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  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,818
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,172

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less sensational than advertised

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

This book is a good study of American society and how we fail to recognize the potential serial killer resulting in much heartbreak. It reminds me of Ted Bundy who was also raised in a protestant church I am familiar with. I highly recommend this book.

  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,277

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Wanted it to go on

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

As a female scientist myself, I have always wanted to learn more about Madam Curie. She truly was a pioneer and this short narrative was interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Dervish

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayad Akhtar
  • Narrated by: Ayad Akhtar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both completely foreign and painfully familiar

  • By Julie W. Capell on 11-09-15

Good novel

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

This book was so engaging I made time to listen to it and listened through to the end. I have had close friends from Pakistan so I picked it up to better understand their culture. I ended up learning a lot.

  • Escape from Camp 14

  • One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • By: Blaine Harden
  • Narrated by: Blaine Harden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels.

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

Unique

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Unlike other North Korean stories, this is about life in a political prison camp from birth. Alarming since I am close to a family where the parents escaped in the 1950s and this may be the fate of relatives they left behind.

  • Surviving Hitler

  • A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
  • By: Andrea Warren
  • Narrated by: Aaron Lockman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Caught up in Hitler's Final Solution to annihilate Europe's Jews, 15-year-old Jack Mandelbaum is torn from his family and thrown into the nightmarish world of the concentration camps. Here, simple existence is a constant struggle, and Jack must learn to live hour to hour, day to day. Despite intolerable conditions, he resolves not to hate his captors and vows to see his family again. But even with his strong will to survive, how long can Jack continue to play this life-and-death game?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Succinct Survival Story

  • By Kikismama on 10-31-17

Succinct Survival Story

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Interesting story of how one Jewish man endured the holocaust and lived to later tell of the experience. It is detailed enough to describe the food available in the concentration camps and to imagine initial interactions with Nazi soldiers. it is satisfying to know this man later immigrated to the United States and personally speaks at the beginning of the recording.

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

I started listening to this with my teenage daughter on a car trip and we both really liked it. I liked it so much that I had to finish it even when my daughter couldn't be with me and now we will listen again so she gets to hear the whole book It goes into the history of the Chinese in the Pacific Northwest, a history I never learned about, most likely because the European majority would rather you didn't know. It flips back and forth between two time periods which nevertheless I found easy to follow. This is one book I will never forget.

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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,849

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I got this book because it was a novel assigned by my son's high school English class. We listened to it on our way to go and come back from salmon fishing during spring break. I was disappointed that it did not generate any conversations between us as many books do. I found myself just wishing that it would end so that we could listen to something else.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,761

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Memorable

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This is one of those books that sticks with you long after you have listened to it. I will hear something about Nazi occupation and will recall scenes from this book. It quickly engages the listener and stays interesting throughout the entire book. I have not yet seen the movie, but believe that I will prefer what I imagined from listening to the story. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,562

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was like a touching adult fairytale.

  • By sally stanton on 09-17-12

Okay listen

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

This is the kind of story where I listen to pass the time and keep listening because I want to hear the end, but the truth is, it's not grabbing me to listen more. Both I and my teenage daughter had some difficulty with understanding the scene and characters in the first third of the book. I did not find it to be entertaining.

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant hit with grandkids!

  • By Kathi on 07-24-16

Good kids' book

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

My nine year old like this story so much that he stayed in the car after we arrived home just so he could listen to the rest of it.