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  • Practical Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,755

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expext the movie story!

  • By JEAN9 on 09-25-14

Disappointing after Rules of Magic

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

After listening to Rules of Magic, I was very much looking forward to this book. However, I did not finish it. It was so simplistic after the multi-layered complexity of the prequel.

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Christina on 09-09-14

No Intermediate Breaks

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

Very disappointing. This is 43 hours long, but there are no intermediate stops. If you lose your place after 20 hours, there's no way to get back except to hold down the fast forward for 20 minutes! For that reason, I cannot recommend this.

7 of 66 people found this review helpful

  • Spilt Milk

  • By: Chico Buarque, Alison Entrekin (translator)
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love and loss. Spilt Milk is the story told by 100-year-old Eulálio d’Assumpção as he lies on his deathbed, rambling to his nurses and visitors through a haze of morphine and memory. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulálio jumps through time and space, melding history and fantasy to unravel the story of his family, his heritage, and a changing nation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could Not Get Through It

  • By Philip on 02-02-13

Could Not Get Through It

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

I listened halfway through, but that was all I could take. The narrator was OK, but I was very disappointed by the novel itself, especially after all the great reviews.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Box

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the Len Cariou, this narrator blows!!

  • By Dan on 11-28-12

Classic Bosch

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Fun read for Bosch fans. Probably not the best place to start the series.

  • San Miguel

  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women’s lives on a California island. On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time T.C. Boyle reader

  • By Sharon on 12-11-12

Reader Way Overemotes

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

Reviewed: 12-14-12

Would you try another book from T. C. Boyle and/or Barbara Caruso?

I like T.C. Boyle, but Barbara Caruso is not a good reader for this book.

Would you recommend San Miguel to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Drop City was much better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Way too dramatic

1 of 1 people found this review helpful