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  • The View from Flyover Country

  • Dispatches from the Forgotten America
  • By: Sarah Kendzior
  • Narrated by: Sarah Kendzior
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America’s overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary listening for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stark and necessary

  • By Marcus on 07-06-18

Rarely may a writer read their own...

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This is no exception. This whole package is a shame, sham for that matter. Steer clear. Wow.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Corrections

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary Literature at it's best

  • By greg on 01-05-12

Great American Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

This is it, well okay, read to me by Geo Guidall.
OMG, so wickedly funny, so America. So layered - just read or listen. You’ll see.

  • Go Down Together

  • The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo!

  • By Tim on 09-09-09

Wow, don't bother...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

This is so overdrawn. If you want a history of pretty much everything and everyone but the principles, go for it. Just a colossal waste of time. I feel stupid for purchasing this textbook.

  • Gym Candy

  • By: Carl Deuker
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Running back Mick Johnson has dreams: dreams of cutting back, finding the hole, breaking in to the open, and running free with nothing but green grass ahead. He has dreams of winning and of being the best. But football is a cruel sport. It requires power, grace, speed, quickness, and knowledge of the game. It takes luck, too. One crazy bounce can turn a likely victory into sudden defeat. What elite athlete wouldn’t look for an edge? A way to make him bigger, stronger, faster?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it

  • By LaShaunna Nesbitt on 03-03-16

Terribly lame morality play...

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

Poorly written, completely predictable, irritatingly voiced tripe designed for 13 year olds. Don't waste your valuable time. If that's not bad enough, the protagonist is a total putz.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Purity

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,672

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent novel from Franzen

  • By j phillips on 01-02-18

This has got to be a mistake...

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

Big fan of the author's humor unfortunately there is little to none in this boring mess. Bring back the old Franzen. Seriously, if you expect more in the line of The Corrections or Freedom, do not waste your money or time.

I kept listening hopefull that something would make me laugh or think but alas, no. A few smiles and rarely thought provoking. I am not certain what others are hearing but I seriously checked several times to make certain I hadn't started listening to something else in error.

Oh and the narration is annoying at best. Really, with the stupid accents, are you kidding?
Here was some pathos at last.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,133

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Just a mess...

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

Never a big fan of King's work, I purchased this to catch up on Danny Boy only to discover a ridiculous story ripped off from "True Blood" and other zombie nonsense.

When the book focuses on Dan's character, it shines but this is a small piece of the work.

King evidently could not come up with a plausible meaning for the 'Shinning' so sunk to absurdity with zombie-like powers as a stand in.

Don't waste your time on this trite mess unless you are that die hard King fan.

On a happier note, Patton is great as always though his gravity-here eventually is as tiresome as the story line.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,199

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

Excellent finish to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

Just a great read, few weaknesses, beautiful narration save Lisbet's voice which was fine yet to meek. Most of her personality is from others and her thoughts anyway.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,242

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Well crafted, complex story...

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Just a great listen, well worth the time. Just wish Salender would not have been given the meekish voice by Vance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Find You

  • By: Nancy Bush
  • Narrated by: Marisa Vitali
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

Callie Cantrell has only fragmented memories of the car accident that killed her husband and son. One year later, she's still trying to start over, yet she can't shake her unease. Especially when former LA cop West Laughlin barges into her life, searching for his young nephew. At first he thinks Callie's lying about who she is and what she knows. But soon it's clear that Callie and West are linked by a killer who has bent others to his twisted will. The worst night of Callie's life was just the beginning of his vengeance. And when her turn comes again there will be no escape...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Note to self: remember this narrator's name!!

  • By P. Smith on 11-14-14

Ruined by the reader - I wish I hadn't found...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

Director and reader need new jobs as the latter sounds bored, monotoned and the former for not realizing this fact. As to the story, boring and poorly paced. In the end a waste of money: don't bother... Monotonous.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Is Illuminated

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 816

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a brilliantly original work!

  • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 12-19-08

Well, not funny whatsoever...

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

This is just not a good book. billed as funny and original, I found it to be neither. Don't waste your money or time. The SNL wild and crazy guys dialogue is entertaining for a moment and clever enough and the Jewish history, eh. I am Jewish and I was bored.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful