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  • Still Waters

  • Sandhamn Murders, Book 1
  • By: Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy - translation
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

On a hot July morning on Sweden's idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore. Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident - until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Silvia Leis on 11-15-16

Bart Simpson Narrates

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I love Scandanavian mysteries, so I was very disappointed I could not get past the narration to enjoy this one. I checked later books in the series, and they are narrated by the same person. Very disappointed, but when I want to hear Bart and Lisa, I'll watch them on tv.

26 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Cat Daddy

  • What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
  • By: Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
  • Narrated by: Jackson Galaxy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Stars!!!

  • By Dawn on 12-04-12

Less Daddy More Cat, Please

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Book is more for recovering addict than cat lover. But did pick up a couple of tips.

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,154

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made Alligator Alley fly by

  • By Tracey on 06-26-14

Another good Strike mystery.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Love the characters, love the narrator, love JK Rowling! But quotes at the beginning of each chapter were beyond tedious!! So distracting from the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From a LONG Time Anne Tyler fan

  • By S. Elder on 09-29-15

Another AT gem

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

I have to be careful not to gobble up Anne Tyler's books - I have learned to savor them. As always with AT, the book left me wanting more - particularly more of Linnie Mae and Junior.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Flight Behavior

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Beautiful Storytelling From Kingsolver

  • By Dr. on 04-14-13

Not my favorite Kingsolver

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Barbara Kingsolver is by far the best author/narrator I know. Being a southern appalachia native, I so appreciated her authentic accent in this story which takes place in the Tennessee mountains. And her writing is as beautiful as her voice. But the situations that make up this story, both environmental and relationship, were unrelentingly depressing.

  • Guests on Earth

  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

When she is thirteen years old, Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the hospital, under the direction of celebrity psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll, is famous for its up-to-the-minute shock therapies and for Dr. Carroll's revolutionary theory of the benefits of non-introspection. Evalina finds herself in the midst of a kaleidoscope of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Lee Smith Excellence

  • By William on 04-07-15

A book I will long remember

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Being a live-long western North Carolina resident, the only thing I ever knew about Highland Hospital was that Zelda had died there in a fire - and there is so much more to know. Lee Smith has done the research for me, along with her first hand knowledge of Highland, having had family members who were residents at various times. I don't know when I have enjoyed a book so much. The narrator was terrific in spite of occasional mispronunciations, which could be jarring to a native. But she more than made up for that with her just-right narration of this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Care and Management of Lies

  • A Novel of the Great War
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A reminder of the truth of World War I

  • By Hope on 07-06-14

Sorry I read it

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

Too relentless dismal and sad, as I know the Great War was. But torture for the reader by the end. Don't expect a break if you choose to read.

  • The Water's Lovely

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The man who had died was Ismay's stepfather, Guy. Nine years on, she and her sister, Heather, still live in the same house in Clapham. But it has been divided into two self-contained flats. Their mother lives upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy drowned, has disappeared. Ismay works in public relations, and Heather in catering. They get on well. They always have. They never discuss the changes to the house, still less what happened that August day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite RR

  • By wobbly on 05-08-14

Not my favorite RR

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

The story was engaging, and I wanted to know what would happen - but frankly was glad when it was over. I cared about Heather and Edmund, but found all of the other characters simply irritating. I've enjoyed Ruth Rendell's books for a long time, but this is not a favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Failure

  • A Memoir
  • By: Gary Shteyngart
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • did not do much for me

  • By Max on 04-27-14

Wrong narrator for this book

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

Reviewed: 04-18-14

If I could have rated only the narrator, I would have liked to. I could not take his overly theatric narration, so I gave up after a few chapters. It's therefore unfair for me to rate the story and writing since I'm sure I would love the book with a more appropriate reader. Google informs me this narrator is primarily a voice artist for children's animated films, and that makes total sense. Too much emoting from my earbuds.

So I still need to read this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and a little scary

  • By Joseph on 11-14-09

Jon Ronson should narrate

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Having listened to other Ronson books, I could not listen to this one since I love Ronson's delivery. Sorry. The website forced me to rate the story, which I really am not qualified to do since I did not read the book or see the movie. Going by Ronson's other books, however, I'm sure it's a good story.