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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,891

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Dragged

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This was a pretty good story, but about halfway through I just kept waiting for something to happen. I actually thought the book must have been 18 hours long. I started skipping chapters. Enjoyed It somewhat .

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,240

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move Over Jack Reacher

  • By Ed on 03-25-17

Almost a Spoof

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If the trials and tribulations the character faced had not been so over the top, it would have been a better story. Driving a car at high speed to save the children, after being shot, having broken ribs, after being stabbed, etc etc, while being sewn up by a vet tech and transfused with blood stolen from a medical clinic... Really? Put me in mind of Max Mayhem from The Fault in our Stars.

What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

The story involved a top assassin who was targeted for assassination himself, and he managed to escape at least seven impossible situations and persevere. It was almost comically unbelievable. The bad guys who were after him kept managing to kill each other.

Was The Gray Man worth the listening time?

Sort of, it was entertaining if not taken too seriously.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Channeling Jane Austen

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Any additional comments?

I love the era and the setting. I could see shadows of several Jane Austen stories in the characters. It was a little hard to keep some of the male characters straight; there were quite a few suitors. Overall it was an enjoyable escape.

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,157

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from beginning to end

  • By anne on 01-10-14

Not a Happy Story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

What made the experience of listening to The Wicked Girls the most enjoyable?

It was hard to feel much sympathy to the two women for almost the whole way through. It seemed they got what they deserved. Finding out there was more to it at the end was good.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Sympathetic.

Any additional comments?

It was not that enjoyable, just a really dark story all around, redeemed to some extent by the end.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,296

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Intriguing Story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

What did you love best about Before the Fall?

The twists and turns kept me guessing till near the end. There were a lot of red herrings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Before the Fall?

The last scene where Scott sums up what is wrong with news reporting today.

Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

Scott, the protagonist.

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

Not really a cliff hanger, as the plane wreck is not a surprise.

Any additional comments?

Well narrated, well written.

  • Saturday

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Deena on 04-25-05

What is the point?

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I kept trying, but got tired of waiting for something besides random thoughts to happen.

What was most disappointing about Ian McEwan’s story?

I could not care about the character.

Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

None

Was Saturday worth the listening time?

No, I could not finish it.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,595

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Amazing Complex Story

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

What made the experience of listening to The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great. Made Harry August into a very likeable character. The complexity of the story as it switched lives, "past" and "present", was well done and not too hard to follow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry of course.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Everything.

If you could take any character from The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Harry of course.

Any additional comments?

I often wonder how someone comes up with complex, intriguing stories like this!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,282

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Mesmerizing!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I had read the book...twice, got the audio so my husband could hear it. I have listened to it twice. Well read, great story, likeable character, humor and excitement. It goes into so much depth that the movie could not portray.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It grabbed my attention from the first few lines.

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  • Under Locke

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly... even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she's ever met. He's rude and impatient, and he doesn't know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ALL ABOUT THE BODY LANGUAGE IN THIS ONE!

  • By Yvette on 01-28-15

Kept Waiting....

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, it seemed to drag and drag with not much really happening. The main character is supposed to be 24 but acted like a young teen. Maybe she was supposed to be stuck at that level of development because of the tough life she had led.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mariana Zapata? Why or why not?

No, too dull. I would have quit listening but I was doing yard work so I didn't need a great story to keep me interested.

What didn’t you like about Callie Dalton’s performance?

It was okay.

Could you see Under Locke being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

Not really sure where this book was going for most of the story.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Effect

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,451

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the first one....

  • By Julie on 09-23-15

An entertaining sequel

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Where does The Rosie Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was fun and enjoyable, a solid 4 stars. Narration was very good. I enjoy the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The portrayal of a high-functioning Asperger's narrator was well done. Plot twists that I did not expect. But they all lived happily ever after.

Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

An excellent narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was funny and endearing.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a listen after The Rosie Project.