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  • Cherry

  • A Novel
  • By: Nico Walker
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

It's 2003, and as a college freshman in Cleveland, our narrator is adrift until he meets Emily. The two of them experience an instant, life-changing connection. But when he almost loses her, he chooses to make an indelible statement: He joins the army. The outcome will not be good for either of them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • being an ex-junky is much cooler than being a junky

  • By K Sabatini on 09-02-18

Unsentimental account of a life gone to drugs

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Nicole Walker makes it clear that this story is fiction but it is a realistic account of a life quite similar to his own.
Brutally honest but never playing the poor me card, he describes in clear, sometimes harsh and frequently profane language a life of a decent kid who joins the Army, goes to the Middle East and becomes a drug addict, bank robber and then gets caught.
I have read a number of accounts of soldiers from the endless Iraq and Afghanistan battlefields and I understand their frustrations and PTSD but the drug use is hard to blame solely on war experience.
I hope he gets out of prison and pursues more writing. He is a unique and honest voice
The performance of this book was outstanding

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Social Creature

  • A Novel
  • By: Tara Isabella Burton
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 164

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them.... They drink, and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers - to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste.... Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon. Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An uncomfortable listen

  • By Suzyn Smith Webb on 12-26-18

Incredible story as in unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I appreciate the underlying theme of social media creating false personalities and encouraging ever more unrealistic personas. But this story strains credibility.
Lavinia is nuts and Louise is a lazy sycophant.
The story portrays a NY crowd I never admired or aspired to.
We are to believe Louise can cart around a dead body by herself and make it look like she has a drunk friend!? I don't think so.
Great attempt at a thriller but not believable and ultimately populated with characters I could not care less about.

  • Sunburn

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Mystery

  • By Jim N on 02-25-18

Like a Hitchkok movie.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Engaging story. Great presentation. Kept me enthralled up to the very last word. Will look for more from Laura Lippman

  • Miller's Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

As a young girl in Miller's Valley, an ordinary farming town that may be facing its final days, Mimi is observing adults, selling corn, growing up and changing, and watching the world around her change, too. As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen's novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quietly engaging

  • By Taryn on 01-07-17

Can always count on Anna Quindlen

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Excellent story. Well performed. Fully developed characters. Realistic story line. Highly recommend for all listeners

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,819

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Everyone is corrupt

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Love the reality and thoroughness of Don Winslow. I am a huge fan and believe what he writes.
There are times when all the characters are hard to keep sorted out but the story still races along at a thrilling pace.
Between this book and The Cartel I have lost all faith in the agencies who are supposed to be protecting and defending us. I am sure there are many decent people trying to do their best but those in charge are only out for their wallets and reputation.
Get this and listen up!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow Nash

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Harrison
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

It is New York, 1904, and Dulcy Remfrey, despite an idiosyncratic, traveling childhood, faces the predictable life of a woman of the time. But all that changes when her eccentric father returns from his expedition to Africa without any of the proceeds from the sale of a gold mine. It seems he's lost his mind along with the money, and Dulcy's obsessive ex-fiancé (and her father's business partner) insists she come to Seattle to decipher her father's cryptic notebooks, which may hold clues to the missing funds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!

  • By Steven & Alycia Mcleod on 06-05-18

Engaging and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

An excellent performance of a well written story. I enjoyed the strong heroine. At times there felt like a few too many odd characters but isn't that what you found in the pioneers willing to strike out in newer frontiers?
All in all I highly recommend.

  • Mother Land

  • By: Paul Theroux
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is the selfish, petty tyrant of Mother Land. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Inner Dynamics of a Large Massachusetts Family

  • By jon orourke on 10-21-18

Caustic story. Think of them as caricatures.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Much of this story parallels the life of the author but it is so over the top mean, snarky and harsh that o finally decided to think of all of the family members as broadly drawn caricatures.
Too dysfunctional with no relief. No ones family is this horrible. I wish the narrator had put a bit of sarcasm in his voice. When I did that it seemed more
like the usual nasty sibling aside you hear from sharp tongues.
A bit like rubber necking a bad accident on the highway. It was repetitive and the main character is whiney and feels sorry for himself but I am still glad I finished it.

  • Everybody's Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

Sully is staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it's hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years...the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends...Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, hilarious, long-awaited sequel!

  • By KDW on 05-14-16

Great honest characters

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Perfectly performed. I enjoyed each character and they are fully fleshed out
over the course of the story.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,989
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,216

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Another fascinating tale by Grann.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an important chapter of the American history and though it is disturbing , I urge you to listen to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killers of the Flower Moon?

The level of evil that was tolerated in our country. Never realized it was so lawless and lacking in morals and basic human decency.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I will listen to Will Patton read a grocery list he is so good. Brings depth and immediacy to the story.

If you could give Killers of the Flower Moon a new subtitle, what would it be?

A tragedy of the American West.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trials of the Earth

  • The True Story of a Pioneer Woman
  • By: Mary Mann Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin Creel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866-c.1936) was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South - surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a treasure!

  • By CourtneyWNY on 10-10-16

Fascinating story. An honest picture of our pioneer families

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

An unflinching honest memoir of how our country was settled by the incredible hard work of our first frontier families.
You will never take your life for granted after hearing this warm but unsentimental tale of the Hamiltons.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful