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  • A Big Little Life

  • A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!

  • By S. Stambler on 01-21-13

If you love dogs, read this book!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

Where does A Big Little Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

Who was your favorite character and why?

Trixie of course

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

How he could bring out the feelings of the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!!!

Any additional comments?

I laughed out loud. I sobbed for the loss. I will recommend this book to everyone I know.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,538

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

If you liked the Shining, you must read this book!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Danny. I always wondered what happened to him since the first book.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Danny and Abra shine together to kill the knot....and when Danny sees his dad, Jack Torrence at the end....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,606

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

I thought it was going to be better than it was...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What did you like best about Orange is the New Black? What did you like least?

I had never heard of any sort of story line like it. I expected the ending to be better.

What could Piper Kerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I thought there would have been a bit more drama when she came across the person responsible for her going to prison.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes, the narration was appropriate.

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

Probably not.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,779

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Better than I expected!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

The narrator and the author's way of describing scenes and situations.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How the lead character's life changed from the bombing and through out the story kept my attention.

What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accent with Borus and some of the other characters was amazing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At times, yes.

  • Emma's Secret

  • By: Steena Holmes
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return will heal the wounds her disappearance created. But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler they remember. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Dramatic!

  • By Vickie on 05-03-14

Not as good as I hoped it to be...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you try another book from Steena Holmes and/or Kate Rudd?

yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Steena Holmes again?

yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I felt the narrator was decent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All of those reactions were noted throughout the book. I felt bad for her family and the family who took her.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Always Watching

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 638

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turner, or a Great Listen!

  • By andrea on 07-02-13

Not as good as her other stories

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What could Chevy Stevens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Needed more suspense. It started out great but lost steam quickly.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

Joyce did well.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girls He Adored

  • By: Jonathan Nasaw
  • Narrated by: Lee Sellars
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

A sexually-charged thriller of extraordinary originality, The Girls He Adored moves furiously from the inner recesses of the psyche to a startling climax. Jonathan Nasaw brilliantly portrays two equally intense characters - a deviant killer and the expert who can unlock his darkest secrets - and introduces one of the most likeable sleuths in recent fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Lita on 02-12-03

Creepy thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Where does The Girls He Adored rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middle of the road

What did you like best about this story?

The killer is so creepy with all of his "personalities"

What about Lee Sellars’s performance did you like?

He changes his voice for all the different characters.

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

The ending

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,082

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!

  • By Thomas M Clifford on 11-27-13

Surprisingly excellent!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

yes

What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

Harry Potter series. The voice changes with the characters and slightly darker than I remember.

What does Anne Hathaway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voice changes keep you listening

  • Henry and Rachel

  • By: Laurel Saville
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Joyce Bean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 45

Sent to live with a wealthy family on a West Indies plantation, Rachel carries with her a past shrouded in mystery. Drawn to her grit and fortitude, charming widower and fanciful inventor Henry is willing to overlook the vague explanations about her history. But after years of marriage, Rachel leaves Henry and their oldest son without explanation and sets off for New York City with their other four children. Is her flight the ultimate act of betrayal or one of extraordinary courage? Using real family letters, Laurel Saville reconstructs the secrets, tensions, and longings surrounding Rachel in this densely layered, poignant novel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure why I finished it

  • By Peggy M on 06-30-17

Boring!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What would have made Henry and Rachel better?

A better story

What was most disappointing about Laurel Saville’s story?

It really did not go anywhere

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator is what kept me listening to see if the story got any better

What character would you cut from Henry and Rachel?

No one character stands out.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,705

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

Boring!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What would have made The Luminaries better?

Too long winded and it took too long to go anywhere

Has The Luminaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The accent was a bit thick and I was easily distracted.

What character would you cut from The Luminaries?

I did not like any character

2 of 3 people found this review helpful