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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,172

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

lazy ending

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I had hoped for a better ending, the last bit just seemed lazy. Great idea and parts of this were very good.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,410

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family Secrets Abound

  • By Jami on 10-30-14

Should have read instead of listened

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different narrator

What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

I listened to this at 1.3 speed and there were still long pauses. Seriously dragging out every syllable and then pausing for no reason does not make the story more compelling. "Nate stirs his cereal........ which has turned to sludge"... why was that pause worthy?

  • The Life She Was Given

  • By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Lori Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn't allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She's never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it's for Lilly's own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time - and sold to the circus sideshow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By SailboatAshley on 08-22-17

So much promise!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The writing would have to be much better

What could Ellen Marie Wiseman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The idea was excellent I just felt it was rushed through - yet at the same time parts were dragged out Also readers do not need to be led by the nose - it would make it enjoyable if I could draw my own conclusions instead of forcing the conclusion on me - she felt for mother and baby horses because she had a difficult relationship with her mother - pretty easy to grasp without it being spelled out. Unfortunately you get to the end and no one really grew or learned - bad things happened the end.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lori Gardner?

maybe - she did well with what she had

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Life She Was Given?

'oh no, there is no key, oh gosh a million terrible things will happen, oh woe I will never find the key and on and on... oh look it's not locked. One of those scenes would have been ok but there were way too many. If some of that writing time could have been spent expanding on the characters it would have been much better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,929

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

What disappointed you about The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]?

the story - it had so much potential but then instead of focusing on a pretty cool character in Abigail/Liz focusing on the lame Brooks - my eyes hurt from rolling them.

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

Brooks

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

Ms Whelan did a fine job with this one as with other performances she has done.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance, and disappointment

Any additional comments?

I think I am most disappointed to have wasted that much time, I kept listening because so many people rated it so high I kept thinking it has to get better! It didnt.

  • Carrots

  • Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!

  • By Dr. Geoff on 11-20-13

Good idea

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen Helme again?

maybe - this was the first book in the series - they must have gotten better.

What didn’t you like about Wendy Tremont King’s performance?

The voice didnt match the character (in my opinion).

Any additional comments?

It was a good idea just not executed as well as I had hoped; the Shelby character just seemed whiny, shallow and not always the brightest.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,556

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fun book

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Legion (We Are Bob) to be better than the print version?

I didnt read the print version

What other book might you compare We Are Legion (We Are Bob) to and why?

It made me think of Agent to the Stars - but I really couldnt say why - just something different and fun.

Which scene was your favorite?

Couldnt pick just one - the whole book was great.

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

I did laugh out loud a few times.

Any additional comments?

Just an overall fun book - it was a great choice for a family road trip as my husband and teenage son enjoyed it as much as I did.

  • Bricking It

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,194

When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • coarse, predictable

  • By THRIFTY LAWYER on 06-20-16

Cute, predictable story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No - maybe in print form but not the audio. I couldn't listen to the female narrator at all.

Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan and Heather Wilds ’s performances?

Napoleon Ryan maybe - Heather Wild no!

Do you think Bricking It needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No - that was more than enough.

Any additional comments?

Cute idea, author seemed to try too hard to be funny though. I actually skipped over most of the female narration chapters as I couldn't handle listening to that narrator and I still got what was going on in the story so not a complex story - more of a fun Sunday drive listen.

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,660

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Should have read it

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Kubica? Why or why not?

Yes I hear Good Girl is quite good

How could the performance have been better?

Chris and Willow narration was fine. The narration for Heidi just didnt work for me. It sounded like my 3rd grade teacher with the over enunciation and fake sounding niceness.

Any additional comments?

Much of the story was predictable and seemed forced. It was a great idea though and parts were well done. I think if I had read it instead of listened to it I would have liked it more but the Heidi narration just grated on my nerves so I was grumpy listening to it and likely more judgmental about the book in general because of that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,069

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Should have read instead of listened

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

What did you like best about The Kind Worth Killing? What did you like least?

The story was fun - much of it you could see coming but still good.

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

A bit predictable.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

NO! The male narrators were fine but the women, not so much. The Lily narrator took too many deep breaths and long pauses it just ruined it. Then the Miranda narrator was so much worse, she would alternate between a really bad Marilyn Monroe impression and sounding like she was being tortured and trying to talk through it.

Could you see The Kind Worth Killing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I am sure someone could make a decent movie out of it, no idea who the stars should be, It isnt one I would pay to see.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,346

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

I said, he said

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

What did you like best about Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)? What did you like least?

Fun story

Would you recommend Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend they read it as it would be easier to ignore all of the I said, he said, she said...
Wil Wheaton did a great job with the narration though.

Was Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) worth the listening time?

yes

36 of 44 people found this review helpful