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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,562

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Although you may want to kill these high school students for their oversights, this is a great suspense well told.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

I Just Can't - A Former Discovery Addict Saddened

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Tldr; RE-RECORD THIS ASAP, PLEASE!

I have listened to the The Discovery trilogy so many times while waiting patiently for the next in the series, that I now can not even express how let down I am at this moment. Four hours in, and I just can't listen to this book anymore. Maarleveld makes the characters sound like people TRYING to imitate pretentious British nobility. I loved these characters before! Now they sound flat and pretentious at the same time. How is that even possible?? It's like losing extended family.

I am not sure if Jennifer Ikeda died, or someone made an INCREDIBLY poor business decision, but Maarleveld's rendition is a complete let down, toneless, flat, trying too had and failing even worse. We have lived with Ikeda's characters for generations -- centuries! -- why on earth would anyone change such a wonderful reader, and at this stage? IF she is dead, I understand. Otherwise, they should have spared no amount of money or time to do this one right. I will not read another in the series until the REAL Matthew, Diana, and crew return. Sad day for all Harkness fans. What a total letdown.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,887

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Prose of days gone

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

It's been ages since I've wanted to replay/reread passages again and again for their beautiful cadence and imagery. if you love literature, this is for you.

  • The Shadow Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 3
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Jessica Preddy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

When their father dies, Star D'Aplièse and her six sisters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world, are left with few clues to their heritage. But Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow her first clue, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing! :(

  • By Elizabeth C. on 12-01-16

Lacking intelligent female character

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Hum, as much as I want to like this one, it is not possible. The sister, Star, seems lackluster and needing backbone, constantly being ordered around by those around her. Where is her personality? Ugh. Painful. And, going back in time, Flora becomes exceedingly unlikeable and naive, making the same mistake over and over again, never learning from the outcome.

  • A Long Time Gone

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon, Jennifer Ikeda, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she'd left, that's exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sisterhood of Figuring Out Life

  • By Meg on 07-06-14

Wanted to Love It

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Painfully slow. Jennifer Ikeda, who I think is masterful in Discovery of Witches, puts me to sleep here. Sorry, but I can not finish this one.

  • The Hating Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn!

  • By Cyndi on 04-07-17

Cleverly constructed and funny

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Some very funny phrasing +well read. A nice distraction. It slows at times, but overall, I recommend.

  • Southern Ruby

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Forbidden love. Family secrets. A twist of fate. The stunning new generational saga from Belinda Alexandra, best-selling author of Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia. In New Orleans - the city of genteel old houses covered in Spanish moss, of seductive nightlife, of Creole, voodoo and jazz - two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant!

  • By Maria on 01-22-17

Great start, slow end

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

I enjoyed this book, however, the last three hours were a hard to get through. The story became about hurricane Katrina, a devastating event in the Gulf Coast and an unfortunate show of racism and lack of leadership in our government. But I wanted the characters back and to move on with their stories, not this new character. Otherwise, a beautiful story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gods in Alabama

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story!

  • By Debbie Wolf on 06-13-05

Good book bad music

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

I enjoyed this unexpected story. It was very well performed. My only complaint is the odd insertion of random bits of sound and music. It was distracting and totally unnecessary.

  • Jilo

  • Witching Savannah, Book 4
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Mia Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic...but once upon a time, she was just a girl. 1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the "beautiful woman with a dirty face," its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice and political corruption. Young Jilo - fiercely independent, intelligent, and ambitious, but thwarted by Savannah's maddeningly genteel version of bigotry - finds herself forced to embrace a dark power that has pursued her family for generations, an ancient magic that may prove her salvation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator not right for this book

  • By Flagler Alumna on 08-13-17

I'd like my credit back

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Would you try another book from J. D. Horn and/or Mia Ellis?

I'm all tapped out after this one. I felt like the series started off with strong, well-rounded characters, but ended with scene after scene of hackneyed witch battles where no one ever dies forever. Like the Terminator, they just keep coming back again and again.

What could J. D. Horn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have no idea how such a strong, fascinating character in the first book could be transformed into such a weak, almost dunce-like individual. A sad miss.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sadly, not for me. A great disappointment

  • The Source

  • Witching Savannah, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

  • By MrsT on 06-05-14

J.D. had me until she didn't

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

Would you try another book from J. D. Horn and/or Shannon McManus?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Horn? Why or why not?

Yes. I've liked the series thus far, but I do feel she loses her path and goes way overboard--I had to skip several chapters (the whole mouse/man with Emily droned on, as did the "storm and wolf scenes). Like fashion, sometimes you need to take one or two things off. Also, there are points when I found myself thinking, ok, enough already. Let this character die.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scenes with Jilo the most.