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nashville, tn, United States
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  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,057

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

A departure from his norm. Loved it. 😻😘😻

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Just finished for the 3rd time. Mix of boy and man. And I would have loved to have had him as a teacher.

  • Sniper

  • A Thriller
  • By: Vaughn C. Hardacker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

When a sniper kills four people on Boston Common, Boston homicide detective Mike Houston and his partner Anne Bouchard are sent to investigate the case. Amidst the blood and terror, Houston discovers similarities, likenesses the killer’s positioning, his choice of victims, and his code of ethics between the crime scene and his own training as a US Marine scout and sniper. And with the staging of the scene set for prime shock value, Houston has to wonder what it is this murderer intends to accomplish.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration drove me crazy!

  • By Nick on 03-08-14

A pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

This book turned out to be a great find. I love the discounted books. It gives me a chance to try different authors and this one is a keeper. I am hoping that there are more written by him. The narrator was excellent too. I think it is very difficult to read a book out loud. This guy takes you right into the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

  • By: Ken Perenyi
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forgery to Story Telling

  • By Tina M. on 08-16-12

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Loved the book, but never have understood why not paint originals? Money as usual. Too bad for us, the public.

  • The Wicked City

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay, Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140

When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight - laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano - even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring '20s, the place hid a speakeasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is worth reading

  • By lyl on 03-20-17

This is worth reading

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Happily surprised by quality of this book. It is one of the best of its genre that I have read recently. Narration is excellent. Story is very good but the writing has to live up to the quality of the story. This one does!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole Town's Talking

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 759

Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Novel

  • By Jean on 01-15-17

Loved this one too !!!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

I have read everything she has written. We have very similar outlook on life. It shouldn't be approached with the idea that one must do and be big and important. It's the small things in life that count. That is real life and it is good. Have always wished I knew Ms Flagg. We are both from Alabama.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,192

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

She does it again!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

When Tana French comes into my house, everything else stops. No phones, no visitors, nada. Every book is different. The common denominator is characterization. I have never read anyone better at this. I am still reeling from "Broken Harbor". Her books are not what I call skimmers. That is, the plot is all and characters are sketched in. Now I have to wait another year (?) for the next one. Thank you Ms. French!

  • Slave to Sensation

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remember.

  • By Diana on 05-30-11

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

My sister sent me this book as an example of genre she reads. Nothing wrong with the book, but is not to my taste.

  • The Last Child

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick With It!

  • By Christine on 10-19-09

John Hart is a very special author

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

This is 2nd book I have read by this author. He gets my highest rating as a wordsmith. Other authors could take this story and it would be just another decent suspense story, but Hart takes it to another level with his writing. Wonderful !! There have been complaints about

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Go with hard copy next time

  • By Angela on 07-30-16

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

Have loved all of her books. Wonderful characters. Love 3 pines. Narrator excellent, but I will always miss Ralph Coshan. I had wanted George Guidall because he and Coshan sound alike.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,003

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By ReaderReader on 07-24-15

fantastic imagination!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Loved every word! 2nd book I have found of his. Both of them so good that I was stunned. I am 75 and thrilled to find this major talent.