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ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
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  • All American Boys

  • By: Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
  • Narrated by: Guy Lockard, Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

A bag of chips. That's all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad's pleadings that he's stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad's resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad's every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading

  • By J. E. Abel on 09-18-16

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This was an excellent book. It reminded me of of The Hate You Give in that we, white people, have no clue about what a young black man fears every day when a cop is in sight. We will never have to give the “black boy speech” to our sons telling them exactly what to do to not be beaten or killed when a cop stops you. In this book we see a glimpse of what a cop, black or white, goes through when making quick decisions and how easily a black cop can racially profile a black kid as easily as a white cop. That made me think. I have no idea what a police officer goes through every day and the decisions they make and the huge amount of pressure they face to keep us safe. There Are bad cops as there are bad people. I think it is fear most of the time as the book points out. Good book for YA and older. Should be read in every high school.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,387

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

Excellent trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

I really enjoyed this trilogy and this book was great. I was worried about some of the reviews stating this book got a little too weird but it was just the genius of King. I think this trilogy would please everyone. Very good character development and an interesting plot in all three books.
Definitely would recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Between

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda, Barbara Rosenblat, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband. To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take me there

  • By Heather Bergdahl on 02-06-16

Very decent book

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

I always like K. White's books and this one is so far my favorite. With WWII history and the two women's stories it was sad at times but the ending was uplifting. I felt I could relate to the characters but a few were under developed but it was still a great book for an easy listen.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,309

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Good first book in series

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

I liked the story and the characters. It seemed a bit over the top but that is what we love about these books. The main character has awesome skills and I really like the premise of him helping those who really need it instead of violence for no good reason. The plot twists are good but not extraordinary. I will listen to another book when it comes out.

  • The Revolving Door of Life

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Once more we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Candik24 on 02-16-16

One of the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

I really enjoyed this book. I love most of what AMS writes but this is my favorite series. I was so pleased for Bertie, finally!
It was a nice relaxing listen but went by too quickly.
Each character gets more and more personality in each book and I cannot wait for more about Big Lou and her cousin as well as Bruce and Pat. Great book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Novel Habits of Happiness

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland that he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK if you're already a fan

  • By A. Kiss on 09-15-15

As good as ever

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

I so love Alexander Mcall Smith's books and this series is one that always makes me look inward and try to decide what I would do if I were Isabel. I like all the characters and the plot. I guess I look at it as a bit of mental health therapy when I listen to these books. It might be a bit slow for some but if you have connected with the people from book 1 then it is just another chapter in their lives and you "get it". The narrator is excellent as always. She makes bookstore enjoyable.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Archer

  • By cristina on 10-21-11

Excellent story

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series. The characters were well developed which is a must for me, I cannot finish a book if the characters are not real people In my mind.
The plot was a good one. I think I would have liked to hear more of what became of Harry's uncle Stan and how he felt about his sisters choices.
I will recommend this book to anyone who asks.

  • A Trick of the Light

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277

“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By barbara on 09-15-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

My favorite so far. So much insight to the emotional soul of others and into addiction.

  • 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 20,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,815

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

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

I'm not a huge King fan and have only read or listened to a few but I really like this trilogy and the next book is going to be more King like than the first two if the end is telling of what is ahead. Good character development and story line. Will Patton is the best!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Painted Veil

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What An Unexpected Delight!

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

Good lesson learned

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

It was a good story. The lesson women need to learn is always this one.
Characters development good for the shorter book.