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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

A sleeper

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I found the first two-thirds of this book sooooooooooo slow and I was bored to tears. I kept going only because I had a long drive. But, the final third of the book flashes to light and has quite an exciting finish. I think I needed this book to push some - any - boundary one step further to be captivated by it. But, of course, once the pace finally picked up, I'm now interested in what the rest of the series holds.

  • Finish

  • Give Yourself the Gift of Done
  • By: Jon Acuff
  • Narrated by: Jon Acuff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,457

Acuff knows the reason why many writers' novels go unfinished - it's the same reason why gyms are filled in the first week of January and empty by the end of the month and why people stop learning a new language once they get past the easy parts. It's not just that people lose momentum or get distracted. People give up on projects when they fail to live up to their own high expectations and decide that if they can't do something perfectly, they won't do it at all. If you're going to finish, you have to kill perfectionism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-17

FUNNY and IMPORTANT

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

This book was written for brains exactly like mine. There's a line in here about the prerequisites to buy a chainsaw...that made me pull over to the side of a country road I was laughing so hard because it was so true.

But, really, if you're a hard-working person with perfectionism wreaking havoc in the background wrecking all your projects, listen to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Western Star

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

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
  • I am a huge Longmire fan...

  • By BDHumbert on 10-05-17

Great - except for the whodunnit.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Almost everything about this book was perfect except for the reveal at the end. Most of Craig Johnson's killers usually have an understandable motive and the reveal makes sense. This one....just did not. The motive just wasn't there. There was a brief...and possibly offensive....attempt to explain it. There were much better suspects to choose from and more compelling narratives. I'm still giving it a four because it was otherwise excellent. It just kinda got wrecked by the "mystery" part of the mystery novel. I'm surprised no one raised this during the editing process. We get great back story. The current story moves along. There is a nail biting cliff-hanger ending. The rest of the series is set up. But the mystery! The mystery! That....sorry Craig, you know I love your books....that was weak.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,927

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Honestly, she peaked with New Moon and it's been all downhill from there. I tried this based on the reviews out of the hope that she would have refound her mojo...I'm not looking for another Twilight at all, but the book worked...but this was unlistenable. God. Omit needless words. Show, don't tell.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,312

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

As good as the 2nd and 3rd books

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a standout novel, both in style and in content. The second and third books, as is the way with most series, were good but lacked the same effect as the first one. That is not to say I did not like them; I did. The point being, while the fourth book was not as good as the first, neither were the second or third! This is OK; this is how most series go.

Lagercrantz should be proud of the job he did stepping into Larsson's shoes. It was an impossible task and he did admirably well. Set aside your fear of the series being "ruined" and give it a try.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,254

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

A bit of a bobble

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

I was a huge, 5-star fan of the first four books, but I had to finish this on the kindle. Stephen Hogan did a great job with the main character but just made "whiny teenage girl" even more unbearable than real life. But, even finishing it on paper, it just lacked something that was in the first four. It was a big effort that tried to explore a sacred friendship. Had it been half the length, it might have worked.

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rocky Start but Good Mystery

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 06-20-14

What happened?

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

I have read pretty much every full-length novel CH has written. From Aurora Teagarden, to Harper Connelly, to Lily Bard, to Sookie Stackhouse. So, I've invested a fair amount of time and money into this author because I have found her books entertaining on some level. They aren't literature, but they have been entertaining fluff reads. Until now. I think she needed a break following the disaster of the final Sookie novel. I almost wish they could recall this book and reissue it in a year once it had been edited. I didn't know this book was going to be about Manfred and Bobo, and I was really excited! Except the writing and characters were so dull and flat, I couldn't even finish the book. Manfred was an awesome character in the Grave Sight books, and I just don't get what went wrong. It was like it was written to fulfill a contract without any joy or interest in the future books.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: Ben Stiller
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,017
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,486

Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We Only Live Once. Or Do We?

  • By Dave on 12-04-13

Quality 15 minutes

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

Reviewed: 12-08-13

Ben Stiller's greatest gift is to show his depth without taking himself too seriously....it seems that when so many comedic actors decide to start being "serious", they turn mind-numbingly boring. This was a great combination of author-reader...the right blend of lightness and underlying melancholy.

  • A Serpent's Tooth

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,003

In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Craig Johnson's best!

  • By Dave on 08-13-13

Keeping it fresh

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

Reviewed: 06-24-13

Craig Johnson is doing a good job of managing the difficult task of keeping a series fresh. This installment manages to keep the humor and poignancy alive without retreading old material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,914

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Cray-Cray!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

Usually this kind of ending will really bother me and possibly ruin the book. I found this ending perfectly suitable for the characters. I think this book is a nice capsule from start to finish. Don't impose too many requirements on it and just go for the ride.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful