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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 5,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,794

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

Less than thrilled

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I have read Tana French in the past and enjoyed her writing. It’s not prolific but it keeps me engaged. This book was no different until the last 2 to 3 hours. I like long books and this actually would be on the shorter end of my long books; however it needed to end way before it did. It seemed these last hours were unnecessary and full of laborious detail that only seemed to me to take the entire story down an unnecessary path.

  • Shadows

  • Nightlord, Book 2
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 42 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451

It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Ending

  • By Suji K. on 12-12-18

Torture

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

42 hours long and that was 41 to many. Love the narration but after listening now to the second book in the series. I won’t be listening to the last. Dull to distraction.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,646
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,256

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This was an amazing story beautifully written and narrated. I’m often drawn to this atrocity told by many different people and from many different vantage points; it never ceases to amaze me how cruel humanity can be to one another. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Beach Music

  • A Novel
  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable

  • By Ella on 03-14-10

Torn

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This book had a lot of intense content and for the most part I came to appreciate it, it can however be a little laborious. Although I liked the narrator's voice the reading could be very flat. I'm not sure if this was done purposely due to the content or just his style. Writing of course here is key and although by far not the worst I had a hard time getting by the "I said" "he said" "she said" so much of that was totally distracting and completely unnecessary. I came into this book with high hopes hearing for many years what a great book it was. Maybe if I visually read it instead of listening it might have delivered differently. I have come to appreciate the combination of writing style, content and delivery as a total package and have gotten pretty discerning of what I can listen to. This time I was left less than enthusiastic.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,969

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Kept me listening

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I liked the book. Given the dreary topic of a pandemic the book offers all of what you'd hope out of human nature. It at times can be a little idealistic and has a lot of " Boy Scouts" for main characters, but for someone who always likes a happy ending; the book delivers. Also as someone who likes and appreciates a long well written story, I have to say it's not best but it is definitely worth the listen. Scott Brick is a good narrator and delivers every time. This is definitely poised to have sequels. Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,322

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

WOW! This is by far the toughest book I have listened to. That's not to say bad just tough. The emotions this story brings you through are definitely more than I could take at times. It is tragic, horrific, painful, kind, beautiful and "heartbreaking" I read many negative reviews all in my mind unwarranted. The book is extremely difficult but totally worth your time. You may want to listen in bursts vs. continuously; your brain might explode. As much as this is a piece of fiction I have no doubt that there are those among us who have suffered such atrocities. Anytime I read a piece of work such as this, it both leaves me with tremendous appreciation and hopefully more empathy for the life we are all living. Be prepared.

  • No Ordinary Time

  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 39 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great at 1.5 speed

  • By Brett on 01-04-13

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the book. I'm not particularly as a rule in such detail but it was for me so enlightening as to be captivating. My only complaint is the same as some others only in a different way; I thought the narration was perfect but the production awful bathe pauses in this can be extremely frustrating and absolutely could be edited out. If you love a long book and even have the slightest affinity to the Roosevelt era. Listen you won't be sorry.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

This wasn't the worst I've listened to but it's close. The story had promise until the plot unraveled. Example that you can write about anything; but is it worth listening to.
The narrator has a great voice and did a fair job with the accent; however I find the talent of a good narrator is to portray each character and this didn't happen. Everyone sounded the same and flat to boot.
Pass on this one.

  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,651

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Concentrate

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

I enjoy Tana French's stories and this one as well; but this one was a bit of a challenge. There is one story line that is broken into 2 perspectives with tremendous detail and at times I got lost and found myself having to refocus. Maybe just me. Definitely worth the listen but stay present.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Gospel

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-25-16

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

I really liked the narration. It was a good story and kept my interest but probably won't go down as a top ten.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful