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  • Darling Jim

  • A Novel
  • By: Christian Moerk
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Book Worm on 05-28-09

All my least favorite tropes

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

This title contains all of my least favorite mystery/romance tropes. I like a good Gothic tale as much as the next person, but there are two things here that really bum my out: The first is when female victim-hood becomes the source of male art and the second is when men assert that women are secretly attracted to rapists. The "attraction" to Jim was handled in such an unrealistic way that it completely took me out of the story, and the three supposedly strong female leads ended up being reduced to prizes in Niall's quest narrative. Boring.
That said, I did enjoy the layering of story within story within story, and the readers do a wonderful job. I finished the book, but if I had it to do over again I would probably skip it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Tiger

  • A Novel
  • By: Yangsze Choo
  • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dance hall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-19

Enjoyable historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I loved the Ghost Bride, and was excited when The Night Tiger came out. The blend of emotional realism and folklore works well here, and I enjoyed anticipating the ways the different characters would eventually weave together. I didn't find the resolution quite as satisfying as the build up, but the book held my interest the entire time. Also, I am usually wary of author read works, but Choo is a worthy narrator of her own writing and kept me engaged with the characters and the story.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Home Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she's accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of most important books of this time

  • By N. D. Warren on 11-24-17

made me ugly cry...

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I can't believe how beautiful this book is. It manages to deal with issues of structural violence in such an intimate and personal way. I felt for every character.

  • In Other Lands

  • By: Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

The Borderlands aren't like anywhere else. Don't try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border - unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and - best of all as far as Elliot is concerned - mermaids. Elliot? Who's Elliot? Elliot is 13 years old. He's smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and emotional!

  • By JusticeReads on 07-24-18

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I'm on my second listen. This is the YA book I've been waiting for--funny, sweet, earnest, perceptive about gender roles and sexuality while still being tongue in cheek but not insufferably so. Kudos to Matthew Lloyd Davies for an excellent reading. My one quibble is that it meanders a bit towards the end, but that's not a problem when you don't want a book to end! #comingofage #clever #LGBTQIA+ #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,388

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Liked it, not quite as much as Song of Achilles

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I decided to get Circe after listening to the Song of Achilles, which I loved desperately and had me sobbing in my car. Miller's voice and love for Greek mythology are still present in Circe and this is a fun read, but not quite as masterful as Achilles. I think this is partly because Circe is confined to her island for a good part of the novel, and action has to come to her, which constrains the story a bit. But there are still some great moments here. I loved watching Circe come into her powers and figure out how she can navigate the unfair world around her. Perdita Weeks's reading is lovely. Would recommend to anyone who likes Greek Mythology and/or well written bildungsromans.