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  • The Music of What Happens

  • By: Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin, Anthony Ray Perez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

This is a story about two teens falling in love over a summer that throws everything possible to keep them apart. Max: Chill. Sports. Gay and not a big deal. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever. Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By L. Cothren on 03-14-19

Enjoyable, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I'll start by saying, if you've listened to "Openly straight and Honestly Ben", you wont get the same character and plot development. Both of those books were amazing. That being said, if you enjoy the author's writing style, you'll also enjoy this book. Overall, the characters were pretty thin with exception of the two leads. The friends of both the boys, were just accessories. It's enough for you to identify with and get their purpose, but you won't go away with fond memories like in the other books.

In some ways this could have just been a story about the two guys over a weekend getting to know one another. The other characters didn't really add much. What I did enjoy was the examination of something else in the gay community that probably doesn't get the attention that it needs (spoilers) so I won't say much more.

Lastly, the "Jordan" narrartor was THE WORST. I almost cringed everytime I heard his voice. I couldn't wait to flip back to Max. The narrartor for Max while 10 times better, he wasn't perfect but played a teenage jock boy enough where I could imagine vidvidly what he would be like if he were real

The book was satisyfing, and was a nice distraction from my normal listens. Accept this for what it is and you'll enjoy too.

  • The Border

  • The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a way to end a brilliant trilogy

  • By Stu Ruwe on 03-06-19

Satisfying ending to a well crafted story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

How do you end a story that could conceivably go on for a few more books? You realize like Art Keller, it's time to end it. My assumption is that you have read the other books. STOP right now if you haven't. This isn't a story that will be as enjoyable if you have not. I appreciate how he took us back in time to help jog our memories on some of the details. I also appreciated how he tested our memory with some of the characters.

While the book is the longest of the three, it's so well paced you never realize that it's as long as it is. Ray Porter, how I've missed your portrayal of some of the memorable characters. The narration continues to be spot on in every way.

Without giving spoilers, I can only say the book is like catching up on unfinished business.

I enjoyed the side stories, they helped break things up. I wonder will there be some type of spin off? There was significant time spent on their development so I wouldn't be surprised.

My (only) small gripe is the headline of today focus. It was just to close to home with some of the dialogue. I mean (really) close to home. Like most of us I'm sure Don, needed to vent in a fantastical way. I'm sure it was cathartic for him (spoilers prevent me from elaboration) You'll know it as soon as you hear it. :)

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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,540

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nora I love is back!!

  • By Indydog on 05-31-18

I love nothing mre than being pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

This is one of those books that successfully navigates character development, suspense and multiple story lines without trading off on anything.

When the book first started I almost stopped because of the campy high school setting and then just like that everything changed. It kept changing and evolving into rich characters with highs and lows all while not missing a beat. I found myself slowing down the normal time it would take for a book like this and would only listen in segments, doing this cultivated the story and love for some of the characters.

Admittedly there were a few sections that veared off from what most likely would have happened in the real world, but I was totally fine with it. The story has a meaningful beginning, relaxing middle and satisfying end. You'll hate saying goodbye to CeCe, Reed and Simone.

My first of most likely many Nora Robert's books.

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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,206

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Just right amount of everything.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This was my first Harry Bosch novel. I had no expectations and sometimes that can make a book better than if you did. I enjoyed all the characters and thought the 2 storylines were given equal time. I'll definitely go back and start with Harry at the beginning. The author did a good job of shaping Harry without a full biography. Some mid-line series mess this up.

If you like law and order or those types of series then you'll enjoy this book. The narrator sort of sounds like the opening monologue in LAW and ORDER....These are there stories...Dong Dong. lol.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,535

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

Missing what made the other books great.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I realize this is not the same author, and for the most part he did a great job. That being said, this story misses connections between the primary characters. They are all here, but rarely interact with one another and when they do interact it's brief. Lisbeth was barely around amd Mikail sort of was involved but only in a limited capacity. There were also subplots that started the story but never played out. We never heard about them again. Very strange.

In the previous books everything was relevant in some way. It felt like he was trying to keep the past connected but focus on the plot he developed. Because of this, the book often dragged. I listened to 25 percent of the book in one sitting, but the next 25 percent I felt myself wandering a bit. The last portion, revealed the big plot, but somehow it wasn't twisty like it usually is. The villian was revealed in an odd way, almost as if he forgot to loop her in and decided to use one character to fill in the gaps so we could be prepared.

In the end, I'm glad Lisbeth and the others are still around even if it is in this capacity. I'm not sure why they chose this book to make into a movie. Maybe that will be play better.

