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Curtis Lowton

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  • The Outsider

  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Waste of Time

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-04

I get the feeling I've read this before.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

When reviewers say that this is typical Stephen King, they aren't kidding. The Outsider is three parts It, two parts End of Watch, and one part Doctor Sleep. If, like me, you've read all those books, you'll be scratching your head through the whole book feeling like you've read this story before. Even so, it is what Stephen King does best: a creepy page-turner. #Audible1

  • The Perfect Mother

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Aimee Molloy
  • Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

They call themselves the May Mothers - a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Caroltmk on 2018-06-26

Bravo Cristin Milioti!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

A baby is abducted, the crime scene is compromised, and a Mommy group becomes unhinged as its members try to solve the mystery, unwittingly exposing secrets long kept hidden. Five stars for being addictively, compulsively readable. Five stars for Cristin Milioti's fantastic narration. Three stars for literary value. Note: Mothers who have lost a baby (in any sense) might find this book triggering, so proceed with caution. #Audible1

  • Bird's Eye View

  • Written by: Elinor Florence
  • Narrated by: Francine Brody
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Rose Jolliffe is an idealistic young woman living on a farm with her family in Saskatchewan. After Canada declares war against Germany in World War II, she joins the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force as an aerial photographic interpreter. Working with intelligence officers at RAF Medmenham in England, Rose spies on the enemy from the sky. When her commanding officer, Gideon Fowler, sets his sights on Rose both professionally and personally, her prospects look bright. But can he be trusted?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched Canadian feminist perspective

  • By Curtis Lowton on 2018-09-20

Well researched Canadian feminist perspective

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed Bird’s Eye View! Elinor Florence performed meticulous research to craft a unique story of a Canadian woman in the Air Force during WWII. My only criticism of the novel lies with the cold fish of a protagonist, whom I found sterile and standoffish. (Even as the main character’s haughtiness was acknowledged mid-way through the book, I didn’t find any change or growth in character). This may have been the result of the author’s extensive experience as an objective journalist, or I may have been influenced by the narrator's flat narration. Aside from this, it was a pleasant yarn of a tale! For fans of war fiction (particularly for those seeking a feminist perspective), I would definitely recommend this book. #Audible1

  • Snap

  • Written by: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

"Jack's in charge," said his mother, as she disappeared up the road to get help. "I won't be long." So 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn't come back. She never comes back. And after that long hot summer day, nothing will ever be the same again. Three years later, Jack's 15 and still in charge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whatchoo talkin about Booker?

  • By Curtis Lowton on 2018-09-20

Whatchoo talkin about Booker?

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

Longlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize. When crime fiction gets longlisted for the Booker Prize, you have my attention. The novel starts off intriguingly enough...in fact, three (seemingly unconnected, but we know better, don't we?) stories each pull in the reader: 1. Three children are left abandoned in a car on the side of the highway while their pregnant mother walks to get help, but she never returns; 2. Police detectives are on the hunt for a burglar who breaks into family homes to steal healthy food, commit vandalism, and sleep in a child's bed; and 3. A pregnant woman awakens to a sound in the night and finds a knife with the note "I could have killed you." At about 25% of the way through the story, I thought this was the most gripping thriller I had read since The Silence of the Lambs! But then, as the stories joined, the intrigue diminished. It was still an enjoyable listen, but I'm now among the many who are baffled that this made it onto the Booker Long List. #Audible1

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  • The Immortalists

  • Written by: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children - four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness - sneak out to hear their fortunes, A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By Susan on 2019-06-14

Existential Drama

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20


Four siblings, aged 13 and under, seek a gypsy who allegedly has the ability to tell a person the date of his/her death. After finding the gypsy’s apartment, each child is privately invited into her home and told a date of death. How this information impacts each sibling leads to divergent life choices and existential subtext about the purpose of life.
The first half of the book was a solid “four star” book, but the second half felt like a deflated balloon where I got the shtick and just wanted the author to get to her point.
It is (hopefully not) a spoiler to reveal that at least one of the siblings dies. Full disclosure: As someone who has lost a sibling, this made for a sometimes emotionally-challenging experience.
I read this book for a book club, and what a perfect book club selection it is! I anticipate that the discussion will be very interesting, as we will undoubtedly debate the characters’ choices, but also our own personal philosophies about life. #Audible1

  • The Power

  • Written by: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*ck Me @ That Last Sentence!

  • By Sunny on 2018-01-17

Adjoa Andoh is a miracle

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

Reviewed: 2018-02-05

The Power is a great concept with a so-so plot. Andoh's performance is absolutely magical.

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