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Karen J. Leonardo

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,805

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Couldn't stop listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Sad, brutal, engaging. Who came out in too in the end. the overcomer. Powerful and encouraging for women going through hard times. If Kia could overcome so can we.

  • 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 29,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,483

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

Very thought provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

When the "perfect" life adds a criminal element and it all changes. Held my attention and put me right in the book. What would I have done?

  • 1922

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

The chilling novella featured in Stephen King's New York Times best-selling short story collection Full Dark, No Stars - soon to be a Netflix original film starring Thomas Jane and Molly Parker. A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and narration

  • By indyemmett on 11-13-17

Couldn't stop

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Craig's performance kept me listening. Fan of Stephen King. I couldn't out but down and when I had to its all I thought about. Makes you think about your own skeletons in the closet and how you think your plan may work out but not the consequences of the insanity.

  • The Wolves of Winter

  • By: Tyrell Johnson
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's been forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community - most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and compelling

  • By Elis Law on 05-15-18

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Kept me wanting to listen. Great performance. Will be thinking about this one for awhile.

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Worthy of a 5 star

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

The book and the performer held my attention. The author Took you though the generations as per the period of time very well. It was great to revisit those time periods through the eyes of people who didn't realize how rich they were until ...they did. The rich and poor are the same in the sense we all have problems and death comes for everyone. Family was very important but I found it off people would give up their children so easily to other family members. This book would actually make a great movie . I would love to see what artists would do with the human creatures likenesses. The creatures are very interesting. A sequel to what happened with the family in the black water would great. I will think of this book for a long time to come.

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,125

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mild spoilers

  • By Jess B on 02-15-18

5 star

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Kept coming back for more. One of my new favorite authors. scary, gross, intriguing... Looking for another one from same suthod. Great performance too

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,958

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The soil of a man's heart is stonier. A man

  • By Tj on 04-10-18

Always a 5 star

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

..Another one that kept me on the edge of my seat thinking . Very creepy

  • Bag of Bones

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,001

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best I've read by Stephen King.

  • By Joseph on 11-06-08

Another riviting book by Mr. King ,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

A little slow at first but very riviting. My favorite author whether read or listened to. His twists and turns keep me at it. He thinks each character through and builds the relationships well. now into the next one...

  • Water from My Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age 16. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Trista on 06-10-15

Captivating and real

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Loved the book. It held my attention and listened to it twice. Great performance as welk. In my top five now!!!

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,870

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Makes you think about what might have been?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-17

There was a lot going on in the book with relationships and how they intersect and can be intertwined in life.