If you are a fan of the series, what I have said will make a lot of sense. If you aren't, you may view things differently.

  • Damaged Like Us

  • By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, J. F. Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible - the 22-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. He is certified American royalty. When he's assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who's known for "going rogue" in the security team - and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration really did the story justice!

  • By Christy Baldwin BBU on 09-30-17

Mostly Painful. Great Narration. Lacking a story.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

We all know some books are slow to start and eventually, we hope they pick up. The pace was great, except there really wasn't much of a story, at least by hour five there wasn't. After that, I couldn't stomach any more of the banter. I could only take so much descriptions about the 3 families and how fame and being billionaires was a tough life.

I was really looking forward to the romance between Farrow and Mofi, but without an actual story as a backdrop, you are left with empty characters. I'm pretty sure some type of narrative eventually started, but given that I was halfway into the book with nothing significant happening. I pulled my parachute.

I think what went wrong was the need to make this a standalone series from the other books. My assumption is they wanted to share that background from previous books, which was a fine in doses. The story I heard was just describing them.

The narration really kept things going and was really on point. Alas, the story just wasn't.

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Well paced character driven story

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Overall, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the narration. It's definitely more about the characters than the supernatural. It's a story you could pick away at, if you wanted, so don't take things too serious. Some things were a stretch and probably wouldn't be believeable in real life, but fit great here. I'm not referring to the supernatural. I didn't care for some of the descriptive language. I get this was a period piece in the South, set in the thirties, but just like a comedian makes a choice not to use profanity to make you laugh. The amount of racial slurs could have been reduced or left out. It didn't help with the story in any way. In fact at times it was a little distracting.

It's a simple story about a young boy and girl who share a unique bond that ultimately brings them closer in a way they never wuold have imagined. Enjoyable.

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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,762

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book

  • By Katya A on 03-06-13

Witty dialogue enhanced by great narration

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This is not a SERIOUS book, so don't attempt to apply logic to any of it, just enjoy it for what it is. It moves fast and doesn't apologize in any way for it's crazy plotline. Wil Wheaton is amazing and definitely keeps the pace moving. Overall, it's hard to explain this book because the subject matter is sort of ridculous. I suppose it deals with a few themes if you really dig deep, but digging deep is not what should be done with this one.

The pace was so fast that I was done before I was really able to form an opinion. I enjoyed the characters. You will too if you just go with it.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,494

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't go home again...

  • By David S. Mathew on 10-12-16

Dracula, a classic for any time. This was not.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The story spent too much time introducing characters that really didn't have a point. Initially, it made sense because he was building the city so to speak, but after a few hours, it's time to move into the story. That did not happen. It was like the major plot spent most of the time behind all the myriad of characters.

Character development is one reason I enjoy Stephen King, but sometimes things go awry. This was one of them. The last few hours the story seemed to pick up, but by that time I had lost interest because you could predict what would happen.

He mentioned how DRACULA had an impact on him and you could tell. I do think this book in 1975 and early 80s was probably amazing, but given we live in a time where Vampires are apart of pop culture, it just wasn't enough to resonate like I thought it would.

I wish more time was spent interacting with the 2 main vampire related characters because they were the most interesting part. I just can't figure out what the point was to have so many secondary and even less significant characters.

This was an early book. People seem to love it. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't a good use of 17hours in my opinion. I'm going to fast track the remaining 3 hours because I want to see how things get tied up, it's the only reason.

  • Sharkman

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident changed his life in ways no one could predict. He only looked at his phone for a few seconds, but that was all the time it took to crash his car into a telephone pole, killing his mother and paralyzing him from the waist down. After the accident, his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • There are a lot of fantastic books in the world,

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-18

Disaster.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Sometimes even lowering your expectations can't make things enjoyable. This book was all over the place. I could tell when it started it wouldn't be an amazing character driven story, so I didn't expect that. What I did expect was a low key entertaining over the top unreleastic tale about a half man and half shark.

Instead, what I got was no real story, lots of useless descriptive dialogue about things that really didn't help the story. The main character spins most of his time lost, like we (the audience) are. The characters fade in and out when it seems like they should say something. There isn't one that you can root for, not even the main character.

If you asked me what was the story line, I really couldn't tell you. The story lines come and go and never stick.

I've got about 2 hours left and honestly, the ending doesn't really matter, because nothing so far tells me what the "true" story is.

It was on sale, so I gave it a try. If you decide too, you've been warned.