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  • Best Friends Forever

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: James Colby, Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 225

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd. Flash-forward 15 years. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun reading book..........

  • By Liza on 11-08-11

Not up to her usual standards

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

I usually love Weiner's books but this was was not up to her usual quality. Can you spell OBVIOUS PLOT? I could see things coming 5 minutes away. And the stupidest plot elements! Not to give anything away but ... bank robbery? A lump that's not?? Skip this one unless you're desperate.

  • Supreme Courtship

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Anne Heche
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comic Relief

  • By Jim on 09-14-08

So timely!!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I love Buckley's work in general, and this book was no exception. Written in 2008, it has an uncanny timeliness in 2016, dealing as it does with a hotly contested presidential race. A must read!!

  • War of Two

  • Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation
  • By: John Sedgwick
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

A provocative and penetrating investigation into the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the founding father dead and turned a sitting vice president into a fugitive. In the summer of 1804, two of America's most eminent statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. That two such men would risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge is almost beyond comprehension. Yet we know that it happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative

  • By Jean on 11-25-15

History comes alive!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Call Bo I knew a lot about the duel didn't know a lot about the events that ran up to it nor did I know what happened to Burr after the death of Hamilton so I really appreciated this in depth well researched history. I hated the narrators voice he sounded like a voiceover commercial.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

Historical Thriller!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

I have loved Christopher Buckley's work ever since "Thank You For Smoking". I was expecting a humorous satire. This book isn't really humorous, but it is satire, in a 16th century setting. The story was captivating ( literally and figuratively) and I could hardly leave my car when I listened to it. Highly recommend

Something Wicked This Way Comes
    
    
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        Ray Bradbury
    
    


    
    
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        Kevin Foley
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    350 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's mazes and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes and the stuff of nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Classic Come to Life

  • By Kiran Vakamudi on 12-22-10

Get Off that Carousel!!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

I chose this book in October, hoping for an appropriately scary tale near Halloween. Wow! It was terrifying, in a beautifully written way. So evocative was the language, I could see those freaks in front of my eyes. The reader was excellent. I'll never think the same way about carnivals again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Deception

  • The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation
  • By: Dean Jobb
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Speakeasies thrived, gang war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination, Chicago's corrupt political leaders fraternized with gangsters, and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people (who should have known better) to invest as much as $30 million.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By grandma on 07-06-18

Incredible Tale!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

I can't believe that I'd never heard the story of the biggest swindler in the US in the 20th century before. So interesting and I kept thinking about the Madoff case. Some things never change! My only disappointment was in the narrator. He narrated the book like he was announcing a movie at a theater. So bombastic and breathless. It drove me crazy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Among the Ten Thousand Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Pierpont
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 211

Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn't mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack's secret life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator

  • By JFC on 08-26-15

A Winner in Ten Thousand Ways

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

Reviewed: 09-29-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing was poetic and haunting. The story was touching and sad, but very realistic. The narrator was perfect I. Her different voices.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,854

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

You can feel the jungle beat!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Excellent story, psychologically intense, descriptively rich portrait of New Guinea and anthropology in the 1930's. Totally believable, great readers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Unlikely Event

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was 15, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "HOPE FOR THE BEST... PLAN FOR THE WORST"

  • By Tracy P. on 09-21-15

Truth is stranger than fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Gripping story and a fun summer listen in the car on the way to work and back, My only puzzle is why is this considered an adult novel??? It stars a 15 year old girl and reminds me of all the Judy Blume books I read and loved when I was a teen. Bad marketing strategy since it will appeal to girls as much if not more than to women. The male sex need not bother--total chick lit!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,152

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

Interesting and timely

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

I heard about the book in a magazine and it met my expectations re: breadth and depth. I know it was narrated by the author, a practice I usually like but not this time. The author had strange cadence to his voice and his accent was disagreeable to my ears. Other than that-- well researched and great storytelling

0 of 1 people found this review helpful