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  • The Line That Held Us

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer: his best friend, Calvin Hooper. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Kristina on 08-20-18

great writing/narration

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Seems this would make a great movie...but I would probably hate it because it wouldn't match the vivid screenplay in my mind. I'm not sure if it was the writing or the narrator's performance that made the setting and the conversation feel so real to me.

I was leery of reading this book. The last book I read by this author was well written, but the story had one bad horrible thing after another happen til all the main characters were dead. That seems as unrealistic to me as always a happy ending...it's not character driven.

This author is so talented that despite the contrived ending of one of his books, I had to try another. This story felt more true to it's characters.

Not for those with sensitive stomachs as this guy can describe a decomposing human corpse in such detail I could almost smell it! Loved the strong woman character in this one. Great Southern Goth use of Scripture. Narrator perfect for story (though I'm not real familiar with accent/dialect of the geographical setting).

Over all a very good book.

  • Big Driver

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

Now a Lifetime original movie, Stephen King's haunting story about an author of a series of mystery novels who tries to reconcile her old life with her life after a horrific attack and the one thing that can save her: Revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyed with Audible, but excellent Stephen King-

  • By Mark Hancock on 05-13-15

True Horror

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I've long been amazed at the diversity of Stephen King 's work. While he stays in the genre of Horror, his books cover a wide range of horror from supernatural, to 'blood and gore', science fiction, and the evil that lurks inside human beings. This book fits in the last category. The main character has horror inflicted upon her by a twisted monster-person, and while carrying out revenge she confronts the evil inside herself. The narrator was great at getting across the presence, personality, and essence of the main character. She did such a good job I forgot I was reading Stephen King. I admit to becoming s little confused towards the last part of the story. I'm not sure if it was because I was tired or if the story itself was unclear. I had to listen to parts of the narrative twice. Overall this book is entertaining and thoughtful. I listened to the audible version which is probably a totally different experience from reading version. The story was performed more than read.

  • Drunken Fireworks

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Tim Sample
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,229

Only on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format! Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A taste of down east humor.

  • By Daniel J. Matyola on 07-07-15

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This book in audio is SO! Funny! I have no idea whether or not the Maine accent is correct, not being familiar with it beyond Stephen King's books made into movies. Had I read the book I would have been laughing.
Listening to this narrator, I was howling with laughter. Great plot, brilliant story idea, superb storytelling. I know that writing a novel is hard work. Still, I get the feeling that the author enjoyed creating these characters and bringing them to life for awhile. I feel that way reading about any thing King writes. Telling the story seems effortless. The characters fast become people I "know." No matter how crazy, outlandish or ghoulish the story, the people in it are downright real. I have no idea how he does it. I came away from listening to this audio book feeling entertained.

  • Holding Up the Universe

  • By: Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen". But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Story

  • By Sophie Beever on 04-01-17

Got hooked listening to sample

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I listened to this book almost straight through. I love the female narrator. It is coming of age Y A fiction, but more than that it's a book about being who you are. While in this story it is teenagers being phony defensive and cruel, I run into the same thing at some workplaces and churches so I call it human behavior. The heroine of this story was a broken person who got better and used her past to make a better future, without being sappy or unbelievable. There were a lot of good life lesson reminders in this book which has excellent narration. I also learned a lot about face blindness.

  • Appalachian Justice

  • Cedar Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Melinda Clayton
  • Narrated by: Lee Covington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In 1945, when Billy May was 14 years old and alone, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May's sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever. Thirty years after the brutal attack, living in solitude on top of Crutcher Mountain, Billy May discovers the hideout of a young girl - a girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the boys who attacked Billy May so long ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Backwoods and Backwards are Two Different things!!

  • By Myra on 06-05-13

Must listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This was a very good story. Once I purchased it I read or listened every chance I got. I usually prefer reading over listening if the story is good--it's faster. This book I MUCH preferred listening. The narrator brought the story alive and developed the characters with voice nuances and inflection I would have missed by reading...she was amazing. The book itself is rich with knowledge and understanding of human nature and it's spectrum from pure evil to immense caring. The "pure evil" was a little hard to read and hear--it was told with stark yet descriptive terms and pulled no punches. The story has an Appalachian setting but is in no way Southern gothic, as one reviewer stated "backwoods is not backward." Many modern stories about this area show most characters to be a bit on the shady side. Not so with this book, it showed triumph over evil in a realistic way. I do think the epilogue went on a bit too long. I have to forgive this because had it ended where I see appropriate, I would have been left wanting more which is always the sign of a good story. I will be looking in to more work from this author and this narrator.

