. (It didn't make sense, I had to look at the written version.) The missing paragraph was inserted several seconds after it should have been. It was annoying to be engrossed in a story and then to be abruptly ripped out of it because of product errors.

  • The Watcher

  • A Romantic Thriller
  • By: Jo Robertson
  • Narrated by: Robert Forge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

Forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working on sheer tenacity, she sets out to prove it. Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate's arrival knocks his world on its axis. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with this pathology is bizarre. Together, they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been 4 stars but sex got in the way!

  • By Dixie on 02-18-15

Initial thoughts, not finished yet

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Performance is lacking. The reading is slow (I had to bump up the speed) and mostly monotoned. Why is the reader giving southern accents to the northern California Sheriff's department personnel (but not all of them) and a British accent to the security guard at a gated community?

As far as details in the story, I can overlook a lot of things; however, when an injury is inflicted prior to death, it is an antemortem injury. It is NOT a "premortem" injury. Not only is that sloppy writing, it is sloppy editing. I was tempted to hit the delete button at that point. Anyone that has read a newspaper or novel) or watched a TV show or movie) will know the "antemortem" and "postmortem" definitions and know there is no such word as "premortem" used in medical or criminal fields.

Also, is the main detective dark skinned enough to appear black or not? Or is he only black when it's convenient (like to other blacks, but not yo whites)? Why does his "drop" of black blood have to even be mentioned? Why can't we just say he's of mixed race and leave it at that? Or, let's just have him be a black dude. There's a novel (pardon the pun) idea. The flip-flopping is annoying.

I probably won't remember to update this after I finish the book.