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Julie M. Badger

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  • American Fire

  • Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
  • By: Monica Hesse
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice - his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read

  • By Melissa M. on 05-16-18

As an Eastern Shore person, I was keen to

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

read this story as it unfolded in my neighborhood.

The story is good and well researched and well-written. My only negatives were several misspelled place names and the butchering of place names the reader managed.

Still, a good read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Hearts

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing!

  • By Frances on 08-24-14

Enjoyed and looking forward to the next one

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Enjoyed this romp through America-a little contrived and somewhat predictable but enjoyable nonetheless. Waiting for the next on the series.

  • The Splendid Things We Planned

  • A Family Portrait
  • By: Blake Bailey
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion's "Citizen of the Year" in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a pretty young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. "You're gonna be just like me," a drunken Scott taunts him. "You're gonna be worse."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written but sorry I read it.

  • By Margaret on 05-15-14

Well written and captivating

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

I enjoyed the telling of this story. It is a stark account of life with an alcoholic sibling and the ensuing erosion of a family. Made my dysfunctional life seem downright cheerful. I would recommend the book as it is captivating, well-written and memorable.