  • Unbinding the Heart

  • A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love
  • By: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Agapi Stassinopoulos brings you an unabridged reading of her inspiring journey of inner exploration to reconnect with her true self. In 32 personal, heartfelt stories full of insight and humor, Agapi takes us from her mother's bountiful kitchen, where the seeds of fearless living were planted, to the London classical stage, to an epiphany on a New York City bus - and inspires us with the confidence to let go of the beliefs that bind us and come to a deeper understanding of life and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this womsn!

  • By ShariAnna - Arizona on 05-15-18

I love this womsn!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

She is talented beyond words! Her work is uplifting, down to earth, and courageously self aware. Listening to her audio books is like sitting down for a diving deep conversation with a dear friend, about things that really matter. She is able to put my thoughts feelings and insights into words of beauty. I listen to her books many times over and always hear and learn something new.

  • The Subconscious Mind

  • How to Program Your Subconscious Mind for Success and Happiness: Subconscious Mind Programming, Subconscious Mind Wealth, Volume 1
  • By: Robert Daudish
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

You will about discover how to use the hidden power of your subconscious mind. Using the power of your subconscious mind - one of the most powerful tool that a human being can learn. You will learn how you can turn this power to work for you, it can help you grow stronger spiritually, face and overcome your fears, reach goals and gain wealth. You will learn how to harness the power of your subconscious mind, so you can use it to attract just about anything you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good but didn't give any tools

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-22-16

Well.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

To the point, Straight forward. Each of the chapters could have been drawn out with much more information about the topic discussed and how to develop and uselessp

  • Something Beautiful

  • Create Your Happiest, Healthiest Self, and Find the Key to Unlock an Extraordinary Life
  • By: Courtney Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Have you ever felt you were born into circumstances too ordinary to ever be able to live the life you dream of? Do you want something more out of life than the mediocre nine-to-five that you are currently living, but you don't know what or how to obtain it? This positive and encouraging book will introduce realistic and foolproof solutions for your day-to-day life to get you out of your slump and into the life of your dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 07-31-17

I couldn't deal with the narration

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This may have been a decent or even a very good book but I could not get past the awful narration. The attempt to read with expression was so overdone I could not take what was read seriously.
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  • Wake Up to the Joy of You

  • 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life
  • By: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

This is your year of self-discovery, a journey to create a life filled with grace, meaning, zest, peace, and joy. With warmth and wisdom from a lifetime of spiritual seeking, inspirational force Agapi Stassinopoulos guides you through 52 weeks of letting go of what doesn't work for you and finding what does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely perfect

  • By carla Vonholtum on 01-26-17

I've listened to this audio book several times...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

...and I will never get tired of it. I love this lady's heart and wisdom. I pick up some new nugget of useful perspective each time I listen to this collection of 52 stories/speeches, one for each week of the year. The gentle wisdom is imparted in a down to earth spiritual style. It is uplifting without being Pollyanna, dealing with practical spiritual issues faced by real people living the best lives they can. The content may seem geared towards women, but topics focus on issues all aware people face daily. I loved the guided meditations she added with some of the speeches. Highly recommended. This is an audio book to be listened to again and again.

  • Where All Light Tends to Go

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By David Shear on 03-09-15

Dark Art

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Perfect narration. I usually prefer reading over listening but this book could not have been better narrated. It takes super and special talent to write something this dark that can be beheld as art. I'm feeling puzzled that I do not feel despair or depression over the book's grim and gritty reality. This book was written with eloquence in a vernacular that could have been seedy, or trashy, and instead had its own haunting beauty, again, largely due to excellent narration. I would have wished for a happier ending or redeeming characters, I think, had the writing not have been so brilliant. NOT a feel good book, and one I won't soon forget.