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  • 1632

  • Ring of Fire, Book 1
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great idea superficial follow through

  • By Sara on 09-17-13

A waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was a total waste of time and I never finished it. I really liked the time warp idea but the story was so far fetched and unrealistic. There was no depth to the story, people that had moved in time 100 years just took it in stride and seemed to fall in love with the first person they saw.

Has 1632 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like the genre just not this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

None.

Did 1632 inspire you to do anything?

No

  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,918

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark indeed

  • By DQmaine on 08-12-16

Worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

No once was enough.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Libby's attitude. The story was good although a bit unbelievable at times.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this was a first for this narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,461

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Of all the short stories in this collection, only two were any good. His last book of short stories was so much better.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

Yes

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All the narrators did amazing. 5 star performances.

Do you think The Bazaar of Bad Dreams needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No definitely not.

  • Ice Cold

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609

Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables, cars are still in garages, and the town's residents have vanished into thin air. This is the disturbing setting where vacationing medical examiner Maura Isles and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent people behaving stupidly

  • By Babs on 07-03-10

Ok story

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Story was ok but I had a hard time with this narrator. I think it would have been better if I read this one myself instead of listening.

How could the performance have been better?

By using a different narrator. This one was very bland and didn't add anything to the storytelling.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Sure

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,516

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-12

This book is up there with some of the best books I have read or listened to. If I wasn't listening to the book I was thinking about it. I downloaded this book because of the reviews that listeners gave it and I was not dissappointed. I would highly recommend this book. I was sad when the journey ended and it was over.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,866

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Awesome listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

I loved this book.The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters alive. The story was good and was very thought provoking. The only thing this book was missing was the real motivation to save JFK, and why not only one man, but two would spend over 4 years of their lives to accomplish the task. Maybe I am too young to appreciate JFK? I still loved the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mary Modern

  • By: Camille DeAngelis
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Mara Demay Lawler, Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, decides to clone her grandmother in this modern, heartwarming twist on Mary Shelley's classic. Lucy lives with her boyfriend, Gray, in her crumbling family mansion and works in the high-tech basement lab she inherited from her father. Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to win tenure and bear a child, she takes drastic measures to achieve both. Hoping for a baby, she instead brings to life 22-year-old Mary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been great, but...

  • By April on 08-06-07

was okay....

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

Reviewed: 11-14-11

The reason I picked this book is because Jenna Lamia is one of the narrators and again she has done an awesome job. She really amazes me with her range of voices for characters. As far as the book, I almost didn't finish it after the first hour listening. It just wasn't holding my interest. There is too much extra information that isn't needed for the story to flow. All in all I did listen to the whole book and found the story something to think about after it was over but the story is just okay.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

  • By: Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!

  • By Susan on 12-17-09

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This book was a great listen. The only reason I downloaded it was because it was narrated by Jenna Lamia and every book she has narrated I have really enjoyed. She is a great story teller. So this book was a surprise, I enjoyed it that much. Velva Jean tells her story and you fall in love with her naive, honesty. I will proably listen to this one again.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,702

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

good story okay listen

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

Reviewed: 10-16-11

I think this was a good story but it didn't hold my attention as I listened my mind was wandering which it does not when I am listening to a good book. I was disappointed in this but I think it just wasn't my kind of thing.

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,163

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Excellent listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-11

This book is rich in history with characters that you fall in love with. I really didn't want this book to end, but when it did I thought about it for days. If you liked The Help you will also like this book.