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Jeffrey Young

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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,771

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

WTF

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This was such a bad storyline, from the unlikable characters to the absurd sorry. I stick around because a. Tana can write pure gold phrases and beautiful dialogs and b. I kept going there would be a moral or a point.
Unfortunately there was not a point or a purpose other than to emphasize (?) the disparity between the halves and have nots.
Oh Tana. Another author who has fallen into the publish it anyway market.
😗

  • The Unquiet Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Roger Casey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P. D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in 19th-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good

  • By hayloft27 on 09-16-17

One half the story was good

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I don't know if it was the poor narration or the content, but I had a terrible time sticking with the lawyer's story line. The mama was clear, definitely country, and pure Mccrumb. That said, it was a good story, just maybe better off read than listened to.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,496

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family Secrets Abound

  • By Jami on 10-30-14

I can't believe I listened as long as I did.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Any additional comments?

I started this book realizing that not everyone liked it but since it mostly had positive reviews I took a chance. But I so didn't need this book in my life, especially right now. And half-way through, when I realize that there will be no let up in the sadness and aweful feelings this story has triggered in me I had to give it up and actually write a review. If a person is going to tell a story like this they have to give some promise of hope or something to lift the human spirit! I feel horrible right now and I have to go and play with my dog and cat to feel good again.

  • Designated Daughters

  • By: Margaret Maron
  • Narrated by: Margaret Maron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems like half of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow. Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act of mercy, or murder?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bewildered by change of narrators ...............

  • By Janet on 08-23-14

Where is CJ Crit?

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Margaret Maron's books never fail to delight, but why is she suddenly narrating her own books? I get that she has a very nice voice but she does not know how to change voices and I was lost for most of the story. My favorite characters were no longer the same personality.