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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 19,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,180

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

DO NOT MISS THIS READ/LISTEN!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I will choose my word’s carefully, so as NOT to betray the books contents. All I can say is that it was a myriad of ups and downs, captivating, thought provoking and profound. In fact, there are SO many avenues in which to provoke thought, I may have to listen again and ponder each one over and over. So many very human and real emotions as well, understanding thereof! One can’t really be disappointed with the ending, for how else could it end? Indeed, a plausibly realistic ending with applicable content throughout and within ALL walks of life. Captivating. Simply captivating.

53 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 724

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story went nowhere. Dully. Pointlessly.

  • By George on 07-04-18

I can’t write a book......

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

......and with that in mind, I feel somewhat bad for how utterly HORRIBLE I feel like this book is?
Nothing like her first two novels. This was utterly nonsensical. The storyline had seeming potential at first, then off in a vaguely descriptive whole other direction out of which you may struggle to make ANY sense of!
Perhaps the most ridiculous aspect was spinning a web-like expressed thought process within children and subsequently young adults (with exception to one character), that no child/young adult could conceive/rationalize.
This book was a bitter disappointment and although I’ve already said it, I’ll say again....
utter nonsense.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

  • By Linda on 11-22-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

Disturbing.......thrilling.......tragic, excellently written, narrated and suspenseful. You genuinely did not quite know which direction in life she would go.
I don’t want to say too much, so as not to spoil the book......there is SO much to say though! Suffice it to say, this book most definitely provokes thought! A total psychological experience into the effects and cycle of depravity.

  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

  • By Meg on 11-03-17

I’m trying......

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I am trying to consider my words, so as not to have them seem too entirely harsh. While I can appreciate the very very end of the book (withholding specifics to avoid spoiler info), I became otherwise completely lost. Meaning, there was barely a plot. There WAS an obvious pervasive overtone, but the plot was empty. I was also disappointed in the seeming lack of conscience exhibited by the main character and her best friend regarding their “pay off.” It was extortion to me and although incorporated into the story for only a short time, it troubled me throughout. I guess I expected one of the two girls would return the money. In fact, that did not happen. I can appreciate mental illness, but unless you have a desire to delve deeply into its mysteries......this is not the book for you. Nothing else exists most of the time, save her struggle alone........which I suppose is the point. I did not enjoy this book at all........in fact, it felt hopeless.
Mental illness is not hopeless. I think it is staggeringly neglected in the medical field (I am in the medical field), but NOT without hope. I didn’t like the book at all.

  • Secondhand Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

  • By withherownwings on 09-24-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Humorous and generally fantastic! Very entertaining listen! Great narration! Great fantasy story line!
I️ I tend to pursue all of his writings!

  • Well Fed

  • Mountain Man, Book 4
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,642
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,620

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best f*** series of books ever

  • By Brandie Beckman on 03-14-15

Listen to the ENTIRE series!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

This was dark; yet light.
WELL WORTH the listen of the ENTIRE series!
Sobering and thought provoking.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

This was an EXCELLENTLY captivating audiobook!
I could not stop listening!
ALL the pieces fit to culminate in a MOST surprising way! Truly one of the BEST books I've listened to in a while.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Girl

  • By: Claire Messud
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140

A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Notable more for the ideas an insights than story.

  • By Edward J Bridge on 11-05-17

Can I have my money back?

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Horrible!
I have zero intention of being mean!!
It's just this book may be the worst book, overall that I have ever listened to. There really is no clear ending. The beginning and middle parts remain consistent in theme......just a rather droll and disappointing end.
Furthermore, the foundation of this novel is clear, the beginning and middle consistent and I am able to extrapolate the meaning from this otherwise mess of a novel. I finished thinking........"What was that?"
Not a question posed in a good, thought provoking way. In fact, I feel like I am at least 5 iQ points deficient just by virtue of listening, NOT something I can afford!

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Class Mom

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Gelman
  • Narrated by: Laurie Gelman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom - or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max - this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA president sees her as the "wisest" candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud Funny!

  • By Lissa01 on 10-25-18

Pretty Impressive

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

As a mom with grown children, I had my doubts about my ability to relate to this novel. As it turns out, it wasn't limited to mom's with grown children or mom's to be or even to those whom have not considered motherin

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!

  • By Professor Hardcore on 12-22-16

Maybe the best book I have ever listened to!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Beyond excellent!!!!!
Very creatively written!
Well grounded in history with a flair of fiction. Truly a work of art!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful