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  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

A classic WINNER!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I've read other books by this author and they're all wonderful. Having had this in my library for a long time, I dusted it off. First of all, if you don't shed a tear (at least ONE tear), then you're dead inside. This book takes me back to my childhood like no other book since reading To Kill a Mockingbird. The descriptions of ordinary daily life as a kid will have you leaning back a bit into your own cigar box of treasured items. Some might say it's a slow start, but soon you'll be so invested in the characters you won't be able to tear yourself away from one fantastical story after another.

When you realize the stories may seem farfetched, you are tempted to think they just might be the boy's dramatic imagination. Did they happen? Maybe. Do I care? Nope. Just keep telling them!

When I knew "The End" was near, I was already nostalgic for the characters and wishing it would never end. This is one of those authors I'd love to meet in person. I loved this book and the narration was superb!

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,079

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Intriguing and Suspenseful!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

SK does it again as a continuation (of sorts) of Mr. Mercedes. While the book stands on its on, it is absolutely worth listening to the other first. The premise is fascinating and I quickly found myself in the midst of a killer's mind, a teen's anxiety and the pure curiosity of the contents of decades old writings. I was right in the middle of it, taking sides, and totally engrossed. But Stephen, could we have dinner and talk about the ending (and what you might have stashed in your safe)?

  • The Providence Rider

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fun series

  • By bionichands on 06-05-12

Another Adventure for Matthew!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Book 4 and I'm not even close to being tired of the predicaments that Matthew Corbett seems to find himself in. This is yet another engrossing novel in the series and it's just as fresh and enjoyable as the first. I am a bit concerned about Matthew's sex life, as he cannot seem to have "experiences" where he is not a captive to the charms of an aggressive female; a notable occurrence on all four books thus far. This was another colorful ride with characters old and new, continuing to weave our favorite characters throughout. What will happen next? One more book awaits!!!

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,092
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,401
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,323

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

THIS BOOK!!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Needless to say, I easily give this great book 5 stars as well as the superb narration. I picked this not knowing any of the subject matter as it was recommended by a friend who had just finished the book. While it was another book about the same time period as one I had just finished, it was a completely different take on the ravages of WWII. The loss, bravery, steadfast courage and unwavering allegiance to friends and family are deeply woven throughout a story of the heartache of war and senseless loss of lives. There are heart ripping moments (yes I cried) and then you share the joy of the tiniest hope that comes shining through. I was so drawn in that I had to force myself to stop listening for real life obligations. I can tell if I were reading this in print, it would be with me every moment until finished. A magnificent story, whether truth or fiction, that gives us yet another glimpse into this war torn era. Get it!

  • 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 2,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950

. 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

ANOTHER WINNER...

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

I am using every spare credit to get every book in this series. The third installment of Matthew Corbett's "adventures" leads us to another creepy, brutal and bizarre cast of characters; where evil is REALLY evil. The 1700's time period is again captured in all reality where a rain storm can mean so much more on a muddy pathway, justice and revenge intermingle, and survival depends on keen instinct and a lot of luck. Matthew's character is consistent, lovable and you are drawn into his life completely. I found myself wanting to shout at him.."don't do that!" or "look out behind you!" More of a "how could you do that" than a "whodunit", this book delivers as much as the previous volumes in this series. I do not want it to end!

  • The Queen of Bedlam

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455

Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicting

  • By Kathy on 08-04-12

HOLD ON TO YOUR BRITCHES...

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Another gripping volume in the Matthew Corbett series had me on the edge of my seat. McCammon describes the time period in fascinating details and creates characters both colorful and unique. I could not stop listening! It is also humorous to catch a little innuendo here and there that smacks of today's language. Not for the squeamish, it portrays gritty reality of life in a time where justice was skewed, corruption commonplace and survival was a daily task. While the long list of characters may seem overwhelming at first, you will grow to know the key players, preparing you for more Corbett adventures as "problem solver". I love this series and am immediately moving on to the next book, "Mister Slaughter". Also, if you enjoy this book, you might enjoy the BBC series "Ripper Street". Check it out.

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,311

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

First of all - Bravo to the narrator. What a stellar job. There are many characters to keep up with (I had to jot down notes at first) and Mr. Ballerini did so brilliantly. It was a fascinating exploration of an era with it's political, moral and spiritual leanings with a healthy dose of superstition. Sometimes shocking, sometimes creepy, this book has some areas that are really graphic and some injuries/ailments are described in gory detail. You are quickly sucked in to the fascinating story line and become anxious for a resolution. The plot takes refreshing, unexpected turns and I hope to read more from this author. Fantastic listening.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,011

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Could.Not.Stop.Listening!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

This books strays from the usual and vividly describes a situation that many are unaccustomed to. Having had a close friend in the position of Will, this book gave me insight into the daily struggle to adapt to the "new normal" of daily life but also those shed remarkable light on those that cared for him. The contrast of life before and after is stark and supports the mood of its main character. At the very core, is the fact that no matter Will's circumstances, he still had the ability to touch lives, hearts and reap the benefits himself. A worthy listen, for sure!

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  • If I Stay

  • By: Gayle Forman
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,480

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ultimate Choice

  • By AudioAddict on 09-15-14

Great YA pick..but.....

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Nicely performed audiobook that might appeal to older teen/YA girls especially. I went back and forth from liking this book, to kinda being bored. The flashbacks about her family developed them into characters you wanted to know better, but the information was just that...information. And it didn't go anywhere. Then in another respect you were thinking, "why does all this matter?" Eventually it felt like hours of dragging out what you were fairly certain was going to happen anyway. Glad this was only 5 hours invested. It's a nice little story anyway.

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,825

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Grab some bread and butter and sit back....

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

If you don't want a fresh loaf of bread after two hours of listening, you're dead inside! Ok, so I love the way Jodi writes and this book is absolutely fascinating. It is very inventive and yet tells a historic story woven throughout. The emotional scenes of this book are painted vividly and the story line took some unexpected turns. Just as vividly are the meticulous descriptions of bread baking which makes you long for loaf. My second book of hers and I'm looking forward to many more from this author.

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