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  • Grave Secrets

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Don on 06-24-03

Nice Hamilton (Ten Dollar) Reader

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Fun reminiscence of the early 00s. When crime novels followed a timeless pattern of the killer hardly once appearing, until the final third of the story. Of repressed love and atypical shady individuals. Though, what didn't fit the "mold" is the main character. A "business minded" yet socially vulnerable woman, whose job doesn't just guide her life, it supercedes it.

  • Darkness: After the EMP

  • By: Harley Tate
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kevin Pierce, Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

If the power grid fails, how far will you go to survive?Madison spends her days tending plants as an agriculture student at the University of California, Davis. She plans to graduate and put those skills to work only a few hours from home in the Central Valley. The sun has always been her friend, until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good with a couple of irritations

  • By brewcitydep on 11-25-17

Fun read with SOME well paced action

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I enjoyed the cammraderie shared amongst characters. Their realtions showed emotion. However, I saw the action as being disorderly. Too much initially, and then lacking towards the ending. Seeing that this is a PA book, it felt jumbled.

  • Prodigy

  • A Legend Novel, Book 2
  • By: Marie Lu
  • Narrated by: Steven Kaplan, Mariel Stern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathless

  • By Jessica on 01-10-13

Cool story and fun to read

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I enjoy the overarching story of this world saving team. Very creative interpretation of ficticious geography. One that is somewhat feasible at present.

  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Salman Rushdie is widely considered one of a handful of truly great living writers. The internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize-winning author's storytelling shines in this epic love story, a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, Salmon, We get that you're a genious already

  • By Julie on 04-23-09

Somewhat Psycho-bable-ish

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

A definitely interesting story. Though I felt that logorrhea got in the way of that.

  • Nocturnes

  • Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed works of fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 11-29-09

Great material, average delivery

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

Though based on a common theme, there was a great diversity in storyline of each.

  • Breath, Eyes, Memory

  • By: Edwidge Danticat
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

At the age of 12, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti - to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Narrator

  • By Luis on 04-03-16

With a great deal of cultural significance

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

From an outsiders perspective, there is a lot of Haitian familial culture to be gleaned.

  • Eragon

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,001

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saphira's voice sounds like Yoda!

  • By Kari on 04-27-14

Fun introductory medieval fantasy story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

A classy heros journey, without the branched diversity in more modern works of this genre.

  • Corsair

  • By: James L. Cambias
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listen full of action/suspense and humor

  • By TenaciousReader on 05-21-15

This is a fun one to listen too

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

The story is too "kitchen-sink" ish for my liking. Yet, the characters are pretty interesting.

  • Until the End of the World

  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute of this

  • By Natalie Harris on 09-05-14

Too many characters without enough description

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I thought it was a cool story, but that the characters were rather flat. Fun read non the less.

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  • The Graybar Hotel

  • Stories
  • By: Curtis Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

In Curtis Dawkins' first short story collection, he offers a window into prison life through the eyes of his narrators and their cellmates. Dawkins reveals the idiosyncrasies, tedium, and desperation of long-term incarceration - he describes men who struggle to keep their souls alive despite the challenges they face.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rang with truthful perspectives

  • By alec on 07-25-17

Rang with truthful perspectives

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I thought this piece to be riddled with realistically modern detail in conveying a lawless memoir.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful