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  • The Faithful

  • By: S. M. Freedman
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

FBI agent Josh Metcalf believes he has uncovered a decades-long conspiracy involving missing children. His obsession has led him to compile hundreds of cases. All involve children rumored to have psychic abilities - and all have no witnesses, no leads, and no resolution.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad on a cracker

  • By Anne on 12-08-16

So stupid

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

I feel like this is ridiculous to say about a supernatural thriller but this is just stupid. It starts out interesting and given the nature of the book, I was willing to suspend my disbelief. However, the author destroyed any good faith you offer as a reader with shitty, annoying characters and unforgivable dialogue. The narrator wasn't great but the horrible howlers she had to read made her mediocre performance plummet to cringe worthy. Even worse is the tedious, uninspired romance which literally had me fast forwarding through whole sections. Most egregious is the fact that this whole book is a set up for a series. I mean, really? How about concentrating on make one good book instead of a series of crappy books. Whoever, SM Freedman is, you owe me 9 hours of my life.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,324

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I'm not sure why it took me so long to check out this book! I love Neil Gaiman and have read or listened to almost everything he's written. This book was a great, fun, and funny book. I think even if you aren't a huge Gaiman fan you will be entertained by Anansi the trickster and his sons. I'd say this book is up there with Stardust and Coraline, not necessarily his best book, but very lovable. This book is also about 100x better than most of the other books you'll waste time reading this year.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,054

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

I like the accent!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

Anyone complaining because they can't understand the narrator is an idiot. I found this to be an engaging read. I enjoyed the fairytale world the author created and the journey of the main character. Overall, I'd recommend it but only to people who are into this kind of story.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,654
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,118

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Nope

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Boring, boring, boring. The rules of the world in the story are so confusing. The danger they're facing is never urgent until the very end. The characters aren't particularly like able and last but not least the narration is painfully BAD. I do not recommend.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,259

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

It's a Whatsit?

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Why is this book such a big deal? I remember the TV movie from when I was a little kid. I remember it being so scary I couldn't sleep. If only I could have told that kid, "Just read the book! It's not scary at all." In fact, it full of annoying characters who you'll HOPE get eat eaten. Between 44 hours of Bill's stutter and Richie's obnoxious/racist voices, I really just wanted to scream "get to the point already!" I am basically a bitter ender and feel compelled to finish every book I start, but seriously it took a real commitment to finish the long, long, long, book with minimum narrative pay off!

21 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • The Run of His Life

  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of "the trial of the century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more after the 2016 mini-series...

  • By AudioAddict on 04-15-16

F this book

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

I'm going to start this out by saying OJ IS GUILTY.

However, the condescending way in which he discusses the issues of race and police brutality are unforgivable. This book is so obviously written by a white person for a white audience. Not only does Toobin feel entitled to absolve and convict people based on his interpretation of their motives, he seems to think that as a white male journalist, he has more insight into the black psyche then black people do. He immediately dismisses the idea of a frame up by the LAPD, but never acknowledges how police actions at the time of Simpson's arrest and in all the years of their existence, might just give a black jury a "reasonable doubt." That's the only standard that matters. He also mocks the idea that people might find this case an important moment in the narrative of black America. I understand why that might just seem silly to a self-aggrandizing narrator like Toobin, but that's another reason he has no business asserting this book is THE BOOK when it comes to the Simpson trial. I'm pretty sure that THE BOOK has yet to be written and I would never tell anyone this was it.

If, instead of inserting his opinions and characterizations in at every turn, Toobin had just told the Fing story based without trying to diagnose the racial sickness in America (which, by the way, is the fault of black people because we apparently can't think or reason or analyze information for ourselves) maybe this would have been a better book. Watch the show. I think it will be better because Toobin is edited out.

14 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,419

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Bad bad bad

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Although, I think the Author has potential... This book is predictable and silly.

I'm not sure if it's cultural differences or what, but why is it every semi-literary thriller/mystery has to have some young, white protagonist who is supposedly brilliant but spends the book acting like an idiot? I keep thinking do white people really make as many stupid choices in life as they do in books? If so maybe that why these books keep getting published.

If I read one more story where the protagonist rushes off to confront a dangerous psycho with nothing but a plucky attitude and a burning desire to "know the truth" I'm switching to romance novels.

31 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen of Bedlam

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539

Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicting

  • By Kathy on 08-04-12

Bad puns, silly characters, anachronistic language

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

I really enjoyed the first book in this series even though it had some serious flaws, it was a pretty enjoyable read. So I figured the second book would be even better... WRONG.

This book takes all that is silly and poorly written in the first book and amplifies. From a discussion about a well-endowed character name "Master Bates" to horribly out of place language that makes you wonder if the author did any research about the period, it's nonstop silliness.

I tend to be a bitter-ender and at 23 hours it was a long, long road to the end. I may not be able to get those hours of my life back but I can warn others not to waste their time or their credits!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,990

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I listened to the whole thing

  • By Sabra on 07-27-16

Puerile, silly, bad!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I'll just admit it I love zombie apocalypse anything and was excited to start this book. I was pretty much through about 1/3 of the way in. I understand the writer is trying to give us Watchmen meets World War Z but shame on someone without even a one-one hundredth of the talent or vision to attempt something that grand.

The characters, the dialogue, the super villain, just bad, worse and worst. Plus, the horrible female characters and the disgusting idea that fucking zombie Jessica Alba is in anyway humorous. All around unforgivable trash and not in the John Waters isn't it fun sense either.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Cool Breeze on the Underground

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349

Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met a P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room. Now it's payback time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read

  • By Cody on 05-18-15

Entertaining but...

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Not Winslow's best. It does get good towards the end but drags in several places. I don't think I'll continue with the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful