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Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe

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  • The Flight Attendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • AWFUL 2nd female reader!

  • By Jane K. Kraus on 05-22-18

Excellent narration with a wonderful twist at the

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Flight Attendant to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know as I have not read it in print.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Flight Attendant?

It would be a tad spoiler-ish but suffice it to say it was close to the end and I did not see it coming.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Elaina.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When she's more than just your flight attendant.

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of this author and this book truly doesn't disappoint! Great pace, well-crafted characters, and a killer twist at the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,432

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Not quite what I expected

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending...too predictable and slightly confusing.

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

I was disappointed in it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

While the twists in the set-up were entertaining and well-crafted, the ending truly ruined it for me. Predictable, cliched, and yet somehow also confusing with regard to motivation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,954

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

The surprise twist did it for me.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

Addison--he was, truly, an innocent and understanding the true nature of him made the story work for me.

Which scene was your favorite?

the twist reveal of the nature of the protagonists

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

no

Any additional comments?

My first real intro to this author, even though I keep getting him suggested to me since I'm a Stephen King fan was...interesting. The audio book was on sale so I snagged it as I was 100% intrigued by the premise.

The narrator was very good and the story held my interest all the way through. The concept of the ending was, to my practical mind, far fetched but also begs a sequel which is the sign of a well-structured plot. The "twist" (i.e. the actual nature of the protagonists) was excellent and turned what would have been a 3-star experience into a 4-star one for me.

I'd recommend this audio book to you if you enjoy fantasy with a side dose of religion and seriously downplayed apocalypse as its premise.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

The Pinnacle of a Killer Backlist

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Force to be better than the print version?

Since I haven't read the print version, I can't say but it was one of the most amazing audio book experiences I've had.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that no one is perfect. But that's what Winslow does best--create a set of characters that you love, hate, want to hug, or punch in the face. I found myself screaming into thin air as I listened, cheering, jeering, willing what I new damn well was coming NOT to happen.

What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A depth of talent with accents and an understanding of pacing that's crucial in a story like this.

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

When we got the "back story" about why Denny wanted to kill Pena--the way he tried to bring him down in other ways, but was ultimately thwarted by the very system that he both hated, and thrived within.

Any additional comments?

I've either read or listened to every single book this author has written and feel like he's hit his stride between CARTEL and The Force. I adore his work and believe that he deserves all the kudos coming his way for this novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,326

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

The Deep, Dark Psychology of Friendship

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

If you could sum up A Little Life in three words, what would they be?

Amazing. Awful. Worthwhile.

What other book might you compare A Little Life to and why?

The Goldfinch for complexity, length and narrative style.

Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

Jude

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

Oh boy did I! Read my additional comments...

Any additional comments?

How to begin....at first, I'll admit I downloaded this on audible because of its length. I really love a meaty narrative (The Goldfinch will always remain one of my favorites for this reason). I also love deep, 3-dimensional characters and there is really is no better way to get to know characters than via 700 or so pages (or, in my case 30 hours or so of listening).

But this book....well, let's just say it begins one way: introducing a set of 4 male friends from a nameless "college" in Cambridge. Two of them are introduced right away and I made assumptions about them--assumptions that played out long about hour 18 or 20. The other 2 appear to peripheral. Except that the author then launches into lovely, in-depth descriptions of each of their lives...all but one of them. So we get 3rd person POVs from Malcom, JB, and Willem--their backgrounds, motivations, families.

All the while the 4th friend--Jude St. Francis--remains a mystery, a cypher, obviously the One With The Dysfunctional Background but other than that one fact, he serves as a foil to the other 3 men.

At this stage, I considered the book a 3-star listen--enjoyable, but likely forgettable. Definitely something I could unplug from and go about my business without.

Then, something happened--we switch to a narrative from one of Jude's professors, Harold, which changes gears from focus on the other men to just one: Jude. I loved Harold's voice, perspective and insight so my star rating went up.

Then, something else happened. We got to hear from Jude himself-- not as a grown man but a boy, a small boy, a "foundling" left on the steps of a monastery of monsters. This kid...well, suffice it to say his personality is formed out of ugliness, hate, and the worst sort of evil. Thankfully, the ugliness of his background is released a little at a time, juxtaposed around scenes of his life as an adult--happy scenes, successful scenes (he's adopted, he's a successful attorney who joins a Big Time Firm and makes serious bank as a ball-breaking litigator on behalf of Big Pharma, mostly), scenes of love and friendship.

