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Fred Gronvall

West Chester, OH
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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

what a NARRATOR!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

the story is fantastic- the writing incredible and the narrator suuerb!
I laughed out loud a lot and was ENTERTAINED TO THE MAC👍!!
I took the whole day off and just LISTENED!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nightlife

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blonde hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim's last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just what you want in a book like this...

  • By Barbara on 01-12-07

No Butchers Boy

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Pretty good but stupid and abrupt ending. It was like Perry couldn’t figure and ending and said “awww sh*£ I’ll just write this.”

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,301

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Nope / did I read the same book?

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

I am Swedish. I was born in USA but dad came from Sweden at 3 yrs old.

I wanted to like this book but it was just not compelling. I believe that I found parts to be funny and cute but not to the degree thatl most listeners did.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Terran Privateer

  • The Duchy of Terra, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

Earth is conquered. Sol is lost. One ship is tasked to free them. One Captain to save them all. When an alien armada destroys the United Earth Space Force and takes control of the human homeworld, newly reinstated Captain Annette Bond must take her experimental hyperspace cruiser Tornado into exile as Terra's only interstellar privateer. She has inferior technology, crude maps, and no concept of her enemy, but the seedy underbelly of galactic society welcomes her so long as she has prizes to sell and money to spend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun!

  • By phicob on 12-08-16

Damn good space opera!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

The tech was well done by not being OVER done. Good characters. Great plot. Good pacing .... didnt ever bog down.

I could have done without the gay crew members... not pertinent at all.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Light of the Fireflies

  • By: Paul Pen, Simon Bruni - translator
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns. He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone's been acting very strangely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David Shear on 04-11-16

110% on the OFFBEAT GOOD meter!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

I love stories like this that are completely unlike anything you've read before.

Stories of human existence that - if you stop to consider how many people live in this world and how strange people are - and can be - strike me as 100% plausible.

I figure that we could find real lives as wierd and perverse as these with only a little bit of effort.

HIGHLY RECOMENDED for $8!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,410

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Short, Powerful, Contemplative....

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

More lives than a cat and you still end up being in it only for yourself!

Great plot - moves fast - fantastic narration .
Believable characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Miracle Man

  • By: William R. Leibowitz
  • Narrated by: Tracy Thibodeaux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators; he is real. So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from, and why do so many want to destroy him? Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Fred Gronvall on 09-08-16

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Every thing about this book was just OK.
The story was a little bit like fairy tale . The ending sucked.

The narrator did an ok job.


Ok? Ok

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mister Slaughter

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

. Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series!

  • By Cheryl on 07-14-12

The #1 book in the #1 series Ever!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

Rbt McCammon is my favorite author. He has such range and depth. The characters is this series have become family and I hope it goes on forever!

  • The Chronothon

  • By: Nathan Van Coops
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Ben just wants time with the scientist's daughter who got him into this, but when he's rooked into competing in a chronothon - an Amazing Race through time - getting the girl means he'll need to make the finish line. When he finds out this competition is more than just a sprint through history, winning takes a back seat to surviving. To save the people he loves, he'll have to conquer the real dangers hidden in the shadows of the chronothon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this wasn't a good book, it was an awesome one

  • By Costumer on 06-16-16

A RARE TIME TRAVEL TREAT!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Very few time travel stories get both the tech and the storyline just right. This one does.

This is fun without being cutesy - and has great pacing and character development.
I hear this is #2 in a 3 book series- so what the hell? If this is all i cant get - im happy with it i guess

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,323

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

E X C E L L E N T 👍

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

I enjoyed the entire trilogy - for how long it was - it never dragged or got boring.
Wonderful characters - tremendous choice for a narrator - and what a world builder Sanderson is!
Outstanding all around!

I love it when 3 credits buys you 60+ hours of AWESOME ESCAPE!