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  • The Name of the Star

  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city - gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific work of Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Boarding school fiction with a paranormal twist.

  • By Noelle M. on 07-30-15

The Reader is a robot

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-16

How could the performance have been better?

The reader sounded like Eliza Dolittle. "The rain in Spain..." I found it hard to get into the story because it was like listening to a voice coach. All the T's and S's are so perfectly pronounced and enunciated, you can't for a second believe that it's a real person talking. Especially not a teenager.

Maybe is this woman narrated textbooks? But it just didn't fit with the story. I tried to get through it 3 different times before giving up.

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

Maureen Johnson is cool...I'll just have to read this book in paperback...I can't get through the audio.

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