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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,565

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Anti climactic

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I love the writing, however the storyline was drawn out till I lost interest at points.
The interconnected relationships were interesting, but took too long to develop.
The feeling of suspense was lost in the feeling of slogging through the never ending conversations amongst the siblings that were supposed to reveal something.
Found myself walking out of the room and not hitting the pause button and finding that I hadn’t really missed anything because they were still going on about Leon’s this or Suzanna’s whatever hang up ... enough! I got it! I wanted to move on!

51 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • Celine

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense - the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • <br /><br />Setting, characters, better than plot

  • By G. Minott on 04-12-17

A disappointment

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I loved Dogstars and The Painter - two very evocative and beautifully descriptive novels - which I read.
I like Peter Heller's pacing of words and I felt that the narrator missed the boat. I also had trouble distinguishing the different voices. She would be better suited for a romance novel - wispy.
I kept waiting for the real suspense to kick in or for the description of Glacier Park to overwhelm me. Actually, I was underwhelmed by the whole experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,393

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

On and on ....

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

I felt like the same scene were replayed over and over again. I felt as though scenes were written and then rewritten with a slight variation. I knew where the story was going at times - it just couldn't get there fast enough. Could not finish it. Very frustrating.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The People in the Trees

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, William Roberts, Erin Yuen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 262

In 1950, a young doctor, Norton Perina, signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A dazzling, fundamentally flawed excursion into the grotesque

  • By Danimike on 05-09-15

Footnotes were distracting

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

The beginning was slow, but I knew the story line was interesting and nuanced so I made myself stay with it.
I found the footnotes to be annoying and distracting. I kept wondering it the same informations couldn't have been delivered some other way. By then I was just irritated and had to get myself back into the listening mode again.

Now that I'm finished with the book I feel like "huh?"... Don't want to give up spoilers ... But for me there are too many unanswered questions and too many things that happened that are not reasonable outcomes (to me).

I loved A Little Life by the same author.

The People in the Trees was a disappointment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful