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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59,055

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

What an amazing storyteller!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I forget sometimes what an amazing storyteller J K Rowling is. I listened to The Deathly Hallows when it first was released because I wanted to know what happened to the characters that I had come to care about over the years that I had listened to their story. After watching the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald I realized I had forgotten quite a few details from The Deathly Hallows and needed to listen to the book again. What a master storyteller! How J K Rowling was able to keep the numerous threads of the numerous plots contained in the major story line astounds me. After viewing the Fantastic Beasts movie I can hardly fathom that J K Rowling is going to add to the masterfully crafted completed Harry Potter Series. Many, many fans are shouting for joy!

  • Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud

  • Sunny Randall, Book 7
  • By: Mike Lupica
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Sunny Randall is "on" again with Richie, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family's business as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston's mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could have anticipated....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Parker's Sunny Randell

  • By John S. Johnston on 12-14-18

Sunny is back!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I am glad that Robert B Parker’s well loved characters live on after his death. The wait for an author to get Parker’s style and vision of Sunny Randall was worth it. I hope the wait for the next installment in the series won’t be quite so long!!! Nicely done Mike Lupica, I think RBP would agree.

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,821
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,652

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

Poignant!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I can't say this is a book for everyone. In fact at times it can be hard going. I frequently had to consult a dictionary and google various philosophy tenets. Nonetheless, it is a good book. I read and listened to it as part of a book club selection, everyone agreed that we felt lost in the text at times but the story was worth the struggle. #UnlikelyFriends, #FrenchCulture, #TearJerker, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,533

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT a TRUE Picoult Read

  • By Karen M. Kaplan on 10-11-18

Pro-choice vs. Pro-life

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Jodi Picoult is one of my top 5 favorite authors. Picoult always researches the topic(s) of her novel so her books are informative, educational and insightful. While this aspect of Picoult's novels is marvelous, her weaving of plot and story line are amazing, brilliant, and phenomenal. Given this praise for Jodi Picoult as one of my favorite authors however, this novel wasn't my favorite. Leaving Time will always be my favorite title by Picoult. Along with most of the reviewers I found the story line of A Spark of Light hard to follow at times. Much like Picoult's previous book, Small Great Things her current title, A spark of Light tackles a socially explosive theme. I found the Author's Note at the end of the book particularly informative, insightful, as well as disturbing. The Guttmacher Institute in 2012 reported that since 2010 there has been an increase in state restrictions on abortion. Picoult cites the Guttmacher Institute in the author's note section of the book also, stating that 280 laws have been pasted in the last 5 years restricting access to abortion. Picoult notes that during the years of 2000-2008 - 7 out of 10 women who had an abortion had an income of less than 22,000 a year. I find myself astounded that Roe vs. Wade which was decided in 1973 by the Supreme Court of the United States maybe overturned. I echo Picoult when she asks, "Who is protecting the rights of Women?" Therefore, I found A Spark of Light drawing me in due to the relevance it demonstrates concerning the right of every woman to choice! #Provocative, #FreedomToChoose, #MyBody, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

Walt is the best!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I must say that with the cliffhanger of The Western Star I was worried. I didn't want more devastation to come into the life of Walt and his loved ones. Thank you, Craig Johnson for preventing that. I re listened to The Western Star prior to Depth of Winter and had forgotten how great it was.
Like most listener reviews I too missed Henry, Vic and Lucian but then Walt is the star of the series. "Boy Howdy" #Gritty, #Witty, #SomeSheriff, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • Day of the Dead

  • Freida Klein Series, Book 8
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve - a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with - and sometimes against - the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven’t been disappointed yet!

  • By Kate on 07-29-18

Is the series over?

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

All the reviews say the series is finished. I hope that isn’t so yet the whole series has been building up to the final confrontation between Freida and Dean.
I think Freida has more stories to tell but I guess that is up to the authors. If so thank you for a great series! #BackFromTheDead, #Stalker, #Dark, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay

  • Jesse Stone, Book 15
  • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • RB Parker would have not written this.

  • By John S. Johnston on 09-25-16

No long term happiness ever for Jesse!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Finally, Jesse is able to move on and leave Jen in the past and maybe have some much needed happiness of his own. Of course not!! Now Jesse will drink his way through 5-6 books!!!! Bring Sunny Randall back into his life!!! #TorturedHero, #TearJerker, #Dark, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • The Western Star

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warning! This ends in a cliffhanger.

  • By TyrannosaurusRix on 09-21-17

Don't do it Craig Johnson!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Any additional comments?

I don't want to give away the cliffhanger, all I can say is don't do it Craig Johnson! It is an exciting story and I enjoyed the look into the early career of Walt Longmire. I found it a bit of a stretch to tie the past and the current conflicts together. Nonetheless, fans of the series, as I am also, will enjoy this installment of Sheriff Walt Longmire. Just no more personal tragedy for our hero.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Telling Tales

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fabulous book to listen to

  • By Gigi on 09-01-17

Vera is something!!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Any additional comments?

I really like the Vera Stanhope series. Vera maybe an acquired taste type character but she is pretty amazing. The story lines are excellent. This is another excellent series that I will keep listening to and watching for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Burial Hour

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to get through it!!!!

  • By Julie on 04-18-17

Struggled to get through it!!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I never thought I would say that a Lincoln Rhyme book didn't hold my interest but I had to keep going back and listening again to numerous chapters and parts of Th

4 of 4 people found this review helpful