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Carolyn Heusmann

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  • The Long and Faraway Gone

  • By: Lou Berney
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's all together here

  • By Ted on 08-25-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Two mysteries woven together. Very well read. Kept my attention till the satisfying end. You will net regret you purchase.

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,890

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Just excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

This was a five star mystery/suspense. I only hope this author writes more books. Well read also.

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  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Good read anytime but especially on St. Patrick's Day

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

I have grown to look forward to this authors books. Again, this is not only a very good mystery but a well devised description of some of Irelands recent history. Characters are rich as well as unique. The reader is more than excellent.

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Surprisingly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

This book is not exactly deep. It is very well read though and I do have to say I enjoyed it and I'm glad I purchased it

  • Mao's Last Dancer

  • By: Li Cunxin
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has the "ring" of truth

  • By Deborah on 04-04-08

Liked more than I thought I would

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

This book is a rather nice way to see into and gain perspective on the changes in China's political history since the era of Mao and how it affected one man and one family. Well read

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  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,439

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

A moving and very engaging story

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

I can't say enough about this book. It is a well written and very well performed historical novel. All education about history should come in such an engaging form.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Natchez Burning

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 35 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020

Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narrator - Really, really BAD

  • By Mary on 05-03-14

Reader not that bad

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

What did you love best about Natchez Burning?

Compelling story. Reviewers said that the reader was very bad, but I found it very listenable. Don't know what all the fuss was about.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So Cold the River

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Scott Simons on 08-16-10

went on and on

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-10

although I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the concept of someone being able to see lives through the camera lens, I got ever so tired of the lead character's headache. The book seemed to go on and on. By the end, I really didn't care what was going on with the water.

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  • Alice's Tulips

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Best-selling author Sandra Dallas has won rave reviews for this tale set during the Civil War. When Alice Bullock's husband joins the Union Army, the young quilting enthusiast is left to deal with an Iowa farm and an imposing mother-in-law. And then her life turns upside down when she's accused of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our favorite yet from Sandra Dallas!

  • By Damon on 02-08-11

Don't buy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-10

this book might be good for a young reader.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • American Music

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Mendelsohn
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

This luminous love story centers on Milo, a severely wounded veteran of the Iraq war confined to a rehabilitation hospital, and Honor, his physical therapist. When Honor touches Milo’s destroyed back, mysterious images from the past appear to each of them, puzzling her and shaking him to the core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In the end I Loved It

  • By Carolyn Heusmann on 07-22-10

In the end I Loved It

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-10

this story calls on the reader to walk through a number of generations of a young woman's history. At times I could feel that I could hear the music of other times and see the sights. I thought this book was very well read and enjoyed the mystery of it.

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