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  • The Delphi Effect

  • The Delphi Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

It's never wise to talk to strangers...and that goes double when they're dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station - she never knows where she'll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ghosts, and other paranormal gifts

  • By Montzalee Wittmann on 10-11-17

Okay book. Could have used a few more twists.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Interesting concept that falls flat. Not a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not the kind of book that makes you root for the characters. In one word mediocre.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,771

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

So so

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Love the narrator's voice and reading of this story. The rest of it was okay. Not exceptional, easily predictable, and easy to put down. This is not a story you'd drive around the block in your car to see what happens next or sit in bed missing your beauty rest. Not good, not bad, and certainly not just right.

  • Alias Grace

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Gadon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book after watching the series.

  • By Sheri Martin on 12-30-17

Sooooo slow!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This book is excellent reading if you're in the market for a good nap. Guaranteed to put you to sleep, I felt obligated to finish it. After all, I had invested a full credit and tedious hours waiting to get to the elusive "good part." Alas, no good part was to appear. Better luck to me next time.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,777

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

A Book I never would have bought, until....

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Okay, a story about a dog narrated by a man reading us the dogs thought?. Never would I have wasted my time or money. However, I would have missed an awesome story and a great narrator. I literally could not stop listening to this story. It made me laugh, cry, and really glad I disregarded my instincts to run away from this book. A great find, I've told everyone who likes a good, I'll do my work later, story to get this download. I am not sorry I invested in this story and neither will you.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,724

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Perplexing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I've listened to a lot of Audible Books. I would rate this one firmly below average.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ho-hum.

Did Will Damron do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The problem was that I didn't get emotionally invested in the characters. The narrator was okay and I don't think he was invested either.

Could you see Beneath a Scarlet Sky being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Don't make a movie or a TV series out of it. I won't be watching.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to love this book. But, it just didn't come together for me. Everyone tried real hard but it just missed the mark.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,844

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

Amazing Story At First, Slow And Sad By The End

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

Reviewed: 07-23-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

When you start listening this book pulls you right into the thick of the story. This is the type of book that will make you stay up until 4 AM listening to the horrible and wonderful things that happen to the "hero"....at the beginning. It is totally exciting and will take you along for a wild, bloody, shocking ride. Little by little it starts to slip away and becomes just a story. Not compelling, just something to listen to until the end because you've invested so much of your time. By the end, you just don't care. The characters turn out to be selfish, controlling, whiney, and generally without merit.

It's like two different people/groups wrote this book. Too bad the first person/group didn't finish the job. This would be a book worth remembering. As it stands, The Son is totally forgettable.

Would you recommend The Son to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I felt cheated. It was like beginning to eat a wonderful cupcake only to find out that it is absolutely hollow.

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

The reader who was Eli was fabulous. the others were just irritating and disappointing.

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

Absolutely not...unless I could leave before the middle of the movie, get free popcorn, and a full refund.

Any additional comments?

Other people thought this story was great. Maybe there's something wrong with me......or them!

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  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,580

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

An interesting premise, a tad confusing.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-13

What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

If you've ever seen the movie, "Sliding Doors," you will totally understand this book. If you've ever wondered if you'd left home a little earlier or took a different route, would you end up having a close encounter with an 18 wheeler? If I hadn't married my first husband who moved our family to a new town, would I have found my second husband...the love of my life? This is a "what if" book. It does wonder around a bit and tends to be a little confusing. Are we listening to the story before something changed or did something happen and we just missed it. The characters, for the most part, are likeable, logical, smart, and very human. They do have their faults. They also have good points. They are not exactly compelling even though the heroine is likeable. However, I lam green with envy and long for a father just like her's. This is a good, but not a great read, it will hold your attention but it will not make you late for work or miss any sleep because you just can't turn it off. Recommend it???? Probably. Love it???? Not so much.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Atkinson again?

Verdict is not in yet.

Which character – as performed by Fenella Woolgar – was your favorite?

The lead character has her merits. She can be spunky at times be a total doormat at others, depending on the part of the book you're in. She does make some questionable moral choices...don't we all?

If you could rename Life After Life, what would you call it?

Second Chances. What if? How could I have made so many stupid choices and lived to tell about it?

Any additional comments?

The best part of this book is the heroine's relationship with her siblings. We've all got brothers and sisters who we like better than the others. The fact that she has a genuine and loving connection with her only sister was amazingly real. I guess that's because I have almost the same relationship with my only sister. That's why I was more generous to this story than I could have been.

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,983

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Indians, tigers, and great narration! Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

If I believed in reincarnation, I would want to come back as this audio book. From the very beginning, the narrator leads you down the story's path using a soothing tone of voice that reeks of matter-of-factness. And, you follow along like he's the Pied Piper leading you to the promised land. You know extraordinary things, some not very pleasant, will be coming your way, but you won't care....nor will you sense the next amazing twist or turn until it is upon you. You can't help but love and admire the hero. Always calm, rolling with the punches, keeping his sense of humor, life to him is one big and sometimes illogical adventure. You hope you would make the same choices if you were in his sandles. This story sends technicolor pictures dancing through your brain. It is a story that will make you make you want to avoid the stop button and consider of the play button as your new best friend.

What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

If you enjoy "Nature" on PBS, this story is certainly your cup of tea on steroids. However, if you cheer for the prospective victim (meal) to get away, you might consider sinking down in your seat and cringing until the worst is over. It worked for me. I definately recommend toughing it out because you'll miss a wild rollercoster ride of a story if you don't.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Three minutes into the story, you'll swear that the narrator was born in Mumbai. Though this is my first experience with him, I'd follow him anywhere. He breathes life into this story and makes it so believable you should stock up on dramamine before you get started.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Have tiger, will travel.

Any additional comments?

I finished the audio book two weeks ago and I'm still telling my friends about it. It is a great combination of humor, horror, hope, and the unfailing resourcefullness of mankind. If you liked the movie, "The Sixth Sense", you'll find a kindred spirit in "The Life of Pi".

  • The Lock Artist

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story Very Slow

  • By shelley on 12-06-13

Keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-12

Where does The Lock Artist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book. You spend the whole time trying to give advice to the reader. No don't do that, get out of the car, don't talk to those men! Always on the brink of disaster, the main character shows a great propensity for making the wrong decisions that turn out to be the right thing to do. Not so much a "who done it" as a "will he live through it." Lots of bad guys with guns, lots of bad choices, lots of baggage from his childhood. This is an emotionally charged book with many damaged characters who drag you, kicking and screaming, into caring about them.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

Awesome reader in actor's clothing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is scary, funny, smart, and causes you to be wildly frustrated with the hero of the book. It is genuinely entertaining.

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