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  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,998

Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters in a weak story

  • By WWaltonG on 05-04-16

Too stupid

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Felt like this author was cruising on the popularity of books that villainize Muslims. The "bad" guy is this book is a Muslim, however, that does not come out until later. The "heroine" is able to overcome the bad guy with her "goodness?" I do not know. I enjoyed the book until the last 30%. Then, it became apparent that this was a book written with an agenda. Once the underlying theme was exposed I could have written the rest with out reading anything else. Good start, bad finish, let's work to get past these stereotypes
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

  • By: Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Narrated by: Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost): he drums in the All-Star Jazz Band, has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn’t know he’s alive), frequently finds himself sitting across from his school counselor (who bribes him with candy), and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven’s world is turned upside down as he is forced to deal with his brother’s illness, his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece, the band, overdue homework, girls, and of course, Dangerous Pie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Wonderful

  • By Madeline E. George on 07-15-15

Teenage book

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

This book would be a good book for teens who have a family member with leukemia. It is a little preachy and the characters a little too wholesome but pretty good. Reveals some of the flaws of the US healthcare system.

  • Silver

  • Return to Treasure Island
  • By: Andrew Motion
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

In the eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father - Long John Silver. Aged and weak, but still possessing a strange power, the pirate proposes Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty. But the thrill of the ocean odyssey gives way to terror as the Nightingale reaches its destination, for it seems Treasure Island is not as uninhabited as it once was....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Enchanting Idea

  • By Michele Kellett on 10-07-12

Prosy at end

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Started out good. I was enjoying it. The narrator was very verbose, but not too bad for first 2/3 of book. Last 1/3 of the book, he got way too verbose and prosy! Talk, talk, talk, I was waving my hands, get on with it! Could have cut out a lot of words in the last 1/3 of the book and it would have been better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Of Military Writing...

  • By Joshua on 11-06-16

Relevant for 2016

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This is a very accurate account of the fight that is featured in the movie of the same name. However, it goes into more detail with both sides of the conflict. The last chapter, where the author sums up his research into the battle and the causes and mistakes and strengths of the battle, is very enlightening. The battle story makes you care about the individuals involved and the summation helps put a perspective on the significance of the battle and what it represents. Very powerful. Given that this battle was in 1993 and we are still dealing with the turmoil in the Middle East it is very relevant for today.

  • 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

Narcissistic but interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

The actual story is interesting. However, he makes the mistake of having no faults! And his family is also pretty faultless, and the dancers he works with work hard and never complain! No prima donnas in either the Chinese school of dance or the Houston Ballet.

Too perfect for me! I started shaking my head at it. I don't think anyone is as perfect as he claims to be. But still and interesting insight into life in China.

  • Spartan Gold

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,285

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Packed Treasure Hunt

  • By Deepseabc on 03-06-11

Unbelievably bad!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

This is such a ridiculous book! Improbable happenings, coincidences that are unbelievable,
actions by the main characters that are beyond foolhardy, knowledge attributed to the main characters that is too unlikely, 2 people shooting it out with pistols against 25 or so well armed professionals and winning... I could go on and on! This is the last Clive Cussler I will gamble on. Just too stupid!

  • Threat Vector

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,293

Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clancy that gave us Clear & Present...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-15-12

too Stupid!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

A nice premise to start with, ruined by the unrealistic portrayal of the characters. Too much coincidence. I mean come on!!!! Having the presidents son find a pilot that has ejected from a high speed jet in China? when they both started out near the bombed out place and the pilot ejected several minutes later? Did he circle around? Did his plane stall?
And this is only one of about a dozen improbable things that happen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Beat of My Heart: The Sullivans (Wedding Novella)

  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

You are cordially invited to a very special wedding.... What do you get when two Sullivans pick the same wedding date? Two super-sexy grooms. Two beautiful brides. Two very unconventional (four-legged and furry) ring bearers. And Sullivans from around the word coming together to celebrate vows of forever with auto mogul Zach Sullivan and dog trainer Heather Linsey - and pro baseball star Ryan Sullivan and sculptor Vicki Bennett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love this book!

  • By Connie E. Wilhelm on 07-20-16

Not worth it even though it was Free

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

This was really bad. Insipid, unbelievable, uninspiring just plain dumb! Really, the guy won the world series then quit baseball to spend time with his fiance and planned a wedding with 5 star guests from all over the world in 2 weeks. Oh, and did I mention that it was a double wedding? And rock stars from around the world were able to get free to preform at the wedding. Best part, since I got this 2 hour story free, I now know that I never have to waste a single credit on books by this author! Yeah!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Killer Instinct

  • By: S. E. Green
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389

Lane is a typical teenager - loving family, good grades, after-school job at the local animal hospital, martial arts enthusiast - but her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one herself. Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals - delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs. And then a young preschool teacher goes missing - only to return in parts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Darkness

  • By Me & My Girls on 05-20-14

Teenage Dexter

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

This book should be in the teen age section. Not very believable. Did not find the lead character engaging or likable. Did not believe the ending. Just all around, not a very good book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Andersonville

  • By: MacKinlay Kantor
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades. Based on the author's extensive research and nearly 25 years in the making, MacKinlay Kantor's best-selling masterwork tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy of the Pulitzer

  • By Gillian on 03-22-15

Long but worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

This is a very good read. It is long and prosy, however it is also a brutal expose of a POW camp from the American Civil War. It is brutal and sad, but also uplifting and hopeful. Many people think that the world hasn't changed for the better, however, if you read history, you cannot argue that we have come a long way regarding human rights in the last 100 years. Man's brutality to man has been a constant thru the ages. This book shows the human side of some inexplicably tragic historical events.