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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 37,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,805

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

Such treacle! Such a disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

After seeing the thousands of good reviews and the amount of time this book spent on NY Times list of best sellers I really thought I’d be in for a great read/listen. Because if this I have spent time thinking and trying to understand what so many have liked about this book. But I found it simply awful — where it wasn’t predictable and it was unbelievable. It was more like a YA book. Too much exposition masquerading as literary style. The dialogue was cliched and stilted. Sorry I spent my credits on this book.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping novel, excellent production

  • By David on 01-18-11

What a read! Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Sadly my memory and/or my English Lit curriculum had left a gap in my knowledge. I can't believe that I had never heard of Wilkie Collins or The Woman in White. But I am glad that it was made into a PBS special and caught my attention. Though I enjoyed the TV version, it holds no candle to the book itself. Even knowing much of the plot from the PBS program, I just let the book and Collin's narrative take me away on the twists and turns of this beautiful and suspenseful novel. [By the way, the book and the PBS program are not aligned so it is not just a repeat.] Collins' writing is somehow both plain and florid at the same time. HIs detailed regard to the investigative story frame holds it all together with just enough suspense that it allowed me to enjoy the linear crime novel while being bathed in the 19th century literary flourishes of description and character development. I am recommending it to everyone.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,902

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Good but not her best

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I love Liane Moriarty and wait patiently for each new book to be published, as I did for Nine Perfect Strangers. It has all the bells and whistles of classic Moriarty but somehow never really coalesced into a fully satisfying reading experience. It is characteristically clever and there were many times I laughed out loud. The characters are well described and reflect true "types" that we all can recognize. And for those qualities, I enjoyed it. However, I found the overall story frame/plot to be too contrived. I am a Californian and, therefore, acquainted with the so-called social values of self-improvement and personal "transcendence", but this story really pushed the limits of credulity for me. Also, there was no one protagonist to route for. Trying to spread my care and focus on so many vulnerable characters left me feeling a bit disconnected to them all. More than her other books, Nine Perfect Strangers reads more like a rollicking French bedroom farce which I might normally enjoy, but somehow it couldn't get me to suspend my disbelief so I could just let go and romp.

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  • The Day That Went Missing

  • A Family's Story
  • By: Richard Beard
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

On a family summer holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Richard and his younger brother Nicholas are jumping in the waves. Suddenly, Nicholas is out of his depth. One moment he's there, the next he's gone. Richard and his other brothers don't attend the funeral, and the family returns immediately to the same cottage - to complete the holiday in the best British tradition. The Day That Went Missing is a transcendent story of guilt and forgiveness, of reckoning with unspeakable loss. But, above all, it is a brother's most tender act of remembrance, and a man's brave act of survival....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredibly Powerful Personal Story

  • By Aggman on 12-06-18

Fascinating exploration of grief and loss

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Beard exposes a good deal of his emotional make up in describing his investigation into the long-ago death of his younger brother. His thorough and painful unraveling of the boy's drowning reveals the complicated and entwined story of personal and familial grief, loss, and marred memory. This book is written in many ways as a crime novel and so holds the readers interest as it lays bare the facts of the death alongside the dynamics of a family whose pain, denial and guilt had significantly erased the existence of the boy, Nicky, over time. Though poignant, the book is not maudlin--I found the exploration of the varied reactions to the accident one that could allow me to reflect on my own losses as well as on human emotion in general.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 4,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,277
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,261

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

Very compelling

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Tana French wrote a fantastic novel about perception, truth, justice, and human condition. The build up is a bit slow but necessary foundation. Each character is flawed and unreliable. Sorting through it all was compelling. Quite a feat in understanding criminal motivation and human relationships.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Transcription

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Wendy on 09-30-18

A gem

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I really enjoyed this book. I always enjoy Atkinson’s prose. Ending is a bit vague but I think going on to develop more details would have taken away from the overall impact of Juliet’s wartime and coming of age experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After the Monsoon

  • An Ernst Grip Novel
  • By: Robert Karjel
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A Swedish army lieutenant drops dead on a shooting range in the desert. Was it an unfortunate accident - or something more nefarious? Ernst Grip, an agent of the Swedish security police, is sent to the Horn of Africa to find out. Once he’s on the ground, however, he quickly discovers he’s on his own. No one wants him snooping around - especially not the US Embassy’s CIA station. Which is no surprise, given that military transport planes are leaving from the base carrying untraceable pallets loaded with cash. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult book to review. Pulse-pounding? Not.

  • By Richard Delman on 08-18-18

Slow going at first but good overall

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

It took me some time to key into narrator. At first it seemed deadly slow. But as the story opened up I found it compelling and satisfyingly.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Patrick Melrose: The Novels

  • Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last
  • By: Edward St. Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

By turns harrowing and hilarious, this ambitious novel cycle dissects the English upper class. Edward St. Aubyn offers his listener the often darkly funny and self-loathing world of privilege as we follow Patrick Melrose's story of abuse, addiction, and recovery from the age of five into early middle age. The Patrick Melrose novels comprise a modern masterpiece by one of "the most brilliant English novelists of his generation" (Alan Hollinghurst).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully, brilliantly wrought

  • By Michi Belan on 12-12-15

Absolutely Brillant! All 5 Novels a Must Read

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

St Aubyn deftly slices clean to the bone of the human condition in these novels. He is expert in delivering keen observation and glorious humor. I laughed out loud often with delight while at the same time accepted St Aubyn’s invitation to consider the intricacies of our relationships. Nothing goes untouched or unquestioned: love, parenting, passion, friendship, social status, violence, cruelty, loss, pain, boredom, and joy. I saw the film version first. Thankfully I was interested enough to get the novels which of course provide all the delicious detail and context that the films couldn’t highlight. St Aubyn has a tremendous ability to paint complex characters both simply and effortlessly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always Enjoy Horowitz

  • By Bryan Stern on 06-02-18

Kept me interested

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Ok this story was not as intriguing or as well crafted as the House of Silk — there are some ham-handed elements. But I still enjoyed it. I did find it entertaining trying to locate the mystery at hand. As for the uneven American accent, it was a bit annoying. But the end of the novel puts it all into context.

  • The House of Broken Angels

  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly 100, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not death, and Not borders

  • By Clodhopper on 05-01-18

What a precious book!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I found this story so wonderful. Such a full bodied examination of family and love and death. I did grow up in Southern California so many of the places and events were warmly familiar to me.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful