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Therese M. Adams

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  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • deeply moving rollercoaster ride

  • By Heimo on 05-26-10

excellent excellent excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

An amazing author with a knack for storytelling red buy an excellent narrator. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be thoroughly entertained. a wonderful sometimes Stark honest portrayal of a turn of the century American family

  • The Magus

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

John Fowles’s The Magus was a literary landmark of the 1960s. Nicholas Urfe goes to a Greek island to teach at a private school and becomes enmeshed in curious happenings at the home of a mysterious Greek recluse, Maurice Conchis. Are these events, involving attractive young English sisters, just psychological games, or an elaborate joke, or more? Reality shifts as the story unfolds. The Magus reflected the issues of the 1960s perfectly, and it continues to create tension and concern today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystical Morality Tale of Love, Reality, Fidelity

  • By W Perry Hall on 03-24-14

Worst ending I ever read to slow obtuse book

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

don't waste a credit on this supposed classic novel. the books only saving grace was the excellent performance of the narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,886

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The best Worst book there is

  • By George on 04-07-16

Excellent narration couldn't help the bad story

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

Don't waste time. Book was 80% complete before it became mildly interesting. Poor character development.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,046

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

wonderful story! Beautiful and heart wrenching. This story is one that will stay with you long after the tale is concluded.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,418

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

a great story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

wonderful story read most excellently by the author. His use of analogies was very refreshing. I hope to hear about more adventures of London underground in the future

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thinblade

  • Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110

When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended two thousand years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a great classical adventure epic fantasy, not GRRM

  • By Robert G. on 10-28-14

reminiscent of Terry Goodkind

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

Good story... it reminds me of the Sword of Truth series but for a younger audience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

  • By: Shane Stadler
  • Narrated by: Patrick Conn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exoskeleton - now I get it

  • By Molly on 08-13-13

not as scary as claimed

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

The book is very slow to get started. Other reviews claim it is chilling and will leave even the most avid horror fan disturbed. Other than the dental scenes it was in my opinion average for horror genre. Much of the torture was unrealistic both physically and psychologically. I found the plot to be somewhat predictable and the ending very abrupt and unfinished, unless the author plans a sequel. Sadly it is not a sequel I would seek out to read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hearts of Horses

  • A Novel
  • By: Molly Gloss
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

The irresistible tale of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair---and getting miraculous, almost immediate results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Honest, Wonderful

  • By Julie W. Capell on 11-08-09

Wonderful Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-09

A throughly entertaining book. I could not wait to listen. I wish it had been twice as long. A very good mix of history and fiction. You get involved in the characters lives as if they are your neighbors and friends. My only complaint is the ending seemed very rushed. It did not flow with the pace of the rest of the book. It was as if the author had alot more story to tell but was told to wrap it up quickly and did so. Their could have been so much more to this already wonderful book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful