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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

No new info

A quick, flat recitation of the short criminal lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Good narrator is wasted on this dry material. The author just listed the multiple crimes and pursuits, with little attempt to add personality to the characters.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

A trip to Corfu

I loved the locale, so vividly discribed that it was like being on Corfu....but the story was paper-thin and very slow, and the characters were stereotypes. This was my first Mary Stewart story, and it was disappointing. The narration was really good, and that helped me stay with the book to the end. My favorite character was the dolphin 🐬

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Well told but very grim

This is another Stephen King classic, and as he says in the preface, he believes it is one of his most horrific stories. Whether you will agree depends on what you define as horror. There are some creepy characters (human, animal, and a shadowy "creature" that is never fully revealed), but the horror comes from the shadow of death that is encroaching on the Creed family. I found the story to be a very slow starter, but as with most of King's stories, there are well-drawn characters, and this gives the story it's emotional impact. Just a warning, this is a very dark no very sad story. It is about death. If that's a sensitive subject for you, I'd recommend you skip this one.
Michael C. Hall gives a fabulous performance of this one, really excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Palm Beach, 1947

This is a "mature" YA book. 15 year old Evie is confronted with a number of difficult emotional and moral choices, and realizes that the adults in her live are not always truthful. Good narration.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Quirky and original

I really enjoyed this quirky and dark-humored story. The main character, Keiko, is so bizarre and original. There isn't much of a plot, but it's a fascinating look at societal expectations. Nancy Wu did an excellent job narrating.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Jumping the shark

Yes, unfortunately, this one "jumped the shark". The story turned into unrealistic, sappy romance. The scenery in France was gorgeously discribed, though, and the narrator was excellent. But OMG, I almost couldn't finish....it was just too sappy for me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

One for my "best of 2018" list !

This book captured me from the beginning, and even at 13+ hours it was never slow. The characters were interesting, their interaction, emotional connections, backstories, all worked together for a great story. I could be a bit critical of the final denouncement, it was a little melodramatic, but the rest of the book was so enjoyable that I'm not going to quibble. One of the best books I've listened to this year. And an excellent narrator ! I hope she does more readings for Audible.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

A bit sentimental

Yes, this is a bit on the sentimental side, and initially the character of Frank annoyed me with his indecisiveness. The book was definitely a slow build for me, and ultimately I did grow to enjoy the characters and to care about them.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

History lesson

Interesting and sympathetic fictional account of the misguided attempt to educate Native American children into white America. I found that aspect of the story quite moving and heartbreaking. About half-way into the story, the author shifted the focus to romance, and that significantly detracted from the book. Initially I would have rated this much higher, but it slipped into romantic melodrama ( and the traumatic event was signaled well in advance so there wasn't much dramatic tension when it finally occurred ). The narration was serviceable.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Definetely twisted

Another story with lots of twists and a totally unreliable narrator. I thought the story was well crafted and very suspenseful. The narration was spot-on, too. ( I recently listened to "Something in the Water", which also has plot twists galore and an unreliable narrator. I'd rate this a bit higher ).

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