LISTENER

S. Elder

  • 35
  • reviews
  • 140
  • helpful votes
  • 201
  • ratings
  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

A different approach

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I downloaded this book because I love 2 of the TV series Horowitz has written Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. I have, in fact, seen every episode of Foyle’s War TWICE. The book was not a disappointment. I loved the approach he used of the author telling the story as he acquired it from a detective. Hope he will do that again!

  • The Line That Held Us

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer: his best friend, Calvin Hooper. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Kristina on 08-20-18

Spellbinding!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

David Joy is an incredible writer. His characters have depth, his narrative is lyrical, and the story intriguing.

I know that “Southern Noir” is his genre of choice, but it is sometimes SO noir that you want to skip ahead to avoid the gritty parts.

Write more David Joy! Maybe a little more JOYful!

  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 587

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Not one if Anne Tyler’s best

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I have always loved Anne Tyler’s books and have read about everything she’s written. This book seemed to lack the depth of her others.

There were no characters you could care about except perhaps the 9 year old girl caught in the middle of a world of adrift adults. There were a lot of unnecessary details that just seemed like padding. I don’t need to know over and over that she brushed her teeth.

The narrator sounded like she should be reading to children.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unraveling Oliver

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children's books; their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!

  • By felicia jones on 09-21-17

A Compelling Read!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I started this book reluctantly, but once into it I couldn’t stop. What a great, oddly believable, story! The characters are fairly well developed, but the twists and turns of the plot make it a winner. Spoiler alert: the person who recommended to my book group is an ob-gyn. I can wait to hear what she has to say about it!

  • Alternate Side

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 451

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life - except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip This One

  • By BostonMommy on 04-18-18

Listened to it in 2 days!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I’m not sure what was so compelling about Alternate Sides (great title), but I got caught in the lives of the characters and a fascination with the place. Like her characters, Anna Quidlen doesn’t waste time naval gazing, and story moves quickly to its conclusion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,155

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Interesting story, but unnecessary fluff

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

While the story of The Tennessee Children’s Home scandal was both sad and fascinating, I thought as I listened to the book I’d rather have read a nonfiction account without the chic-lit side story.
However, at the end of the book, we learn there were many nonfiction accounts out there, they just never made the Best-seller lists.
I think I would recommend those books, not this one, to anyone interested in learning more about this story.

  • The Art of Fielding

  • A Novel
  • By: Chad Harbach
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,561

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of Fielding- A Work of Art

  • By Wendi on 06-20-12

I kept feeling I was missing something

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I chose this because my Book Group is reading it. It is the polar opposite of Chick Lit, so I expect the men will like it. To me it seemed to go on forever - lots of angst and people doing things that don’t make sense. Like John Irving whose writing I never much cared for either.

  • Hard Times

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very glad I kept going!

  • By Bonny on 03-01-16

Anton Lesser is THE BEST Narrator ever!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Lesser makes sometimes difficult to read, Dickens, lively and engaging. I will look for the rest of his narrations.

  • At the Strangers' Gate

  • Arrivals in New York
  • By: Adam Gopnik
  • Narrated by: Adam Gopnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Strangers' Gate builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey - from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brush up contemporary visual artists first

  • By S. Elder on 09-16-17

Brush up contemporary visual artists first

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Adam Gopnik is an insightful and engaging writer. He took us to Paris once. This time he invites us on a trip with him and his wife Martha, through SoHo in the 1980's- From the minuscule flat, where the foam rubber bed had to be folded up during the day, where he flambed and sauted and braised his way through some favored French cookbook to the 1500 square foot loft, awash in vermin of every kind.
He goes through a series of jobs, and ends up writing for the New Yorker. He visits and travels with his good friend photographer Richard Avedon. Along the way he was an art critic and is therefore conversant the visual art scene of the time. Those of us in the hinterlands are out of that loop, but it's ok, it's still worth the trip.

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,209

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Beware the Beach Book disguised as Legal Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Maybe it was because I bought this audible book outright since I'd used my subscriptions for the month. Maybe because I had a long, solitary car trip - anyhow, I suffered through till the end.
I should have known when I first heard the female narrator that it wasn't the usual Grisham. Then sexual tension at the beach, lazy afternoons in a beach house. Sheesh. It was a predictable, chick-lit, beach book you could read before bed. Mary Kay Andrews is great, but not when you are expecting a suspenseful legal thriller to keep you on edge.

I heard Grisham interviewed on NPR,and he said he and his wife came up with this plot on the way to Florida. It was a great idea for a plot,but I wanted suspense, not snuggling in a hammock. Next time I will be more careful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful