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  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Oh, I just LOVED this book! The hype is well deserved! I don't even know quite how to review it yet, but if you haven't read it, don't be daunted by the length, in the end, you'll wish it were longer. Boyne has a beautiful way of writing and giving each of the many characters a compelling and unique voice. It's early, I know, but this has got to be among my top three reads of 2019. It's a wonderful, moving, thought-provoking and completely entertaining book!

  • Revolution for Dummies

  • By: Bassem Youssef
  • Narrated by: Bassem Youssef
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 365

Bassem Youssef's incendiary satirical news program, Al-Bernameg ( The Program), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation's dissent, but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock. In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on hypocrisy, instability, and corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Jon Stewart of the Middle East

  • By Rachel - Audible on 10-17-17

Fascinating Listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

"The textbook of fear is the same everywhere."

Bassem Youssef has a unique voice and a great way of telling a serious, important story without being horribly depressing. He is a comedian and uses his wit and intelligence to explain how his life in Egypt changed with the Arab Spring and ensuing troubles. As someone who has always had a particular interest in Egypt, this was a truly gripping, eye-opening read. I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to better understand the conflicts and history of this country.

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past. As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped - and nearly destroyed - his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Miscategorized

  • By Constance Jenkins on 08-17-18

Atmospheric Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I really enjoyed The Blackhouse, a book with a gripping plot, multi-faceted protagonist and deeply atmospheric setting. The writing was engaging, and I felt immersed in the story, which shifted from past to present. Though the ending wasn't as spectacular as I had hoped, given the intensity of the built up, I enjoyed this book quite a bit and would read the others in the series as well. Recommended!

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Harrowing Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a short book, but what a harrowing, thought-provoking story it tells! It is not an easy read, this man's account of life in North Korea, his escape back to Japan and the terrible losses he and his family suffered in the process. I kept feeling stunned when the author mentioned the dates - so recent! - and that people dying of starvation seems a fairly common occurrence in North Korea. he paints a bleak picture, made bearable by the fact that he felt close bonds with his family. An eye-opening and important book!

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Clever Fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

What a clever and enjoyable mystery! It was exactly what I was in the mood for, an engaging, character-driven story. The mystery itself wasn't too complicated and though I guessed at the resolution, it didn't bother me at all. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

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  • Day of the Dead

  • Freida Klein Series, Book 8
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve - a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with - and sometimes against - the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven’t been disappointed yet!

  • By Kate on 07-29-18

A Satisfying Ending to a Favorite Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I have to say, I was nervous about this book, the last in the series, because I wasn't sure I wanted it to end, or was wary how it would end. I won't summarize the plot, because it is difficult without revealing anything that would spoil the story, and I want other readers to experience the same rapt tension I did. A gripping thriller and a satisfying ending to a series I have enjoyed. I'm already looking forward to see what Nicci French comes up with next!

  • Rising out of Hatred

  • The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
  • By: Eli Saslow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Eli Saslow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 401

Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned 19, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show - already regarded as the "the leading light" of the burgeoning white nationalist movement. "We can infiltrate," Derek once told a crowd of white nationalists. "We can take the country back." Then he went to college.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading in this time

  • By Audiophile on 09-27-18

Must-Read

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The first time I heard of Derek Black was on an episode of the podcast The Daily. I found his story fascinating even then, and when I had a chance to read this book, I was excited to learn more. Rising Out of Hatred tells Derek's story, but also that of his family and though I will never truly understand let alone condone the "movement" of white supremacy, I found it disturbingly intriguing to see their reasoning for such hateful ideology. It's incredible that Derek - through his experiences and influences in college - was able to understand that this was wrong and that he had to change his thinking and his actions. The fact that he did and that he is willing to be open about his experience gives me hope that people can change. I don't want to talk specifics about current politics in the US, but we all know how divisive the environment has become. We need to keep the hope alive that we can recover from this time of so much outward hatred and partisan division, and be open and willing to learn about the experiences and thoughts of others in the way Derek Black did. It's important to be willing not to dismiss those who think differently from us as ignorant idiots, but to try to understand why they think the way they do and how to approach that. I am not saying I am the paragon of this behavior by any means. I am angry, too, and disappointed with the mood of the time, but I want to be better than that, and I want us all to be better than that. I feel I am veering away from the book now, and maybe that's fine, because it provoked thoughts in me that go well beyond Derek's story and wrap around the problems of the world and society of today and of the past.

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  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raj Revisited in fast-paced police procedural

  • By Sujata Massey on 05-18-16

A Pormising Start to a New Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is the first entry in what promises to be an engaging series! I liked Sam as a protagonist and look forward to reading more about him in the following books. The star of this story, however, was not so much the character or even the mystery - which I have to admit, I guessed early on. It is the author's rendering of 1918 Calcutta. He built the atmosphere and set the scene so vividly and I was absorbed by the story largely because of this. Recommended for fans of historical fiction or the armchair traveler:-)

  • The Piranhas

  • The Boy Bosses of Naples: A Novel
  • By: Roberto Saviano, Antony Shugaar - translator
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Nicolas Fiorillo is a brilliant and ambitious 15-year-old from the slums of Naples, eager to make his mark and to acquire power and the money that comes with it. With nine friends, he sets out to create a new paranza, or gang. Together they roam the streets on their motor scooters, learning how to break into the network of small-time hoodlums that controls drug dealing and petty crime in the city. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By myz on 11-11-18

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The Piranhas is a really compelling, fast-paced story about organized crime in Neapolitan youth. It's translated, but the language is beautiful, almost lyrical at times a stark contrast to the violence and ugliness of the world these young men live in. I was rapt from beginning to end. There are a lot of characters, which is a tiny bit confusing, but it's a fascinating, tragic story and one I would certainly recommend!

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  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Silva delivers another winner

  • By Maine Knitter on 07-20-18

Disaapointing

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I had been looking forward to this book as a fun, fast-paced summer thriller, but I am sorry to say, I was left disappointed. The story felt disjointed, Gabriel boring and the pace quite slow until the last few hours. The writing is good, but the story just wasn't compelling for me this time, though I know I am in the minority feeling this way. George Guidall's is, as always, a pleasant voice to have in one's ear, but apart from that, I didn't love this one.