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  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By kellie yeark on 10-03-2015

For lovers of Dan Brown perhaps?

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2017

If you think Dan Brown is a great author you may well enjoy this. I, however, found It just.. really really bad.
In fairness, I have never been a huge fan of the genre, but i "accidentally" read a Jo Nesbo book a while ago & I have gone since on to enjoy every single Harry Hole novel in the series. I was hoping that the Jack Reacher stories would compare. They don't. Characters are cardboard archetypes. The women are pathetic. The male protagonist is simply unlikeable, & the whole book was filled with far too much machismo - it's like a young man/boy writing his fantasy life; taking on the big bad guys and whipping them single handedly while the love interest girl simply cannot help but fall for his "ice blue eyes". Gack. Without any of the cleverness and anti hero failings of Nesbo's books. Life is too short to waste on bad books. Not even worth finishing. I simply do not care about or like ANY of the characters, especially the titular one.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A first for me ...

  • By karen on 26-09-2017

icky. Avoid.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2017

Would you try another book written by Bryn Greenwood or narrated by Jorjeana Marie?

No. The narrator was fine. The writing was fine. The story was really icky. There were many moments that I found really disturbing- not in a good way; not in a clever way. It seemed the author spent a lot of the book justifying sexual grooming and sleeping with minors. Many times I nearly stopped listening all together, but kept going, thinking there would be some resolution at the end. there wasn't. the end was tacky and really really...ick. The groomer got the girl. Society was wrong for misunderstanding their true love. Because, you know, 13 year old's who are under developed physically and (completely, devastatingly, emotionally damaged), are totally able to differentiate between love and sexual gratification. Especially when they are such good cooks and cleaners and know how to take care of their man, and he's like, loved her since he met her when she was 8. yep. nothing dodgy about that (she said with deep cynicism)Don't be fooled. This is not Lolitta. Its like Lolitta without the intellectual barriers, It was impossible for me to get over the whole "sex-with-minors-is-actually-ok-if-you're- in-love" aspect. Would have been embarrassed to have anyone overhear me listening to it. especially when the sex scenes. I'm not sure if the author was trying to be shocking by graphically describing a 13 year old talking about how wet she got, or if he was just getting off on it. Some sideline stories about drug addiction & a fairly limp who dunnit murder. Lots of nasty "trailer park" stereo types (yes, all poor people are drunks/drug addicts who abuse & neglect their children). The more I reflect on it, the more I regret reading it! I almost feel implicated in the ickyness just by having read this book. And it's insidious - you don't realise until you are "hooked" into finding out what happens.It's kind of like, if you were reading a story about world war II, got engaged in the characters and then suddenly realised it was written by a holocaust denier who was peddling their racist xenophobia under the guise of fiction. I realise that, as a reader, I was manipulated to sympathise with a character who, intentionally or not, groomed and manipulated a really vulnerable child into "loving" them, who then encourages a sexual relationship to develop, and the whole message of the book was that that's ok. Yuck. So So So not ok.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bryn Greenwood again?

Nope.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She could have avoided making the 13 year old sound (and later 21 year old) sound even younger, The voice of Wavy was stuck around the 8 year old age, which made the sexual parts even more horrific to listen to. Was this intentional? If so, why?

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disgust & the need to go have a good wash

Any additional comments?

maybe I am missing some big picture. I don't think so. I have no idea who the book is aimed at, as the "love story" components are stereotypical chick lit romance, but the sex is middle-aged-man-in-overcoat. I'm really cross that nothing in the blurb indicated what this story was actually about - a man's love affair with a child. Should come with a warning,

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The History of Love

  • By: Nicole Krauss
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joins my "best book ever" list

  • By Tracy on 23-02-2017

Joins my "best book ever" list

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2017

A beautiful multi layered story, fabulously brought to life by the narrators. Laughed out loud, cried, thought deeply about life and all it's terrible tragic beauty. A story that is worth the time and circuitous route; a story that will linger in head & heart long after you finish it. Favourite quote "& I realised there is not much that is unbearable".

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 945

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and irritating

  • By Jo on 03-12-2016

Most Unlikeable Protagonist Ever

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2017

Hard to say which of these characters is most unlikeable. Lily, the protagonist, is... awful. And I think the author intends us to empathise with her. Find some common ground; feel linked by human frailties etc etc. nope. She's shallow, self righteous, self obsessed, money obsessed, immoral, hypocritical... totally unlikeable. She has an excuse for every one of her terrible actions & manages to blame other people & circumstance for absolutely everything. The other characters are equally totally unlikeable - to such an extent that I nearly stopped listening several times - I just didn't care. They were all equally horrible & deserving of disaster. Sadly, it felt like the author wanted to make a grand statement about the monster within all of us, the good/bad dichotomy. But the story was fairly pedestrian. Predictable & ultimately an unsatisfying " not quite" at the end. The Italian characters were portrayed as quaint & naive "peasant" folk, & the claims about Aspergers syndrome were really generalised & somewhat stereotypical. I wouldn't read anything else by the author on the "strength" of this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Clade

  • By: James Bradley
  • Narrated by: Ian Bliss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Compelling, challenging and resilient, over 10 beautifully contained chapters Clade canvasses three generations, from the very near future to late this century. Central to the novel is the family of Adam, a scientist, and his wife, Ellie, an artist. Clade opens with them wanting a child and Adam in a quandary about the wisdom of this. Their daughter proves to be an elusive little girl and then a troubled teenager, and by now cracks have appeared in her parents' marriage. Their grandson is in turn a troubled boy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • By Liv on 19-11-2018

Hmm, still undecided

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2016

I thought I would love this book. And I did. Kind of. It also irritated me quite a bit . Tasters and characters sketched lightly when I wanted more depth - never felt like there was time to get to know the characters, to engage with or care for them. Some of the science also seemed a little sketchy. But. That said there were other things I loved - the lack of melodrama. The honesty of the love stories - parental love, married love, the way we deal with loss of love and loved ones, with grief . So. It only gets 3 stars because in the end I feel strangely unsatisfied

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrenching but rewarding: & Fore warnings

  • By Tracy on 21-06-2016

Wrenching but rewarding: & Fore warnings

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2016

I knew nothing about this book except the online blurb, so I was not sure what to expect. First up, this book contains descriptions of violence; violence against children, sexual exploitation of children, and self harm. Some descriptions are graphic. It is an important part of the narrative and therefore recurring. This book was not an easy listen. There were times when it felt too graphic, too sad to continue. There were times when it felt so overwhelmingly depressing I wondered why I was putting myself through it.

But. It was also compelling. Addictively so. The central characters get under your skin and I was emotionally invested in the final outcome.

I sometimes felt scenario's were too fantastical, too unbelievable, but there may have been an element of self preservation & an unwillingness to acknowledge the darker side of human nature on my part.

At its heart it is a story about life - the things that make a life, the things we desire, the things we need, the small, simple treasures we often take for granted. In this sense, I found it strangely uplifting.

It is not an emotionally easy read but it is an assured one, beautifully written. I would seek out more work by this writer on the strength of this.

It will stay with me a long time I think.