But in spite of all this, he refuses to accept that he's worthy of any of it. He absolutely REFUSES...to the point of self-harm, this in spite of the fact that his spine and legs are already more or less ruined thanks to one of the sadistic bastards who had hold of him as a pre-teen boy. The deep dive psychology of Jude St. Francis (which would make a better title, IMO) is brutal, agonizing, train-wreck mesmerizing. And this is thanks to the deft skill of this author.

I'm not a fan of her overuse of pronouns. There are many times when I had to stop the audio, rewind and figure out which "he" was "he." I have at least three editors myself who would never have allowed that! But I read something about the book (something awful, and spoiler-ish that I wish I had NOT read but there you go) that said Ms. Yanagihara wrote this doorstop of a tome in something like 6 weeks. Which is something I totally identify with. I'm a marathon writer myself and I respect the hell of that style. Especially when it results in something as utterly mind blowing as this book.
I was up to 4 stars.

But once Jude gets his ultimate (what we in romance biz call) "HEA," in a loving, romantic partnership with his oldest, best friend (see above: foreshadowing in the very first scene), I still had something like 8 hours to go. And there were still a few missing pieces of his background puzzle. Pieces I wanted, but not, at the same time.

I appreciate that the editor of his book left it as it was. The narrational/conversational style made its more brutal sections much easier (and yet, at the same time, harder) to digest. Even the, at times, unbelievable nature of Jude's long years of abuse (seriously, did no one notice this kid except predators?) were made somehow palatable (but yet not...do you see where I'm going here?) by the casual, "Oh by the way THIS..." nature of the author's narrative style.

When the book ended, with a final missive to Willem from Harold (the teacher and the man who adopted Jude as an adult), I was walking my dogs. I had to stop, sit, and cry. Now, other books have done that to me. I am a stone cold sucker for a book that will motivate me to such an emotional extreme in a legit way. But this....this was just about the ugliest cry over a book ever. And not because I didn't see the end coming. I did. What I did NOT see was what ultimately prompted the ending. And that one shocking scene propelled the final three hours or so of somewhat excruciating
....um....fall-out in Jude's life. This was really the only point where I thought "Ok, ok, enough already." But only briefly!

A Little Life proves something to me, as both a reader and a writer--that there are not always perfect happy endings, no matter how much they may be deserved in the karmic universe. But there are beautiful friendships, wonderful moments in time, simple, yet fabulous excuses to be happy you are alive. Jude is not allowed to be truly happy, not ever, no matter how perfectly funded (these guys are stinking rich but they earned it), wonderfully travelled (one thing I want to do someday), and happily coupled-up he seems to be. He's a ruined soul, and he stays that way. But this book....how to end....it's beautiful, lyrical, inspiring, awful, horrific, scream-worthy, amazing, rich in characterization and point of views, that will leave you rung out, exhausted, numb, and happy you made the effort to read (or in my case, listen) to it.
5++ stars. With 10 stars to the unbelievable narration by Oliver Wyman who channeled every character with extreme nuance and talent, making the experience that much more cry-worthy.

  • Avenue of Mysteries

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Armando Duran
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 649

John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Irving Out of the Park!

  • By Peter on 11-21-15

Rambling but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

As with most of Mr Irving's recent novels this one rambles on a bit and leaves a few too many unanswered questions for my taste but I am a big fan of his and found it entertaining enough to keep listening. The narrator is superb.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,888

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

The second book by this author that has reduced me to tears of sadness and simultaneous joy. Ove is a grumpy old guy. We all have had one in our lives at one time or another. But this man's heart, shattered by events that would have reduced a lesser, possibly BMW or Audi driving man, to useless goo is indeed too large. Prepare to be entertained and overjoyed by this listening experience.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,939

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Not a zombie fan but....

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

This book is something else altogether. Highly scientific in its approach it pits the remaining human world against a rapidly mutating fungus, but in the most creative way possible. A delight to listen to thanks to the narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,274

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Fascinating new author for this listener

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

Super creative and fast paced. A great listen to pass a week on the beach.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Until I Find You

  • A Novel
  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 35 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead, has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, annoyingly read

  • By Katharina on 04-30-06

I'm a fan but this is not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

John Irving is a story telling genius but while I enjoyed the narrator very much the narrative rambled way too much even for me a rabid fan of this author.