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  • Alias Grace

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Gadon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book after watching the series.

  • By Sheri Martin on 12-30-17

The Bones of a True Story Fleshed With Fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Alias Grace is a compelling story of murder, sex, desire, and scandal in the 1800's. This gives it an odd feel from the beginning as you get to know Grace Marks. But as the story builds and characters start to appear you learn that nothing may be as it seems.

Grace is young and slow to learning the cruel realities of the world around her. You desperately want her to be innocent but as the evidence builds and the testimonies are told you are less and less convinced.

The reader does take some time to get used to and you have to take care to realize when there is a tone change or when another character is speaking.

The story is wonderful, the execution is this reading is lacking, but it's still worth the credit.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,144

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

The Real Story About Mental Illness

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

If you've suffered from any kind of mental illness and you're sick of the sad, every day account of it, this is the book for you. Jenny Lawson has a way of translating how her brain works into a funny master piece that anyone can enjoy. She tells stories from her marriage, her childhood, her friendships, and her parenting that had me in stitches.

Plus, you'll expand you're vocabulary along the way. Learn the finer points of taxidermy and the art of cat naming.

Probably one of the best books you could purchase today.

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

Almost as Captivating as a Real Tragedy

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

The concept of Fantasticland is easy to grasp if you've ever had that family trip to Disney World or Universal Studios. The magnitude of fear is also easy to comprehend if you or your loved one have ever sat through "the storm of the century no one saw coming."

What this book does well is explaining to you why the subsequent violence captures the mind. After all, even though this is fiction, you will listen to every story with the same wonder and gut wrenching realization of "what would have done?" "Would I have been any different?" But most importantly, and most disturbingly, it makes you ask yourself, "What tribe would I have been a part of?"

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,701

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

A Narrative of a Girl Diver

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I can't put my finger on why I like this book so much. Anna proves to be a three dimensional character and the men in her life interact with that beautifully if not somewhat unexpectedly. The narration is executed with rich texture and the tone really helps to illuminate some of the era's slang.

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  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,694

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Agatha Christie is just unmatched

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

A story of murder, suspicion, and a sinister nursery rhyme. You'll try to guess who it is, but by the end you'll question all the evidence.

Dan Stevens does a wonderful job with every character. They are distinct individuals and the voices paint the scene beautifully.

  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,383

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking twists and turns

  • By S. Winchester on 07-18-17

Twisty Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Final Girls is a slow burn, twisty thriller. Once you think you have the ending figured out, it changes. It does a great job at closing plot holes and answering some of the questions that usual thrillers leave out. You get to know the characters minds as well as their stories. If you always wondered what happened to that Final Girl at the end of the movie, let Quincy show you one story.

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