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  • Winter's Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Want to see the Movie!

  • By Pamela M. on 11-11-14

Wonderful book beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This is a wonderful book despite the deplorable conditions and seemingly insurmountable challenges faced by the protagonist and other characters and the fact that there is a fair amount of inter-family violence. Many of the characters first appear to be absolute brutes, then turn out to caring people who simply don't have the tools to express it very well. The reader was wonderful. I couldn't put it down.

  • 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 41,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,765

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

Couldn’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Wow. For the first chapter or two I thought it was going to be sappy, but once I got into it a bit I couldn’t stop listening. Riveting story and excellent narration. I had never heard of the Georgia Tann scandal before this, so I learned a little bit of history too. This might be my favorite book this year.

  • LaRose

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; wonderful narration by the author.

  • By sgonk on 08-22-16

Really good novel read perfectly

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I always enjoy Ms. Erdich's novels and this one was no exception. She is one of the best readers ever, and I'm sorry that she doesn't narrate other authors' work as well.

Why did I take off a star for the story? Because Peter gave LaRose instead of Maggie credit for taking the bullets out of the gun and I don't think that was ever resolved, and because toward the end there were just too many different plot lines in motion at the same time. But it is nevertheless a wonderful novel, and I highly recommend it.

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,968

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

I’m tired of the lisping reader and the word “correct”

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I have been working my way through the Mickey Haller series and enjoying the plots and characters. Why they chose a reader with a speech impediment is beyond me. For awhile I was able to tune out the hissy sssss but then it started driving me crazy. The other thing is that in the many courtroom scenes every question is a leading question (which would only be allowed in certain circumstances in real life) ending with “Correct?” To which every single witness responds, “Correct.” Annoying and unrealistic. I just listened to the sample of the next book, and it was a courtroom scene in which about every fifth word was “correct.“. I couldn’t even listen to the sample, I’ve had enough correct to last me a lifetime. Other than these annoyances I have really enjoyed the series, but I can’t stand them anymore.

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  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,378

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think he was trying for a younger audience.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-06-17

He’s lost his mojo

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

John Grisham has lost his mojo. His stories used to be so intricate and built soooo slowly to an always surprising climax. This one, like his last several, was just clumsy and obvious. Not bad enough to return but close. Good reader though, and I appreciate that Grisham tackles contemporary social issues like the student loan racket.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,880

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

I just couldn't like Olive, then it got worse

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I listened to this one to the end hoping I would start to like it. I am intrigued with the idea of linked short stores, but there just weren't enough likable characters in this book. Olive had her moments, but they were brief and far between, and there wasn't enough exploration of what made her so crotchety. Her loyalty to her husband Henry was by far her best quality. Henry was a doll until he had a stroke and entered a vegetative state until his death, but their son Christopher was an unmitigated jerk. His complicated relationship with his mother became painfully evident in one story, but there was never a real resolution. Several stories later they just didn't seem to be made at each other any more. Finally, at the end of the very last story, Olive finally feels a flicker of hope, but then book is over so we never really to enjoy it. I don't demand 100% feel-good in a book, but overall this one was too depressive for me.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,825
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,683

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Delightful and encouraging

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

I love this guy. I also suffer from a sometimes out of control sense of humor (I am a lawyer), and the concept of the dehumorizer is very familiar to me. Before I press send on any important email, the last step is to reread and dehumorize it. Easy to listen to, and provides important encouragement to all of us discouraged libtards. Read it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,884

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

Interesting approach, great narration

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

I am not much into full-on fantasy novels, but I like novels that are generally realistic with some fantasy elements, for example many of Haruki Murakami's books and Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead. Exit West takes an unconventional approach to the situation in several Middle Eastern countries the last few years causing an unprecedented refugee crisis that has impacted many European countries in particular. Because the portals through which the refugees travel to other countries in Exit West allow travel to very distant countries and render it impossible for governments to control their borders, the book explores, although not in much detail, how the world could adapt to the presence of large numbers of mobile refugees if it wanted to.

It is quite short, and I agree with several other reviewers who said that it trailed off a bit at the end, but it is still a very compelling novel. I will listen to it a second time very soon.

Mr. Hamid is a wonderful narrator.

  • Notorious RBG

  • The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • By: Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000

Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story about a fascinating person, however...

  • By Jessica on 12-10-15

I love RBG, and I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

I am a lawyer, and I always try to listen to SCOTUS confirmation hearings, which I find fascinating. After all these years I remember RGB's confirmation hearings very clearly, even how she responded to some questions. I still quote from them occasionally.

I chose this book mainly because I wanted to know more about her pre-SCOTUS background and history, and this book provided about the right amount of detail for me without being too long. It gives a good perspective on what the first generation of women lawyers faced and RGB's role in starting to level the playing field for the following generations (including me).

If you are not an RGB fan, be warned that this book is more of a hagiography than a critical treatment. RGB fans, on the other hand, should really enjoy it. I hope that all female professionals, especially younger women who might not know how it was back in the day, will enjoy learning more about RGB and will appreciate how she blazed the trail for the rest of us.

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,996

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

Good story, distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I always like Grisham. He takes a different twist in this story - no lawyers! It is a bit short but riveting, and I enjoyed the detail about art theft and the FBI response.

I hope this doesn't make me sexist (I'm a woman and I think I'm a feminist!) but I have a general challenge with women trying to do men's voices. The strained vocal fry annoys me. I prefer novels where there is a male reader to do the men's dialogue and a female reader to do the women's dialogue. Somehow men trying to sound like women is easier on my ears, or maybe the male narrators just don't try so hard.

In this case the narrator is great when it is just narration, but it she drives me crazy when she tries to pitch her voice down and sound like a man. And this is a book with virtually no female characters! (Hmmmm . . . that's another issue; where are the women?) Since the dialogue is virtually all men talking, wouldn't it have made sense to choose a male narrator for this novel?

Frankly, there are only a few narrators who can really do a variety of voices and accents convincingly, and except for them, I wish the narrators would just read the books in their own voices and let us imagine how the characters would have sounded.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful